• 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: 06/22/2018

Kenya Takes Steps to Recognize Intersex People

Kenya is beginning to recognize people who identify as intersex, meaning they are born with genitalia, chromosomes or reproductive organs that don’t fit the typical definitions of male or female. A major…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

Brazilian Jail to Open a “Diversity Aisle” for LGTB Inmates

In Brazil, 958 LGBT people were killed in the past three years —half of them last year. A Brazilian Prison is opening next Tuesday a “diversity aisle” in order to limit verbal…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

Gay Conversion Therapy’s Disturbing 19th-Century Origins

In 1899, a German psychiatrist electrified the audience at a conference on hypnosis with a bold claim: He had turned a gay man straight. All it took was 45 hypnosis sessions and a…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

Following Pride Event, Kenya’s Gay Refugees Fear for Their Lives

Approximately 600 people showed up for the first pride event held at one of the world's largest refugee camps. The Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya held its first LGBTQ pride event on Saturday, but…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

Juneteenth Festivities, Black LGBTQ Pride Converge in Dallas Celebration

Kyrs Yayo and Avion Wilson — one dressed head to toe in Fendi, the other in all white — spent months and hundreds of dollars coordinating their outfits for Saturday’s Juneteenth Unity…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

LGBTI Groups Condemn U.S. Exit From U.N. Human Rights Council

The United States today withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, a move Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.S. is making because the body is anti-Israel —  but which comes a…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

LGBT refugees attacked and threatened with death after holding Pride celebration in camp

A group of LGBT refugees have been attacked and been sent death threats after they held a Pride event in their refugee camp. A group of refugees have faced physical violence and…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

How Caribbean Courts and LGBTI Activists Nudge us Toward Justice

As courts strike down anti-sodomy laws across the Caribbean, the region’s governments have been freed to embrace LGBTI rights, says Jamaican/Canadian activist Maurice Tomlinson. On June 5 the 48th General Assembly of…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

Year in Review: LGBTI Rights in Latin America

TeleSUR takes a look at some key events for LGBTI rights in the past year in Latin America and the Caribbean. Bermuda | Brazil | Saint Lucia | Uruguay | Chile |…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Fear, Humiliation, and Torture: How LGBT People Live in Tajikistan

LGBTI rights are constantly violated in Central Asia, making it one of the most difficult places in the world for LGBTI people to live. In Tajikistan, relatives try to “cure” them, police…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

After Crackdown, Egypt’s LGBT Community Contemplates ‘Dark Future’

Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as “the best moment” of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

Pope Francis: Same-Sex Couples Are Not ‘Families’

When it comes to stances on LGBT rights, Pope Francis can be hot and cold. The leader of the Catholic Church was cold on Saturday, when he expressed a limited view of…

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