• 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: 09/23/2019

Gay man who fled Ghana over attacks secures asylum in US

A Ghanaian [name withheld] who was attacked in Ghana in 2015 on suspicion of being gay has succeeded in securing asylum in the United States. Two law students of New York Law…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2019

Anti-gay Nigerian protesters demand harsher laws against LGBTIQ+ people

Homophobic Nigerian youths and officials protested this week to demand harsher laws and a crackdown on LGBTIQ+ people in Nigeria. Even though a recent survey has shown some progress toward LGBTIQ+ acceptance…

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ADDED ON: 09/22/2019

Council of Europe presses Chechnya on gay torture

A Council of Europe official tackled Chechen officials about reports of the torture and detention of gay people, during a rare visit to the Russian republic Saturday. Frank Schwabe, a member of…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2019

Indonesian president postpones plans to outlaw extramarital sex

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has ordered his government to postpone the ratification of a deeply controversial criminal code that would outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president. The…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2019

‘How can you be lesbian and Christian?’ Home Office using religion against LGBT asylum seekers

A new report has alleged that the Home Office is using religion against LGBT+ asylum seekers. The 85-page publication also found that the government department was using some LGBT+ asylum seekers’ dependency…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2019

SUSPICIONS ARISE AFTER CONFESSION IN MURDER OF RUSSIAN LGBT ACTIVIST YELENA GRIGORYEVA

LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva's body was found in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 20, with evidence she had been choked, stabbed and thrown into the bushes near her home. Now, two months…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2019

Nigerian press agog with protests against LGBT, cashless policy

The renewed pursuit of cashless policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the protest by youths against lesbians, gays, and transgender are some of the leading stories in the Nigerian…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2019

Gay couple held down and prayed over against their will at a church to ‘turn them straight’

A gay man said that he and his boyfriend were attacked by a congregation at his Mother’s church in an attempt to convert them to heterosexuality. Sean Cormie, 23, recently came out to…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2019

Trans woman defies danger to champion LGBTI rights in El Salvador

Bianka Rodríguez was leaving a San Salvador shopping centre when a man with a gun came up and forced her into his car. He proceeded to drive aimlessly around the city, rattling…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2019

Jamaica tops Caribbean countries for human rights violation, Guyana comes second

Jamaica has recorded the most incidents of human rights violation when compared to its Caribbean neighbours. According to the regional civil society-led human rights reporting mechanism, the Shared Incident Database (SID), of…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2019

Transgender Woman Found Burned Beyond Recognition in Florida, Officials Say

The body of a black transgender woman, said by the authorities to have been burned beyond recognition, was found inside an abandoned car in Florida. The victim, Bee Love Slater, 23, was…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2019

Kazakhstan: Feminist Group Denied Registration

An appeals court in Kazakhstan on September 3 upheld a decision denying Feminita, a national feminist initiative, registration as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). The group’s focus includes the rights of lesbian, bisexual,…

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