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How ‘Bakla’ Explains the Struggle for Queer Identity in the Philippines

The Tagalog word eludes Western concepts of gender and sexuality—and offers a window into LGBTQ+ Filipinos’ quest for acceptance.

A woman sitting inside a bus kisses a man who is standing outside the bus and leaning in the door to kiss her.
A woman sitting inside a bus kisses a man who is standing outside the bus and leaning in the door to kiss her.

Civilian Men Are Trapped in Ukraine

Human rights and humanitarian NGOs should pay attention to Kyiv’s sex-selective martial law.

Abortion rights protesters gather at the U.S. Supreme Court to denounce the court's decision to end federal abortion rights protections in Washington on June 26.
Abortion rights protesters gather at the U.S. Supreme Court to denounce the court's decision to end federal abortion rights protections in Washington on June 26.

Is Pinkwashing the Future of Post-Roe America?

Global anti-abortion activists have waved off criticism by pointing to their support for LGBTQ rights. But U.S. conservatives may be too extreme for that tactic.

Pete Buttigieg stands with his arm around his husband Chasten behind a podium with a U.S. flag in the background.
Pete Buttigieg stands with his arm around his husband Chasten behind a podium with a U.S. flag in the background.

‘Will I See a Gay President in My Lifetime? Absolutely.’

James Kirchick chronicles how the persecution of gay men in Washington tragically altered 20th-century foreign policy.

Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."
Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."

Netflix India’s ‘Cobalt Blue’ Shows Queer Love—in Primary Colors

The recent LGBTQ film tries to give life to the complications of queer desire. It falters.

Gay rights activists march during a rally against Russia’s then-proposed “gay propaganda” law in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 1, 2013.
Gay rights activists march during a rally against Russia’s then-proposed “gay propaganda” law in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 1, 2013.
A close-up photo shows Kirill's face and a lit red candle he is holding.
A close-up photo shows Kirill's face and a lit red candle he is holding.
Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, poses during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021.
Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, poses during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021.

What the Taliban Mean for Queer Afghans

In the absence of Western support, their lives are in danger as they struggle to flee. 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people from around the world in a speech during International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people from around the world in a speech during International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011.

What Biden Can Learn From Hillary Clinton’s Landmark LGBT Speech

When tackling big, global problems, expect pushback—but keep going.

Retired Sgt. Tom Swann wears a "lift the ban" armband to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military in Washington.
Retired Sgt. Tom Swann wears a "lift the ban" armband to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military in Washington.

Fighting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Paved the Way for Gay Rights

A new book chronicles the arduous struggle for LGBTQ equality in the U.S. military.

Jennifer Klein speaks at the White House.
Jennifer Klein speaks at the White House.

Jennifer Klein on the U.S.’s ‘First Ever’ National Gender Strategy

“We want it to be aspirational,” said co-chair of U.S. President Joe Biden’s policy council.

Some of the 21 people arrested under suspicion of being members of the LGBT community in Ghana leave after appearing in the Circuit Court in Ho, Ghana, on June 4.
Some of the 21 people arrested under suspicion of being members of the LGBT community in Ghana leave after appearing in the Circuit Court in Ho, Ghana, on June 4.

Ghana Doubles Down on Homophobic Laws

A country long regarded as a beacon of democracy in Africa is poised to pass draconian legislation criminalizing the country’s LGBT community.

Activists protest LGBTQ discrimination in the Commonwealth.
Activists protest LGBTQ discrimination in the Commonwealth.
People wear rainbow masks at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia.
People wear rainbow masks at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Geopolitical Fault Line Behind the Attack on Tbilisi Pride

LGBT rights are at the center of the struggle over Georgia’s Western leanings.

The registration room in hut 6 at Bletchley Park on Oct. 22, 1943. British cryptographers used the intelligence center during World War II to decipher top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces.
The registration room in hut 6 at Bletchley Park on Oct. 22, 1943. British cryptographers used the intelligence center during World War II to decipher top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces.

How World War II Code-Breakers Created the Modern Digital World

In “Geniuses at War,” David A. Price convincingly recounts a heroic and tragic tale.

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Gay pride flag at half-staff

Gay Reparations Are Past Due

The United States lags behind many other countries in making up for its abusive past. Here’s why—and how to fix it.

People wave a rainbow flag as they celebrate the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election in West Hollywood, California, on Nov. 7, 2020.
People wave a rainbow flag as they celebrate the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election in West Hollywood, California, on Nov. 7, 2020.

The Missing Realism of Biden’s Pro-LGBTQ Foreign Policy

The new administration has committed to far-reaching human rights goals that could easily backfire.

Members of AIDS activist group ACT UP hold up signs of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Jesse Helms along with a banner stating “Silence Equals Death” as they protest at the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, on Oct. 11, 1988.
Members of AIDS activist group ACT UP hold up signs of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Jesse Helms along with a banner stating “Silence Equals Death” as they protest at the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, on Oct. 11, 1988.

U.S. Leaders Forgot the Lessons of the AIDS Crisis by Not Doing the Reading

Literature’s power to illuminate otherness makes it critical to leadership.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.
Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

Gender rights activists gather to take part in Namma Pride 2020, a solidarity walk in Bengaluru, India, on Dec. 27, 2020.
Gender rights activists gather to take part in Namma Pride 2020, a solidarity walk in Bengaluru, India, on Dec. 27, 2020.

For LGBTQ+ People Around the World, Here’s What Biden Can Do to Build Back Better

Divided government or not, the incoming administration has several options for fixing the United States’ human rights record.

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