International Safe Zone

By Kyoung Mi Choi | Learning more about intersectionality and complexity of international LGBTQ+ in the United States and providing a safe place to learn and explore about their sexual and affectional identity.

Russian Pride: QueerFest celebrates 10th year — peacefully

Despite the persistent homophobia and repression of Russian society, the Russian Pride festival QueerFest is under way for the 10th year in a row — …

Intersex

Bangladeshi artist Manir Mrittik talks of love, sexuality, nature in his art pieces

His works are dreamy; his works send a strong message about love and sexuality; and his works are closely connected to nature. One of the young, …

Archives

Hospitals in Pakistan to separate transgender patients, court rules

The Lahore High Court in Pakistan this week ruled public hospitals in Punjab province must provide separate facilities for transgender patients.<p>The …

Marriage Equality on the Horizon in Costa Rica

In August, the Constitutional Court of Costa Rica issued a ruling that the country’s prohibition on marriage equality was unconstitutional. The …

Costa Rica

Trinidad & Tobago Overturns Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Relations

This week, Judge Devindra Rampersad of the Trinidad and Tobago High Court officially decriminalized consensual sexual relations between adults of the …

Human Rights

Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage, says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday, amid growing instances of persecution of LGBT community in the Muslim-majority country.<p>FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister …

Same-sex Marriage

Sydney’s Mardi Gras goes beyond its world famous parade to help the community

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world’s most famous LGBTI festivals and parade. Now, to celebrate and support of all of …

Bill to ban LGBT discrimination to be proposed by Tokyo Metro. Gov't

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is set to propose the first ordinance bill including a stipulation to prohibit discrimination against LGBT …

‘As a trans person in Guyana, you feel you’re in a jail yard’

It’s a tough life for transgender people in Guyana, as four feature profiles make clear. Excerpts below are reprinted from articles that previously …

Guyana

Meet the activists fighting for transgender rights in Kenya

Intersex activist Sidney and his self-made trans family have faced attempted killings, exclusion and isolation in rural western Kenya.<p>Sidney was …

Intersex

Brazilian football club condemns its fans after ‘queers will be killed’ chant

A Brazilian football club has condemned its own supporters after they chanted death threats at opposing fans.<p>On Sunday (September 16), during a 0-0 …

Liberal Party

Transgender community in Jordan faces abuse, discrimination

<i>Global News is a media partner with Journalists for Human Rights and, as part of that partnership, is proud to provide a platform for updates on JHR</i> …

World News

Ryan Murphy Dedicates Limited Series Emmy Win to ‘All of Those Taken Too Soon’

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” has won the Emmy for limited series.<p>FX’s follow up to “The People V. O.J. Simpson” …

American Crime Story

Australia's Senate passes motion to ban conversion therapy

Australia’s Green Party brought forward a motion seeking to ban gay conversion therapy nationwide in the country, with the Senate passing it without …

LGBTQI

Romania sets date for referendum to block gay marriage

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania set an Oct. 6-7 date for a referendum to change the constitutional definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, aimed at preventing same sex partnerships from ever being legal in one of the few EU states to still ban them.<p>Most EU countries allow either …

World News

Curating Flipboard Magazine International Safe Zone to Support International LGBT Students

Gays and lesbians in the United States are closer to legal equality than ever before. While there is still work to be done to reach full equality in all 50 states, America has come a long way since the days when being gay or trans automatically meant a life of fear, rejection and social …

'José' is a Story About Being Nineteen, Guatemalan, and Gay

Queer films love white skin. Whether they come from the U.S., Europe, or Latin America, more often than not, they will feature white actors no matter …

Guatemala City

How I learned about the deep commitment of gay couples

My proper understanding of gays came via a sad route, AIDS. In San Francisco for an international conference, I looked on open-mouthed, staring …

Sexuality

Gay sex in China: where communist puritanism meets colonial baggage

Like India, where the recent decriminalisation of gay sex is a return to deep historical roots, China has a long tradition of acceptance – at times …

Asia

Homosexuality is ‘poisoning’ Nigerian society, claims Primate

Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, says homosexuality is “veritably poisoning” the Nigerian …

India's Anti-Gay Law Is History. Next Challenge: Treat LGBTQ Patients With Respect

Two years ago, Shivam Sharma rushed to a Mumbai hospital at 2:30 a.m. He'd had sex earlier that night with a man who was HIV positive. They'd used protection, but Sharma just wanted to be sure he was safe.<p>So he went straight to the emergency room and asked a junior doctor for a preventative dose of …

Health

Hong Kong to recognise overseas same-sex partnerships after British lesbians won landmark judgement

Hong Kong announced Tuesday that overseas same-sex partners would qualify for the right to live and work in the city after a landmark court victory by a British lesbian earlier this year.<p>It is a step forward for LGBTQ rights in Hong Kong, which has been criticised by campaigners for lagging behind …

Hong Kong

Meet Chaity – the first transgender employee at Bangladesh Nat'l Human Rights Commission

She said she wants to lead a normal life like other people<p>Born and raised in Rajbari, Tanisha Yeasmin Chaity has become the first transgender …

Human Rights

‘We’re brothers, sisters and activists’: the Greek collective of gay and trans refugees

We are rejected by our families, by society and by the authorities<p>Just because I’m a refugee doesn’t mean I’m not having sex, honey<p>Maha was a final-year trainee at a police academy in Basra, southeast Iraq, when her phone went missing. It was summer 2011. Only 17, she was nervous about telling her …

Safe-Space

Countries That the LGBTQ Community Can Safely Visit In Africa

Africa, in general, is a conservative continent. The continent still respects traditions of the old and it generally finds it hard to embrace change. …

South Africa

The future of Russia’s one and only LGBT film festival

Spectators of the festival “Side by Side” at the discussion of the film Querama with its director Daisy Asquith. St. Petersburg, November 2017. …

Film Festivals

Ellen DeGeneres Meets School Counselor Who May Be Fired For Her Same-Sex Marriage

Shelly Fitzgerald said her job at Indianapolis' Roncalli High School remains "in limbo."<p>An Indianapolis guidance counselor told Ellen DeGeneres her future remains “in limbo” after officials at the Catholic high school where she works put her on paid administrative leave last month when they learned …

Same-sex Marriage

Romania top court approves referendum on marriage definition

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top court has given a green light to a referendum that could change the constitution to explicitly state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.<p>The Constitutional Court decided Monday in a 7-2 vote that there is no legal impediment for the Oct. 7 …

Same-Sex Couples