• 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: 05/31/2019

Victory for Hong Kong’s LGBT community as High Court abolishes four offences that criminalise sex between men

Hong Kong’s LGBT community has earned a long-awaited legal victory, with a court abolishing or revising seven offences that criminalised sex between men. The High Court on Thursday ruled that four criminal…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2019

China seen by LGBT+ groups as years away from same-sex marriage

China is at least a decade away from allowing same-sex marriages with the current priorities on introducing anti-discrimination laws, letting LGBT+ groups raise awareness without fear, and banning conversion therapy, LGBT+ campaigners…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

Kenya High Court sharply criticized for upholding sodomy law

Activists in Kenya have sharply criticized their country’s High Court over its ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a colonial-era sodomy law. The New York Times reported activists were inside the courtroom…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2019

Brazil’s LGBTQ Challenege: Live and Let Live or Discriminate and Hate?

Last week’s vote by the Federal Supreme Court (STF) laid the foundation for landmark legislation which will include protection for sexual minorities in the nation's anti-discrimination laws. In doing so, the STF…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2019

Under-fire SQA strikes deal to provide education in violently anti-gay Brunei

Scotland’s under-fire exam body has agreed a deal to provide education in the violently anti-gay state of Brunei, the Sunday Mail reveals today. The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) sells computing courses to…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2019

Men raid Russian activist’s home, threaten to kill people helping LGBTI Chechens escape

A group of seven unknown men raided a Russian activist’s home in St Petersburg last week (17 May). The activist, who wishes to remain anonymous, works as a volunteer for the Russian…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Gay Ugandans regret fleeing to Kenya

Hundreds of people in Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have fled the country to escape homophobia and persecution. But many are now stuck in Kenya where the situation is…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

LGBT Hondurans march against hate

I traveled to Honduras last week to document violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Violence abounds, according to Honduran LGBT activists, but there are also plenty of stories of…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Russian Files Chechnya ‘Gay Purge’ Complaint With European Rights Court

A gay Russian man who says he was abducted and tortured by police in Chechnya has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after Russian investigators refused to…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Almost one in three Russians would disown a gay friend, study finds

A new poll of Russians has revealed a complicated picture of homophobia — falling slightly, but from exceptionally high levels. The Levada Centre study, published on Thursday, indicated that more than half…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Kenya: Court Upholds Archaic Anti-Homosexuality Laws

Kenya’s High Court on May 24, 2019 upheld laws criminalizing homosexual acts between consenting adults, a step backward in the progress Kenya has made toward equality in recent years, Human Rights Watch…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Taiwan man behind Asia’s first gay marriage law urges others to fight

A leading Taiwanese gay activist on Thursday called on the LGBT+ community in other parts of Asia to take their battles to court after his successful legal fight paved the way for…

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