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Nitzan Horowitz MK.
Israel votes to ban ‘conversion therapy’ despite it causing infighting in coalition government

It’s an historic breakthrough but there are still three more votes in the Knesset before it becomes law.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The United Nations is doing more each year to push LGBT+ rights

The UN barely mentioned LGBT+ people a decade ago but that is now changing.

Mia Mottley.
Barbados Prime Minister backs LGBT+ workers’ rights and hints at same-sex marriage

In a passionate speech, Barbados Prime Minister says allowing LGBT+ discrimination would make them no better than slave owners.

Jenna Ellis with Donald Trump.
Senior Trump advisor tweets support for ‘conversion therapy’

She has previously said that same-sex marriage ‘sets the stage for bestiality and pedophilia’.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan should pass LGBT+ protections before the Olympics

#EqualityActJapan will help the country catch up with other leading economic superpowers in the G7.

William Barr with the Department of Justice leadership.
US should apply LGBT+ Supreme Court decision to all types of sex discrimination

The Supreme Court’s decision for LGBT+ workers could also help combat discrimination in many more areas.

LGBT+ Rainbow Flag and the US Stars and Stripes.
US military bans LGBT+ Pride Flag

New guidance stops the armed forces displaying Confederate flags – but it also bans LGBT+ rainbow flags.

Mondaire Jones.
This New Yorker will likely be the first openly gay black man in the US House of Representatives

‘Growing up poor, black and gay, I never imagined someone like me could run for Congress, let alone win.’

Protestor holds a sign telling the LGBT+ community to go away.
Polish courts rule against two ‘LGBT-Free Zones’

The zones breach the constitution and legal challenges could dismantle them.

Shahindokht Molaverdi.
Presidential aide in Iran faces jail for sharing LGBT+ family illustration

Iran has charged Shahindokht Molaverdi with ‘spreading moral corruption’ for showing ‘deviant and reprehensible homosexual families’.

Mike Pompeo.
New report paves the way for US to abandon international LGBT+ rights

‘Human rights are not a choose-your-own-adventure in which the US government gets to pick a different ending because it doesn’t like a particular set of rights.’

Lt General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
Sudan drops flogging and death penalty from its law against gay sex

New Sudanese Penal Code also criminalizes female genital mutilation.

Yelena Mizulina.
Russia’s fresh attack on trans and same-sex couples is a ‘crime against humanity’

The woman who wrote Russia’s anti-LGBT+ ‘propaganda’ law is pushing a new hate-filled bill.

Sparkle trans festival in Manchester, England.
New poll exposes the fault lines in the battle for trans rights

Poll shows most Britons understand trans people face discrimination – but a lot are apparently fine with that.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence swearing in Jeff Sessions.
Jeff Sessions: Senate career of one of US’s most anti-LGBT+ politicians may finally be over

Donald Trump has actually done the LGBT+ community a favor – although obviously not on purpose.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
Campaigners blast White House claim Trump has a ‘great record’ on LGBT+ rights

They’ve got a list of at least 153 attacks Trump’s administration has made on LGBT+ people.

Boris Johnson.
Disney, Sky and other top media firms tell UK government to stop attack on trans people

‘Increasing restrictions on trans people’s ability to live authentically benefits no one.’

Gérald Darmanin.
Minister accused of rape supported homophobic group and opposed same-sex marriage

French Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin denies the rape accusations but pressure is growing for him to resign.

President Andrzej Duda of Poland.
Poland’s homophobic President Andrzej Duda beats LGBT+ ally in hate-filled election

However claims of voting irregularities means the fight may not be over and could end in court.

Passport in back pocket.
Could all passports and IDs in the future be gender-neutral? The Dutch think they should

The Netherlands is removing all gender markers on national identification documents in the next five years.

Thai beach.
Thailand’s cabinet approves civil partnership bill

Meanwhile the pressure for equal same-sex marriage continues.

Canal boat taking part in Amsterdam Pride.
The Dutch are putting LGBT+ rights in Article 1 of their constitution

Netherlands wants a way to guarantee LGBT+ rights for generations to come.

Rafał Trzaskowski.
Poland presidential election: Voters split 50/50 between LGBT+ ally and homophobe

Election could decide the future of LGBT+ rights and even Poland’s place in Europe.

Polyamorous people at Pride in San Francisco in 2004.
Massachusetts city becomes first to recognize polyamorous relationships

Poly people will be able to register more than one partner for hospital visit rights and health insurance.

Johannesburg Pride.
South African officials banned from refusing to marry same-sex couples

‘This upholds our constitutional right.’

Pride in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, in 2019.
Nepal under new pressure to pass same-sex marriage

Could Nepal become the second country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage?

Vladimir Putin
Russia referendum: Putin until 2036 and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Russian LGBT+ people are waking up to a constitution that includes ‘faith in God’ for the first time.

Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush with their attorney.
Cayman Island finally offers civil partnerships bill as row continues on marriage equality

Fresh hope for same-sex couples battling for recognition in the Caribbean.

The sea front at Libreville, Gabon’s capital.
Confirmed: Gabon makes gay sex legal with overwhelming Senate vote

Gabon’s Catholic Church had campaigned to keep us as criminals.

Donald Trump
Trump hopes to fill the US Supreme Court with up to four right-wing justices if he wins election

President indicates he wants to avoid rulings in favor of the LGBT+ community happening again.