• 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: 11/02/2019

Gay man in Turkmenistan goes missing after posting heartbreaking video fearing he might be ‘forcibly taken away’

A gay man in the central Asian country Turkmenistan has gone missing after claiming in a heartbreaking video that he might be “forcibly taken away”. Kasymberdy Garayev has reportedly vanished alongside his…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2019

Eastern Caribbean LGBT organisation launches five-country legal challenge to anti-gay laws

The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), today announced the launch of five legal challenges to the remnants of draconian laws of our colonial past. The claims, all expected to…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2019

Bisi Alimi Organises First-Ever LGBT Event In Lagos

Nigerian gay rights activist Bisi Alimi has organised the first-ever LGBT event in Nigeria. The event tagged “Night of Diversity 2019” was organised by his foundation The Bisi Alimi Foundation. It held…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2019

ICE ALLEGEDLY DETAINING LGBT ASYLUM SEEKER IN DEFIANCE OF COURT RULING

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have allegedly been detaining an LGBT asylum seeker in defiance of a federal judge's ruling. Darwin Garcia Portillo and his partner Oscar Juarez Hernandez came to…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2019

Ghana Should Resist World Congress of Families’ Anti-LGBT Message

Emelia, a woman in her thirties living in Kumasi, Ghana, will never forget the day her father found out she was a lesbian. He beat her for three hours – with his…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2019

How Alfred Kinsey armed the early gay rights movement with research

There was a time when one out of every two Americans Gallup polled knew Alfred Kinsey’s name, and to gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals he was a living hero. Sadly, for the…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2019

Rainbow Caribbean site focuses on LGBTQ rights

Caribbean LGBTQ rights activists announce Rainbow Caribbean, a Facebook page devoted to news articles, videos, features and commentaries about Caribbean LGBTQ people’s struggle for respect and recognition of their human rights. Organizations…

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ADDED ON: 10/28/2019

Uganda moves to allay fears over anti-gay sex law

Uganda has sought to reassure sexual minorities that they are safe, saying it has no plans to introduce the death penalty for gay sex after reports of rising homophobic attacks. LGBT+ rights…

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ADDED ON: 10/28/2019

This trans intersex person explains why they didn’t need surgery to be ‘fixed’

A trans intersex person has explained, in a moving opinion piece for Intersex Awareness Day (October 26), why they didn’t need surgery to be “fixed”. There are many different ways that a…

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ADDED ON: 10/28/2019

Uganda arrested 16 LGBTQ activists. Here’s where else gay rights are a battleground in the world.

This week Ugandan police arrested 16 LGBTQ activists on charges of gay sex — which is punishable by life imprisonment. Police arrested them at the sexual health organization where they worked and…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2019

Anti-gay law ‘like a gun pointing at us’ says eSwatini activist

When LGBT+ people took to the streets last year for the first ever Pride march in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, some hardly believed they could celebrate the event in a country…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2019

In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, the fashion industry emerges as a center for LGBT resistance

Sam Porto and his mirror have never gotten along. When the transgender man was growing up in Brazil, the sight of his developing breasts disgusted him. But in a crowded makeup room…

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