New app sends pro-LGBTI message to homophobic Russian laws

A new app aims to allow pro-LGBTI Russians to take a stand against homophobia, without breaking propaganda laws. The app called Raduga (Russian for ‘rainbow’) predicts when and where rainbows are going to appear. ‘Raduga uses live weather data to predict the formation of rainbows, and sends a you an alert when rainbows are likely


Nauru decriminalizes homosexuality

Nauru announced last week that it has decriminalized homosexuality in the Pacific island nation. A press release that Nauru’s government released on May 27 said the Crimes Act 2016 “removed homosexuality as an offense.” The decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations is part of a new criminal code that lawmakers in the Pacific island nation have

CALGARY, AB, CANADA - JANUARY 23:  Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R), leader of the Conservative Party, gestures as he celebrates his win with his wife, Laureen Teskey, and their two children, Benjamin and Rachel, at the Telus Convention Centre January 23, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta. Harper takes over the position from former Liberal Leader Paul Martin.  (Photo by Chris Bolin/Getty Images)

Canada’s Conservative Party officially stops opposing gay marriage

The Conservative Party in Canada has just voted to officially support same-sex marriage, eleven years after the country introduced it. The party, established twelve years ago, voted on Saturday to remove support for a “traditional” definition of marriage in its policy book. MP and leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier said: “It’s about telling Canadians that you

Revelers protest against Brazilian interim President Michel Temer during the 20th Gay Pride Parade, whose theme is "Gender identity law, NOW! Everyone together against transphobia!",in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 29, 2016.  / AFP / Miguel Schincariol        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)

Sao Paulo just hosted the world’s biggest Pride

Sao Paolo, Brazil, has just hosted the world’s biggest Pride parade. Hundreds of thousands of revellers took to the streets, many supporting a federal proposed law to allow trans Brazilians to legally change their gender. The bill also states that government health providers must cover gender reassignment. The Pride in Sao Paulo began at 10am

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 07:  (L-R) Director Kim Jho Kwang-Soo and Kim Seung-Hwan (David Kim) celebrate during their wedding as the first same-sex couple to get married in South Korea at the Cheonggyecheon on September 7, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. The couple also plans to officially register their marriage after the ceremony, however South Korea does not recognize same-sex marriage or any other form of legal union for same-sex couples as of now.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

South Korea set for more court battles over same-sex marriage ban

Several more court battles are expected in South Korea, after judges rejected equal marriage. A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court this month in the first case of its kind. Same-sex couples have no legal recognition


First same-sex marriage takes place in Colombia

Two men on Tuesday became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Colombia. Fernando Quimbayo and José Ticora, who have been together for two years, exchanged vows before a registrar in the city of Cali. Colombia’s constitutional court last month ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry in the South American country. Jorge


Bolivia votes to allow trans people to officially change their name and gender

Bolivian politicians have approved a bill to allow trans people to change their name and gender on official documents. The Chamber of Deputies approved the bill which will forever change the legal standing of trans people in the South American country. The Gender Identity bill still needs to be approved by the Senate before being


European Parliament concerned about LGBTI situation Gambia

In a resolution adopted last week, the European Parliament has called on Gambia to repeal its laws criminalising LGBTI people, and urged the government to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and the right to non-discrimination. The calls were made in a resolution addressing the current human rights crisis in the country. The resolution


Mexico’s president seeks to legalize same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has been recognized in several Mexican states. But the country’s president seeks to extend the right to all citizens of the world’s most populous Spanish-speaking country. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday local time signed an initiative to pave the way for same-sex couples to marry in accordance with Mexican law. The


Chinese gay couple marry despite court ruling

To start their campaign for legalizing homosexual marriages in China, a gay couple has held a marriage ceremony despite a court ruling against it. Many believe the case shows a growing acceptance of LGBT rights in China. “I hope that the world knows that there are homosexual people in China, and that we demand legally


Uganda held largest ever rally for LGBTI rights

Uganda held its largest ever rally for LGBTI rights on Tuesday (17 May). The event, scheduled to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, saw around 300 Ugandan LGBTI celebrate and enjoy and live in as much freedom as they could. Sponsored by the Rainbow International LGBT Activist Solidarity Fund, it saw a

Riamoni Chisty

Activist Riamoni Chisty speaks about the country he fled, where a gay person can be brutally attacked and then called the aggressor. The government treats homosexuality as a crime, and society largely sees it as a sin. Last month, unknown assailants hacked two gay activists to death in an apartment in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. One