• 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: 01/11/2022

Tokyo same-sex partner plans highlight road ahead for LGBTQ rights.

Many welcomed Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's recent announcement that a same-sex partnership system would be introduced for all of Tokyo in fiscal 2022. But some LGBTQ activists have pointed out that much…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2022

Calls in Denmark for gay fathers to get legal rights at birth.

A petition in Denmark calling for two gay fathers to be granted equal parental rights for their child, on Monday received more than the 50,000 signatures required to be considered by parliament.…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2022

Prominent transgender activist murdered in Honduras.

A prominent transgender activist in Honduras was killed on Monday. Reportar sin Miedo, the Washington Blade’s media partner in Honduras, reported Thalía Rodríguez was shot in the head outside her home in…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2022

Man stabbed, beaten and called ‘batty boy’ by group of boys who suspected him of being gay

Perry Ato Inkoom told SVTV Africa that in the early evening of 19 December he was attacked by the young people following a birthday party. In Tema, a coastal city 16 miles east of…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2022

UNHCR highlights work with LGBTQ asylum seekers in Central America

Officials with the U.N. Refugee Agency in Central America and Mexico say they remain committed to helping LGBTQ asylum seekers and migrants in the region. UNHCR Guatemala Representative Besem Obenson told the…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2022

Turkish court releases two Bogazici students from jail

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release two students from jail in the first hearing of a broader case over campus protests against the government’s appointment of a…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2022

U.K. expands ‘Turing’s Law’ to pardon past same-sex convictions

In a long-awaited triumph for the U.K.’s LGBTQ community, the government on Tuesday announced that anyone convicted of consensual same-sex activity under now-defunct laws will soon be eligible to be pardoned and…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2022

Senegal rejects bid to toughen strict anti-LGBT law

DAKAR, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Senegalese lawmakers on Tuesday stopped from passing to parliamentary vote a draft bill that sought to toughen already severe laws against same-sex relations. Gay sex is punishable by…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2022

Lawmakers in Senegal Reject Bill to Double Penalties for Same-sex Relations.

Over the Christmas holidays, parliamentary lawmakers in Senegal rejected a proposed bill that sought to double the jail time for people convicted under the country’s anti-sodomy law and imprison anyone who advocated…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2022

‘I’d been set up’: the LGBTQ Kenyans ‘catfished’ for money via dating apps.

One day after work last month, Tom Otieno went to a shopping centre in Nairobi to pick up groceries before heading home. He got a call from someone he had been chatting…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2022

Meet Trinetra Haldar Gummaraj, Karnataka’s First Transgender Doctor.

Transgender activist, surgeon in training, and Instagram influencer Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju is fighting bigotry. She is taking on prejudice against the trans community and hopes to improve the healthcare of trans people.…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2022

Israel opens surrogacy to same-sex couples, single fathers, transgender people.

Israel announced on Tuesday that the country will begin allowing same-sex couples, single fathers and transgender individuals to pursue parental surrogacy. The news was delivered by Israeli health minister Nitzan Horowitz, who…

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