• 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: 09/14/2022

Lebanon’s anti-LGBT “Soldiers of God”

At the end of June, a widely circulated video showed a floral display, installed for Pride Month in Beirut, being vandalised. The video was shot by the perpetrators themselves, a group who…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2022

Explainer: The facts about Russia’s expanded ‘gay propaganda’ law

Russia’s so-called ‘gay propaganda’ law has banned the promotion of “non-traditional sexual values” to under-18s since 2013. Now, the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, has introduced amendments that would…

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ADDED ON: 09/11/2022

‘I want to see the rainbow flag raised in Iran’

For the first time, two women known to have been lesbian have been sentenced to death in Iran. It marks a new stage in the Islamic republic's persecution of LGBT people. "My…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2022

Iran: Rights groups slam death sentences for LGBTQ activists

Iran said this week that a court had sentenced to death two female gay rights activists for "spreading corruption on earth" — a charge frequently imposed on people deemed to have broken…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2022

Teen suicides are a clarion call to protect queer children

The queer community is still reeling from the tragic death of Tiro Moalusi. The Soweto teenager took his own life on 16 August after he was allegedly humiliated by a student teacher because…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2022

Ruto on CNN: Kenyans Wonder Why Arab Leaders are Not Asked About LGBTQ Rights

President-elect William Ruto on Wednesday night appeared on CNN in a pre-recorded interview. The current Deputy President sat down with Christiane Amanpour to discuss among other things his election to the top seat…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2022

How Targeting LGBTQ+ Rights Are Part of the Authoritarian Playbook

In the last three decades, protections for LGBT people’s rights have advanced rapidly in many countries and regions. However, rising populist authoritarianism poses a significant threat to this progress because abolishing sexual…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2022

Belgrade Pride vows EuroPride will happen despite threats of violence

EuroPride, a pan-European Pride festival that takes place in a different city every year, is scheduled to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from September 12 – 18. But plenty of locals, including…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2022

Ukraine’s LGBT activists face down war and homophobic attacks to support the vulnerable

“Please remember to not take any photos that could identify the location of the shelter,” says Maxim Potapovych, of Ukraine LGBT rights organisation, Kyiv Pride, as he navigates deserted back alleys in…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2022

Iran sentences two gay rights activists to death

The Islamic Republic of Iran imposed the death penalty on two LGBTQ activists for allegedly promoting homosexuality, human rights organization Hengaw reported on Sunday. According to Hengaw, an organization that documents human…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2022

Peru opens torture investigation over trans man’s death in Indonesia

LIMA, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Peruvian prosecutors have opened an investigation for alleged torture over the death in Indonesia last month of a trans Peruvian man who died while in custody in…

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ADDED ON: 09/01/2022

‘I thought I would die before this moment’: one man’s fight against Singapore’s gay sex law

Tan Eng Hong’s voice wavers as he remembers his 12-year struggle against Section 377A, a law that criminalises sex between men in Singapore. When he heard the announcement this month that the law…

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