World of Politics

Legislating to Address Hate Crimes against the LGBT Community in the Commonwealth

There have been significant increases in the number of recorded hate crimes across the globe over the past two years, including hate crimes directed against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people

Vietnam recognises transgender people, but there’s a flaw in its law

In 2015, the country enacted a widely celebrated law enshrining rights for transgender people, making it one of Asia’s most progressive countries. But the bill to enforce that law has still not been passed, continuing the legal and medical confusion as well as discrimination faced by the community

US: ‘Gay Panic’ Defenses Are Banned in N.Y. Murder Cases

Since as early as the 1960s, defense lawyers have introduced the idea that people accused of murdering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people had acted in a state of temporary insanity caused and justified by their victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Launch of the Global Equality Caucus to tackle LGBT+ discrimination

The Global Equality Caucus is a new international network of parliamentarians and elected representatives aiming to tackle discrimination against LGBT+ people. The Caucus links elected officials across the world regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Brazil: Senate says it respects STF ruling on homophobia, but refutes accusation of omission

Manifestation was disclosed by the advisor of the president of the House, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP). In a judgment on Thursday, the Supreme Court authorized the criminalization of homophobia.

Iran: With the help of his boyfriend, a German reporter asked Iran’s foreign minister why the country executes people for being gay

When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif faced questions from foreign journalists on Monday in Tehran after a meeting with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, he may have expected some uncomfortable questions.