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With Rise Of Right-wing, LGBT Rights May Cease To Exist In Many Parts Of The World

Across the world, countries have begun to recognise and legally protect universal laws for the LGBT community. But there is a lurking fear that many of the hard-fought rights could get rescinded.

Fight for diversity: Protest against homophobia in Turin Photo: Getty Images

Today they can aspire to the highest polit­ical office. There is an openly gay prime minister in Europe, and a lesbian one. Xav­ier Bettel, Luxembourg’s PM, is in his second term in office. Serbia’s Ana Brnabić is the first les­bian and first woman PM, and has been in office since 2017. President Joe Biden appointed the first gay Cabinet minister in Pete Buttigieg, the US transportation secretary. The US State Departm­ent spokesperson Ned Price is also gay. Then, of course, there is Apple CEO Tim Cook. There is celebrity talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper (son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt), who also has a two-year-old son. Same-sex marriages, property rights and all other civil rights that were once denied are no longer out of reach. Children of gay couples can inherit property and become their legal heirs.  

Western Europe is the most progressive in granting protection and rights to the LGBT community. While 32 countries across the world recognise same-­sex marriage as well as rights of adoption for lesbian and gay couples, 19 of these are in Europe. Another 11 European nations have legalised civil unions between same-sex couples. Like France, the UK also legitimised same-sex marriage in 2013. Adop­tion is also legal for such couples.  

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