• 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: 11/04/2018

Aging and LGBT in Argentina: Survivors of Deeply Homophobic Past

For elderly members of Argentina’s LGBT community, things used to be so so different. They’re the surviving witnesses of a time when sexual orientations that don’t fit the establish mold were considered…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

‘Thousands of Names’ Handed to Tanzania Authorities After Public Told to Report Gay People

There are fears for the safety of the LBGT+ community in Tanzania after a senior government official called on the public to report suspected homosexuals. Authorities have already been handed thousands of…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Ireland’s Brazilian LGBT Community Express Fear Following Bolsonaro Win

Brazilians living in Ireland, particularly members of the LGBT community, have expressed serious concerns following the victory of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidential election. Mr Bolsonaro promised to defend…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

LGBTI Refugees Explain Why They Fled to the US

Over the past year, LGBT+ refugees have faced a two-pronged attack from the Trump administration’s hardline immigration stances and regressive policies on LGBT+ rights. After fleeing their homes to seek a new…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Governor in Tanzania Vows Mass Arrests of LGBTI

The regional governor of Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, has vowed to arrest people suspected of being gay by next week in an escalating crackdown on LGBT communities in the East…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Will Bolsonaro’s Victory in Brazil Usher Right-wing Ripple Effects in Latin America?

From the fate of the Amazon to LGBTI rights and even the future of democracy itself, Jair Bolsonaro's historic victory in Brazil’s presidential election could have profound repercussions across Latin America. With…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2018

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Throughout October 2018, government officials in various regencies of West Java province have publicly called for policies that would target LGBT people for arrest and “rehabilitation.” Local decrees and other official documents…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2018

Tanzania Forms Anti-gay and Nudity Squad

Tanzanian police have announced the creation of a surveillance squad whose job it will be to identify gay people on social media and arrest them. Paul Makonda, the police regional commissioner for…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2018

LGBTQ Brazilians on Edge After Self-described ‘Homophobic’ Lawmaker Elected President

Far-right Brazilian lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called Trump of the Tropics, was elected president of the world’s fourth-largest democracy on Sunday. Once considered unelectable due, in part, to his long history of…

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ADDED ON: 10/29/2018

LGBT Groups Denounce Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting as ‘Horrific Attack’

As the world stands aghast over the latest mass shooting in the United States in which at least 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh were killed, LGBT groups were among those…

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ADDED ON: 10/29/2018

Malawi’s Anti-LGBT Laws Fuel ‘violence and Discrimination’ According to New Report

A new report has found that Malawi’s anti-gay laws mean that members of the LGBT+ community are vulnerable to arbitrary arrest, physical violence, and discrimination. Sections 153 and 156 of Malawi’s Criminal…

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ADDED ON: 10/29/2018

Over 130,000 March in Asia’s Largest Gay Pride Parade in Taiwan

Flamboyant drag queens and horned devils rubbed shoulders with Christian pastors and supporters Saturday as tens of thousands of people took part in Taipei's Gay Pride parade – the biggest in Asia…

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