LGBT rights

In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, supporters of LGBTQ rights hold placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

The US is falling behind the global LGBTQ movement. Can the election change that?

Policy decisions made by the next US president will affect millions of queer people around the world.

Gay and lesbian newlyweds kiss at a pro same-sex marriage party in Taipei.

An LGBTQ rights advocate looks back on the 2010s and ahead to a new decade

Lifestyle & Belief
asylum-seekers sing in a church choir

How a small church in Massachusetts became a destination for LGBTQ asylum-seekers from all over the world

The top of US Supreme Court building is lit at dusk in Washington, Dec. 18, 2017.

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to Mississippi anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ law

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

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.


Instead of a binding referendum or a vote in Parliament, Australia is holding a nonbinding, voluntary, postal plebiscite to determine whether Australians support same-sex marriage legalization. For many young Australians, who support marriage equality by large margins, a vote that seems designed to limit their participation is having the opposite effect.

Members of the LGBT community hold a placard with the picture of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a protest outside the Russian embassy in Mexico City.

Russian foreign minister refuses to acknowledge ongoing harassment of Chechen LGBT community


“We don’t see one concrete fact either about hackers or about some secret probes into election meddling in almost every Western country, or on the issue of accusations of rights abuses of LGBT representatives in Chechnya,” Sergei Lavrov told journalists.

St.Petersburg, RussiaGay activists take part in a protest event called "March against Hatred" in St. Petersburg November 2, 2014. The activists are marching in opposition towards the aggressive Russian government policy due to the war in Ukraine. (RUSSIA

Gay men in Chechnya rounded up, tortured, and killed: report


More than 100 gay men in Chechnya have been arrested and tortured, and some were killed by police, a local report says.

You Ya-ting, left, and Huang Mei-yu cast their stamps during their symbolic same-sex Buddhist wedding ceremony at a temple in Taoyuan county, northern Taiwan, on Aug. 11, 2012.

Many in Taiwan aim to make it the first Asian country with same-sex marriage

Global Politics

There’s some opposition, including from a Massachusetts anti-gay organization. But supporters in Taiwan say they have the endorsement of a bipartisan group of almost half of parliament. And marriage equality has the backing of President Tsai Ing-wen, who campaigned on the issue.

Former Army Captain Easton Branam.

Looking back on the legacy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’


Barack Obama ended the policy of preventing gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers from serving openly in the military. For many, it was too little, too late. But remembering what it did could make our future decisions better.