• 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: 08/10/2020

ZimbabweanLivesMatter Hashtag Inspires Gays and Lesbians

The #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign on social media has inspired gays and lesbians to pick up the momentum and also call for their own rights to be respected in Zimbabwe. @KingBillius posted, "Seeing as…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2020

Gay Russian influencer Egor Gromov found murdered in friend’s home

Russian influencer Ali Zabirov, who went by the name of Egor Gromov, has been found murdered in a friend’s house, he was only 23 years old. Egor regularly received homophobic abuse from…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2020

Nigerian’s first lesbian love story goes online to beat film censors

Two naked women lie in bed, stroking each other's hair and talking about coming out to their parents in Nigeria, where they could be jailed for 14 years for having a lesbian…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2020

Tunisia: Homosexuality Convictions Upheld

A Tunisian appeals court on July 28, 2020 upheld the conviction of two men accused of sodomy but reduced their sentence to one year in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. This…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2020

Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

The drama unfolded on July 30 in the city of Bertoua in eastern Cameroon when two young lesbians met in private at a family home. The women, identified here by the pseudonyms…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2020

El Salvador police sentenced in nation’s first trans murder convictions

A court in El Salvador has sentenced three police officers to 20-year prison sentences for the murder of a transgender woman, the nation’s first convictions in a homicide case involving a trans…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2020

‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

For years Mohamed's family tried to make him more like other boys - tougher, more "masculine". They even sent him to have a female spirit driven out with hallucinogenic drugs. Eventually, writes…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2020

‘I wish they killed you’: trauma of Syrian LGBT+ rape survivors

Stigmatised gay, bisexual and transgender Syrian refugees who survived sexual violence in war are struggling to get medical or mental health care, human rights groups said on Wednesday. More than 40 LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2020

Nigeria’s queer history told by those who lived through it

When Goodluck Jonathan, the former president of Nigeria, passed a bill into law that criminalised any active part of gayness in January 2014, he was lauded by many in the country for…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

Moroccan women break through in rap scene dominated by men

In a rap scene dominated my men, women’s voices are starting to make waves in Morocco. Houda Abouz, a 24-year-old who majors in film studies at a university in the northern city…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Blogger Convicted for Supporting LGBT Rights

A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni blogger to jail and then deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today.…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2020

Gay, black and fast: Olympic hopeful swims against tide of homophobia in Jamaica

Early in his budding career as a professional swimmer, Olympic hopeful Michael Gunning faced a regular putdown in the pool from snide schoolmates: “Black people don’t swim.” But rather than be bullied…

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