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Stories about Gay Rights (LGBT)

18 July 2016

Meet the Nicaraguan Feminist Group Fighting Gender-Based Violence in Central America

The civic group La Corriente develops “actions that generate changes [for] equality, […] combining research, education, media, and the creativity of a team of people devoted to the feminist cause."

1 July 2016

In China, Homophobia and Fear of ‘Foreign Forces’ Go Hand in Hand

After a lesbian couple got engaged publicly at a university, a school official accused one of the women of being "under the control of an illegal organization."

26 June 2016

Manila's Pride March Advocates to “End the Hate and Let Love In”

"This year, we need everyone to come together and advance the campaign for love. We call on all Filipinos to let love into their homes, communities, and the whole country."

22 June 2016

India's LGBTQ Community Accuses Prime Minister of Hypocrisy Over His ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ for Orlando

"Your 110 character tweet was missing five important characters. Five characters that would reveal a truth that your government is refusing to acknowledge-LGBTQ’!"

16 June 2016

Following Complaints, Singapore Removes Same-Sex Kiss Scene in Les Misérables Production

"It is nothing more than a triumph of ignorance and hysteria over common sense and sober reflection."

15 June 2016

Jamaica's Attorney General Condemns the Orlando Massacre, But Thinks the Rainbow Flag Goes Too Far

Her tweet saying it was "disrespectful of Jamaica's laws" for the US Embassy to fly the rainbow flag sparked a discussion on Twitter of LGBT rights in Jamaica.

China’s LGBTQ Community Tells Orlando Shooting Victims: You're Not Alone

"So many friends came and showed their love...I saw everyone cried, I saw everyone’s eyes, don’t cry my dears, let’s be strong and hold each other’s hands."

14 June 2016

Israelis React With Outpouring of Support for LGBTQ Community After Orlando Massacre

"It doesn’t matter exactly which religion made him hate us to death...It’s always the fear of those who are different, those who challenge the existing order."

A San Francisco Vigil for Orlando Shooting Victims Promises To Combat the Hate With More Love

The Bridge

'"Not in our name," they said. Each one of the speakers committed to not let this incident be used to further target Muslims in America and around the world.'

13 June 2016

What It's Like to Be a Lesbian in Russia, the Day After the Orlando Massacre

RuNet Echo

When it comes to LGBT issues, investigative journalist Elena Kostyuchenko is one of the most prominent voices in Russia.

1 June 2016

Spain's Archbishop of Valencia and His Crusade Against the ‘Gay Empire’

An LGBT rights advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the district attorney for hate crimes “for his homophobic and sexist comments that only serve to incite hatred."

Attack on Vegan Café in Georgia Opens New Front in Culture War

"The Kiwi Café incident produced a cornucopia of social media comment – ranging from outrage to amusement."

5 May 2016

Netizen Report: LGBT News Site Editor is Latest Victim of Attacks on Bangladeshi Intellectuals

Global Voices Advocacy

The assault on free thinking continues in Bangladesh, Mexico's Supreme Court upholds the "Stalker Law", and WhatsApp faces another shutdown in Brazil.

29 April 2016

Meet the Anti-Discrimination Non-Profit Behind the Jamaican Version of a ‘Privilege Walk’

"We believe that everyone, no matter who they are, is deserving of respect. [...] This is necessary in changing the course [of] human rights development in Jamaica."

26 April 2016

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

Global Voices Advocacy

Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

23 April 2016

Jamaica's Christian Conservatives Point Fingers at International Agencies Over Comprehensive Sex Education

"How can [...] advocates and health practitioners who understand the real world and people of faith [...] reach a point of common understanding for the benefit and welfare of all?"

22 April 2016

Marriage Equality Is Now Accepted by Colombia's Constitutional Court, but Still Not by All Colombians

"I respect other people's beliefs. You need to learn to respect those who think differently. Do you pray with that kind of language?"

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Global Voices Advocacy

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

6 April 2016

In Kenya, Banned Music Video Celebrating Same-Sex Love Stays on YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the video arguing that "it does not adhere to the morals of the country."

5 April 2016

In Bosnia, Defiance as Homophobia and Student Politics Collide

In most Balkan countries, homophobia is used as a political tool by right-wing populists to "divide and conquer". This often goes together with impunity for homophobic hate crimes.

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