• 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: 05/09/2018

Wanuri Kahiu on Banned LGBTI Love Story ‘Rafiki’: ‘It’s Time We Had Fun’

Wanuri Kahiu made a splash with her Sundance sci-fi short “Pumzi,” a haunting parable about a world without water. Her LGBT love story, “Rafiki,” which premieres in Un Certain Regard, was banned…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2018

‘Gender Illumination’ Lights Thai LGBTI Diversity

Lipstick, high heels, Barbie dolls, cabaret costumes and a letter approving a transgender man to wear pants to an exam are among the Thai LGBT artifacts to be show at a museum.…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2018

LGBTI Muslims and Christians in Singapore Forming Their Own Spaces

Evan was 16 and doing well in school when he decided that he wanted to die. Years of enduring slurs such as “pondan” and “bapok” (derogatory terms in Malay for transvestite) and…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2018

Texas Teacher Who Says She Was Suspended for Being Gay Sues School

A teacher filed a lawsuit against a Texas school district on Tuesday, saying she was suspended in September after a parent claimed she was promoting a “homosexual agenda” during Get to Know…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

Will Trinidad & Tobago Ditch Anti-Gay Laws this Summer?

Laws in Trinidad and Tobago may soon decriminalize gay sex following a court ruling on April 13 of this year. Judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act, which prohibited…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

Historical Gay Sex Convictions Can Now Be Expunged in Australia’s Northern Territory

Australia’s Northern Territory has formally apologised to gay men for a law which “criminalised love and attraction.” Those convicted under the legislation banning gay sex, which was struck down in 1983, will…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

China Cuts off Tattoo, LGBTI Elements from Eurovision Contest Feed

A Chinese online broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on Tuesday blacked out two performances allegedly containing tattoo and LGBT elements, which in the past months had been reportedly banned online…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

LGBTI People More Likely Than Peers To Live In Poverty, New Study

Though the gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century—especially the last two decades—a new report highlights a bleak reality: LGBTI people are more likely…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

Banned Film Reveals Challenges and Progress in Gay Kenya

A Kenyan-made film on lesbian love will break new ground when it premieres at the Cannes festival this week -- but at home, the movie has been banned, a decision exposing the…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

In the First Election In Nine Years, Lebanese LGBTI Rights Are Being Addressed

For the first time, Lebanon political officials are addressing—and fighting for—LGBT rights in the country. As CNN writes, elections are being held for the first time in nine years to determine Lebanon’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

Thailand: LGBT Vote Push Will Pay Off at Polls

The coup-led government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is looking to tap into yet another source of valuable votes after announcing plans to enact a law allowing same-sex civil partnerships by the end…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

Japan’s Largest LGBT Parade Held in Tokyo

Sexual minorities and their supporters have paraded in central Tokyo to promote equality and greater awareness of LGBT issues. The participants in Sunday's event in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts included lesbian,…

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