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Global survey finds homophobic views are still dominant

Two-thirds of adults would be upset if child was gay, and only a quarter would accept a trans child. Two-thirds of adults would be upset if their child told them that they were in love with someone of the same sex according to a new survey. The survey was conducted by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,

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Global Focus Issue of IDAHOT 2016 is Mental Health and Well Being

Each year activists from around the world identify one theme that they feel should get priority attention. While everyone is of course free to work on their own agenda, the annual theme allows one specific aspect to get highlighted. For 2016, activists have selected “Mental Health and Well Being”. Sexual and gender diversities are still characterized

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Mariela Castro leads Cuba LGBT march

The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Saturday led in a march in Havana that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Mariela Castro, director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education that is known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, joined transgender actress Candis Cayne and hundreds of others who marched from the

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Maria Sam Katseva, a singer from Ukraine, will perform at the Baltic Pride 2016 concert in Vilnius on June 18th, 2016. The artists performing at the Baltic Pride concert will unite in sending a powerful message of tolerance, respect and support for the local LGBT* community. Today we speak with Maria Sam Katseva about the

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Thousands march in Tokyo Rainbow Pride to promote LGBTQ visibility in Japan

Some 5,000 participants marched in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride on Sunday to show support for the LGBTQ community in Japan. The cheerful crowd waved banners and rainbow flags, with some members in drag or dressed in other costumes, as they marched through downtown Tokyo rallying for more visibility and rights for LGBTQ individuals in the country. ‘Everyone should

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Two married women fall in love with each other, divorce their husbands and live for fifteen years without openly speaking about it. Married in 2000, these two women suddenly got everyone’s attention. This is the love story told in a book “Jóhanna and me“ (icelandic Við Jóhanna) by Jónína Leósdóttir, a journalist and a writer,

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First transgender woman, Geraldine Roman, elected to Philippine Congress

A transgender woman, on Monday became the first openly LGBT person elected to the Philippine Congress. With nearly 90 percent of the votes tallied, Geraldine Roman defeated Danny Malana by a 96,004 – 59,428 vote margin in the race to represent the Bataan Second Legislative District in the Philippine House of Representatives. Roman is a

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US Attorney General: Transgender rights are about fundamental fairness

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said that she considers transgender rights a crucial part of anti-discrimination laws. A wave of Republican-backed ‘bathroom bills’ have spread across the US aimed at rolling back LGBT rights protections – ostensibly to stop transgender people from using their preferred bathroom. The laws, many of which expand well beyond

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LGBTQ Eurovision fans need a safe zone

As Sweden prepares to host Eurovision 2016, the City of Stockholm should offer visiting LGBTQ people a safe meeting place where they can party without worrying about their safety, argues LGBTQ rights campaigner Julle Bergenholtz from RFSL Stockholm. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm on the 10th, 12th and 14th of May,

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Colombia high court formally legalizes same-sex marriage

Colombia’s highest court on Thursday formally extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Reports indicate the Colombian constitutional court’s 6-3 ruling in a case says the process to obtain a marriage license will become the same for couples of the same- or opposite-sex. The decision also stipulates that judges and notaries cannot refuse to marry a

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Randy Berry marks first year as LGBT envoy

Special U.S. Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry told the Washington Blade last week that anti-transgender violence remains a “grave” problem around the world. “A year ago I appreciated it more as an academic or intellectual reality,” he said during an interview at the State Department on April 20. “But over

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A pastor and a bishop in North Carolina have married a gay couple in an act of “civil disobedience”. The wedding was kept secret to stop “people having time to organise a protest”, and even had to hire security to keep demonstrators out. John Romano and Jim Wilborne, both 52, were married in Charlotte North Carolina