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Global issue 12

Global Insight LGBT Rights Th e global strugglefor queer freedom Homophobic persecution and discrimination is rife in large parts of the world, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still not recognised or protected by international law. Nonetheless, progress towards equality is being made thanks to the defi ance and bravery of activists Peter Tatchell Over the last two decades, the impoverished South Asian nation consensus on LGBT equality in parliament, and the Supreme Court of Nepal has made an extraordinary transition from monarchical of Nepal ruled in 2007 that the government must repeal all laws tyranny to a secular democratic republic. This progress has in- that discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender cluded signifi cant advances for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans- identity. gender (LGBT) people. Thanks to the campaigns of the LGBT or- As a consequence, citizenship and ID documents now include ganisation, the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), there is cross-party the option of ‘third gender’ to address the demands of people who Credit: Guillaume Paumier CC BY 2.0 24 lwww.global-briefing.org fourth quarter 2012global


Global issue 12
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