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Stories about LGBTQ+

In Azerbaijan, bullying in schools is still a problem

Ali Malikov, a high school senior, is boycotting his school after lack of action by the school administration and the Ministry of Education to address bullying and harassment.

Why can't Japan's opposition parties win?

Despite an all-out effort to coordinate campaign activities, opposition parties once again failed to gain traction with voters.

After attack on LGBTI community center in Sofia, Bulgarian activists and mainstream politicians condemn right-wing extremist violence

A neo-Nazi affiliated paramilitary group ransacked the Rainbow Hub LGBTI support center in Sofia, assaulting female activist Gloria Filipova days after the Constitutional Court annulled the Istanbul Convention ratification.

Georgians who look different: ‘Friends ask me to dress in a way that won't get me beaten’

Tsitsi Chkheidze aka Indigo, Sandro "Manson," and Eka Mdzeluri, share their experiences living and working in a society where their nonconformist appearances have drawn criticism and judgment. 

Brandy Rodriguez, ‘fearless’ advocate for Trinidad and Tobago's LGBTQ+ community, dies

'Her work has assisted with the reduction of exclusion, discrimination, and violence of marginalized groups – especially Trans-Women.'

Publishing house removes section on transgender individuals from Russian translation of teen health book

According to the publisher, Belaya Vorona, making the book available to Russian teenagers was more important that "preserving the deleted information".

In Georgia, there is still hope for rainbow colors

Global Voices spoke with Giorgi Tabagari, 35, founder of Tbilisi Pride on Georgia's recent anti-LGBTQ+ developments and the plight of the country's queer community.

How Dave Chappelle's new comedy special went over in the Caribbean

"[Chappelle] built his deconstruction of the importance of comedy to the human condition using the various gender and LGBTQ movements of this century as his prisms."

No hatred nor pity: Just let me live in my own body

"Those who criticise different bodies have no idea what [trans people] had to go through to have the body that we live in."

Can LGBTQ+ rights activism be the key to reversing retrogressive policies in the Middle East?

"From Egypt to Turkey to Iran, governments are pushing back against LGBTQ+ inclusion, even resorting to social media and mobile phones to track and target the community."

The construction of Chinese patriotic masculinity: ‘sissies will ruin the nation’

The Chinese regulators have banned effeminate images and idols on both television and video streaming sites since September 2, 2021.

Myanmar LGBTQ makeup artist swaps beauty salon for border hideout and revolution

"I know my strength is not [in military activities] . . . I see myself as a pillar to help the revolution be victorious."

In Azerbaijan silence looms as yet another member of LGBTQ+ community is fatally targeted

The story of a young trans woman killed in August stirs new discussions about homophobia, the lack of protective measures for the LGBTQ+ community, and governmnet's failure to take action.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party turns 20

Two decades into AK Party rule, its popularity is dwindling and its ties with western governments have deteriorated significantly as the country is facing an economic and democratic precipice. 

With attacks on Ukrainian activists on the rise, civic pressure is key to ensuring justice

Harassment and attacks against civic activists in Ukraine are on the rise, say human rights defenders. Anti-corruption work, environmentalism, and LGBT rights remain the most dangerous spheres of activism.

New homophobic attacks in Kazakhstan rally support behind activists

Over the course of three months, LGBTQ+ activists were targeted three times by conservative mobs in various cities across Kazakhstan. An artist was bullied online for drawing same-sex kisses.

Queer resilience and activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"Since the 2019 Pride March, queer activists have observed a changing political, legal, and social environment, and have achieved some key successes."

Down with the patriarchy: Transfeminist and non-binary Bolivians speak out on TikTok

La Pesada Subversiva hopes to "invade" online spaces with content about anti-patriarchal demands from the voices of the protagonists themselves.

Lebanon's LGBTQ+ community dreads a bleak future amid harsh present

Amidst discrimination, oppression and intimidation for their sexual identity, LGBT members avoid expressing political views for fear of being picked on by authorities, security forces or militias.

Chronicles of a transgender woman’s visit to the doctor

“Many doctors see her from the point of view that she ’should be’ a man, who for them is so weak that he resorts to wearing feminine garments.”

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