• 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: 06/18/2022

Trans community in Pakistan struggles to overcome marginalization

Pakistan’s transgender community remains largely visible, yet marginalized and ostracized. Pakistani society makes little or no distinction between public order, morality, sexual orientation, or gender identity. With the introduction of new thoughts,…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2022

Bulgaria’s Embattled LGBT Community Eyes Calmer Celebration This Year

Sofia Pride marks its 15th edition this week with various activities, including exhibitions, film screenings and, on Saturday June 18, an open-air concert featuring some of the best-known local performers followed by…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2022

Feminist and LGBT Rights Activist on Trial in Russia

A prosecutor has called for Russian activist Yulia Tsvetkova to serve three years and two months in prison during a closed trial over absurd “pornography” charges. The activist from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2022

Indonesia’s LGBTQ couples fear Parliament will make their love a crime.

LGBTQ citizens of Indonesia are worried that legislators who are working on an extensive revision of the nation’s criminal code might make forms of LGBTQ sexual activity a criminal offense. Indonesia has…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2022

Ugandan vlogger’s homophobic rant puts migrant workers at risk.

A self-righteous Ugandan national living in the Middle East has released an excruciatingly homophobic online rant blasting Ugandans and other Africans for engaging in adult consensual same-sex intimacy in Arab countries where…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2022

Poll Finds LGBT People Still Not Welcome In Moldova

Ten years after passing landmark legislation to protect minorities, including the much-persecuted LGBT community, a recent survey has revealed that most people in Moldova still hold negative attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2022

Meet The LGBTQ Activists Fighting To Be Themselves Online In Malaysia

Many online attacks on LGBTQ Malaysians start with their fellow social media users (although some suspect that political or religious groups may be helping coordinate them). Individual threats can escalate. When a…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2022

Turkish police violently break up LGBT Pride parade at Ankara university

Turkish police attacked a group of students during a LGBT Pride parade at Ankara's Middle East Technical University on Friday. Turkish police violently attacked students during a LGBT Pride march at Ankara’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/11/2022

Azerbaijan’s embattled queer community holds “Pride event”

Azerbaijan’s small LGBTQ activist community gathered for a press conference for the first time in eight years, counting it as a victory amid the country’s not-so-queer-friendly social and political landscape. On June…

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ADDED ON: 06/11/2022

Life As An LGBT Person In Central Asia

In Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, homosexuality is still a crime punishable by a prison sentence. It’s not against the law in Tajikistan, but LGBT people have no legal protections and are sometimes subjected…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2022

Gay conversion survivor warns unless Tasmania bans it outright, ‘treatment’ could take off

When Chris Csabs was around 12 years old, he overheard a conversation between two men at his church, recalling a time when a gay man came in off the street for prayer. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2022

LGBT Community In Uzbekistan Faces Abuse, Discrimination, Imprisonment, Report Says

Human rights groups have renewed calls for Uzbekistan to decriminalize homosexuality, saying it is imperative for the Central Asian country to make progress toward honoring its international human rights commitments. Uzbekistan, a Muslim-majority…

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