• Discrimination and Equality

    Despite more and more victories for equality, legalized homophobia and transphobia still thrive in every corner of the world. While a handful of countries provide specific legal rights and protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) citizens, many more do not. In fact, nearly 80 countries still criminalize sex between LGBTI people, and some even impose the death sentence for same-​sex sexual activity. Cross-​dressing, same-​sex marriage, and even advocating for LGBTI human rights are also illegal in many places. It is also legal to discriminate against LGBTI people in employment, education, housing, healthcare, and public spaces in most parts of the world.

ADDED ON: 11/19/2018

‘Waria’ Told to Leave Their Home in Jakarta Amid Anti-LGBT Campaign

Seven transgender people in Sumur Utara, Klender, East Jakarta, have been told by residents to leave a boarding house they are currently staying at. "We, kampung Sumur residents, reject the presence of LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2018

Pre-Referenda LGBT Rights Rally Draws 100,000 in Taipei

A reported 100,000 people attended a rally on Ketagalan Boulevard in support of LGBTQ rights Saturday, with a nationwide referendum on marriage equality and LGBTQ-friendly education scheduled to take place Nov. 24.…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

This Activist Can Explain What Life Is Really like for LGBTI People in Myanmar

The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar made the news this month. It was revealed that two LGBTI individuals had been arrested under the colonial-era Section 377 of the penal code. Myanmar criminalizes ‘carnal intercourse against…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

Depok to Issue anti-LGBT Regulation

The administration of Depok in West Java says it is committed to preparing a regulation to curb a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement that the administration believes is becoming more…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Tanzania Loses $300 Million World Bank Loan Amid Crackdown Concerns

The World Bank has pulled a planned $300 million educational loan to Tanzania amid concerns about the country’s policy of banning pregnant girls from going to school. The $300 million program was…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Costa Rica Lawmakers Ordered to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Costa Rica Supreme Court on Wednesday formally released its ruling that says lawmakers have 18 months to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. “Acts of open discrimination, whether they are expressed…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

What Is it Like Living in Regional Australia as a Part of the LGBTIQA Community?

When Hugo Weaving dances along the red dirt of Broken Hill in evening gloves and an array of sequins, the world watches with affection. However, if a group of teenagers take to the…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2018

Birmingham University Warned of Risk to LGBT Rights at Dubai Campus

Staff and students at the University of Birmingham have warned that LGBT rights are not adequately protected at its new campus in Dubai where being gay or transgender risks imprisonment, flogging and execution. They have called…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2018

Calls from LGBT Youth Groups for Increased Education in Schools

New research has shown that more than three-quarters of LGBT+ young people have disclosed that anti-LGBT+ bullying is a major source of anxiety in their lives. The new research from BeLonG To Youth…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2018

Activists Take Aim at anti-LGBTQ ‘Hate Group,’ Alliance Defending Freedom

Surrounded by the skyscrapers that tower over Times Square, a new billboard went up this week that in large black letters reads: “NO GAYS ALLOWED.” Just below, a smaller message states: “STOP…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2018

Taiwan’s Pro-LGBTI Lawmaker Explains Why Equal Marriage Has Been ‘Derailed’ in Taiwan

Taiwan’s bid to become the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex unions has been a rocky road. One woman, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Yu Mei-Nu, has been at the center…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

Shedding the Last Layer: Gay India Awakens to New Freedom

In a country where nudity is neither commonplace nor commodity, the act of stripping publicly is often a political one — the same way the act of kissing, of hand holding, of…

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