• 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: 02/05/2023

African LGBTQ+ Advocates Welcome Pope Francis’ Message on Decriminalization

Pope Francis is completing his apostolic journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan this weekend. His trip started less than a week after he made headlines by calling…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2023

FBI joins investigation of threats against LGBTQ+ bars in St. Louis

The FBI has joined the investigation into violent threats of bombs and shootings against three LGBTQ+ bars in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis this past weekend. A fourth threat against a…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2023

LGBT activists welcome Pope to Congo as he dismisses anti-gay laws

Pope Francis is being welcomed by gay rights activists as he begins a tour of Congo and South Sudan. Speaking last week, ahead of his Africa trip, the head of the Catholic…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

LGBTQ+ History Month: Remembering the Glamour Boys – the gay MPs who warned 30s Britain about Nazism

In the 1920s and 1930s of buttoned-up Britain, homosexuality was an illicit act, and would remain that way until 1967 when the law changed in England and Wales. Even though gay culture was…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

Gang violence, death threats and police on dating apps: The brutal reality of being LGBTQ+ in Egypt

The LGBTQ+ community in Egypt is under attack from violent gangs and authorities, and a landmark documentary is detailing queer folks’ “relentless courage” in the face of “relentless oppression”. While homosexuality itself is…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

Gay man’s murder in Argentina underscores growing concerns over hate crimes

Authorities in Argentina’s Misiones province on Dec. 30 found a 20-year-old gay man dead with 42 stab wounds to his body. Alejo Portillo was found in the town of Colonia Azara. His…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2023

Uganda demands probe into ‘LGBTQ activities’ in schools

Anna, not her real name, sits in a chair at her home in Makindye, a suburb of Uganda's capital, Kampala. She showed DW the scars that are visible on her body, and…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2023

As Peru descends into chaos, queer people have a bigger priority than LGBTQ+ rights

When Gad Yola hit the red carpet on December 20th, 2022, the 26-year-old Peruvian drag queen wanted to make a statement. Nearly 6,000 miles away from her home, Yola was far from…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2023

Gay soldier flees Russian missile strike during speech honoring Ukrainian LGBTQ+ servicemembers

During an exhibit honoring LGBTQ+ servicemembers in Ukraine, one servicemember speaking on video reportedly had to abruptly sign off to seek shelter when a Russian missile attack occurred. According to the Los…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2023

Congolese rebel group displaces Transgender people

M23 rebels in Congo’s North Kivu province have displaced a number of Transgender people and left them even more vulnerable to persecution. M23 rebels last November approached Goma, the province’s capital city,…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2023

How Egyptian police hunt LGBT people on dating apps

In Egypt, homosexuality is highly stigmatised, and there have long been allegations that police are hunting LGBT people online. Now BBC News has seen evidence of how the authorities are using dating…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2023

Niger leader plans to outlaw gay sex, execute married same-sex couples

The president of the West African nation of Niger is laying the groundwork for enacting harsh anti-homosexuality laws in his country, where same-sex intimacy is currently legal. He proposes the death penalty…

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