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What's it like being LGBT in Russia? Share your stories

What's it like being LGBT in Russia? Share your stories | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Hate crime against LGBT people in Russia has doubled in five years. If you’re in the country, we’d like you to share your reaction and experiences

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LGBT Asylum Seekers Face a Tough New Battle in Ukraine

LGBT Asylum Seekers Face a Tough New Battle in Ukraine | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Ukraine may soon join the U.N. Human Rights Council, but its state migration service is increasingly blocking LGBT asylum seekers.

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Ukraine's LGBTQ soldiers hope their service will change hearts and minds

Ukraine's LGBTQ soldiers hope their service will change hearts and minds | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

"Are we not heroes?" LGBTQ people in Ukraine hope their military service will help change views toward sexual and gender minorities.

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Victims of Canada’s ‘Gay Purge’ to Get Apology from Trudeau

Victims of Canada’s ‘Gay Purge’ to Get Apology from Trudeau | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize next week for a program that removed perhaps thousands of gays and lesbians from the public service, the military and the Mounties.

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Turkey bans LGBT activism in capital city Ankara, citing 'public security' and 'sensitivities'

Turkey bans LGBT activism in capital city Ankara, citing 'public security' and 'sensitivities' | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

A statement from the office seemed to suggest the ban was for LGBT citizens’ own good, as the government claimed gay rights events could evoke dangerous cultural clashes.

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Ticket to heaven: activists pluck LGBT people from danger

Ticket to heaven: activists pluck LGBT people from danger | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Homosexuality is outlawed in more than 70 nations and punishable with death in eight, including Iran, Sudan and Saudi Arabia

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Sheltering Albania’s Gay Youth from Virulant Homophobia

Sheltering Albania’s Gay Youth from Virulant Homophobia | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The psychologist at the LGBT youth shelter waited for me in a small side street in the city center of Tirana, Albania’s capital. “No one knows our exact address, we want to avoid arson and havoc,” she told me.

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Being A South Asian Lesbian In San Francisco Is Harder Than I Thought

Being A South Asian Lesbian In San Francisco Is Harder Than I Thought | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Fearing her Pakistani Muslim parents wouldn’t accept her, this class of ’17 grad ran away days after earning her degree, only to face the Bay Area’s own biases.

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Why Is the Egyptian Government So Afraid of a Rainbow Flag?

Why Is the Egyptian Government So Afraid of a Rainbow Flag? | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Bold expressions of LGBT pride frighten regimes accustomed to being guardians not just of “national security” but also of our sexuality.

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There’s a rising global tide of crackdowns on LGBT communities

There’s a rising global tide of crackdowns on LGBT communities | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

2017 has seen a rise in mass arrests, denunciations and reports of abuse.

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Brutal crackdown has gay and transgender Egyptians asking: Is it time to leave?

Brutal crackdown has gay and transgender Egyptians asking: Is it time to leave? | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The unfurling of a rainbow flag at an open-air rock concert in Cairo was a rare public show of solidarity with gay and transgender people in the Arab world’s most populous nation. The backlash has been fierce: Dozens have been arrested and put on trial, spreading panic in the embattled community.

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A March for Chechnya This Weekend Rallied All of Gay Instagram

A March for Chechnya This Weekend Rallied All of Gay Instagram | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Hundreds gathered in New York Saturday to march against Chechnya's brutal crackdown on LGBTQ citizens, drawn largely through social media. Can their voice inspire more than double taps?

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UN Human Rights Office unveils global standards for business to tackle discrimination against LGBTI people

UN Human Rights Office unveils global standards for business to tackle discrimination against LGBTI people | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Accenture, Baker McKenzie, BNP Paribas, The Coca-Cola Company, Deutsche Bank, EDF, EY, Gap Inc., Godrej, IKEA Group, Microsoft, Oath, Orange, SAP, and Spotify among early adopters of the Standards of Conduct, which offer guidance for the workplace and beyond.

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WORLD AIDS DAY 2017

WORLD AIDS DAY 2017 | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The National AIDS Memorial marked World AIDS Day honoring leaders in the HIV/AIDS community who have made a significant difference in the fight against AIDS. President Bill Clinton, who designated the memorial as the country's sole federally-designated National AIDS Memorial in 1996, delivered keynote remarks and spoke to the hope the future holds, while always remembering the precious lives lost to the epidemic.

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Progress for LGBT Canadians has come quickly, but with speed comes consequences

Progress for LGBT Canadians has come quickly, but with speed comes consequences | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The Canadian government’s LGBT apology is a reminder of how far we’ve come and how quickly. But has the fight for those rights been forgotten along the way?

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Hong Kong Confidential: Episode 13: The Accidental Activist

Hong Kong Confidential: Episode 13: The Accidental Activist | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Kamoga Hassan is the founder of the Queer Kampala International Film Festival (QUEERKIFF), the first and only LGBTIQ festival in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal. Kamoga is a human rights activist and he is passionate about making a difference in a country where people can be driven out of their homes, arrested or even killed for their sexuality. Kamoga talks about his life as a gay man in Uganda and the way that he uses film to tackle social justice issues and raise awareness in the hope of changing hearts, minds and laws in his home country. He talks about how unique the film festival is and the extra security measures required to run this underground festival in Uganda. Kamoga also shares some personal stories about his life in a country where being gay is not accepted. QUEERKIFF runs from the 8th to the 10th of December, 2017 with over 30 LGBTIQ themed films screening this year.

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Romania Gay Marriage Case Could Have Outsize Impact in Europe

Romania Gay Marriage Case Could Have Outsize Impact in Europe | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The case addresses whether the American husband of a Romanian man should be afforded residency rights in Romania. But its impact could be felt further afield.

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This Gay Couple Left Iran For A Better Life. Now They Wonder If It Can Last In America.

This Gay Couple Left Iran For A Better Life. Now They Wonder If It Can Last In America. | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Former refugees Ramin Haghjoo and Nima Nia reflect on love and fear in the Age of Trump.

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A Lebanese Rocker Caught in a Human Rights Incident Over Rainbow Flags

A Lebanese Rocker Caught in a Human Rights Incident Over Rainbow Flags | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Hamed Sinno, lead singer of the band Mashrou’ Leila, is teaching a class at New York University on the intersection of music and politics.

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Honduran man denied refugee status after failing to convince immigration officials he’s gay

Honduran man denied refugee status after failing to convince immigration officials he’s gay | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

A Honduran man is set to be deported Tuesday after he failed to convince Canadian immigration officials to grant him refugee status on the basis of his sexuality. 

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'Traditional Values': A Potent Weapon Against LGBT Rights

'Traditional Values': A Potent Weapon Against LGBT Rights | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

In April, news broke of a widespread anti-gay purge in Chechnya; in September, gay men and transgender women were rounded up in Azerbaijan; and in October reports emerged that a registry of gay men and lesbians was being compiled by the authorities in Tajikistan. How might we understand these disparate events as part of a … 

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This group is secretly helping LGBT Chechens escape a "gay purge"

This group is secretly helping LGBT Chechens escape a "gay purge" | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Reports that gay men in Chechnya were being rounded up and tortured in prison camps there first emerged this past April. One St. Petersburg group stepped up to help, communicating with survivors through social media and a secret hotline to  get LGBT Chechens to safety. So far, more than […]

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The Judge Who Tossed Trump's Latest Muslim Ban Saved LGBT Lives

The Judge Who Tossed Trump's Latest Muslim Ban Saved LGBT Lives | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

People fleeing oppression should not be punished or made into scapegoats, writes Glenn Magpantay. It's time for Trump to give up on these discriminatory bans.

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With midnight raids and chat-room traps, Egypt launches sweeping crackdown on gay community

With midnight raids and chat-room traps, Egypt launches sweeping crackdown on gay community | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The actions began after people in a crowd waved a rainbow flag at a rock concert last month.

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Egypt: Mass Arrests Amid LGBT Media Blackout

Egypt: Mass Arrests Amid LGBT Media Blackout | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The Egyptian government has intensified its campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters, arresting dozens of people in less than two weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. A media regulatory body has also banned all “positive” reporting on homosexuality.

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