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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: 06/19/2018

Fear, Humiliation, and Torture: How LGBT People Live in Tajikistan

LGBTI rights are constantly violated in Central Asia, making it one of the most difficult places in the world for LGBTI people to live. In Tajikistan, relatives try to “cure” them, police…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

After Crackdown, Egypt’s LGBT Community Contemplates ‘Dark Future’

Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as “the best moment” of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

Pope Francis: Same-Sex Couples Are Not ‘Families’

When it comes to stances on LGBT rights, Pope Francis can be hot and cold. The leader of the Catholic Church was cold on Saturday, when he expressed a limited view of…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

India: A Basic Human Rights Issue

Although discrimination against transgenders is prevalent in India, the scene is slowly evolving as government is recognising them and providing them with identification documents. The word “transgender” is an umbrella term used…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

Kiev Police Detain Far-Right Protesters Against Gay Pride March

Ukrainian police said they had detained 56 members of far-right radical groups in Kiev on Sunday after scuffles before the capital’s gay pride march. Otherwise, the annual rally of several thousand supporters…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2018

This World Cup, Let’s Talk About Russia’s LGBTIQ Rights Record

The World Cup started this week. Potentially thousands of fans and athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer have arrived in Russia. As a gay woman and activist,…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

LGBT Activist Arrested in Russia During World Cup

An LGBT activist was arrested in Russia for staging a one-man protest. Peter Tatchell, a British citizen, was detained Thursday in Moscow, the first day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, for…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

Tunisian Presidential Committee Recommends Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Homosexuality may soon cease being a crime in the North African country of Tunisia, where gay sex is currently punishable by up to three years in prison. The decriminalization of homosexuality was…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

The L.G.B.T. Refugees in Turkey Who Refuse to Be Forgotten

When you are a refugee, you learn all about the hierarchy of compassion. There are the people from war-torn countries—refugees from humanitarian catastrophes so enormous that they upend the world’s imagination, such…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

Russia’s Most Outspoken Gay Activist Has A Warning To LGBTI Football Fans At The World Cup

Anton Krasovsky quickly downs a glass of whiskey backstage before stepping in front of the cameras on “Angry Guyzzz”, his controversial entertainment program. His guests are transgender people from Moscow, and he…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

Indian Lesbians Commit Suicide to Escape Intolerance

A lesbian couple in India committed suicide on Monday by jumping into a local river. The two women left notes saying the world wouldn’t accept their relationship. A three-year-old child, belonging to one…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2018

What’s it Like to Be Gay in North Korea?

North Korea is one of the most closed-off and secretive nations in the world. Little is known of life within the nation’s borders, far less about the lives of LGBT people in…

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