• 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: 12/23/2018

Apple Removes App Accused of Promoting Conversion Therapy

Truth Wins Out has won its battle to remove an app accused of promoting conversion therapy from the Apple Store. The national LGBTQ group had launched a petition Thursday demanding that Apple remove the…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2018

Formerly Antigay Mom Tells Parents: Don’t ‘Repeat My Mistake’

When Ukrainian mother Olena Globa discovered her teenage son's love poems about a man, she confronted him and demanded, "Are you a faggot?" When her son Bogdan responded that he was gay,…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Costa Rica passes decrees boosting LGBT rights

Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community. These measures will allow same-sex couples to receive an allowance for…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Pakistan will make it illegal to harass trans women in the workplace

Pakistan’s trans community is celebrating its inclusion in new laws which ban workplace harassment. The Sindh province, whose seat of government is in Karachi, has drafted a new bill which would outlaw…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

LGBTI Indonesians scared of government’s new app, report it to Google

A new government ‘heresy’ app in Indonesia has troubled the LGBTI community. Smart Pakem, developed by the Jakarta prosecutor’s office, allows everyday Indonesians to report complaints of ‘deviant beliefs’. It features a…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

I was reborn here’: Gay Syrian refugee says Canada has welcomed him

Khaled was born in Syria, but his life began anew when he arrived in Canada as a refugee in 2015. "I was born there, but I was reborn here," he said. Khaled is gay…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Inspirational LGBTI talk avoids China censors and goes viral

More than one million people in China have watched an online inspirational talk about LGBTI rights despite a government ban on homosexual content.Ah  Qiang of PFLAG China discussed ’the power of being yourself’ at…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

CONIFA referee Raymond Mashamba, outed as gay in Zimbabwe, granted asylum in UK

Raymond Mashamba was being blackmailed over his sexuality by a former friend in Bulawayo before and during the CONIFA World Football Cup, an international tournament for teams not affiliated to FIFA at…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

Report documents anti-LGBTI extrajudicial killings in Chechnya

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday released a report that documents extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses against LGBTI people in Chechnya. The report, which the OSCE’s Office for…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

11 women arrested in Nigeria for planning lesbian wedding

A lesbian couple and nine other women have been arrested in Nigeria for planning the pair’s wedding. The 11 women were detained on Monday (December 17) in the northern state of Kano, where anyone…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

Protests against transgender bill erupt in India

Transgender Indians on Wednesday (19 December) protested against a bill claiming to protect their rights. India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill on Monday. But, the…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Marriage amendment removed from new Cuba constitution

The Cuban government on Tuesday announced the draft of the country’s new constitution will not contain an amendment that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based reporter…

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