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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: 12/19/2019

Anti-LGBT discrimination has a huge human toll. Research proves it.

In a trio of cases heard in October, the Supreme Court weighed whether discrimination against LGBT people should be legal. Over the course of those and related cases, a handful of scholars…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2019

Gay Saudi journalists both freed from Australian detention after ‘powerful’ LGBT community rallied round them

The two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia have both finally been freed after one was forced to remain alone in a detention centre due to a ‘clerical error’ by…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2019

Everyone welcome? Gay football fans prepare for Qatar

World Cup 2022 host Qatar has given the clearest indication yet that LGBT fans will be welcome, engaging with gay supporters as it hosts the Club World Cup -- despite criminalising homosexuality.…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2019

Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Punching Transgender Woman

An Oregon man convicted of punching a transgender woman has been sentenced to probation. Dominick Gonzales, 38, changed his plea Friday and was convicted of first-degree bias crime for punching the woman…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2019

Gabon bans gay sex as global pace of reform falters

Gabon has passed a law against gay sex, becoming the 70th country to ban the practice, an official confirmed, as the global pace of reform falters. The central African country banned “sexual…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2019

Gay Afghans Facing Deportation From UK Told ‘Pretend To Be Straight’

Gay Afghans facing deportation from UK told ‘pretend to be straight’ Gay Afghans being deported to their home country where homosexuality is illegal are being told to pretend to be straight, in…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2019

‘God Has A New Africa’: Undercover in a US-led anti-LGBT ‘hate movement’

This year, I accomplished a feat that I never thought I would: I went undercover to investigate a group that hates me. Not long after I took my seat in the auditorium…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2019

First men go on trial under Nigeria’s anti-homosexuality laws

Forty-seven men went on trial in Nigeria on Wednesday for public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a 10-year jail term in the country. The…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2019

Nigeria’s first awards for LGBTIQ+ human rights activists are finally here

For the first time in the history of Nigeria, LGBTIQ+ human rights activists and organizations working for the advancement of LGBTIQ+ equality will be honored for their bravery, work, and inclusiveness. Despite…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2019

For LGBTQ Youth, Human Rights Day Has Special Meaning

"Youth Standing Up for Human Rights" — this year’s Human Rights Day theme — has particular resonance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world. LGBT children and young adults…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2019

How Russia uses porn charges against LGBT activist and trans woman

Human Rights Watch cites two recent examples — feminist LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova, under house arrest for allegedly distributing pornography such a body-positive drawings, and Michelle, a trans woman sentenced to three…

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ADDED ON: 12/09/2019

Attack the OAS: Inside the ultra-conservative war on the Inter-American human rights system

"The attack first started when I was president”, Margarette May Macaulay, a lawyer and former judge from Jamaica who was elected to the top post at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights…

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