• 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: 08/21/2020

OVER 60 INCIDENTS OF ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE IN ASYLUM CENTERS; GOV’T CALLED TO DO SOMETHING

More needs to be done to combat anti-LGBTQ violence in asylum centers in the Netherlands, according to foundation LGBT Asylum Support. The foundation received over 60 reports of discrimination, threats, and violence…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2020

Ugandans face summons over LGBT torture charges

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer have been summoned to face criminal charges of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment connected to the arrest of 20 men at an…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

LGBTQ+ People In Beirut Are Suffering As Lebanon Continues to Bleed

Lebanon, a country ravaged by war for 15 years, had its most devastating blast on August 4, 2020. The blast killed 180 people, injured more than 6,000, and has rendered 350,000 people…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

Donors free trans woman from jail in Cameroon, help her in new career

C., the trans woman in eastern Cameroon who is being helped by this blog’s Not Alone Project, has been released from prison early and is preparing for training as a hairdresser, a…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

‘My spirit broken’: Mexicans battle to ban conversion therapy

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When she was 15 years old, Paola Santillan was raped by two men who claimed they would “take the lesbian” out of her. She kept the…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2020

UK Black Pride ‘celebrates black queer voices’ as coronavirus forces 15th anniversary event online

UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent – didn’t let a little thing like a global pandemic stop celebration…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

Poland’s LGBTQ activists confront growing crackdown

The arrest of a non-binary person on Aug. 7 underscores the growing crackdown against LGBTQ activists in Poland. Margot Szutowicz, who uses female pronouns, and nearly 50 others were arrested in Warsaw,…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

First pan-African virtual Pride event takes place to share LGBT+ stories

The first pan-African virtual Pride event takes place on Friday aimed at bringing together LGBT+ Africans to share their stories of challenge and success from a continent where they are often criminalised…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2020

Gay Russian shares terrifying ordeal of being hospitalised by his own family, drugged and tortured

Speaking to Open Democracy, Egor Panin recalled being outed by his mother at the age of 17 when she read his conversations on the social media platform VKontakte. Soon after this the…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2020

Beirut explosion nearly destroys LGBTQ group’s offices

A massive explosion that killed more than 200 people in Beirut on Aug. 4 nearly destroyed the offices of Lebanon’s oldest LGBTQ advocacy group. Helem’s offices are located less than a mile…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2020

JAKIM SAYS THEIR TRANSGENDER CONVERSION CAMP IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

If you’ve spent enough time online, you may have come across several posts about things you can change in Malaysia. One of such posts that you may have come across is this…"Minister…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2020

ZimbabweanLivesMatter Hashtag Inspires Gays and Lesbians

The #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign on social media has inspired gays and lesbians to pick up the momentum and also call for their own rights to be respected in Zimbabwe. @KingBillius posted, "Seeing as…

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