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LGBTI news of the world
23 October - 5 November 2020

Written by Maddalena Tomassini
Edited by Daniele Paletta

In these past two weeks, our communities worldwide mobilised to raise awareness and be better allies to our intersex and asexual siblings, on the occasion of Intersex Awareness Day and Ace Week.

Meanwhile, as the United States waits for the outcome of its general elections, the Supreme Court held a hearing that could impact on many lives, determining if foster care agencies have the right to discriminate against rainbow families on the grounds of “religious beliefs”. Another ruling became a stumbling rock on the path to equality, as the Constitutional Court of Peru rejected a request to recognise a marriage between two men. In the meantime, in Australia, closure to a historic hate crime case could be delayed, as some key documents were reportedly destroyed. 

Discrimination against our communities is still happening every day, but we are fighting back everywhere to move the needle. North Macedonia reinstated the Anti-Discrimination Law after it had been repealed earlier this year. The city of Manila, in the Philippines, adopted an anti-discrimination ordinance. In South Africa, the passing of the Civil Amendment Union Bill ensured that marriage officers can no longer refuse to solemnise a same-sex union.

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Video of the week: The UN Independent Expert on SOGI Victor Madrigal-Borloz presented his latest report to the UN General Assembly, shining a light on the specific impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse persons.

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