Close

Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Stories about LGBTQ+

17 March 2020

Trinidad & Tobago's traditional Carnival characters offer women sexual healing

Onika Henry, a licensed and trained sex educator, counselor and expressive arts teacher, combines her teachings to explore female sexuality and sensuality through Carnival.

25 February 2020

“Parental pin”: the Spanish far-right's fight to control public education

The Spanish political party Vox is demanding the right to prevent their children from being educated about feminism, equality or sexual diversity.

Fiji poet and activist Peter Sipeli promotes storytelling for LGBTQ+ rights in the Pacific

"I wanted to create a human conversation about the pain that we endure, that ostracization, and unpack that for people to see into."

17 February 2020

Groundbreaking film on Russia's HIV epidemic goes viral

RuNet Echo

Nearly one percent of Russia's population is HIV positive, but the authorities have remained silent about the epidemic. It looks like Yury Dud's latest YouTube documentary has broken that silence.

8 February 2020

‘L Japan’: Kobe couple vlogs about lesbian life

Get an introduction to Japanese lesbian slang and more on this YouTube channel by Kobe residents Miho and Clare.

7 January 2020

‘Where it hurts': A Brazilian online campaign raises awareness about abuse by health professionals

A popular hashtag on the Brazilian internet gathers stories of sexual orientation discrimination, body shaming, and sexual and physical assault in the consultation room.

30 December 2019

Global Voices quinceañera: The Caribbean steps out of the box

Pride parades. Cannabis legislation. £20 million in reparations. These were some of the victories in the Caribbean for 2019. Part 3 of 5.

2 December 2019

‘They call for my slaughter': Somali atheists living in fear

The Somali atheist community spans the globe, while many others remain “in the closet,” hiding their beliefs for fear of repercussions. An estimated 1.2 million seek solace online, using pseudonyms.

30 November 2019

Sexual harassment case in Trinidad & Tobago highlights need for better policies

A recent case has highlight Trinidad and Tobago's lack of laws protecting citizens from workplace sexual harassment, especially members of the LGBTQ community, who can be quite vulnerable.

28 November 2019

The Gambia confronts the nightmare of witch hunts under former regime

In The Gambia, alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft.

Testing the limits of LGBT acceptance in Taiwan: Interview with filmmaker Ming Lang Chen

"The Teacher is about human communication, it shows a wide range of delicate emotions, I wouldn't say it is just a gay movie." 

27 November 2019

In Uzbekistan, where homosexuality is illegal, LGBTQ+ people must hide to survive

Global Voices interviewed one of the very few LGBTQ+ activists in Uzbekistan, who provide legal and psychological support to a deeply underground community.

20 November 2019

Victory for transgender students at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University

Prior to this development, Chulalongkorn University had no official protocol for transgender students wishing to dress according to their gender identity.

18 October 2019

From dictatorship to democracy: All eyes on The Gambia’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review

Ahead of The Gambia's Universal Periodic Review, which issues top the agenda of civil society organizations? "There has been a kind of a media boom after the dictatorship."

15 October 2019

Rwanda deports American evangelical pastor accused of hate speech and visa violations

Many Rwandans lauded the US evangelical preacher's deportation, decrying hate speech in Rwanda. But supporters see it as an attack on faith-based organizations by the Kagame administration. 

12 October 2019

Arts festival caught in the crosshairs of Azerbaijan's ‘national mentality’

One mural depicting the body of a transgender person drew so much attention that it was painted over once the festival ended — in a not so artistically-friendly way.

8 September 2019

Human rights—and an actual rainbow—take center stage at Bosnia-Herzegovina's first Pride Parade

Concerns expressed during the build-up to the event about possible violence proved unfounded. As one Twitter user put it: "So much pride and happiness today in Sarajevo!"

6 September 2019

Bosnia-Herzegovina to hold first ever Pride parade in Sarajevo on September 8

The parade is taking place in an atmosphere of threats of violence and homophobic rhetoric by traditional and social media, but organizers are determined that the show will go on.

18 August 2019

Cinema and new laws bring greater acceptance and visibility for Vietnamese transgenders 

LGBTQ+ identities are gaining legal and social recognition in Vietnam, as a documentary illustrates.

3 August 2019

In Azerbaijan, trolls keep us at each other’s throats

The Bridge

"Recently I half-jokingly wrote on my Facebook page. . . that “being from Azerbaijan is a terminal diagnosis incompatible with happiness.”