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

Asia

Transgender people targeted in fatal Pakistan attack

Police using surveillance camera footage to investigate incident that began with harassment and ended with a murder.

Transgender people targeted in fatal Karachi attack

US & Canada

Trump signs memo banning transgender military recruits

Rights activists decry Trump's reversal of Obama-era decision to allow trans people to openly serve in the US military.

Trump signs memo banning transgender military recruits

Opinion

Decolonising Syria's so-called 'queer liberation'

On Rojava's new international LGBTQI brigade, the "war on terror" and the Western left's erasure of local struggles.

Razan Ghazzawi

by Razan Ghazzawi

Razan Ghazzawi

US & Canada

US general: No changes yet to transgender policy

Official says Pentagon will not immediately change current policy allowing transgender people to serve in US military.

US & Canada

Trump: US military will 'not accept' transgender people

President's statements via Twitter signal reversal of Obama-era decision to let trans people openly serve in military.

Trump: US military will 'not accept' transgender people

Europe

Germany votes in favour of same-sex marriage

Landmark vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel changes her mind and tells party members to follow their conscience.

German parliament approves same-sex marriage

Asia Pacific

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Judges on the island say current laws violate constitutional rights, but conservatives angered by ruling.

Russia

Gay rights activists detained in Moscow

Five people held as they try to deliver petition protesting against alleged abuses of gay men in Chechnya.

Gay rights activists detained in Russia's Moscow

United States

White House rolls back federal transgender protections

Donald Trump withdraws Obama-era guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

White House rolls back federal transgender protections