• 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.

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OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International was founded in 1990 as the first non-profit with the goal to advance international human rights for LGBTIQ people.

OutRight – originally the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) – provided its initial support to advocates for LGBTIQ rights in Russia. Now we partner with advocates from the Philippines to Colombia and Tunisia to Uganda. For the last 25 years, OutRight has fought to protect and advance the basic human rights of LGBTIQ people. We empower people on the front lines, hold leaders accountable at the United Nations and measure our impact through positive change in people’s lives.

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American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and promote human rights in the developing world. Through grantmaking and advocacy, AJWS works to advance sexual health and rights, civil and political rights and the right to land, food and water for millions of people around the globe.

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Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

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Human Rights Watch

For over a decade, the Human Rights Watch lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights program has fought to end horrific human rights abuses—including killings, torture, wrongful arrests, domestic violence, censorship, and discrimination—and promote the rights of all people regardless of who they love, how they look, and who they are.

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Human Rights First

Human Rights First (HRF) is an independent advocacy and action organization working with LGBTI leaders across the globe to guarantee that their voices are heard. HRF is committed to protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons and ensuring that they remain a foreign policy priority of the U.S. government.

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Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth is advancing the sexual health and rights of LGBTI youth in the developing world by strengthening the capacity of sustainable youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations. Often there are limited spaces to organize and elevate issues that make LGBTI youth particularly vulnerable. Advocates has a network of 3,000 youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations and activists from 96 countries and provides support in 40 countries.

ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Indonesian’s LGBT Community Under Threat as Government Sets Sights on Making Gay Sex Illegal

It's shaping as a bleak 2018 for Indonesia's gay and transgender people. In the conservative province of Aceh, police have raided hair salons and publicly shamed a group of transgender hairdressers, while…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Jamaica Bans Anti-Gay Arizona Pastor From Visiting Country

Steven Anderson, pastor from the Faithful World Baptist Church who says gay people should be stoned to death, denied entry. Jamaica has banned a Holocaust-denying pastor from Arizona who has called for gay people…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Trans Women Forced to Shave Their Heads by Indonesian Officials

Police in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province carried out a crackdown on a group of transgender women Sunday, forcibly shaving their heads and making them wear men’s clothing. Police took 12 trans women…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2018

Bid to Legalize Homosexuality in Kenya Appears on Course

They have become extremely predictable, taking one step at a time, but each step ever so sure. The new moralists are so determined to redefine our values and to blunt our conscience…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2018

LGBT Cubans Seek Asylum in the Netherlands

Two Cuban LGBT activists on Sunday asked for asylum in the Netherlands. Victor Manuel Dueñas, who founded an LGBT community center in the Cuban town of Santo Domingo, and his cousin, bought roundtrip…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2018

Thousands of Teens Will Undergo ‘Conversion Therapy’ in Near Future, Study Estimates

Tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will undergo gay "conversion therapy" from a licensed health care professional, religious adviser or spiritual leader before they…

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