Historical advances that have made the LGBT community feel more inclusive

Also this year the LGBTQ community has made great strides. While there may still be a long way to go to achieve utopian equality for society and its marginalized groups, 2021 has managed to remove some obstacles in this direction. Many countries have abolished laws that were regressive to the community, while some laws were put in place to make their lives a little easier. Check out some of these as we look forward to a more liberated year 2022:

US lifts ban on transsexuals in the military

Very soon after taking office as US President, Joe Biden reversed a Trump-era Pentagon policy that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military. The new order, which Biden signed when he met Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in the Oval Office, lifted a ban ordered by President Donald Trump. Biden’s orders are that gender identity should not be an obstacle to military service.

America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it’s inclusive. The military is no exception, ”the order reads.

Botswana, Bhutan March for gay rights

Botswana’s government recently lost a lawsuit over the overturning of a landmark ruling decriminalizing homosexuality. The country’s Supreme Court ruled in 2019 in favor of activists trying to abolish prison sentences for same-sex relationships, but the government tried to overturn them. Presiding judge Ian Kirby, who read the verdict, said gay citizens have long lived “in constant fear of detection or arrest” when expressing “love for their partners”. Elsewhere, Bhutan also decriminalized homosexuality, which meant a big change in the Asian country.

Freedom zone gift from the EU Parliament

While European countries like Poland and Hungary have received a lot of criticism for their anti-LGBTQ attitudes, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) stated in response to the regression on LGBTQ rights in some EU countries, particularly Poland and Hungary, that the EU is “an LGBTIQ freedom zone”. It states that “LGBTIQ people everywhere in the EU should enjoy the freedom to live without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution and to show their sexual orientation and gender identity publicly”.

MSinaloa legalized same-sex union

The Mexican state of Sinaloa has finally passed the law legalizing same-sex marriage after many previous failed attempts, and is now joining more than half of the Mexican states that have the law.

Israel amends surrogacy law for same-sex couples

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can have children through surrogacy within the country, and the move was hailed as strengthening equality. The court ruled that restrictions on surrogacy for same-sex couples and single men within the Jewish state must be lifted within six months.

Switzerland votes in favor of admitting the same-sex union

In 2021, Switzerland voted by a large margin to marry homosexual couples in a referendum, putting the country on the same side as many others in Western Europe. Parliament and the ruling Federal Council supported the “marriage for all” measure, although same-sex civil partnerships have been permitted since 2007.

Chile approves same-sex union after a long struggle

Chilean Congress passed law to legalize same-sex marriage earlier this month, a milestone for the conservative South American nation after decades of litigation. “Today is a historic day, our country approved same-sex marriage, another step forward in terms of justice and equality, recognizing that love is love,” said Karla Rubilar, Minister for Social Development, after the vote.

New Zealand: Transsexuals can update gender on birth certificate

New Zealand has made it easier for people from the Tarns community to update their gender on birth certificates. A new law allows them to make changes without having to prove medical intervention.

Canada prohibits conversion therapy

Canada recently introduced conversion therapies, which are treatments that say they can change a person’s sexual orientation or identity. The new law now makes it a criminal offense to subject a person of any age to such treatment, with or without consent. It is often performed by religious leaders, but many licensed doctors are also involved in this inhumane process.

The Canadian bill makes “providing, promoting or promoting conversion therapy” a criminal offense, the Canadian Senate said on Twitter.

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