Tag Archive | Discrimination

Olympics: Japan should tackle discrimination in sport

Olympics: Japan should tackle discrimination in sport

(Reuters) – Japan should use the Olympics as a chance to commit to tackling discrimination, over gender identity and sexual orientation in sport, and prevent physical abuse of youth athletes, activists said on Monday, just days before the start of the Tokyo Games. Though known for its strong civil society and democracy, Japan had serious […]

Germany: Lawmakers back compensation for gay soldiers

(Reuters) – German lawmakers voted for legislation on Thursday to rehabilitate soldiers, who for decades faced discrimination, discharge, or convictions, on the basis of their sexual orientation. Until the year 2000, Germany’s military considered that homosexuals posed a threat to the discipline of the troops, and were not suitable as superior officers.

UN: Faith leaders urged to stamp out anti-LGBT+ rhetoric

UN: Faith leaders urged to stamp out anti-LGBT+ rhetoric

Religious leaders and institutions should stamp out rhetoric or practices that could incite discrimination or violence against LGBT+ people, the United Nations and international human rights experts said on Friday. Their call came amid debate about the relationship between religious freedoms and LGBT+ rights, as Britain’s government moves to ban so-called conversion therapy, which aims […]

US: Biden revives LGBT healthcare protections

US: Biden revives LGBT healthcare protections

(Reuters) – Gay and transgender people will be protected against sex discrimination in healthcare, the US health secretary said on Monday, as President Joe Biden’s administration reversed a policy put in place under his predecessor, Donald Trump. Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, said the action restores protections under a provision of the Affordable […]

EU urged to ban AI tools detecting gender/sexuality

EU urged to ban AI tools detecting gender/sexuality

A cross-party group of European lawmakers called on Friday for an EU ban on artificial intelligence (AI) systems, that detect and label people according to gender or sexuality, saying the technology was ripe for abuse, and could fuel discrimination. Draft rules, set to be announced by the European Commission next week, include rights safeguards, and curbs […]

Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics

Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics

As sports fans count down to the start of the Tokyo Olympics in July, the eyes of LGBT+ activists are firmly focused on Japan’s parliament, with the goal of using the global spotlight to end discrimination against gay, bisexual, and transgender people. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to […]

Ghana: MPs plan law banning LGBT+ advocacy

Ghana: MPs plan law banning LGBT+ advocacy

A group of lawmakers in Ghana want to criminalise the promotion of LGBT+ rights, a move that comes weeks after a community centre for sexual minorities was shut down, following strong opposition from politicians and church organisations. Parliamentarian Samuel Nartey George from the opposition National Democratic Congress said he and seven other MPs hoped their […]

Hungary: Gov. orders gay content disclaimers on books

Hungary: Gov. orders gay content disclaimers on books

(Reuters) – Hungary’s government, which has made hostility to LGBT people a central part of its right-wing agenda, ordered a publisher on Tuesday to print disclaimers, identifying books containing “behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles”. The government said the action was needed to protect consumers from being misled, after Labrisz, a Lesbian group, published a […]

US: Starbucks barista who declined to wear PRIDE T-shirt sues over firing

US: Starbucks barista who declined to wear PRIDE T-shirt sues over firing

(Reuters) – A former Starbucks Corp barista in New Jersey sued the coffee chain on Thursday, claiming she was fired illegally because she did not want to wear a PRIDE T-shirt, which she said conflicted with her religious beliefs. Betsy Fresse said her August 2019 dismissal from a Glen Ridge, New Jersey store, near her […]

Hungary: Trans couple wed amid growing discrimination

Hungary: Trans couple wed amid growing discrimination

(Reuters) – The wedding of Hungarian transgender couple Tamara Csillag and Elvira Angyal looked just like any other, with the nervous pair dressing up and heading off to the rural Hungarian court room, where their marriage would be sealed. But in the world of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, this was special, as Orban, increasingly […]