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  • 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: 08/20/2021

This brave charity is helping desperate LGBT+ Afghans escape the brutal Taliban

The Rainbow Railroad is a global NGO providing aid and asylum to LGBT+ people around the world. Since its founding it’s helped more than 1,600 LGBT+ people find safety, including many victims…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2021

LGBT in Afghanistan: ‘I could be killed on the spot’

Before the Taliban uprising in Afghanistan, life for gay man Abdul (his name has been changed) was already dangerous. If he'd spoken about his sexuality to the wrong person then, Abdul could…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2021

‘Everything is gone’ for LGBT+ Afghans, says bisexual man who escaped before Taliban took over

Afghanistan wasn’t a welcoming place for LGBT+ people prior to the Taliban takeover that shocked the world – but human rights activists are expecting things to get much worse. The militant group…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2021

World Cup hosts Qatar raise the rainbow flag even as LGBT+ community is forced to live a double life

Degree-educated, bi-lingual and with a well-established career at one of the country’s leading companies, Hamad is, to all appearances, the very epitome of modern-day, outward-looking Qatar. But he harbours a secret, one…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2021

Gay former Cuba lawmaker banned from leaving country

HAVANA — A gay man who is a former member of Cuba’s National Assembly has been banned from leaving the country. Luis Ángel Adán Roble on Aug. 14 tweeted a picture of…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2021

Countries urged to offer refuge to LGBTQ Afghans

Advocacy groups have urged the U.S. and other countries to offer refuge to LGBTQ Afghans after the Taliban regained control of the country. “As Afghanistan falls to the Taliban, members of the…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2021

President Museveni Refuses To Sign Homophobic Law

The LGBTIQ community in Uganda has today caught a break after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni returned the notorious Sexual Offences Bill back to the floor of Uganda parliament for reconsideration saying all…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2021

Iran’s new government leaves country’s LGBTQ community hopeless

TEHRAN, Iran — Ebrahim Raisi took over the presidency of Iran and promised to be a “true defender of human rights,” but the Iranian LGBTQ community is not hopeful. Iran, a country…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2021

Transgender USAF veteran trapped in Taliban takeover of Kabul

As the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani collapsed and he has now fled the country, chaos has descended on the Afghan capital city. Late reports Sunday indicated Afghan security forces had…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2021

Turkish LGBTQ Activists Counter Oppression With Art, Solidarity and Radical Hope

Activism came to Hazar Kolancalı like a thunderstorm, at first a rumbling in the distance and then upon her all at once. The constant — and often violent — oppression of LGBTQI+…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2021

Classroom workshops offer support to LGBTQ youth in rural Quebec Social Sharing

A new project launched by the Association for New Canadians is working to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees coming into Newfoundland and Labrador. The association is…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2021

LGBTQ activism in Uzbekistan ‘is almost impossible’

A human rights activist in Uzbekistan says LGBTQ people in their country continue to live in fear. “Members of the LGBT community continue to be intimidated,” the human rights activist told the…

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