• 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: 09/26/2019

Masked men and murder: vigilantes terrorise LGBT+ Russians

Receiving photos of mutilated bodies with the warning “you’re next” rattled gay rights activist Nikita Tomilov but when he saw surveillance men outside his home, he fled Russia for good. The threats…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/26/2019

We freed 3 gay men from prison

A and his friend Y (names withheld for their safety) walked free on August 30, having served four years of a five-year sentence imposed after they were reported to police by a…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/26/2019

LGBT activist and retired GP Roy Tan files new court challenge against Section 377A

An activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, who is a retired general practitioner, has filed a new court challenge against Section 377A of the Penal Code, a law that…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/25/2019

Thousands protest against Indonesian bill to ban extramarital sex

Thousands of students protested at rallies across Indonesia on Monday against a new criminal code that would outlaw sex outside marriage and gay sex, as lawmakers met the president to discuss how…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/24/2019

Parties wade through pretrial issues in St Vincent buggery law case

The next hearing in the legal challenges to the buggery laws in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is slated for November 13 as the parties continue to wade through pretrial issues.…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/23/2019

Gay man who fled Ghana over attacks secures asylum in US

A Ghanaian [name withheld] who was attacked in Ghana in 2015 on suspicion of being gay has succeeded in securing asylum in the United States. Two law students of New York Law…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/23/2019

Anti-gay Nigerian protesters demand harsher laws against LGBTIQ+ people

Homophobic Nigerian youths and officials protested this week to demand harsher laws and a crackdown on LGBTIQ+ people in Nigeria. Even though a recent survey has shown some progress toward LGBTIQ+ acceptance…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/22/2019

Council of Europe presses Chechnya on gay torture

A Council of Europe official tackled Chechen officials about reports of the torture and detention of gay people, during a rare visit to the Russian republic Saturday. Frank Schwabe, a member of…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/21/2019

Indonesian president postpones plans to outlaw extramarital sex

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has ordered his government to postpone the ratification of a deeply controversial criminal code that would outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president. The…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/21/2019

‘How can you be lesbian and Christian?’ Home Office using religion against LGBT asylum seekers

A new report has alleged that the Home Office is using religion against LGBT+ asylum seekers. The 85-page publication also found that the government department was using some LGBT+ asylum seekers’ dependency…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/20/2019

SUSPICIONS ARISE AFTER CONFESSION IN MURDER OF RUSSIAN LGBT ACTIVIST YELENA GRIGORYEVA

LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva's body was found in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 20, with evidence she had been choked, stabbed and thrown into the bushes near her home. Now, two months…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/20/2019

Nigerian press agog with protests against LGBT, cashless policy

The renewed pursuit of cashless policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the protest by youths against lesbians, gays, and transgender are some of the leading stories in the Nigerian…

GO TO FULL STORY