A study put together by the Academy of Science of South Africa, and endorsed by the Ugandan National Academy of Sciences, calls attention to a wide global consensus that homosexuality is "a normal and natural variation of human sexuality."
The increasingly popular app has announced a new partnership with the Beijing Gender Health and Education Institute as part of its "Grindr for Equality" campaign to raise awareness about equality in China.
The Ugandan National Academy of Sciences (Unas) has endorsed a report that says homosexuality and gender and sexual diversity are natural phenomena, which contradicts Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s stance that homosexuality is abnormal and should be outlawed.
This status would protect same-sex couples’ rights to property and inheritance, but it does not give them the right to jointly adopt children. Most countries in the European Union who joined at the same time as Greece already offer legal recognition for same-sex couples.
The Australian Human Rights Commission's Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights report notes that forced medical interventions continue today in Australia, and it calls for Commonwealth and States/Territories to work together and implement the 2013 Senate Committee report on "Involuntary or Coerced Sterilization of Intersex People in Australia."
Not all religions are opposed to LGBTI rights, although the volume and intensity of some anti-gay fundamentalists may create that impression. A new report details faith-based support at the United Nations.
Making headlines around the world, Colombia is now one of only four nations that allow people to change their legal gender by just filing a declaration. Across the nation transgender individuals are applying for their new licenses under the banner of #EqualityisUnstoppable and #TransCoven.
With its recent decision to allow transgender citizens to change how their name and gender are registered on official identification cards, Colombia has risen to the forefront of a global trend in transgender rights. Though violence and discrimination persist, activists believe the move is an important step towards equality.
Hate-motivated violence against transgender people increased 13% in 2014 when compared with 2013, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported. "It is still dangerous to be LGBTQ in the United States."
Despite the fact that homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, since 2014 more than 150 transgender people - women in particular - have been arrested, detained and sentenced to upwards of three years in prison. Many in the LGBTI community believe this to be the result of widespread - albeit falsely held - beliefs that transgender identity is an immoral choice instead of a medical condition.