US House to pass Equality Act Republicans say threatens freedoms

LGBTQ protections will be enshrined in US law if bill survives a steep climb to 60 votes in the Senate. The US House of Representatives looks set to pass legislation enshrining LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labour and civil rights laws on Thursday as Republican and Democratic lawmakers feud over protections for transgender individuals. The […]

Ghana security forces shut down LGBTQ office: Rights group

The LGBT+ Rights Ghana group says its Accra office was raided and closed by security forces. Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQ rights group in the capital, Accra, the organisation has said, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure. Gay sex is a criminal offence in the […]

Puerto Rico issues LGBTQ emergency declaration amid violence

Human rights defenders in Puerto Rico have welcomed a recent declaration of a state of emergency over gender violence on the island as a step in the right direction, but cautioned that real change can only come after a meaningful shift on the societal level. Gender activists have for years been calling for the designation, […]

Empty salons: Indonesia’s transgender women count cost of COVID

Medan, Indonesia – Iwan is transgender, and a “micro-minority” in Indonesia. Before COVID-19, he employed four other transgender people as hairdressers and makeup artists at his Anna Sui Salon in Medan in North Sumatra, but now he can afford to hire only one. “We used to have 10 to 15 customers a day, now we haven’t […]

Activists sound alarm over African biometric ID projects

In January this year, Kenya’s High Court halted the roll-out of the country’s controversial biometric ID, the Huduma Namba, citing the lack of a regulatory framework to protect the privacy of citizens. Once distribution is complete before the end of 2021, Kenyans will need the ID – which holds their fingerprints, contact details and occupational […]

Nasdaq wants to make boardroom diversity a must for listed firms

In a landmark move against the white, male status quo on corporate boards, the Nasdaq stock exchange is seeking US authority to require all listed companies to disclose diversity statistics for their boardrooms. In a first for a major bourse, the Nasdaq stock exchange is seeking United States authority to require more diversity in the […]

Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

Pakistan’s Christian transgender people, often mocked, abused and bullied, say they have found peace and solace in a church of their own. Shunned by other churches, they can raise their voices high here. During a recent service, transgender women, scarves loose over their long hair, conducted Bible readings and raucously sang hymns, accompanied by the […]

Hate crimes in the US rise to 10-year high #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Hate crimes in the United States rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released on Monday. The report was alarming to advocacy organisations, including the […]

Why the pope’s endorsement of same-sex unions matters #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Pope Francis’s support for same-sex civil unions, extracted from a 2019 interview and recently broadcast, has reverberated around the world. Not surprisingly, it is the only snippet from “Francesco”, a wide-ranging documentary on his life, that has garnered extensive media attention and strong reactions, from unqualified praise to vocal rejection. But for people around the […]

Ban ‘panic defence’, save LGBTQ lives #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Last month, a Philippines criminal court granted US Marine Lance Corporal Robert Joseph Pemberton an early release from his ten-year prison sentence for killing a Filipino woman named Jennifer Laude in 2014. Miss Laude was found dead in a hotel room after the American serviceman strangled and drowned her in a hotel bathroom. During their […]

‘Righting past wrongs’: The Americans fighting US ‘sodomy laws’

Even today, she tells her sister: “You were right. You were absolutely right.” But that night, Wendi Cooper remembers walking down the street with the confidence that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. The dance floor was calling, car horns were blaring, and her friends were waiting in New Orleans’s Vibe nightclub […]