• 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: 10/25/2019

Uganda arrests 16 LGBT activists on suspicion of gay sex

Uganda has said it has arrested 16 LGBT activists on suspicion of gay sex, which is punishable with life imprisonment, in what fellow activists called an escalating campaign against sexual minorities. The…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2019

‘Any day you can be taken’: Inside what it’s like to be gay in Chechnya

Ricky was just 19 when he said the police came for him. He was at work and they took him to the local police station. From there he said they took him…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2019

The Nations With the Highest Levels of LGBT Acceptance (and Lowest)

An updated study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law ranked the world's nations by levels of LGBT acceptance. The current report updates and expands a previous Williams Institute report,…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2019

Anti-homosexuality Bill poses severe threat to human rights

Uganda is facing a serious threat to human rights and the HIV response with the announcement of plans to introduce legislation that will impose the death penalty on people found to have…

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ADDED ON: 10/23/2019

LGBT In Turkmenistan: Go To Jail Or Live A Lie

To his friends and colleagues in Turkmenistan, Kamil is a successful cardiologist working at a prestigious clinic and an eligible bachelor from a well-connected family. Only a few people in his close…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2019

The Terror Gap: U.S. Laws Let White Supremacists Operate Like ISIS

The recent arrests of Jarrett William Smith, a former U.S. Army soldier who discussed plans to “bomb a major U.S. news network,” and Conor Climo, a Las Vegas man who plotted attacks…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2019

Christian group claims Ethiopia is soft on homosexuality

A group affiliated with Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church is condemning what it calls the government’s silence on homosexuality in the country. Speaking at a conference [Sept. 8] in Addis Ababa, the capital, Dereje…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

Ghana: Former Pres Kufuor Urges Fight Against Same Sex Marriages

Former president John Agyekum Kufuor has urged the world to fight against same sex marriages. He stated that no amount of argument could change the fact that without man and woman there…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

‘They paid a guy to kill me’: health workers fight homophobia in Uganda

Maria Nantale is enjoying a beer at a rickety wooden bar after a long day’s work. “Forty people tested today,” she reflects. “Found three positives. One of them is in denial. She…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2019

History has overlooked the Gay Liberation Front’s role in Stonewall … until now

Something very strange happened during last June’s celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The LGBT community, especially those of us from Gay Liberation Front New York, realized how the…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2019

Zambia must shun the anti-gay politics of disgust

Zambia’s president has made homosexuality a campaign issue to distract attention from the fact that his people are starving, millions are living in poverty, and the nation is buried in international debt,…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2019

Coming Out in Uganda Was a Death Sentence. The U.S. Border Was a Trap.

Margaret didn’t know what was going to happen when she approached the bridge between Juárez and El Paso, but she knew she couldn’t wait anymore. Six months since fleeing her home after…

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