• 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.

‘Evening Shadows’ Give Way to Light

As the Indian Supreme Court considers overturning Section 377 of the penal code — effectively decriminalizing homosexual conduct for an estimated 20% of all LGBTI people on the planet — a victory…

ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Vietnamese LGBT Activist: Sports Is the Avenue to Equality

Sports is the avenue to equality, believes Amazin LêThi, a Vietnamese sports and LGBT human rights advocate. The award-winning activist, who is the founder and chief of smiles at Amazin LêThi Foundation,…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2018

Everett Klippert, Last Man Jailed In Canada For Being Gay, Changed LGBTQ History

Most young Canadians know Pierre Elliott Trudeau's famous 1967 quote, “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” But they probably don’t realize the then soon-to-be prime minister…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2018

From the Americas to the Far East, Courts Are Advancing LGBT Rights

In January, a colleague of mine at Human Rights Watch predicted that 2018 would be the “year of the courts” for LGBT people’s rights. Seven months into the year, courts around the world have…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

Malay Rights Protesters Claim UEC Bad For Nationhood And LGBT Worse Than Child Marriage

Yesterday, 28 July, close to two thousand supporters of Malay political parties and groups attended a rally in Kampung Baru to "defend race and religion." The organisers of the Himpunan Kebangkitan Ummah (Gathering for Muslim…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

180 Israeli Artists and Intellectuals Call for Cancellation of Nationality Law, Surrogate Rights for Gay Couples

Some 180 Israeli artists, authors and intellectuals signed a public letter calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of Knesset to cancel the Nationality Law and amend the Surrogacy Law, to…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

India’s Engineering Students Join Gay Rights Fight

Twenty-seven-year-old Debottam Saha remembers how he became a victim of blackmail earlier this year. Saha is a gay man. One night, he went to meet a man who seemed kind to him, at first. But, as…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2018

Growing Homophobia Will Fuel the HIV Epidemic, Experts Fear

Millie Milton, 52, identifies as a transgender woman and has for more than 18 years. She remembers wearing her mother's veil and clothes from as young as 11 and preferring "female chores"…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Trump Administration Won’t Press African Countries Over Anti-gay Laws, Mick Mulvaney Says

The Trump administration will not press countries to abolish their anti-LGBT laws, Mick Mulvaney has said. Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker who is Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2018

For LGBTI Indians, Time to Right a British-era Wrong

India is contemplating the prospect of a major social revolution as a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court this week hears a raft of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

‘Our Lives Should Be Lived in the Sun’: The Couple Fighting to Legalise Gay Sex in India

One day, about 15 years ago, Sunil Mehra’s partner, Navtej Johar, a classical dancer, was being interviewed on the phone at their New Delhi home. The journalist asked about Johar’s sexuality. Mehra…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

No, we are not LGBT-friendly, says Putrajaya

Putrajaya today said it was equally concerned about the “LGBT lifestyle”, and rejected claims by its critics that the Pakatan Harapan-led government was more friendly to the community. Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the…

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