• Culture Religion and Politics

    Laws and governments are not the only forces impacting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. Society, culture, and religion can also strongly impact the well-​being of LGBTI people. Religion is often given as a justification for discrimination and mistreatment of LGBTI people. Those who persecute LGBTI people also accuse them of violating long-​held cultural traditions. Social change is often more difficult to achieve than legal change. There are religious leaders in many faiths who consider LGBTI identity sinful and exclude and stigmatize LGBTI people from their faith communities. Many of these leaders encourage psychologically​—​and sometimes physically​—​harmful “reparative therapy” practices, support relatives who reject their LGBTI family members, and even call for torture and execution of LGBTI people.

ADDED ON: 11/11/2019

Anti-LGBTQ and Anti-Choice World Congress of Families and Its Russian Backers Seek to Expand Influence in Africa

The World Congress of Families, an international network of anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice activists, sponsored a regional conference in Accra, Ghana, last week. Organizers pitched it as an effort to “position Africa as…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/11/2019

The Australian media’s portrayal of trans people is a betrayal of their human rights

As the United Nations independent expert on preventing violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, I have the privilege of working alongside LGBT communities and activists all…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/11/2019

Same-Sex Relationships No Longer a Crime in Botswana

Botswana becomes yet another African country to repeal its colonial laws against homosexuality, and recognise gay people as humans deserving of love and respect. Several decades ago, same sex relations were taken…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/11/2019

Gay sex: is time finally up for Singapore’s Section 377A?

It is a law famously and stubbornly resistant to change. One that has outlived not only the British colonialists who drafted it, but the British empire itself. A law that survived the…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Myanmar’s law and justice system perpetuates anti-LGBTQ stigma

Myanmar’s criminal laws are outdated and fail to respect and protect human rights, especially the rights of LGBTQ people and rights enshrined in binding international human rights treaties. This is the key…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Trump’s Takeover of America’s Courts Just Hit a Terrifying New Milestone

Thursday, November 7 was a fateful day for the courts in America. By an 86-2 margin, the U.S. Senate approved William Nardini to a lifetime appointment on the Second Circuit Court of…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Georgian police arrest more than 25 in clashes at gay movie premiere

Police in Georgia said on Saturday they had arrested more than 25 people after ultra-nationalist protesters attempting to derail the premiere of an award-winning movie about gay love clashed with security forces.…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Same-sex marriage ruling overturned in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government, overturning Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s previous ruling that legalised same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands. At the same time,…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/08/2019

Lucy Liu’s secret side hustle is painting lesbian portraits and she’s actually amazing at it

It’s no surprise to anyone that Lucy Liu is an amazing actor but fans are only just finding out about another hidden talent – she also paints incredible lesbian portraits too. While…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/08/2019

Colombia court upends old Latin America naming tradition

Tradition has long had it that children born to families in Latin America receive two last names: That of their father, followed by that of their mother. Now that practice is being…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/08/2019

Malaysia sentences five men to jail, caning and fines for gay sex

A Malaysian religious court sentenced five men on Thursday to jail, caning and fines for attempting gay sex, media and a rights group said. Sodomy and same-sex acts are illegal under Islamic…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 11/08/2019

Brazilians March Against Bolsonaro and his Ties to Murder of Activist

Brazilians marched in dozens of cities across the country against the far-right government of president Jair Bolsonaro. The marches come amid extremely concerning revelations, which allegedly tie Bolsonaro to the murder of…

GO TO FULL STORY