• 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: 06/07/2022

In the Philippines, You Can Be Both Openly LGBT and Proudly Catholic. But It’s Not Easy.

Gabb’z Gabriel is the very definition of a devout Roman Catholic. He even aspired to be a priest. At 12, he became part of his church’s youth ministry in Quezon City, about…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2022

China’s gay youth wanting to expand rights at home seek a different path to LGBT campaigners in the West

The first time Eugene Wu observed a pride parade in Manchester after arriving in Britain to study architecture in 2017, it was a bit of a culture shock. “I saw many people…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2022

Kuwait’s foreign ministry summons U.S. Embassy official over tweets

June 2 (Reuters) - Kuwait's Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the United States Embassy's acting charge d'affaires over tweets the embassy published that "support homosexuality", the ministry said in a statement. The U.S.…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2022

Russia Says Planning Domestic ‘Alternative’ to European Rights Court

Russia is developing a domestic alternative to Europe’s top human rights court, the head of the ​​Association of Russian Lawyers said Thursday. Russia has been outside the jurisdiction of the European Court for…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2022

Indonesia’s LGBTQ community fears crackdown under legal reforms

Indonesia's lawmakers are working on reforming the country's criminal code under a draft bill, known in the country by the acronoym RKUHP. The reforms are an attempt to sweep out a colonial era…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2022

After years fighting for the ‘little guy’, Hong Kong crackdown forces UK lawyer to flee

Michael Vidler has built his legal career on fighting for the “little guy” in Hong Kong, from high-profile street protesters such as Joshua Wong to little-known LGBT activists. But not any more. After 30…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2022

LGBTQ rights in East Africa: U.S. sometimes takes an active role

This is the fourth in an eight-part series focusing on the impact of President Joe Biden’s February 2021 order to U.S. government agencies to “promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2022

Peru continues to lag behind other Latin American countries on LGBTQ rights

Peru is one of the few Latin American countries without pro-LGBTQ laws, and this evident backwardness in comparison to neighboring countries translates into a lower quality of life for those who do…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2022

“Fully embraced”? Bostwana’s queer struggles since decriminalisation.

In November 2021, Botswana’s Court of Appeal upheld a landmark 2019 ruling that had decriminalised gay sex. Before the original verdict, same-sex sexual activity had been punishable by up to seven years’…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2022

Kerala Lesbian Couple Reunited by High Court in Big Win After Being Separated by Parents.

The Kerala High Court set a strong precedent on Tuesday by allowing a lesbian couple, Adhila Nasarin and Fathima Noora, to live together after they were forcefully separated by their parents. Adhila…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2022

Activist reporter tells why he promotes LGBTI rights in the French Caribbean.

More than 12 million people live in the Francophone Caribbean, from the independent nation of Haiti to the French territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthélemy, and French Guiana. LGBTI people…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2022

Anti-gay mob of 100 people beat American man bloody & parade him through the streets.

Three men have been arrested in the West African country of Senegal after video emerged of a suspected homophobic attack that left its American victim bloodied, robbed and paraded nearly naked through…

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