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Iran LGBTIs Will March Proudly for the First Time

In Iran, being gay is punishable by death. This means the possibility of a large Pride march through the capital remains a long time away. But a burgeoning group of LGBTI people are not waiting for the perfect day, they are taking a stand now. In Amsterdam, Iranians will have its first boat in the

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Chris Christie Signs Transgender Rights Bills Into Law

Chris Christie has bucked the trend for Republicans by signing two pro-trans bills into law. The embattled Governor of New Jersey, who faces a Democratic-controlled state legislature, took aback many of his party colleagues with the announcement last week. While Republicans across the country have pushed anti-LGBT legislation aimed at rolling back transgender rights, Christie signed

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All Schools in Scotland Will Soon Have Gender-neutral Bathrooms

Experts say gender-neutral bathrooms in schools have lower levels of bullying. The Scottish Government have planned to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms in schools. Outlined in the guidance setting out the minimum standards for school buildings, the lavatories will be a requisite to protect trans and non-binary students. The Consultation Document on Updating the School Premises said

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Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her personal support for equal marriage in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister penned an op-ed for PinkNews today to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. The Conservative leader used the piece to address the ongoing ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, where progress has been

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Activists in Violence-plagued Honduras City Hold Pride Parade

Hundreds of people from across Honduras on Saturday participated in a Pride parade that took place in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Kendra Stefani Jordany, a transgender woman who is running for the Central American Parliament, is among the roughly 400 people who took part in the march in the Honduran city of

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Tens of thousands of people turned out for Pride in Seoul, South Korea on July 15. An estimated 85,000 people joined in the celebrations which took place in the capital city, making it the biggest Pride parade to be held in the city yet. Despite the rain, people from the LGBT community joined in the

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53 members of the US Congress have written to Donald Trump, pleading with him to speak out against the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. The federal representatives have called on the President to condemn the ongoing kidnappings, torture and killings of gay men which have plagued the region since April. Despite repeated urgings, Trump

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Chechnya: Lesbians, Bi and Trans People Now in Firing Line

All LGBT people are targeted in Chechnya, but the situation is far more urgent for gay men. The Russian LGBT Network was not surprised the Chechen government started its persecution of gay men again. A spokesperson for the Network told Gay Star News that the persecution likely slowed down during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan.

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The UK Supreme Court has ruled same-sex married couples should get the same pension benefits as straight couples. John Walker, an ex-British army officer, brought the case with the help of human rights organization Liberty. He has been battling for five years to get this ruling. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court ruled a loophole

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Malta Passes Equal Marriage

On 12th July, 2017 Malta’s Parliament has overwhelmingly passed marriage equality. The country’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, a strong supporter of LGBT equality, brought forward proposals to introduce equal marriage earlier this year. The proposals were given final approval by the country’s Parliament, paving the way for gay couples to start marrying. The law furthers reforms

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Rainbow Rights Project Partners Met in Tallinn

On 7th July, 2017 the representatives of the National LGBT* rights organization LGL attended the “Rainbow Rights: Promoting LGBTI Equality in Europe” project network meeting in Tallinn (Estonia). During the meeting, the associate partners and other stakeholders learned about the project’s upcoming activities and discussed recent LGBT* human rights and policy developments in the Baltic

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Thousands March for Same-sex Marriage in Belfast

Northern Ireland remains the only part of the UK not to have the right to same-sex marriage. Thousands of people marched in Belfast Sunday July, 3 calling for the legalization of gay marriage in Northern Ireland. The march, organized by the Love Equality campaign, began at Writers’ Square before culminating at a rally at Belfast