The Trump administration told a US appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue.
Activists report growing discrimination against queer persons parallel to the rise of the BJP-led government, which they accuse of demonising deviance and fuelling homophobia.
Varadkar’s election as leader of the governing Fine Gael party on Friday marks a symbolic moment for Ireland, although there are some concerns that he is relatively inexperienced when compared to past prime ministers.
Victoria Kolakowski was to travel to India on invitation of the US state department as an expert on LGBT law and policy.
A report from the International Commission for Jurists has found that fear of police violence and persecution keeps many queer people away from the justice system.
They weren’t demanding India change its laws but when 27 foreign missions in Delhi issue a statement reaffirming their countries’ “commitment to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex citizens”, the message is clear.
The premeditated murders of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy are a huge loss for the LGBT rights movement in Bangladesh and need to be investigated impartially.
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality