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Commonwealth Summit launches in London amid concerns over LGBTQ rights, jobs

Commonwealth Summit launches in London amid concerns over LGBTQ rights, jobs | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Leaders from the 53 countries that make up the British Commonwealth arrived in London Monday for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where they convened 5,000 participants from a range of sectors, including government officials, members of civil society, and private corporations for a three-day summit to discuss the issues facing Commonwealth countries.

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Rainbow Railroad to Receive IGLTA’s Pathfinder Award

Rainbow Railroad to Receive IGLTA’s Pathfinder Award | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The international organization headquartered in Toronto, which helps persecuted LGBTQ individuals reach safety, will be honored on 11 May at the Voyage benefit during IGLTA’s 35th Anniversary Global Convention

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Queer and transgender people are still regularly being killed – this is not our history, it's our day to day

Queer and transgender people are still regularly being killed – this is not our history, it's our day to day | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Although it’s an uncomfortable reality to accept, we need to accept it

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Forgotten twice: the untold story of LGBT refugees

Imagine having to flee your own country because of being persecuted for who you are and for who you love. Imagine reaching Europe and being locked up in a detention centre at constant risk of being…

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Chechnya's LGBT Muslim Refugees Struggle To Cope In Exile

Chechnya's LGBT Muslim Refugees Struggle To Cope In Exile | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The Netherlands is one of a handful of European countries giving refuge to gay Chechens, after reports emerged that Chechnya's authorities were rounding up and torturing the LGBT community.

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'Climate Of Hate' For LGBT Defenders In Former Soviet Republics

'Climate Of Hate' For LGBT Defenders In Former Soviet Republics | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Amnesty International says groups that defend LGBT rights are facing a rise in hostility in parts of the former Soviet Union, fueled by discrimination, homophobia, and what it called Russia'

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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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‘I Am Gay, Not a Pervert’: Furor Erupts in China as Sina Weibo Bans Gay Content

‘I Am Gay, Not a Pervert’: Furor Erupts in China as Sina Weibo Bans Gay Content | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Activists said the social media site’s vow to delete posts with homosexual themes was the latest sign of discrimination in the country.

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Coming out isn’t as easy as you think for a LGBT person of colour

Coming out isn’t as easy as you think for a LGBT person of colour | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

It has been more than 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the United Kingdom. We have seen some great strides made towards LGBT+ rights – from the repeal of Section 28 to same sex marriage and adoption and the Gender Recognition Act of 2004.

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“I got called in by the KGB. They said there were no LGBT people in Transnistria”

“I got called in by the KGB. They said there were no LGBT people in Transnistria” | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
In Transnistria, an unrecognised territory between Moldova and Ukraine, documentary photography is becoming one of the most effective tools for talking about taboo and controversial subjects.
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Gay and intersex asylum seekers find place to call home in Britain

Gay and intersex asylum seekers find place to call home in Britain | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Sami, an intersex asylum seeker in Britain, used to be gripped with fear at bedtime.The slender and feminine El Salvadorian had almost got used to incessant verbal abuse but having to share rooms with other male asylum seekers was what Sami feared for the most.

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Shunned and homeless LGBT Ukrainians find shelter in Kiev

Shunned and homeless LGBT Ukrainians find shelter in Kiev | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Staring at the Berlin Wall mural of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev kissing East German leader Erich Honecker on the mouth, Yevhenii Kalashnyk knew it was time to come out as gay.The 20-year-old Ukrainian kissed a friend in front of the graffiti painting in September and posted the photo on Instagram. The decision changed his life. 

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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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