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Stories about Gay Rights (LGBT)

31 January 2016

Once a Prisoner in Cuba, a Transgender Cuban Woman Vows to Never Return

These days, it’s a lot easier to travel between the US and Cuba, but some Cubans have no interest in going back to their homeland.

25 January 2016

‘Homophobes Are People Too’ Campaign Challenges Macedonia's Hostility Toward LGBT People

The human rights reality for LGBT people in Macedonia is poor, with systemic impunity for hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities in the country.

22 January 2016

Russian LGBT Activist Fined for ‘Propaganda of Homosexuality’ Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

LGBT activist Sergey Alekseenko was accused of "gay propaganda" after posting a quote from a state regulator's report describing another LGBT community on social media.

30 December 2015

2015 Was A Breakthrough Year For Sexual Diversity

The Bridge

Marriage equality scored major triumphs this year in Ireland, Chile, Colombia and the US, though for many on the sexual diversity spectrum the fight continues.

19 December 2015

Does ‘Free Entry’ Always Come at a Cost?: Trinidad & Tobago Talks Gender Discrimination After Nightclub Row

"Not all discrimination is created equal, and not all unequal treatment is necessarily discriminatory."

15 December 2015

Treatment of ‘Butch’ Woman at Trinidad Nightclub Feeds Discussion on Gender Identity

With gender suddenly in the mix, an otherwise familiar story of intolerance has become unexpectedly new ground for Trinbagonian netizens.

8 December 2015

New Draft Law Enables Russia to Ignore International Human Rights Decisions

RuNet Echo

A recently passed draft law could allow the Russian Constitutional Court to review any international human rights decision against Russia, allowing the Kremlin to shirk international human rights obligations.

4 December 2015

Transgender Woman Elected to Venezuelan National Assembly

The first transgender candidate in Venezuelan history hopes to reach the National Assembly and bring up issues like marriage equality and name and gender changes on identity documents.

3 December 2015

Mexico City Joins the Ranks of LGBT-Friendly Cities

"Let’s celebrate that #MexicoCityIsAFriendOfTheLGBTTTICommunity, yesterday an incredible event took place in our capital."

2 December 2015

After Naysayers Call Him ‘Lewd’, Singaporeans Voice Their Support for American Singer Adam Lambert

"Singaporeans can enjoy a good show without their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment."

26 November 2015

Two Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Homosexuality in Public. This Is How They'd Do It.

RuNet Echo

Many expected officials to strike down a 2013 law banning "gay propaganda," but they didn't. A new proposal, meanwhile, is an even more glaring affront to Russians' fundamental rights.

7 November 2015

A Transgender Woman in Aceh, Indonesia Gathers Strength as New Anti-Gay Sex Laws Roll Out

“I believe Islam is very tolerant on these issues,” the LGBT activist says. “I believe in God, and God loves. Those who cast us out aren’t God.”

25 October 2015

Transgender Activist's Death Shows That Argentina’s Fight Against Gender Violence Is Far From Over

Hate crimes and gender violence are once again in the spotlight after the death of a prominent fighter for transgender rights in Argentina.

21 October 2015

Homophobia and Name-Calling Derail Trinidad & Tobago's Budget Debate

"I want to believe that both Government and Opposition will step their game up and fulfil their real roles as MPs. Otherwise we can simply hire 41 circus clowns..."

9 October 2015

Meet the Young Mexican Who's Taking On Transphobia, One Video at a Time

A year ago, a young Mexican started documenting on YouTube his sex reassignment process. His videos are a source of information and inspiration to the LGBTI community and beyond.

22 September 2015

Haitian President's Sexist Comments Remind Caribbean Feminists They Still Have a Long Way to Go

From schoolboy raps to ministerial threats, women across the Caribbean continue to pay the price for speaking out, says the Code Red feminist blog.

It Gets Worse for Russia's Most-Prominent LGBT Youth Support Group

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Authorities have ordered the country's most popular social network to ban Children-404, along with four other LGBT groups, or risk being blocked altogether by Russian Internet providers.

19 August 2015

Puerto Rico Celebrates the First Same-Sex Weddings—And It's About Time

After many years of hardships and struggle, same-sex couples in Puerto Rico can now formalize their commitment to each other.

12 August 2015

Australian Parliamentarians Denied Free Vote on Same Sex Marriage Law

Many Australians were angered by a decision of the government parties to deny a free vote to their parliamentarians on a bill to legalise same sex marriage.

11 August 2015

Jamaicans Stage Milestone LGBT Pride Celebration

Arguably one of the most homophobic countries in the world, Jamaica has staged its first ever—and incident-free—LGBT pride celebrations.

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