• 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: 01/04/2022

All gay sex convictions to be pardoned in plan to ‘right wrongs of the past’.

Any conviction that was imposed on someone purely due to consensual homosexual activity under now-abolished laws will be included in a scheme aimed at “righting the wrongs of the past”, the home…

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ADDED ON: 01/02/2022

Tom Daley promises to use his OBE to advocate for LGBT+ rights across the world

The Olympic diver was made an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, and he told BBC Breakfast that he now feels a responsibility to make the Commonwealth “a more inclusive”…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2021

Hidden in plain view, Russian photographer defies country’s anti-gay law

MOSCOW- Since the passage of the measure known colloquially as the “gay propaganda law” by the Russian parliament and signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013, which ostensibly makes any act…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2021

Tutu’s Advocacy for LGBTQ Rights Did Not Sway Most of Africa

Desmond Tutu is being remembered for his passionate advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people as well as his fight for racial justice. But the South African archbishop's campaign against homophobia had limited…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2021

In Burkina Faso, trans people self-medicate in ‘dangerous’ transition

OUAGADOUGOU, Dec 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It took Aicha Sylla three attempts to get a prescription for hormones in Burkina Faso so she could start to transition gender. In the end,…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2021

Lesbian pop star Denise Ho arrested amid growing crackdown against China’s critics.

Lesbian pop star and regionally famous pro-democracy activist Denise Ho was one of seven people arrested on Wednesday morning by national security police in Hong Kong. She was released on Thursday afternoon.…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2021

10 essential LGBT+ books that opened minds and broadened horizons in 2021

Over the last year, countless powerful and important LGBT+ books have been published – and they’ve helped queer people feel seen in new and exciting ways. Queer literature has always been vital…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2021

Out in the World: Mixed record on LGBTQ rights across the world in 2021

The year started out on a hopeful note. The world was looking forward to getting past a dark period in America's leadership and the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden's administration and…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2021

“Tutu’s advocacy for LGBTQ rights did not sway most of Africa “

Desmond Tutu is being remembered for his passionate advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people as well as his fight for racial justice. But the South African archbishop’s campaign against homophobia had limited…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2021

Court case seeks to legalize homosexuality in Tunisia

A group of lawyers, human rights activists and the LGBT community filed an appeal on Thursday, December 16, to overturn two convictions for homosexuality, in a country where it is still punishable…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2021

Lesbian risks life and flees Afghanistan to escape forced marriage to cruel Taliban brute

Rabia was just 15-years-old when she became engaged to a Taliban officer against her will in a small village in Afghanistan. Now 22-years-old, Rabia has fled Afghanistan and has managed to get…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2021

GAY BROTHERS DETAINED IN CHECHNYA GO ON HUNGER STRIKE

Brothers Salekh Magamadov (20) and Ismail Isaev (17), detained by authorities in Chechnya for the past 10 months, have announced that they would go on a hunger strike unless the case against…

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