• 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: 05/24/2019

Taiwan man behind Asia’s first gay marriage law urges others to fight

A leading Taiwanese gay activist on Thursday called on the LGBT+ community in other parts of Asia to take their battles to court after his successful legal fight paved the way for…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Tunisian court victory boosts push to end gay sex ban

After winning a four-year battle against government efforts to shut it down, Tunisia's leading LGBT+ rights group said it will push for gay sex to be decriminalised amid rising convictions for same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Asia’s Newest Nation of Timor-Leste Is Fighting for LGBTQ Rights

On a sunny morning last July, thousands of Timor-Leste residents took to the streets of Dili. Clad in white shirts, gripping rainbow-striped banners and flags, they were there to celebrate the city’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Freedom comes at the cost of love

Close on five years into his forced conscription into the Syrian army, bombs smashed into the military base in the city of Deir ez-Zor, where Fadi Salim* was stationed. Injured in the…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

For China’s LGBTQ people, Taiwan’s rainbow victory is a moment of joy and pain

When Chinese gay rights activist Peng Yanhui heard that Taiwan had approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on May 17 as he boarded a flight, he burst into tears of joy. "I…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Brazil’s top court set to rule on outlawing homophobia

Homophobia and transphobia could become crimes in Brazil if its highest court rules in favor of reform on Thursday, amid fears that its right-wing president could roll back other LGBT+ gains. Four…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Anti-LGBTI violence still acceptable in many countries, new study shows

Homophobic violence is still widely endorsed in several countries, new research highlights. The study on the Journal of Interpersonal Violence by the Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) at the University of Central…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2019

Kenya’s High Court to Rule Friday on Legality of Gay Sex

This Friday, Kenya's High Court is set to rule on a case challenging colonial-era laws that criminalize homosexuality. The petitioners want the court to declare those laws unconstitutional in hopes that will…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2019

Philadelphia Woman Becomes Fifth Transgender Person Killed in 2019

Michelle “Tamika” Washington, 40, is the fifth transgender person killed in 2019, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports. A longtime trans-rights advocate, Washington was fatally shot Sunday in North Philadelphia. According to…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2019

More than 300 attend Victory Institute conference in Colombia

More than 300 activists and elected officials from around Latin America attended an LGBTQ Victory Institute-organized conference that took place in the Colombian capital of Bogotá from May 16-18. Colombian Congressman Mauricio…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2019

‘I am with you’ – the trans women helping trafficking victims in Brazil

When Valeria Rodrigues accompanies Brazilian police on dawn raids to rescue transgender women trafficked into prostitution, she goes armed with snacks - chocolate, bread, pieces of fruit. As a former sex worker…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2019

Amid fear, Brazil’s LGBT+ politicians vow to fight back against attacks

Brazilian openly gay politician Fabio Felix used to feel comfortable holding his boyfriend’s hand and kissing him in public, but after the swearing in of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro nearly six months…

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