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Kyrgyzstan’s New Anti-Gay Law Is Even Worse than Russia’s

The law criminalizes any mention of “nontraditional sexual relations”—unless it’s hate speech, which will be perfectly legal.

Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

For Ugandan lawmakers, it seems the best cure for a public health problem is a draconian prison sentence.

To Stem Violence, States Must Recognize Trans Identities

When governments hinder trans people from obtaining documents that match their gender, trans people may face outing, harassment, and violence.

Advancing Trans* Movements Worldwide

This report summarizes a December 2013 meeting between trans* and intersex activists and funders. It makes recommendations to improve donors' approaches to funding and collaborative strategic support for these movements.

In Georgia, a Brave Step Toward LGBT Rights

After its parliament passed a law that includes protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, Georgia has settled into a period of transition that, rights activists hope, will eliminate LGBT discrimination.

LGBTI Rights and the Global Culture Wars  

Open Society Fellow Mark Gevisser examines how LGBTI rights have become the latest—and hottest—battleground in the global culture wars.