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Stories about LGBTQ+

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'."

Remembering Asia’s first Pride march in Manila

Two organizers of the historic 1994 Manila Pride shared their reflections about the legacy of the protest and the continuing struggle to fight for LGBT+ rights

Pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong slam Gay Games as ‘disgraceful’

"It's civil society’s business if they want to do it, but it’s wrong [for government] to throw money at this."

‘Nothing is braver than a trans woman unafraid to die in order to live’

"The lack of respect within patriarchal societies has internalized through its media the view that certain lives are not worth living."

Pressure on journalists, bloggers mounts ahead of Uzbekistan's presidential elections

A foreign journalist loses accreditation, a pro-LBGT blogger is beaten and another blogger gets a heavy sentence on dubious charges.

New report highlights ongoing pressure on Ukrainian activists and rights defenders

In the first quarter of 2021, physical attacks, destruction or damage to activists’ property, and attempted intimidation of human rights defenders were the most common, in addition to digital threats.

Two transgender women in Cameroon sentenced to five years in jail for ‘attempted homosexuality’

"Which law punishes trans [women] for wearing a skirt?" Nobody should be imprisoned based on mere suspicion without proof, argues the defense counsel for Shakiro and Patricia.

Trinidad and Tobago edges closer to amending its Equal Opportunity Act to include sexual orientation

Discussions about the need to amend Trinidad and Tobago's Equal Opportunity Act have reignited after one of the country's biggest banks made a major move towards diversity and inclusion.

Fifteen Georgian political parties sign joint agreement on queer rights

Fifteen political parties in Georgia have signed a statement outlining their commitment to protecting the rights of queer people.

Russian feminist activist Yulia Tsvetkova announces hunger strike

Demanding a swift trial, Tsvetkova wrote: "Let’s stop waiting for people being persecuted to be heroes. We don’t need heroes. We need to prevent the persecution of the innocent."

A Namibian couple's battle to bring home twin daughters born via surrogacy

Lühl and Delgado's case has been widely debated on social media and, for many Namibians, it is a symbol of the country's LGBTQ+ community's struggle for equal rights.

Feminist activist in Russia faces prison term for ‘body-positive’ drawings

Human rights groups have labeled Yulia Tsvetkova a prisoner of conscience and have called on Russia to remove all charges and to "stop targeting feminist, LGBTI and other activists."

Herself a victim of cyberbullying, Lindsey Kukunda fights online violence against women in Uganda

Uganda media “promotes violence against women …. stories of ‘revenge porn’ are not written in support of the victim but as entertainment and blame.”

Group's report to Biden administration seeks commitment to human rights and democracy in Brazil

The document was compiled by a network of Brazilians and Americans living in the US, gathering policy topics directly affected by the Trump administration's relationship with Brazil's Bolsonaro

Angola's new penal code, which decriminalizes homosexual relationships, comes into force

The new legislation was approved in 2019, but only ratified in December 2020. It replaces the old penal code of 1886 of the Portuguese colonial administration.

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