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  • 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: 05/19/2022

Chile’s LGBTQ+ street artists see work defaced with homophobic slurs

SANTIAGO, May 17 (Openly) - It was meant to be an open-air museum dedicated to Chile's LGBTQ+ community, but days after the 40-meter (131-foot) mural was completed, vandals defaced its brightly colored…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2022

Chinese company makes ‘coming out’ kits for queer people

In the early 2000s, queer activism had finally started flourishing in China—with more and more NGOs advocating for gay rights. This, however, has gotten harder ever since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2022

DRC queer rights activist forced to go into hiding.

Crammed into a boat with more than 100 people, Cherie* prayed nobody would recognise her. “I wore a hat and a balaclava,” the transgender woman, 33, says of her attempts to remain…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2022

Rwanda: LGBT rights are protected on paper, but discrimination and homophobia persist.

“From today, I no longer want to be called your mother, if you don’t want to change you can leave my house and come back when you are a transformed person, when…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2022

LGBTI rights in Ukraine conflict in focus at Cyprus conference

The IDAHOT + Forum 2022 is taking place in Limassol, Cyprus, on 12-13 May, ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Tuesday 17 May. Speaking during the discussion…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2022

Marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2022 in Albania

To mark IDAHOT 2022 in Albania, the action on “Promotion of Diversity and Equality in Albania” under the joint European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2022

Greece bans LGBTQ conversion therapy

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece on Wednesday banned conversion therapy for minors, a practice aimed at suppressing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity and which the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2022

Brazil: Attacks on Gender and Sexuality Education

(São Paulo) – Lawmakers and other public officials at the federal, state, and municipal levels in Brazil have used pernicious legal and political tactics to undermine and even prohibit gender and sexuality education,…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2022

Cameroon: Rising Violence Against LGBTI People

(Nairobi) – Security forces in Cameroon are failing to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from violent attacks and instead are arresting the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. There has…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2022

Out in the World: 60 LGBTQ Afghan refugees arrive in Canada

The Canadian government has quietly relocated 60 LGBTQ Afghan refugees from Pakistan to the North American country.  Afghan refugees flew out of Islamabad to Nova Scotia around April 30, according to gay…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2022

Home Office admits LGBTQI+ refugees could be persecuted if sent to Rwanda

The Home Office has admitted that lesbian, gay and bisexual refugees could be persecuted if sent to Rwanda – but still plans to fly them 4,000 miles to Kigali. The department’s equality impact assessment…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2022

Cameroon: Rising Violence Against LGBTI People.

Security forces in Cameroon are failing to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from violent attacks and instead are arresting the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. There has…

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