• 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: 11/16/2022

Venezuela is still a dangerous place to live as an LGBTQ person

I’m a 20-year-old woman living in a town called Guatire, not far from Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas. Gay sex was legalised here in 1997, but Venezuela is still a dangerous place to…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2022

Fighting for change in Senegal, lesbian activist sees a long, difficult road ahead

In a short interview, Senegalese lesbian activist Guadalupe Dansokho (a pseudonym), presents her unvarnished observations of her home country — plagued with femicides, ruled by power-hungry men, and near the bottom of…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2022

Gay Qataris physically abused then recruited as agents, campaigner says

Gay Qataris have been promised safety from physical torture in exchange for helping the authorities to track down other LGBTQ+ people in the country, a prominent Qatari doctor and gay rights campaigner…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2022

Lagos Shelter Brings Rare Respite For Nigeria’s LGBT+

When Muna and Mary moved in together in Nigeria's Anambra state, they thought they were starting a new life. But that dream quickly became a nightmare for the trans man and his…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2022

Fifa’s meetings with LGBT charities are just a ‘Band-Aid’ to cover Qatar’s oppression, says Arab LGBT group

One of the only LGBT organisations based in the Gulf region has accused Fifa of putting a “Band-Aid” over Qatar’s treatment of LGBT people by holding meaningless meetings with advocacy groups as…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2022

Isreal’s new legislative leader promises to protect LGBTQ rights despite his party’s threats

Benjamin Netanyahu — the former Israeli prime minister who was recently elected as the chairman of the majority Likud party within his country’s legislature, the Knesset — has promised not to allow…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2022

Gandhara Briefing: Taliban Targets Universities; Women Barred From Parks; Gay Afghan Men Fear Persecution

RFE/RL's Radio Azadi reports on the Taliban cracking down on Afghan universities, which have become a hotbed of anti-Taliban protests led by female students. In the latest incident, the Taliban beat up…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2022

Peru officially apologizes to Transgender woman for police abuse

Peru on Nov. 3 issued an official apology to Azul Rojas Marín, a Transgender woman who was raped and beaten by a group of police officers in 2008. After an Inter-American Court…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2022

Dubbed torture, ID policies leave transgender people sterile

She was the only woman soldier working in the guard room, surrounded by men who harassed and frightened her after she said she was transgender. She tried to ignore them as they…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2022

Gay Ukraine soldier marrying woman so she can ‘retrieve his body’ if he dies

A woman in Ukraine has said she plans to marry her gay soldier friend so someone can “claim him if he dies” while fighting in the war. In the latest horrifying news from the…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2022

Before The 2022 World Cup In Qatar, French Football Called To Condemn Violations Of LGBT + Rights

Pressure on French football. A group of associations and personalities have called on the France team and national authorities to denounce the violations of the rights of LGBT + people committed by…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2022

Gay football fans set to be offered ‘safe houses’ in Qatar during World Cup

Gay football fans are set to be offered 'safe houses' in Qatar after a World Cup ambassador described homosexuality as 'damage in the mind'. The Football Association of Wales warned it 'can’t…

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