• 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: 09/17/2018

Bill to Ban LGBT Discrimination to Be Proposed by Tokyo Metro. Gov’t

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is set to propose the first ordinance bill including a stipulation to prohibit discrimination against LGBT and other sexual minorities to the metropolitan assembly on Sept. 19. People concerned…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

How Australia’s Justice Michael Kirby Helped India’s First Openly Gay Prince Combat Sex Ban

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, 52, heir to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, is India's openly gay prince. He campaigned tirelessly — often at personal cost — to repeal Section 377,…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

Gay Couple Attacked with Petrol and ‘Die in a Gas Chamber’ Graffiti

A gay couple has had petrol thrown at them after unidentified attackers daubed Nazi-inspired graffiti on their home. Angelo Amato and Andrea Gardoni, who live in Stallavena, a small town near Verona, Italy, had swastikas spray-painted…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2018

The Strange, Long Afterlife of an Inhumane Colonial Law

One of the enduring, cruel legacies of British colonialism was that even decades and centuries after nations threw off British rule, there remained a chilling similarity to the experience of boys and…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2018

Support to Keep Singapore’s anti-Gay Laws is Growing Stronger by the Day

A petition to keep the ban on gay sex in Singapore has more than double the number of signatures than a petition that calls for an end to it. Inspired by India’s…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2018

Novichok Suspects: Gay Or Not Gay? That Is Russian State Media’s Question

“Living together is merrier and easier, it’s normal,” explained Ruslan Boshirov as he appeared to defend himself against the suggestion that he and fellow Novichok-poisoning suspect Aleksandr Petrov had slept in the…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2018

Dua Lipa ‘proud’ of Fans Ejected from Concert for Waving LGBT Flags

The pop singer Dua Lipa has praised her fans’ bravery after some audience members at her concert in Shanghai were forcefully removed for dancing in their seats and apparently waving flags in support of…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2018

Romania Has Just Moved One Step Closer to Making Same-sex Marriage Illegal

Same-sex marriage could forever be in jeopardy in Romania after the senate overwhelmingly voted to allow a referendum which could change the eastern European country's Constitution. The proposed referendum would ask Romanians whether they…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2018

Regional Teamwork Needed to Push Gay Agenda Forward

Executive Director of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG), Jaevion Nelson, has called on LGBT communities throughout the region to adopt a unified approach to advancing the gay agenda. Nelson delivered a lecture at…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2018

Singapore DJ Files Court Challenge Against Gay Sex Ban after India Ruling

A Singapore DJ has filed a court challenge against a colonial-era law that bans gay sex in the conservative city-state, his lawyers said on Wednesday, following India’s scrapping of similar legislation. Johnson Ong…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

Sri Lanka Should Take Up the Challenge on LGBTI Rights

The Indian Supreme Court decision referenced Pant versus Nepal, a 2007 Nepal Supreme Court decision, several times. That case led to a similar outcome in Nepal – an expression of dignity and equality before…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

LGBTI Kenyans Hope for Court Win After India Scraps ‘gay sex’ Ban

A battle in Kenya’s courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex has been reinvigorated after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week, LGBT rights campaigners…

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