• 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: 03/14/2020

How Indian Pride Festivals Have Become Political Battlegrounds

For most queer people, pride is seen as a space to celebrate diversity and resist oppression. It’s a space where they feel safe and seen. But this year’s pride in Mumbai has…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2020

A British court ruling may change laws for LGBT+ people around the world

Years of legal battles around same-sex marriage in Bermuda will come to a head 5,548kms away in London on 7 and 8 December this year. And the result may help make same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Ghana bans LGBT+ conference after Christian groups protest

Ghana’s government has said it will not allow a major gathering of LGBT+ activists to go ahead after an outcry from conservative Christian groups in the country. The conference, scheduled for July,…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Advocates: Transgender Woman Sexually Assaulted at ICE Site

A transgender woman seeking asylum should be released after she was sexually assaulted and harassed while being detained in an Arizona immigration facility with men for nine months, advocates said Thursday. Alejandra…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2020

South Africa opens continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre

LGBT+ South Africans said the continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre, which opened on Tuesday, would spare gay and trans people the shame, rejection and confusion that they often face when seeking medical…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2020

Miami Mayor to Honor Brazil’s Anti-LGBT, Climate-Change-Denying President

Miami politicians, quite reasonably, do not like communists. But Miami Mayor Francis Suarez apparently has no problem with raging right-wingers who hate LGBTQ people, heap praise on dictatorships, defend Hitler admirers, deny…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2020

In Face of Threats, Lawyer Defends Gays in Cameroon

In a country where homosexuality is criminalized, Alice Nkom was the first lawyer in Cameroon to defend suspected gay people. For this, she says she has faced attacks and death threats. Despite…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2020

Africa’s policies hold key to LGBT rights on the continent: here’s how

Questions of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression have continued to divide opinion across the globe. This is primarily driven by legal, cultural and religious beliefs and interpretations. In Africa, colonial-heritage…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2020

Repression in Egypt: 92 LGBTIQ+ arrests last year

Egyptian police continued to harass LGBTIQ+ people last year, entrapping some of them through dating apps and arresting dozens of others at random on the street. That persecution keeps happening even though,…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2020

Mayor condemns posters spreading ‘fear and hate’ that targeted Saskatoon LGBT, newcomer groups

Saskatoon's mayor says a poster campaign spreading "fear and hate" that targeted OUTSaskatoon and the Saskatoon Open Door Society has no place in the city. The posters, which featured messaging about the…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2020

Barbados: Regional approach to decriminalising homosexuality

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) advocates in Barbados are working closely with their counterparts in Trinidad and Tobago to prove that changes to the country’s “discriminatory” laws could result in real…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2020

‘I was waiting to die’: In Russia, HIV+ migrants fear death and deportation

Dilovar moved to Russia from Tajikistan a decade ago hoping for a better life but he contracted HIV and now lives with the threat of deportation and unable to access proper medical…

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