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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: 08/05/2018

LGBTs Not Asking for Anything Extra, Marina Tells Critics

Human rights activist Marina Mahathir says there is nothing wrong with championing for the basic rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She said there was a need for…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2018

Taiwan’s Flag Flies at Paris Gay Games Opening

The Republic of China (Taiwan) flag was waved during the colorful opening of the 2018 Gay Games in Paris Saturday, not just by the Taiwanese team but also by teams from other…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2018

Russia LGBT Activists Detained During St Petersburg Rally

Russian police have detained at least 25 LGBT rights activists during a protest in St Petersburg to promote the rights of sexual minorities. About 60 activists gathered at the main square in…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

The Crowd-sourced List of Campus Groups That Help Women, LGBT and Dalit Communities

Leaving the comfort of your school and home and stepping into college can be an overwhelming experience. Especially if you belong to a minority community that can be discriminated against. To make…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

British Airways Criticised by LGBT Groups over Asylum Removals

British Airways has been condemned for cooperating with the removal of refused asylum seekers persecuted for their sexuality while sponsoring the UK’s biggest gay pride event. A letter signed by LGBT rights…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

Opinion | Why the Battle to Love Won’t End with Section 377

Meditation helps eradicate homosexuality.” “Trust me this is perfectly curable, let’s start you off on some Clonazepam now!” “Homosexuality cannot be legal. It is against our religion and culture.” “There’s a gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Hans How: The Malaysian Gay Man Fighting for His Life, and Many Other LGBTI Asylum Seekers

Moments after Hans How was queerbashed by a gang, two watching policeman taunted him with the possibility of being arrested and imprisoned, and murdered in jail. One of those policemen then pushed…

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‘Visibles’ Shine a Light on LGBTI Rights in Guatemala

Guatemala occupies an important place in the current controversy over US immigration policy. Along with its neighbors, El Salvador and Honduras, the Central American country is highlighted as a source of mass…

‘Evening Shadows’ Give Way to Light

As the Indian Supreme Court considers overturning Section 377 of the penal code — effectively decriminalizing homosexual conduct for an estimated 20% of all LGBTI people on the planet — a victory…

ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Vietnamese LGBT Activist: Sports Is the Avenue to Equality

Sports is the avenue to equality, believes Amazin LêThi, a Vietnamese sports and LGBT human rights advocate. The award-winning activist, who is the founder and chief of smiles at Amazin LêThi Foundation,…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2018

Everett Klippert, Last Man Jailed In Canada For Being Gay, Changed LGBTQ History

Most young Canadians know Pierre Elliott Trudeau's famous 1967 quote, “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” But they probably don’t realize the then soon-to-be prime minister…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2018

From the Americas to the Far East, Courts Are Advancing LGBT Rights

In January, a colleague of mine at Human Rights Watch predicted that 2018 would be the “year of the courts” for LGBT people’s rights. Seven months into the year, courts around the world have…

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