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Stories about Gay Rights (LGBT)

5 March 2017

India Bans Two Movies For ‘Being Too Lady-Oriented’ and ‘Glorifying Homosexuality’

"According to the Cinematography Act, a film can only be banned if it compromises on national security. What security is a romantic film on a gay couple compromising?"

13 February 2017

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Looks Back at Achievements, Challenges After 25 Years

"We're 25 years old, but we are trying to stay true to our founding principles: equality, preserving human rights and dignity."

10 February 2017

Some Hong Kong Parents Are Worried That Their Sons Like Disney Princesses

"2020 is approaching, it is difficult to imagine that only girls can like the color pink. Such stereotypes are so outdated."

29 January 2017

For Jordan's LGBT Community, the Law Books and Reality Send Different Messages

The Bridge

Same-sex relations were decriminalized in Jordan in 1951, but nearly 70 years later the country's LGBT citizens remain the targets of discrimination and mistreatment, with little protection from the law.

27 January 2017

The Difficult Work of Building an Inclusive, Women-Led Coalition to Resist Trump

"If you want to know if you are going the right way follow women of color, brothers and sisters."

26 January 2017

Russian Developers Launch ‘Airbnb for Homophobes’

RuNet Echo

A new Russian website supposedly calculates the number of LGBT persons in cities around the country, in an effort to help people evade anti-discrimination policies by homestay networks like Airbnb.

18 January 2017

A Nepali Transgender Model Is Set to Break Boundaries on the Catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week

"The path surely must not have been easy but I'm sure that this path will lead you to a bright and beautiful future that you truly deserve."

7 January 2017

In Uzbekistan, a YouTube Video Sparks a Debate about Homophobia

"I do not in any way justify those that beat him, but… I don’t want our people to be tolerant of these kind of sick freaks."

31 December 2016

The Best of Latin American Info-Activism in 2016 (Part 1)

The best of Latin American info-activism did not fit into one post, so this will be the first of two articles discussing initiatives that sparked online fire throughout the region.

29 December 2016

This Was Also the Year of Citizen Heroes in Latin America

Global Voices reviews the Latin American stories in 2016 that taught us about fighting back.

23 December 2016

Watch TED Fellow Bektour Iskender's Talk on the ‘Mega Force’ of Youth Journalism in Kyrgyzstan

In the era of fake news and 'information warfare', the story of Kloop.kg is one that both inspires and reassures.

17 December 2016

Masaki C. Matsumoto: English-Speaking, LGBT, Queer and Feminist in Japan

Masaki C. Matsumoto writes in both Japanese and English about LGBTQ+ issues in Japan. He was recently interviewed by Anime Feminist about the portrayal of LGBTQ in manga and anime.

16 November 2016

Puerto Ricans Consider a Future Under Governor Rosselló and President Trump

Human rights activists in Puerto Rico examine the potential consequences of conservative policies from President Donald Trump and Governor Ricardo Roselló.

27 October 2016

After a Well-Known Artist's Tragic Death, Taiwan's LGBT Community Demands Marriage Equality

"Don't just pay lip service to "equal rights for the LGBT community". Words are empty! As long as same-sex marriage is not legalized, it means nothing!"

25 October 2016

Farewell to Renen Raz, Beloved Anti-Colonial, Queer Israeli Activist

Renen Raz, an Israeli anti-colonial and queer activist, died this week. He's now being remembered for his passion for social justice in Israel-Palestine.

13 October 2016

A Transgender Woman’s Modest Election Win Is a Huge Victory for Brazil’s Trans Community

"No one cried for us. On the contrary. To many families, as it still is today, it’s a relief when they kill us or when we die."

6 October 2016

Boy Bands, Ballet and Battles over Masculinity in Central Asia

"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."

21 September 2016

Queer Tango: A Twist on Tradition in Favor of Diversity and Inclusion

As a response to discrimination on the dance floor, the Queer Tango opens spaces for diversity and exploration of the tango without gender discrimination.

9 September 2016

Mexico Bids a Heartfelt Farewell to Singer Songwriter Juan Gabriel, ‘The Divo of Juárez’

"He journeyed to the centre of darkness of the Mexican soul, and where the archetypes of sick and caricatural masculinity were constellated, he rolled away the stone..."

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