• 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: 11/17/2018

Depok to Issue anti-LGBT Regulation

The administration of Depok in West Java says it is committed to preparing a regulation to curb a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement that the administration believes is becoming more…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

South Africa Needs to Oppose Tanzania’s anti-Gay Crackdown

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown has run into opposition far and wide, but not yet from South Africa, although equal rights for its LGBT citizens are enshrined in the nation’s constitution. South Africa has even…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

LGBT Migrants Fled Persecution Back Home. Then They Fled the Caravan

For most of the people traveling as part of a thousand-person migrant caravan in the hope of reaching safety at the U.S. border, the group represents their best chance to escape persecution, violence and…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

Court Strikes Down Guyana anti-Transgender Law

A Guyana anti-transgender law banning “cross-dressing” has been struck down, after it was used to target transgender people. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), an international court with jurisdiction across several Caribbean and South…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Trans Day of Remembrance set for Nov. 20

D.C.’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates the lives of transgender people lost to violence each year, is scheduled to be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Metropolitan Community Church of…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Denmark Withholds Aid to Tanzania after Anti-Gay Comments

Denmark is withholding 65m krone (£7.5m; $9.8m) in aid to Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician, a minister says. Development Minister Ulla Tornaes did not name the official but…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Tanzania Loses $300 Million World Bank Loan Amid Crackdown Concerns

The World Bank has pulled a planned $300 million educational loan to Tanzania amid concerns about the country’s policy of banning pregnant girls from going to school. The $300 million program was…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

Rights Groups Condemn ‘brutal and humiliating’ Tests on Gay Men in Tunisia

More than 70 gay men were jailed by Tunisian authorities last year, according to activists, who warn anal tests and phone searches are being used to identify suspects. Mounir Baatour, lawyer and…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

Anti-LGBTI Sentiment Rises Ahead of Elections

Several regional authorities are planning to create regulations designed to further curtail the rights of the LGBTI community — minority group frequently used as political fodder during election season. Payakumbuh, the second-largest city…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Let’s Do the Math on Gays in Malaysia

On Oct 29, an officer of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Mohd Izwan Mohd Yusof, claimed that the number of gay men in the country had increased from 173,000 to 310,000…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Thousands Attend Anti-LGBT Rally in W. Sumatra, Authorities Promise Harsh Laws to Stop Spread of ‘Virus’

Anti-LGBT hysteria seems to have once again taken hold in some parts of Indonesia, with near daily stories of authorities fanning the flames of hatred with discriminatory acts towards the vilified minority group.…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2018

Tanzania’s Anti-homosexuality Purge Is Making Ottawa Anxious

Official anti-gay prejudice in Tanzania is causing Canadian officials to reassess this country's relationship with one of Canada's biggest aid recipients. Arrests of gay men in Zanzibar over the weekend, and the…

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