• 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: 08/10/2019

He survived Chechnya’s LGBTQ purge. Now, he’s ready to tell his story

Amin Dzhabrailov shivered as the cold air hit his sweat-drenched body. It had been two weeks since he began sleeping on the floor of the tiny, windowless room, but he still wasn’t…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2019

LGBT+ murders at ‘alarming’ levels in Latin America – study

Four LGBT+ people are murdered every day in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to "alarming" new research released on Thursday by a regional network of gay rights groups. At least 1,300…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2019

Anthropological project Gaysian Faces aims to increase visibility of the LGBT+ South Asian community

A South Asian queer anthropology photography project titled Gaysian Faces has been created in a bid to increase visibility around LGBT+ individuals within Birmingham’s South Asian community. The project, inspired by the…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2019

Australia: Pressure building on Qantas to end LGBT+ deportations

A group of influential LGBT-supportive celebrities have signed an open letter calling on Qantas to end its forced deportations of LGBT+ asylum seekers. Quantas, Australia’s largest airline, has refused to review its…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2019

Swaziland: LGBTI Discrimination in Swaziland Leads to Big Mental Health Issues, Report Finds

LGBTI people in Swaziland/eSwatini suffer mental health issues and many have attempted suicide because of the way they are discriminated against in the kingdom. This has prompted the authors of the first…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Murder, ‘gay-hunters’ strike terror in Russia’s LGBT community

When LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva found her name on a hit list of a "gay-hunting" group, she did not appear to take the threat seriously. The group called itself "Pila", meaning "saw",…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

LGBT in Russia: smashing stereotypes and creating a queer future

For Russia’s LGBT community, homophobia and violence are part of day-to-day reality. Some cases, like the murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva last week or torture in Chechnya, have made international headlines and…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Qatar World Cup sponsors and broadcasters ‘risk red card’ over anti-gay laws

An international risk consultancy has called on RTE and other broadcasters to put pressure on Qatar to suspend anti-homosexuality laws before the 2022 football World Cup is staged there. London-based Cornerstone Global…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2019

Australian booksellers petitioned to pull ‘conversion therapy’ titles

Equality Australia have launched a petition calling on Australian booksellers to remove titles promoting harmful LGBTIQ “conversion therapy”. The group’s call comes after Amazon recently agreed to remove “conversion therapy” books from…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2019

Liberals fear unrest as Poland Catholic Church doubles down on anti-gay rhetoric

Poland’s Catholic Church has doubled down on the anti-gay rhetoric that has become the nationalist ruling party’s dominant theme in recent weeks, drawing a rebuke from liberal politicians who compared an archbishop’s…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2019

LGBT people are ‘being made homeless due to religion’

Nearly half of young LGBT people who are left homeless after coming out are from religious backgrounds. That's according to research by the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which supports young people who…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2019

Activism is Survival for Brazilian Trans Women

Since the campaign and subsequent election of Jair Bolsonaro, who was long known for trotting out hate speech against marginalized communities in his bid for Brazil’s presidency, violence against LGBTQ folks has…

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