• 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: 03/29/2020

Egypt denies existence of LGBT people

The government of Egypt has told UN member states that it cannot protect LGBT people’s rights because it does not recognise that they exist. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports that Egypt made…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2020

In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts

Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few women’s…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2020

Second blanket ban on LGBTI+ events in Ankara has been lifted!

The second indefinite ban on LGBTI+ activity was lifted in Ankara, which was declared by the document submitted to the Police by the Governor's Office in 2018. The governor's office was unable…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2020

Malaysian LGBT podcast hosts on being queer in a conservative society

“One episode that stands out to this day involved an interview with a person who participated in chemsex,” the Malaysian podcast host known as J says when asked about memorable moments from…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2020

Global LGBT organizations mobilize in face of pandemic

Global LGBT organizations are responding to the impact of the coronavirus as they work to protect some of the most vulnerable queer people. There have been 19,753 deaths around the world reported…

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ADDED ON: 03/25/2020

Mogadishu’s refugees ‘waiting for death’ as Covid-19 reaches Somalia

In the Nabadoon camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Asho Abdullahi Hassan, a 40-year-old mother of seven, has heard about the coronavirus on the radio. “I am very scared about this deadly…

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ADDED ON: 03/25/2020

This lesbian artist faces six years jail for creating innocent pictures

A lesbian artist has spent months under house arrest and is facing fines and six years jail, just for publishing innocent images in Russia. Yulja Tsvetkova faces three separate trials. Under the…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Coronavirus Leaves Migrants along Mexico-U.S. Border even More Vulnerable

Jaime Antonio Marin Rocha and his mother, Yolanda Rocha, run Jardín de las Mariposas, a shelter for LGBT migrants in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Marin told the Washington Blade on…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Gay YouTuber takes aim at Indonesia’s ‘sexual deviant’ bill

An Indonesian YouTube star, whose videos about being gay and living with HIV have generated millions of views, is hoping his popular channel will help fight moves by lawmakers to clamp down…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2020

‘It’s not safe for them’: Coronavirus lockdowns putting LGBT+ people at risk across Middle East

Coronavirus-induced isolation and lockdowns are putting LGBT+ people in the Middle East at risk, campaigners have warned. Many individuals are – or, due to money worries, fear becoming – trapped with family…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2020

Nigerian Sun is issuing strange warnings about ‘homosexuals’

The Sun newspaper in Nigeria has published a diatribe on the rise of sadistic and hard-working “criminals”. Nigeria is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT + people.…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2020

Coronavirus: Three Lessons from the AIDS Crisis

As of March 15, Seattle had recorded 420 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths. As a historian of 20th-century queer and trans politics, I know that’s nothing compared to the toll that…

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