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US: Trump administration doubles down on trans discrimination

US Congress should pass the Equality Act.   By Ryan Thoreson   HRW (25.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2ZngsPB - The Trump administration is moving ahead with a rule that would write transgender people out of sex discrimination protections in health care. While...

Anti-gay law in Gabon passes first step to decriminalization

In a surprise move, less than a year after a new penal code criminalized homosexuality, Gabon’s lower house of parliament voted to reverse the law that bans same sex relations.   RFI (24.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2NIKWpL - The vote on Tuesday passed with 48 MPs...

Israeli government considering ban on LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy,’ but bill put on hold

Coalition sources say the fact the bill to ban the widely discredited, harmful practice is even being considered is an achievement, but members of the opposition argue it wasn't immediately disqualified only to minimize potential backlash against two openly gay...

Romanian rights groups condemn ban on gender identity studies

By Luiza Ilie   Reuters (17.06.2020) - https://reut.rs/2Z0qSoa - Romanian human rights groups and universities on Wednesday condemned a blanket ban on gender identity studies voted through by lawmakers, which they said would legitimise discrimination against the...

US Supreme Court rules federal civil rights law protects LGBTQ workers

By Melissa Quinn CBS News (15.06.2020) - https://cbsn.ws/2AFab9B - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is illegal for an employer to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, delivering a major victory in the fight for civil rights...

With blackmail list, gay men in Ghana fight conmen posing as lovers

Ghana Gay Blackmail List receives three or four reports of robbery and blackmail each week.   By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu   Thomson Reuters Foundation (09.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2YDIl5E - As Benson walked across the street towards his date in Ghana's capital,...

Swiss gays hope for marriage equality ahead of parliamentary vote

By Emma Farge   Reuters (03.06.2020) - https://reut.rs/30qZ3b3 - When civil partnerships were legalised in Switzerland in January 2007, gay couple Laurent Marmier and Yves Bugnon completed the paperwork that same month, making them among the first to take...

YouTube takes down anti-gay ad after outrage in Russia

Russian clip on constitutional referendum that attacked LGBT+ adoptions removed from YouTube after outcry.   By Umberto Bacchi   Thomson Reuters Foundation (03.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/3cCQlJ6 - An online video suggesting Russians back constitutional reform...

Malaysian launches test case against Islamic gay sex law

By AFP   Bangkok Post (27.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/301D4Hd - A Malaysian man has launched the country's first legal challenge against Islamic laws banning gay sex, a test case supporters said Wednesday could help combat growing persecution of the LGBT community....

Two years in prison for gay sex in Turkmenistan

Decriminalize consensual same-sex conduct.   By Viktoriya Kim   HRW (26.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Xu7iRq - In Turkmenistan, men who have sex with men continue to be arrested and imprisoned on sodomy charges.   In mid-April independent media in the...

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