• 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: 05/12/2018

When You are Gay and African, Sometimes Your only Choice is to Flee

Camara, Diawara, Yassin and Farid were all born in countries where homosexuality is considered shameful, taboo and sometimes even a crime. Camara is from Mali, Diawara from Guinea and Yassin and Farid…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

Ghana: Stop ‘Forcing’ African Leaders to Legalize Homosexuality’

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has chastised the Western world over attempts to lure African leaders into embracing homosexuality. Expressing his abhorrence for the act on Metro TV’s Good Evening…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

The LGB Community is Working Hard to Save the World

New research finds that gay men and lesbian women are disproportionately represented in the anti-war and environmental movements. Social activism is on the rise, especially on the political left. But who are…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Meduza: Russia’s Censor Blocks Another LGBT Website for Spreading ‘Gay Propaganda’

Russia’s federal censor has blocked the LGBT health awareness website Parni Plus (Guys Plus). The site’s administrators say they received a notice from Roskomnadzor on April 28 informing them about a January 26 ruling…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2018

New Yorkers Rally Again To Protest Anti-Gay Purge In Chechnya

One year since reports of an anti-LGBT purge in Chechnya began to emerge, there has still been no official investigation by Russian authorities, and many victims remain missing. Spearheaded by grassroots activist organization Voices4,…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2018

Amnesty Warns That Turkish LGBTI+ People are ‘living in more fear than ever’

"Most LGBT+ people in Turkey today are living in more fear than ever before,” an activist tells me when we meet in a café in Istanbul on a cloudy day in February. She is…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

Global LGBT Funding Up But Worry as Bulk Goes to North America

Although funding to support sexual minorities is growing, reaching about $250 million in 2016, three-quarters of the money is going to western countries, campaigners said on Wednesday. More than 500 foundations and…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

LGBTI Dreamer Granted Asylum by Chicago Immigration Judge

A federal immigration judge granted asylum Wednesday to a Chicagoan who argued that her status as a queer woman and LGBT rights activist made it too dangerous for her to return to…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

Egypt: Designing for the Crackdown

A few blocks into the ride, Firas saw the checkpoint, a rare occurrence in a quiet, residential area like Mesaha. When the car stopped, the officer working the checkpoint talked to Firas’…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Malaysia: Candidates Should Focus on Human Rights Issues

Candidates campaigning for the 14th General Election (GE14) should consider human rights issues as among their main priority and commit to repeal or amends laws that are used to particularly curb the…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Did Australia Miss Its Chance to Address LGBT Abuse in Indonesia?

Australia and other Asian leaders may have missed a golden opportunity to confront Indonesia on the increasing persecution of LGBTI people there. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit over…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Anti-LGBT Acts on the Rise in Chile

Complaints of acts of hostility toward LGBT people - ranging from discrimination to violence - in Chile increased by 45 percent in 2017 compared to the prior year, reaching a 15-year high,…

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