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Celebrated as an Athlete, Murdered as a Lesbian  

The murder of Eudy Simelane, the South African national football star, illustrates the contradictions that define life for LGBTI people in Africa.

After Orlando, the Struggle Against Hate Continues

We are all bound to one another by our humanity. When that humanity is struck down in one place, we are all made more vulnerable.

Mourning Orlando’s Loss from Kabul

The situations in Afghanistan and the United States are very different, but the emotions are universal.

Subverting the Media to Boost Support for LGBTI Rights  

Since outing herself on Croatia’s most popular TV show, Mima Simić has become a master at using the media to spread tolerance.

African Feminists Mark Women’s Role in Shaping Their Continent’s Future

At an inspiring meeting in Zimbabwe, over 160 women gathered to mark feminism’s leading role in creating a more progressive Africa.

Health Funders and Grantees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Frontline NGOs may not measure their impact in terms of infections averted or treated—yet they have become essential to donors who do.