• 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: 09/28/2020

After ambassadors push Poland to protect LGBT rights, its leaders push back: ‘Nobody needs to teach us tolerance’

WARSAW, POLAND — Polish leaders on Monday rejected suggestions that LGBT people are deprived of any of their rights in the country, after an open letter from 50 ambassadors and international representatives…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2020

Poland’s ruling nationalists cement new coalition deal

Poland’s ruling nationalists signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, ending weeks of in-fighting in the three-party alliance over how it will govern over the next three years. The leaders of the…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Nigerian activist: Is it time to march against anti-LGBT bias?

Nigerian human rights activist Samuel Uchenna has suggested that it may be time for public demonstrations by LGBTIQ+ Nigerians pushing back against the country’s anti-gay biases. Sharing his thoughts on Twitter, the…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2020

‘Love Falls on Us’ explores the intersection of African LGBT rights and American activism

The book in this installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular — “Love Falls on Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives” — focuses on LGBTQ rights and…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2020

60% of queer Iranians have been assaulted by homophobic family members

More than six in 10 queer people from Iran have been assaulted by anti-LGBT+ family members, and almost half have been sexually assaulted in public, according to a new report. The report,…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2020

Gay children are ‘children of God’, Pope tells parents

Pope Francis has told the parents of gay children that God loves them “as they are” because they are “the children of God”. His remarks came following the Wednesday General Audience where…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2020

Barbados Government proposes civil unions and hints it will make gay sex legal

Barbados has hinted it will make homosexuality legal and proposed civil unions so no citizen faces discrimination because of who they love. The announcements came in a formal speech for the State…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2020

UN condemns killing of LGBT activist in northern Mexico

The U.N. human rights agency called on Mexican authorities Thursday to thoroughly investigate the killing of an LGBT rights activist in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua. The office of the U.N.…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2020

Christian group threatens to hang gay people ‘in a loving way’ in leaked WhatsApp messages

The LGBT+ community in the Cayman Islands is on high alert after leaked messages revealed a Christian group threatening to “hang one or two” gay people. The “disturbing and dangerous” messages, first…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2020

Council of churches says pardon on Pemberton an injustice to all Filipinos

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) said the granting of absolute pardon to US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is an “injustice” not only to Jennifer Laude and her family…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2020

Terrifying new law that would legally erase transgender people inches closer to reality in Putin’s Russia

Russia could be set to follow in the footsteps of Hungary with a proposed law that would legally erase transgender people. Proposed amendments to Russia’s Family Code, put forward by anti-LGBT+ lawmaker…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2020

Blackmailed with nudes, Nigerian lesbians find safety outside the closet

After swapping nude photos with Blessing on WhatsApp, Chioma set out to meet her prospective lover but was accosted on the road by a man in military uniform who accused her of…

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