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Members of Brazil's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community posing for a portrait inside a free residential shelter called CASA 1 or "House 1" in downtown São Paulo on May 16, 2017.

Brazil is accused of stripping away LGBT rights


Self-described “missionaries” are now approved to perform a widely discredited psychological treatment meant to make people heterosexual, angering Brazil’s health and rights communities who pushed to ban it.

A gay rights activist holds a placard during a rally supporting same-sex marriage, in Sydney, Australia, May 31, 2015.

Think young Australians will ignore a nonbinding mail-in vote on marriage equality? Think again.

Lesbians in Senegal are left out of the gay rights movement organized around HIV prevention and treatment. And they're also left out of the women's movement: "Some women's groups ... don't want to have anything to do with gay women," says Ndeye Kebe.

Lesbians in Senegal just want a place where they can be themselves

An asylum-seeker from Uganda covers his face with a paper bag in order to protect his identity as he marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts, June 8, 2013.

Uganda’s other refugee crisis

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Stark numbers show who gets trolled the most online. See for yourself.

A couple kiss in front of the Pantheon during a demonstration of supporters of same-sex civil union in Rome.

Protesters in Italy tell lawmakers it’s time to ‘wake up’ and recognize same-sex unions


Italians have spent decades considering whether to legalize civil unions for gays. This week Italian parliamentarians may finally act.

Echa wears the hijab because it's the law for women in Aceh. Echa is transgender, and when she wears the headscarf, she says no one calls her names.

A transgender woman in Aceh, Indonesia gathers strength as new anti-gay sex laws roll out


New anti-gay laws that just took effect in Indonesia’s Aceh province mandate 100 strokes from the cane for people engaging in gay sex.

Nigerians are speculating that when President Muhammadu Buhari visits the White House on July 20th President Obama will try to persuade the African leader to repeal Nigeria's Same Sex Prohibition Law.

Nigerians fear Obama will push gay rights in the White House during meeting with nation’s new leader


The legalization of gay marriage in the US has sparked increased homophobia in Nigeria. Now fear is growing that Obama may bring up the issue during the Nigerian president’s trip to the White House later this month.

A graffiti artist finishes a Yes campaign piece in central Dublin on May 20, 2015. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a refe

LGBT activists are excited for Ireland’s refendum, but still wary of popular votes

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No other country in the world has had a popular vote to allow same-sex couples to marry — and that’s just fine with some LGBT activists. They say minority rights aren’t a question for popular votes, and they’re afraid of rejection, even in Ireland.


Images: When you are gay (and afraid) in Uganda


The combined photography of photojournalists Anne Bailey and Shane McMillan, documenting subjects across seven countries, is part of “UNBOUND,” a photo exhibit opening this week in Portland, Maine, at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.