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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: 02/23/2021

Empowering the transgender community to facilitate their access to justice in Armenia

The RighT Side Human Rights Defender NGO in Armenia is implementing until July 2021 a national project aims at empowering the transgender community to facilitate their access to justice in Armenia, with…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2021

Indonesia’s Controversial Conversion Therapy

Just last month, Kristen Antoinette Gray, an American tourist, and her girlfriend were deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali after her tweet that celebrated the island as a low-cost and…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2021

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

There has been a “stark rise” in abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people in the Europe and Central Asia region, including from politicians, says a new report from the International Lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2021

Why Jammu’s transgender community hit the streets in protest

Several groups of the community came together at Bikram Chowk on January 21, 2021 to take out a nude protest. Four transgender persons were allegedly abudcted and forcefuly castrated by rival groups…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2021

Myanmar LGBTQ protesters take to streets against military coup

A group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) protesters rallied on Yangon's streets against the military coup and ousting of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday (February 19).

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2021

Inter-American rights body finds Jamaica violated LGBT rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found in a landmark decision released Wednesday that the Jamaican government is responsible for violating the human rights of two of its nationals within the…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2021

Jamaica should repeal gay sex ban, says Americas top rights body

KINGSTON, Feb 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jamaica should repeal its colonial-era gay sex ban, the top rights body of the Americas said on Wednesday, in a symbolic landmark ruling on LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

Transgender Woman Is Killed in ‘Vicious and Violent Attack’ in Her Miami Apartment

An attack that a police detective describes as "very vicious and violent" has authorities searching for the killer of a 45-year-old transgender woman found dead two weeks ago in her Miami apartment.…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

LGBTQ people now protected under the Fair Housing Act

For the first time, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are now protected from housing discrimination under federal law. The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this month that the Fair…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

British children in limbo over gender therapy after court ruling

LONDON, Feb 15 (Openly) - Almost as soon as she could speak, Nina told her parents she was not a boy and she has lived as a girl since she was seven.…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

Ghana: LGBT+ safe house opens; anti-gay crusader in a rage

After LGBT+ Rights Ghana held a fundraiser at the new site, anti-gay campaigner Moses Foh-Amoaning called for the police to shut it down, arrest the group’s leaders and enact laws that further…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

Pandemic exposes LGBTI rights’ fragilty, report says

The Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences have highlighted the fragility of the human rights of LGBTI people, according to the annual report by a leading rights NGO, published on Tuesday (15 February).…

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