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Stories about LGBTQ+

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. 

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.”

2 August 2019

Russia's LGBTQ+ community reels after murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva

RuNet Echo

Police say Yelena Grigoryeva died in the course of a “domestic dispute” with her killer, but activists dispute that account; her name had recently appeared on a homophobic hit-list.

31 July 2019

Queer as quantum joy

The Bridge

"You deserve to be proud of yourself, you rare, riotous beauty. Go on, give yourself a huge, rafter-rattling cheer."

18 July 2019

Brazil's top court criminalizes homophobia and transphobia

"We believe that punitivism should not be the way for regulation, but since we live in a society tha only reorganizes itself with laws, it is an important decision."

30 June 2019

In pictures: Nepal holds parade during international Pride Month

Participants demanded equal rights, including same-sex marriage, and were able to educate people about the diversity of the queer community, well beyond the term LGBTQ+.

28 June 2019

Myanmar unites against anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination after tragic death of a young gay librarian

Kyaw Zin Win wrote in his last note, "[Myanmar] is a country that mocks the identity and existence of a person".

14 June 2019

Bhutan takes first steps toward decriminalizing homosexuality

The bill will be discussed in the National Council, the upper house of the parliament, during the upcoming winter session starting in November. Bhutanese activists eagerly await the results.

27 May 2019

North Macedonia to hold first-ever pride parade in June 2019

North Macedonia’s first pride parade is yet another testament to the country's recent political transition. Homophobic violence was markedly tolerated by the previous government.

25 May 2019

This ‘cholita’ drag challenges gender and folklore stereotypes from the Argentine periphery

"It is not the same to be a white gay [man] from the city than a brown gay [man], with body that is not normative, with an indigenous face..."

24 May 2019

Can’t wait to be married: hundreds of same-sex couples celebrate their weddings in Taiwan

May 24 opens the gates to marriage equality for same-sex couples in Taiwan. Hundreds of couples got married on the island, celebrating social recognition and the end of discrimination.

23 May 2019

Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, who taught the world ‘how to write about Africa,’ dies at 48

"There is only one Binyavanga Wainaina. He is an ancestor now. Let us celebrate his life." The world mourns the loss and honors the prolific life of Kenya's leading writer.

Taiwan's same-sex marriage bill is a half-victory for rainbow families

Taiwan has officialized same-sex marriage and granted new rights to the queer community, yet for LGBT parents with children, the battle continues.

21 May 2019

Love wins: same-sex marriage law fully endorsed by Taiwan’s legislature

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, now officially voted by the parliament. The first weddings are expected on May 24.

20 May 2019

A tale of two parents: Georgian drag artist on hostility, acceptance and learning to love life

"There is nothing modern about the idea you should love your child."

17 May 2019

In Hong Kong, the sexual connotation of Ikea's new tofu ice cream ad creates controversy

"[The ad] generates the image of a woman wishing for her body to be eaten like tofu."

10 May 2019

How the word ‘gender’ became a slur in Bulgaria

Homophobia and transphobia are widespread in Bulgaria, whose government has recently cozied up to the extreme right.