• 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: 11/07/2022

Qatari minister blasts ‘arrogant’ critics of World Cup host’s repressive anti-LGBT laws in furious rant amid huge public backlash to football stars David Beckham and Gary Neville taking money from Middle Eastern state to front the tournament

Qatar's foreign minister has said the country's critics are 'arrogant' and 'cannot accept a small country from the Middle East' is hosting the World Cup, amid criticism of the nation's LGBTQ rights record. 'Preaching…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2022

Ghana Parliament speaker: Harsh anti-LGBTQ bill will pass before presidential election

Ghanaian Parliament Speaker Alban Bagbin on Oct. 28 told reporters a bill that would criminalize LGBTQ and intersex identity and allyship will pass before the next presidential election in 2024. A cross-party…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2022

Qatari officials accused of gang raping gay man in hotel before deporting him

A gay man who lived in Qatar has revealed the harrowing truth about sting operations in place to entrap members of the queer community, with his own experience resulting in him being…

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ADDED ON: 10/31/2022

Young gay couple jumps to their deaths after posting final photos together on Instagram

A young gay couple jumped to their deaths from a bridge in Armenia last week, after posting a series of photos together on Instagram and tagging them “Happy End.” The last photo…

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ADDED ON: 10/31/2022

Malaysian Authorities Raid LGBT Halloween Party

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's Islamic religious officers broke up a large Halloween party attended by the LGBT community and arrested 20 people for cross-dressing and allegedly encouraging vice, activists said Sunday. Activist Numan Afifi…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2022

Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community fears Bolsonaro re-election

LGBTQ+ Brazilians fear that a win for incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in Sunday's runoff election could lead to a rollback of their rights. The vote in South America's largest country pits the…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2022

Two South Africa cities install continent’s first Pride crosswalks

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to install Pride crosswalks in its major cities. Pretoria on Oct. 20 installed the crosswalks. Cape Town followed suit two days later.…

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ADDED ON: 10/28/2022

UN expresses deep concern over Russia’s ‘LGBTQ propaganda’ law

The United Nations said on Friday that it was "deeply concerened" by moves of Russian legislature to toughen up the notorious 'LGBTQ propaganda' law. The UN has urged Russian lawmakers to repeal…

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ADDED ON: 10/27/2022

UK foreign secretary under fire for saying LGBT soccer fans should be ‘respectful’ at Qatar World Cup

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is receiving backlash for suggesting gay soccer fans should be “respectful” in Qatar when attending the FIFA World Cup set to take place in the Gulf Arab state later this year. Speaking to…

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ADDED ON: 10/27/2022

Russia moves to ban ‘LGBT propaganda’ among all ages

Russian lawmakers backed a bill on Thursday that would expand an existing ban on the promotion of “LGBT propaganda” among children to include people of all ages, a move critics see as…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2022

Where does Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stand on LGBTQ issues?

Conservative party leader and former treasury minister Rishi Sunak has become Britain’s first prime minister (PM) of color, following the 49-day tenure of former PM Liz Truss. Conservatives have helped secure vital…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2022

Gender: X – Proud owner of Chile’s first non-binary ID card

Shane Cienfuegos, the first non-binary person to receive a gender-neutral identity document in Chile, says they feel a "great weight" of responsibility despite their victory over centuries of discrimination. "It is difficult…

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