• 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: 10/08/2018

Who is Fernando Haddad? Brazil’s Last Hope Against Anti-LGBT Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s left-wing candidate Fernando Haddad has advanced to the second round of the country’s presidential election, where he will face far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The Social Liberal Party (PSL) candidate Bolsonaro was the winner of the…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Ambiga Slams Mujahid Over Latest LGBT Remarks

National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Ambiga Sreenevasan has condemned Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa over his remarks that any advocacy for the rights of the lesbian, gay,…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Everything You Need To Know About Jair Bolsonaro, The “Donald Trump Of Brazil”

On Sunday night, Jair Bolsonaro won big in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election. With 46% of the vote, he wound up just shy of the 50% that would have made…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Brazilian Presidential Election Goes to a Second Round as Far-Right Candidate Narrowly Misses an Outright Win

A far-right former military man won nearly half the votes in Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, raising the strong prospect that he could take the helm of Latin America’s largest nation in…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Low Turnout On Second Day Of Romania’s Same-Sex-Marriage Referendum

Romanians are voting for a second day on whether to change the constitution to strictly ban same-sex marriage in a two-day referendum in the conservative country. Turnout was reported to be extremely…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

‘In Their Eyes, We Are Not a Family’: Romanian Couple Explain Referendum Boycott

As Romania takes to the polls this weekend for a referendum on the constitutional definition of marriage, Florin Buhuceanu and Victor Ciobotaru are staying at home. The couple, who have been together…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

India May Have Legalised Gay Sex. But ‘Paralysing Fear’ Plagues Bangladesh’s LGBT Community

When the five judges who sit on India’s Supreme Court unanimously voted to decriminalise homosexuality in September, LGBT+ activists across the world rejoiced—with photos of jubilant campaigners celebrating the ruling shared on social media.  With India entering…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2018

Stop Using LGBTI Malaysians as ‘punching bag’ Warns Lawyer Group

Malaysia’s leaders must stop using the LGBTI community for political gain, said local civil society group Lawyers for Liberty. It comes as LGBTI Malaysians feel increasingly persecuted under Malaysia’s nascent new government. ‘The LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Egypt’s LGBT+ Face Horrific Discrimination in Housing, Says UN Rapporteur

Gay Egyptians face "horrific" discrimination and harassment when looking for somewhere to live, a U.N. special rapporteur said, urging the government to give LGBT+ people better protection. At the end of a…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

‘We’re Afraid’: Advocates Say Brazil’s Presidential Frontrunner a Threat to Gay Rights

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, dubbed “Trump of the Tropics,” has been brazen in his anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. Far-right Brazilian Congressman Jair Bolsonaro has implied women who are raped “deserve it,” has said he’d…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

LGBT People Cause Deadly Natural Disasters, Say Religious Lawmakers in Malaysia

LGBT people are responsible for natural disasters like the earthquake and tsunami which killed more than 1,500 in Indonesia last week, according to Malaysian lawmakers. The Selangor Islamic Religious Department, which is…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Cameroon Lesbian ‘Witches’ Chained, Raped by Families

During a dreary Sunday morning church service, 14-year-old Viviane — tired of wrestling with her sexual attraction to girls &mdash resigned herself to an unhappy conclusion: she was bewitched.  “I didn’t see girls…

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