• 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: 07/28/2018

Growing Homophobia Will Fuel the HIV Epidemic, Experts Fear

Millie Milton, 52, identifies as a transgender woman and has for more than 18 years. She remembers wearing her mother's veil and clothes from as young as 11 and preferring "female chores"…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Trump Administration Won’t Press African Countries Over Anti-gay Laws, Mick Mulvaney Says

The Trump administration will not press countries to abolish their anti-LGBT laws, Mick Mulvaney has said. Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker who is Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2018

For LGBTI Indians, Time to Right a British-era Wrong

India is contemplating the prospect of a major social revolution as a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court this week hears a raft of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

‘Our Lives Should Be Lived in the Sun’: The Couple Fighting to Legalise Gay Sex in India

One day, about 15 years ago, Sunil Mehra’s partner, Navtej Johar, a classical dancer, was being interviewed on the phone at their New Delhi home. The journalist asked about Johar’s sexuality. Mehra…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2018

No, we are not LGBT-friendly, says Putrajaya

Putrajaya today said it was equally concerned about the “LGBT lifestyle”, and rejected claims by its critics that the Pakatan Harapan-led government was more friendly to the community. Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Cuba’s Draft Constitution Opens Path to Gay Marriage

LGBTI rights activists in Cuba supported the proposal with posters reading "I am in favour of Cuban design " showing different family configurations including same-sex unions. The draft of Cuba's new constitution…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

LGBT Activist Numan Afifi Puts Resignation Episode Behind Him, Says Being Offered Jobs Abroad

Numan Afifi Saadan, who was the press officer to Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, shared on social media that when one door closes, other doors will open. That was…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2018

Trinidad and Tobago’s Religious Leaders Call on Government to Uphold Anti-LGBT Laws

When he was 18, Kerwyn Jordan came out to his family and close friends, and he’s been open about his sexuality for the past 26 years. But it has not been easy.…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2018

Barbados: Religious Criticism not Deterring LGBT Pride Parade

Religious leaders can huff and puff until they are blue in the face, the local LGBT community will not be deterred by their criticism. This was the view expressed by Barbados Pride…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

India’s Top Court Likely to Overturn Colonial-Era Anti-Homosexuality Law

Calling the law “Victorian-era morality” Justice Rohinton Nariman, also chimed in, agreeing to Justice Chandrachud, saying prohibitions have never resolved social issues. In a big win for the LGBT rights in India, the…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

Vancouver to Host International Conference on Protecting and Advancing LGBT Rights and Inclusion

Organizations from around the world are set to gather in Vancouver for a global conference on LGBT rights and inclusion.  In a statement on Human Rights Day on December 10, 2017, Prime Minister…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

The Transgender Acid Attack Survivor Running for Parliament

Forced to leave home when she was only 13, physically and sexually abused by relatives, and later attacked with acid by her former boyfriend, Nayyab Ali's life as a transgender woman in…

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