LGBT

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel backs same-sex marriage

Cubans set to vote on same-sex marriage and other issues in constitutional referendum set for February.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel backs same-sex marriage

Asia

India lifts ban on gay sex

Supreme Court reverses its 2013 judgement saying 'discrimination on basis of sexual orientation violates rights'.

India decriminalises gay sex in landmark verdict

India

India's Supreme Court to rule on gay sex

The archaic law criminalises same-sex intercourse and LGBTQ rights groups have petitioned the court to review the law.

India's Supreme Court to rule on gay sex

Malaysia

Malaysia: Women caned in public for lesbian act

Condemnation in Malaysia after officials in conservative Muslim state whip two women for having sex.

Malaysia: Women caned in public for lesbian act

Pakistan

Transgender community questions inclusion as vote nears

Pakistan passed a landmark law in May, but activists and transgender individuals continue to face discrimination.

Transgender citizens claim law protecting rights not implemented

Pakistan

Transgender candidate in Pakistan: 'I won't stop now'

This marks the first year transgender citizens can run in Pakistan's election following a law guaranteeing their rights.

The determined transgender candidate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

India

Will India decriminalise gay sex?

Top court hears challenge to British colonial era-law that punishes same-sex relationships with up to 10 years in jail.

India same-sex relations: Will top court decriminalise gay sex?

World Cup 2018

Rising homophobia in Russia and the World Cup

LGBT football fans going to Russia receive threats, as groups voice concern over increase in anti-gay chants in country.

Russia, football World Cup and rising homophobia

LGBT

EU's top court backs same-sex marriage

Decision by the European Court of Justice to recognise rights of same-sex marriage lauded as a landmark victory.

EU's top court backs same-sex marriage

Latin America

Miguel Diaz-Canel: Cuba's post-Castro president

Little known about 57-year-old's plans to tackle challenges facing Communist country, including its struggling economy.

Miguel Diaz-Canel: Cuba's post-Castro president

Human Rights

Rights groups slam Trump's ban on transgender troops

LGBTQ advocates call policy banning most transgender people from military service 'transphobia masquerading as policy'.

Rights groups slam Trump's ban on transgender military service

Health

US bans 'fetus', 'diversity' in health agency budget

Trump slammed after Washington Post reports seven words are prohibited in health agency budget documents.

'Fetus', 'transgender' banned in CDC budget: Report

LGBT

Canada apologises for 'tragic act of discrimination'

Trudeau makes amends for policy that 'purged' thousands of LGBT Canadians from public service between 1950s and 1990s.

Canada apologises for historical LGBT 'purge'

Racism

Hate crimes rise for second straight year in the US

Hate crime incidents go up to 6,121 during 2016 compared to 5,850 incidents reported the previous year, FBI says.

Hate crimes rose by nearly 5 percent in 2016: FBI

LGBT

FIFA urged to step up fight against homophobia

Rights groups and football experts call for stronger measures against anti-gay discrimination during matches.

FIFA urged to step up fight against homophobia