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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: 05/26/2018

Clothing Chain Primark’s In The Hot Seat After Revealing Where Its Pride Merch Comes From

Earlier this week, clothing chain Primark announced that it would be working with LGBTQ charity Stonewall to sell Pride-themed clothing. The company announced this union while also saying that they will be…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

UN Human Rights Chief: We Must Challenge ‘Myth’ that LGBT Rights is a Western Agenda

The United Nations‘ human rights chief has warned that some nations overseas are attempting to propagate the “myth” that LGBT rights is part of a “Western agenda.” Speaking at The Economist‘s LGBT-skewed Pride and Prejudice…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

In the Legal Battle Against Section 377, the Right to Love and Live is at Stake

July 8, 2001 is burnt into Arif Jafar’s mind. The Lucknow-based social worker and his colleagues at the non-governmental organisation Bharosa Trust were booked under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code—…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

Anything You Want – Except Gay Rights, Uzbekistan Tells U.N.

Uzbekistan plans to gradually implement hundreds of human rights recommendations from a United Nations council, it said on Wednesday, but it made a point of refusing to decriminalize homosexuality calling it irrelevant…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

Cuba’s New Leader Brings Hope for Gay Rights

Gay rights in Cuba have come a long way since the early years of the Communist revolution, when countless people were marginalized or forced to flee because of their sexual orientation. Now,…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2018

Queer Heroes of America’s Territories

Activists and LGBT leaders in the American territories have to work even harder sometimes. Here are just a few leaders leading the good fight. Trans activist and educator, Dr. Vene Sele, has…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2018

Belarus Slams UK Embassy Over Rainbow Flag on Day Against Homophobia

Belarus has slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships “fake”. In a lengthy statement, the Interior Ministry said the…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Ghana’s State-Owned Newspaper Urges Citizens To Reject LGBT Rights

Ghana state run newspaper the Ghanaian Times has published an editorial urging its citizens to fight against LGBT rights in the African country, where gay sex is punishable by up to three…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Despite Fatwa, Transgender People in Iran Face Harassment

Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying,…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Canada Joins Global LGBTI Rights Initiative

Canada is the latest country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBTI rights around the world. The State Department and the Canadian government in a May 17 press release…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Zimbabwe Wants to Rejoin the Commonwealth, But Where Does it Stand on LGBT Rights?

Following Robert Mugabe’s ousting from government, Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth. Despite becoming involved in the intergovernmental organisation when it gained independence in 1980, the African country hasn’t been a…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Liberia’s LGBT Community Seek Rights Ahead of Int’l Day against Homophobia

In Liberia, mentioning the rights of homosexual and bi-sexual is considered a taboo, while engaging in such practice is a criminal act under the law. But Rights groupings in Liberia are advocating…

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