Tag Archive | LGBT Rights

India: Ignorance no excuse, says judge in LGBT+ case

India: Ignorance no excuse, says judge in LGBT+ case

An Indian judge, who went to a psychologist to tackle his “ignorance and prejudice” about same-sex relationships, has been praised for his ruling in a police harassment case that campaigners hope could raise awareness about LGBT+ rights. Judge Anand Venkatesh, who sits in Madras High Court, ruled this week in favour of a young lesbian couple […]

Cuba: Havana dons giant rainbow flags for LGBT+ rights

Cuba: Havana dons giant rainbow flags for LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – Cuba draped its health ministry with a giant rainbow flag on Monday, to mark International Day against Homophobia, in a key year for LGBT+ rights, as the Caribbean country decides on a new family code that could approve same-sex marriage. Cuba, which sent [gay people] to correctional labour camps in the early years, […]

US: LGBT+ rights after Biden’s first 100 days

US: LGBT+ rights after Biden’s first 100 days

Candidate Joe Biden promised a “march toward equality” for LGBT Americans if he became president. One hundred days into office, how has President Biden done? Here’s a look at the state of LGBT+ rights today, and how they stack up against Biden’s pre-election pledge to better protect LGBT+ Americans, roll back Trump-era policies, and strengthen […]

US: Biden calls for protecting LGBTQ rights globally

US: Biden calls for protecting LGBTQ rights globally

(Reuters) – US President Joe Biden will announce a presidential memorandum, protecting the rights of LGBTQ people worldwide, national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said. “It reflects his deep commitment to these issues both here in the United States and everywhere around the world. The United States will speak out and act on behalf of these […]

Analysis: Biden’s pro-LGBT+ order sets stage for trans rights showdown

Analysis: Biden’s pro-LGBT+ order sets stage for trans rights showdown

Montana has become the latest conservative US state to advance legislation concerning transgender rights, joining more than a dozen other states, pursuing laws that appear to be at odds with the pro-LGBT+ policies of Joe Biden’s White House. Within hours of taking office on January 20, Biden moved to allow equal transgender participation in school […]

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski ,may take over supervision of the powerful justice ministry, officials said on Thursday, as PiS and its allies in government hold talks to avert a breakdown of their three-party coalition. The move could herald some softening of the government rhetoric over Poland’s opposition to […]

Hong Kong: Court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

Hong Kong: Court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

A Hong Kong court refused on Friday to recognise same-sex marriages conducted abroad, dealing a blow to the city’s LGBT+ community, in a case brought by a gay local councillor who got married in New York. Same-sex unions are illegal in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, but gay couples have won small recognitions in some spousal […]

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

The European Parliament on Thursday condemned Poland for rolling back LGBT+ rights, and demanded that the European Union take action against the country’s nationalist government, including potentially denying it funding from the bloc. The Parliament voted by a large majority to adopt a resolution on human rights in the country, where municipalities have set up […]

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

LGBT+ campaigners have praised an EU decision to withhold funds from six Polish municipalities that declared themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, urging Brussels to intensify pressure on the nationalist government over its increasingly homophobic stance. Gay, bisexual and transgender rights have become a divisive political subject in Poland, with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party campaigning […]

US: Most back LGBT+ rights, but religion still a flashpoint

US: Most back LGBT+ rights, but religion still a flashpoint

Most Americans now believe LGBT+ people should be protected against discrimination, a major survey has found, but one in three thinks businesses should be allowed to refuse to serve gay customers on religious grounds. Nearly three-quarters of the 40,000 Americans surveyed said they favoured laws that would protect LGBT+ people from discrimination, in work and […]