• Human Rights

    The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are violated every day, in ways ranging from discrimination and violation of the right to form a family to torture and execution. While international law recognizes the human rights, freedom, and equality of every human being, many countries and leaders claim that LGBTI people do not qualify for basic human rights. Laws criminalizing consensual sex between adults of the same sex exist on six continents, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status is legal in most countries. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched an initiative in 2013 called Free & Equal, a global education campaign working to destigmatize LGBTI people and promote respect.

ADDED ON: 01/28/2022

Holocaust Remembrance Day: How are Nazi Germany’s LGBT+ victims commemorated across Europe?

Today (27 January) marks the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance, an occasion to commemorate the victims — especially European Jews, the main targets of Nazi oppression — who were persecuted and murdered…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2022

Advocacy group renew calls for U.S. to help LGBTQ+ Afghans

WASHINGTON — Advocacy groups on Wednesday renewed calls for the U.S. and other countries to do more to help LGBTQ+ Afghans who remain inside Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control of it. A report…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2022

LGBTQ+ Afghans Struggle for Work and Food as Taliban Threats Grow

Jan. 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — LGBTQ+ Afghans face increasing threats and violence five months since the Taliban seized power, with many forced into hiding and unable to earn a living amid…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2022

UK equalities watchdog urges Scotland to pause gender recognition reforms

The UK’s equalities watchdog has written to the Scottish government asking it to pause plans to simplify the legal requirements for gender recognition. LGBT+ equality campaigners hit back at the unexpected intervention by…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2022

Amnesty urges Iran to free ‘arbitrarily detained’ LGBTI activist.

Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Iran to free an Iranian LGBTI activist held for the last three months on charges linked to an appearance in a BBC documentary on gay rights in…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2022

Guatemala: Anti-Trans Bill Threatens Rights.

A group of lawmakers in Guatemala has advanced a bill that would stigmatize transgender people and curtail children’s and adolescents’ rights to education, information, and health, Human Rights Watch said today. Congress…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2022

Botswana president vows to honour gay rights judgment.

Botswana's president vowed Monday to fully implement a 2019 court ruling decriminalising homosexuality, two months after losing an appeal that sought to overturn it. President Mokgweetsi Masisi invited LGBT leaders to his…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2022

Covid takes a toll on transgender entertainers in Indonesia, where even the term LGBT is seen as a threat

It was almost 2pm in one of the outer western suburbs of Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city of more than three million inhabitants. Merry, 50, a transwoman, had just alighted from a bemo, or public…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2022

‘Cars had stickers of DMK leaders’: Pro-Hindutva LGBTQ activist Gopi Shankar Madurai survives fourth attack, appeals to PM Modi for help

Well-known LGBTQ activist Gopi Shankar Madurai has recently survived the fourth attack in Mahabalipuram of Tamilnadu. Gopi Shankar Madurai was obstructed in the road by six goons when he was going for…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2022

Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan LGBT ally, flees for safety to Germany

Ugandan LGBT ally and academic scholar Dr Stella Nyanzi has fled to Germany with her children over fears of government persecution, arrest and torture. “I refuse to be gagged. I refuse to…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2022

Rightify Ghana launches fundraising appeal to expand advocacy for LGBTQI+ people

A leading LGBT advocacy group in Ghana that has put a spotlight on what it calls the “worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever” is seeking donations from LGBTQ rights supporters worldwide in order to…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2022

We Can No Longer Ignore the Murders of LGBTQ+ People in Jamaica

Jasmyne Cannick, the journalist who brought national attention to the killings committed by Ed Buck in West Hollywood, is releasing a new podcast series exploring the many human rights abuses taking place…

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