India’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex

February 19, 2017: LGBT activists hold a long rainbow colored flag demanding equality during Queer Swabhimana Yatra in Hyderabad, India.

  Section 377 was a law enacted at the height of the British occupation in India during the 1850s. It outlawed “sodomy,” along with all other forms of consensual same-sex activity. Those who were found guilty of violating the law could incur punishments that began at flogging and went up to life imprisonment. Lawyers say […]

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Activist Group Reunites Gay Refugee Couple

An activist holds a sign that reads, "With LGBT refugees."

  Alireza is Iranian. Kiran is from India. Together, they have traveled thousands of miles in the name of love. In 2011, Alireza fled Iran out of fear for his own safety. At the time, his country was both carrying out and condoning the executions of men like him: gay men. It was the same […]

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Wisconsin Insurance Will Cover State Workers Seeking Transgender Treatment

A sheet of paper that's titled "Hormone Therapy." It is pictured alongside pills and a syringe.

  In 2016, Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board (which controls the insurance programs for all of Wisconsin’s state and public workers plus those who have retired) voted to allow the inclusion of transition expenses in their insurance coverage. In February 2017, they reversed that, specifically banning that coverage. August 24, 2018, they flipped again. With a […]

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Judge Grants Posthumous Marriage to Lesbian Couple

A sick elderly woman in a hospital bed. She is wearing a wedding band.

  Bonnie Foerster and Beverly Grossaint were together for 50 years, until death did them part. They met in 1968, and fell in love in an instant. Openly out in a time when it was risky to be, they shared the first pride parade in New York City in 1970, living together as wife and […]

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Russian Teen Says He’ll Continue to Protest Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

Activists in London protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

  On August 7th, Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old student from Biysk, Russia, was summoned to the police station, where he was arrested and charged with violating Russia’s “gay propaganda” law. Neverov is reportedly the first minor to be charged since the law’s passing in 2013, but thousands of adults have been caught and fined by […]

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Cuba is Gearing up to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Cuban flag as shown in rainbow colors, a symbol of same-sex marriage.

  Cuba has seen a lot of changes in the past decade. In 2006, Raúl Castro became president, succeeding his sick brother, Fidel. Under his leadership, the stringent rules of their brand of communism have been eased off. Private property is legal, as is self-employment (previously, the only legal employer was the state). A tourism […]

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Abandoned By His Parents, Gay Valedictorian Defies All Odds

A high school graduate raises his cap and diploma in celebration.

  Seth Owen graduated high school with a fist full of honors cords, a 4.61 GPA, the lofty title of valedictorian, and an acceptance letter to an Ivy-league school. He also graduated without a home. In February, just a few months before commencement, his parents gave him a choice: attend their church or move out. […]

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Activists Find Clever Way Around Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws at World Cup

Official ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Adidas Krasava and a calendar with the symbols of the World Cup 2018.

  Russia’s anti-gay laws prohibit anything someone might deem “gay propaganda,” and specifically they include a ban on the rainbow flag, the symbol of the LGBT movement since it was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker and stitched together by 30 San Francisco LGBT activists. The ban is part of a 2013 expansion of a […]

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A First for Italy: Two Mothers Listed on Birth Certificate

A woman wraps her hands around a pregnant woman's stomach.

  Italy’s record for gay rights is a rocky one. The Catholic country only recognized same-sex civil unions in June 2016, and has not yet allowed same-sex marriages. Civil partners have most of the same legal protections as married partners, but not all. For instance, the right to be recognized as equal parents of any […]

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Massachusetts Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

A teenage boy being counseled by a female therapist.

  Gay conversion therapy, the practice of seeking to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity usually through aversion techniques, is regarded as being somewhere between homeopathy and abusive by medical and mental health professionals. Studies from all over the world link the practice to increased suicide rates and depressive symptoms, especially in children […]

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