• 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: 09/13/2019

US citizen sues Japanese government for denying him long-term visa to be with husband

US citizen barred from receiving a long-term visa to live with his husband in Japan has sued the country's government, claiming he is being denied a family life. Andrew High, who met his Japanese…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2019

Opposition in Brazil blame political tone for anti-LGBT+ violence

The political opposition in Brazil on Wednesday said the government of President Jair Bolsonaro was failing to stop violent attacks on women and LGBT+ people that have risen in the past year.…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2019

Homophobic hate crime reports soar but charges fall

The number of homophobic hate crimes reported to police have more than doubled in the past five years – yet only 8% result in prosecutions, figures show. Reports of homophobic abuse recorded…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2019

The first same-sex weddings in Northern Ireland will take place on Valentine’s Day

Campaigners for marriage equality in Northern Ireland have confirmed that same-sex marriage will be legal from January 13 2020, with the first weddings taking place on Valentine’s Day. Northern Ireland is the only…

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ADDED ON: 09/11/2019

Brazil report charts surge in racial abuse and violence against women, LGBT

Brazil saw an alarming rise in racial abuse, sexual assault, femicide and violence against women and LGBT people in 2018, according to new figures released on Tuesday. The data illustrates a country…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2019

Mexico trans women fight for justice as killings go unpunished

Months after Kenya Cuevas’ friend was killed in front of her, a funeral wreath with Cuevas’ name on it arrived at her doorstep. The implication was clear: Keep making noise about slain…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2019

Ethiopian church-affiliated group urges action against gays

A group affiliated with Ethiopia's Orthodox Church is condemning what it calls the government's silence on homosexuality in the country. Speaking at a conference Sunday in Addis Ababa, the capital, Dereje Negash…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2019

Norway issues rightwing terror warning for year ahead

Norway’s domestic security agency has warned about the possibility of a terror attack from rightwing extremists “in the coming year”. In a statement, the PST said its heightened assessment stemmed from the…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2019

2020 Democrat candidates focus on LGBT issues

Democratic presidential hopefuls will take to another stage in October to discuss their stances on issues pertaining to the LGBT community. CNN and LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign announced on Wednesday,…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

Lebanon: End Systemic Violence Against Transgender Women

Transgender women in Lebanon face systemic violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch, Helem, and MOSAIC said in a report and video released today. Transgender women face discrimination in accessing basic services, including…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2019

New campaign raises awareness of dangers faced by LGBTQ people in UK immigration detention

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group have launched an important new campaign. The organisation’s first national social media campaign #LendYourVoice aims to raise awareness around the discrimination and danger that LGBTQ people…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2019

The (queer) year that was

If you’re a queer Indian, the reading down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (a colonial-era law that criminalised consensual adult same sex relationships) on September 6, 2018, is a…

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