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Stories about LGBTQ+

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.

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.

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."

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.”

LGBTQI+ community celebrates the first legal same-sex partnership in Montenegro

The registration of the first same-sex marriage is a historic step for the community in Montenegro, though homosexuality remains a sensitive issue.

Instagram question on the intersectionality of Pride and religion in Trinidad & Tobago raises issue of gender ideology

While Trinidad and Tobago's Roman Catholic archbishop agrees that we're all children of God, he has called gender ideology "neo-colonialist," raising the ire of some LGBTQ+ activists.

Georgia mourns the death of a journalist

Known among his TV Pirveli colleagues as Lekso, journalist and cameraman Aleksandre Lashkarava, 37, was found dead in his apartment on July 11 in Tbilisi.

China wipes out LGBTQ channels on WeChat with no explanation

At least 14 LGBTQ public channels on WeChat were permanently blocked on July 6, 2021. All their content vanished without a trace.

EU flag torn down from Georgian Parliament in second day of far-right street violence

Several thousand people including queer rights activists and supporters as well as opposition leaders gathered outside the parliament building in Tbilisi to protest violence against LGBTQI+ Pride organizers.

Tbilisi Pride march canceled amid violent attacks

March for Dignity, a Pride March organized in Tbilisi was cancelled by the organizers amid violence and attacks against the organizers of the event and journalists.

A young activist’s fight for gender equality and democracy in Thailand

"I think everyone should be a feminist, because if it’s a true democracy, the people should be supreme, and every person should be equal, no matter their gender or class."

Second Skopje Pride Parade celebrates diversity in North Macedonia

Attended by President Stevo Pendarovski, the thousand-strong parade showcased support for a community traditionally discriminated against, while celebrating the hope for a society with greater solidarity and justice.

Istanbul: divided on two fronts

As Erdogan delivered a speech at the opening ceremony for the Canal Istanbul project, scores of Istanbul residents were inhaling tear gas and hit with rubber bullets while celebrating Pride.

Pride month marred by crackdown in Azerbaijan

As Pride month nears its end, one European country stands out for its dismal record when it comes to supporting the LGBTQI+ community.

In Turkey, Pride Picnic draws police violence

The Istanbul Pride Week Committee said one person was detained and several were battered during a violent police intervention.

#NiUnaMenos six years on: triumphs and new demands of Argentina's feminist movement

Since the first protest in 2015 under the Ni Una Menos slogan, more than 200 feminist organisations have achieved major successes and put forward a new set of demands.

Spate of attacks against LGBTQ+ people in Azerbaijan

"When he called the police, the officer told him, 'If I could, I would burn homosexuals myself'."

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