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  • 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: 10/12/2020

For Georgia’s LGBT rights campaigners, a victory

In December 2009, plainclothes police raided the offices of the Inclusive Foundation in Tbilisi, an organisation that campaigns for LGBT rights in Georgia. Two members of the organisation, Ekaterine Aghdgomelashvili and Tinatin…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

At home and abroad, LGBT Syrians fight to have their voices heard

AMMAN/BEIRUT — In Damascus, Amira al-Tabbaa lived her life in murmurs. Officially, homosexuality and offenses against “public decency” are illegal in Syria. That is why when Amira met with friends in ‘gay-friendly’…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2020

At home and abroad, LGBT Syrians fight to have their voices heard

In Damascus, Amira al-Tabbaa lived her life in murmurs. Officially, homosexuality and offenses against “public decency” are illegal in Syria. That is why when Amira met with friends in ‘gay-friendly’ cafes they…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2020

Rights group denounces Central America anti-LGBTQ violence

Human Rights Watch criticized Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala for failing to stop violence against LGBTQ people in a new report published on Wednesday, which also denounced the United States for denying…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2020

How the LGBT community rallied against a ‘homophobic’ Tunisian influencer

During a 23-minute monologue on Instagram, the Tunisian beauty influencer Lady Samara veered off-piste when she said: "I do not respect homosexuality. A homosexual person is an individual who has stripped himself…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2020

Gay Man Provides Help to LGBT Asylum Seekers in Mexico

A gay man from Guatemala who has asked for asylum in the U.S. runs a project that helps LGBT asylum seekers in a Mexican border city. Estuardo Cifuentes arrived in Matamoros, which…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2020

Anti-discrimination ordinance passes final reading in Zamboanga City; awaits mayor’s signature

The rainbow rises in Zamboanga City. The 1st class highly urbanized city in the Zamboanga Peninsula of the Philippines, Zamboanga, joins the growing number of local government units (LGUs) that now has…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2020

‘I don’t want to lie’: Gay pioneer stands in Myanmar election

Outraged over ongoing discrimination in Myanmar, Myo Min Tun decided to stand as the first openly gay election candidate in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His decision to enter the…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2020

Gay men in Russia with surrogate children warned they face arrest

Russian authorities have warned of the arrest of gay men who have fathered children to surrogate mothers, firing what appears to be another salvo across the bow of LGBT+ rights. Commenting on…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

LGBT people nearly four times more likely to be victims of violent crime

LGBT people are nearly four times more likely than non-LGBT people to experience violent victimization, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault, according to a new study by the Williams…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2020

Cook Islands defers decision on decriminalising gay sex

As a child, Sonya Apa Temata was surrounded by unconditional love. The human rights advocate’s mother, Tuakana Apa Temata, was her number one supporter: “Her acceptance of my sexual orientation and that…

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