• 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: 11/30/2018

LGBTQ asylum-seekers in Europe subjected to stereotyping and humiliation, rights group says

Navid Jafartash fled Iran in 2014 because he feared for his life: He is gay, and homosexuality is illegal in Iran and in some cases punishable by death. He went to Vienna, where…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2018

Gay Chinese teacher gets compensation, but no recognition of equal rights

A Chinese labor arbitration committee has denied a gay teacher’s request to be rehired, after he sued his former kindergarten for unfair dismissal in a widely-watched case concerning LGBT discrimination in China. In…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

UK: Asylum-seeking Zimbabwean referee publicly outed as gay retells blackmail story

Zimbabwean referee Raymond Mashamba, 30, knew from the time he was 14-years-old that he was gay but managed to keep his sexuality a secret because of societal attitudes about homosexuality. To conform…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

LGBTQ Movements Gain Energy Across SE Asia

Growing up as a transgender woman in Singapore, Sheila says she lived in fear of her parents "finding out who she is. As a result of me trying to express my liking of feminine…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

Gay man refused justice after torture in Chechnya concentration camp

A gay man is speaking out after suffering torture in a Chechnya concentration camp. Maxim Lapunov was one of the first victims of the ‘gay purge‘ in March 2017. Unknown thugs grabbed…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

Why Taiwan LGBT vote must not make Hong Kong lose heart on gay rights

Yes. It is discouraging to see the LGBT community in Taiwan lose its reference battle on the passing of same-sex marriage laws (“Taiwan’s image as LGBT beacon hit by same-sex marriage rebuff”,…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

European court: Russia’s ban on LGBT rallies violates rights

The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Tuesday, ruling that Russia’s continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2018

Meet Russia’s gay priest: “The church should reach out”

It’s a warm afternoon in St. Petersburg, a crowd of shoppers fills the streets of Nevskiy Prospekt, the city’s main shopping street. None of the passersby seem to have ever heard of…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2018

We’re Here, and We’re Queer’: Delhi’s LGBT Community Walks to Celebrate Freedom

With happy faces and bodies swaying to drum beats, rainbow revellers took over the heart of Delhi and celebrated 'pride' and their newfound independence, two months after the Supreme Court quashed a…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2018

Pro-LGBT Group Demands Investigation amid Allegations of Election Misconduct

A pro-LGBT rights group is demanding that the Central Election Commission investigate allegations of irregularities in the voting process surrounding last Saturday's referendums. According to a statement published by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2018

Married gay man sues Hong Kong government over rejected public housing application

A gay man is suing the Hong Kong government for denying him a public housing flat – because he is married to another man. In a judicial review application filed to the…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2018

Taiwan votes down same-sex marriage as China welcomes midterm results

Voters in Taiwan have rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first country in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance…

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