Since the beginning of 2014 over 150 transgender people have been arrested in Egypt, where being a transgender woman in particular is often accompanied by constant fear, depression, and a high likelihood of working in the sex industry.
Simón Cazal, director of LGBT advocacy organization SomosGay, is set to make history when he meets with Pope Francis on Saturday in Paraguay. Cazal believes the meeting will be the first step in bringing equal rights to the LGBT community.
Sheikh Muhammad Khalid, reflecting on recent rulings in the United States, Ireland and England, has stated that those nations and individuals pushing for same-sex marriage are taking a stand "against humanity." According to the Imam, men and women were created purely for procreation, and same-sex marriages should be condemned by all religions.
Says Thea Kano, the choir's artistic director, "What I'm excited about is going down and getting past the politics to the people: person-to-person, American to Cuban, having a conversation about music, about LGBT issues."
Samsung and Google have banned popular gay social networking programs from their app stores in South Korea, where LGBT activists are facing increasing attempts by government and conservative activists to silence them. Samsung is one of South Korea’s largest business conglomerates and the largest maker of smartphones worldwide.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality caused the most recent and dramatic jump in numbers. Remarkably, these gains have been made in just 14 years. The Netherlands was the first modern nation to recognize same-sex marriage in 2001. If another large country follows, we will hit one billion.
Uzbek officials brushed aside criticism during a two-day session of a UN human rights panel, claiming that the international community is exaggerating some alleged abuses, such as forced sterilization and religious persecution. Other issues raised included forced and child labor, torture, gay rights, religious persecution, forced sterilization, and free speech.
Thursday marked the first day that same-sex couples in Chile could apply for a license under President Michelle Bachelet's civil union law, signed in April. Says Juan Pablo Fuentealba Álvarez, co-director of It Gets Better Foundation, "[i]t is the first step in the beginning of the legalization of diverse families."
Despite having one of the most progressive constitutions in the world (and certainly the most progressive in Africa), South Africa's foreign policy on LGBTI rights is "at best inconsistent and at worst obstructionist." Even within South Africa, a nation with 11 national languages, President Jacob Zuma himself is vehemently anti-LGBTI rights.
LGBTI activists in South Korea have been both influenced and inspired by the success of the gay rights movements in the United States and Europe. However, opponents of the movement have similarly found inspiration in the vocal opponents of LGBTI rights, especially those of Christian conservatives.
Two military police officers suspected of lying about their roles in the death of 18-year-old Laura Vermont have walked free on bail. Vermont's death was one in a series of recent violent attacks on the transgender community in Brazil.
The European Parliament has voted to put the need to respect the rights of minorities, including LGBTI people, "at the heart of the European Neighborhood Policy." The ENP is a foreign relations instrument of the EU that aims to improve relations between the EU and those countries to the East and South.
Uganda's Constitutional Court has again failed to act on a challenge to a law that prevents the nation's Equal Opportunities Commission from adequately protecting marginalized people from discrimination. The Court has now failed to hear the challenge for over seven years.
A gay couple living in Nairobi has been evicted from their apartment and told to "wait for" Obama. As many in Kenya fear President Obama's visit this month will "promote same-sex marriage," same-sex couples in Kenya have been the victims of increased discrimination and inequality.
The Moldovan LGBTI organization GENDERDOC-M has launched a photography exhibit. "Because I Live Here!" portrays the lives of sixteen LGBTI individuals living in Moldova. Sogi News interviews the photographer, Annika Keller, and one of the participants, Tolik, to learn more about the project and the organization behind it.
A mob of approximately 100 angry Kenyans has attempted to attack the rental premises of four Ugandan refugees. Though the men were able to call for help, Kenyan police remain deeply homophobic and, as a result, slow to protect the rights of LGBTI refugees.
Though marriage equality in Latin America continues to face steep opposition, activists in Colombia are hopeful that recent decisions in the United States and Mexico City will advance equality in their nation as well. The status of same-sex unions in Colombia has been in limbo since 2013, when lawmakers failed to pass a law in response to a 2011 Constitutional Court decision.
Meerut, India - Although Chaudhary Charan Singh University has opened its doors to transgender students, none of the over 140,000 applicants during the recent registration process identified as transgender. According to many potential applicants, it will take more than a piece of paper to feel welcome at the notoriously violent university.
The Moscow city branch of the parliamentary majority United Russia party has created a "flag for straights." The flag will be officially presented at the Day of Family Love and Faithfulness celebrated on Wednesday, July 8, and was designed to counter the LGBTI community’s rainbow flag.
A San Juan couple filed a lawsuit in 2014 to force Puerto Rico to recognize their Massachusetts marriage. The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 7 that the U.S. territory's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Same-sex marriages are expected to begin in Puerto Rico on July 15.
The United Russia party has introduced a "Real Family" flag depicting a heterosexual couple and their children holding hands. This "pride flag for straight people" is the latest attempt by the Russian government to "support traditional values" and ostracize the LGBTI community.
Despite repeated attempts to draw attention to the plight of LGBTI immigrants, the situation has not improved for women like Nicoll Hernandez-Polanco, who suffered months of abuse at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Although gay marriage is not illegal in Japan, there is no framework in place to allow same-sex couples to wed, making it impossible under the current law. The petition says that the Japanese government is denying LGBT people the principle of equality and individual dignity protected by their constitution.
Founder and chairperson of the Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association Kemal Ördek was robbed and raped in their home in Ankara. Responding police took the assailants' story and told Ördek to be quiet. The assailants have tried to intimidate Ördek into dropping charges.
Two men suspected of being gay were imprisoned and tortured for three weeks by police in southern Lebanon. Although a Lebanese court ruled last year that homosexuality is not illegal, discrimination and inequality remain.
Deaf Talks is an ongoing lecture series for Deaf LGBTI Filipinos/Filipinas, aiming to: 1) include Deaf LGBTI people in mainstream LGBTI discussions in the Philippines; and 2) empower Deaf LGBTi Filipinos/Filipinas with needed information on issues concerning them. This year's forum begins on July 19.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, a June statement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which issued new guidelines for transgender non-citizens, "falls short of the systematic change needed to ensure that transgender detainees are safe and free from stigmatizing isolation."