• 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: 07/14/2019

Meet the man hoping to become the Muslim world’s first openly gay president

Mounir Baatour’s office is cool, the steady thrum of the air conditioner offering a welcome break from the blistering summer heat that has descended upon Tunis. Past noon, little moves outside. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2019

Popular trans television presenter gunned down in Honduras

Beloved transgender television presenter, Santiago Carvajal, died on Saturday (6 July)in Honduras after she was shot on Friday. She died at Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, the Central American…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2019

Despite SC Ruling, India Abstains Again on Vote on LGBT Rights at UN

The Supreme Court may have decriminalised gay sex last year, but it seems the Indian government didn’t think that it was enough to revise a three-year-old position as it again abstained on…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2019

Indonesia’s prison chief says LGBT inmates will be put in isolation rooms to prevent ‘transmission of sexual disorientation’

Horrible overcrowding has long been a serious issue in Indonesia’s prison, but one that rarely merits much attention from average Indonesians or the local media. But the issue has been much in…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2019

Cambodia: Government urged to draft LGBT laws

Government officials and members of the LGBT community met on Thursday to discuss the drafting or revision of laws and policies in order to facilitate their rights. The meeting was held during…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2019

Four LGBT Syrian refugees arrive in UK in time for Pride

Four newly arrived LGBT Syrian refugees will be able to openly express their sexual identity when they join the Pride celebrations in central London on Saturday. They arrived in London on Thursday…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2019

Botswana seeks to overturn ruling that legalized gay sex

Botswana’s government will appeal a high court ruling that decriminalized homosexuality, potentially resuscitating a law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison. Last month’s landmark court ruling, which…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2019

UK ordered to return lesbian after wrongly deporting her back to Uganda

The UK is ordered to return a gay woman after wrongly deporting her to Uganda. The 25-year-old, who was deported five years ago, was told she could return in a landmark court…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2019

Japan grants refugee status for homophobic persecution for first time ever

Japan has granted asylum to an LGBT+ refugee on the grounds of homophobic persecution in their home country for the first time. Details including the refugee’s home country and gender have been…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

The nations where it’s still criminal to be gay (as India marks an awkward anniversary)

Tuesday marks 10 years since India decriminalised gay sex, but it's unlikely the milestone will be celebrated. That's because the 2009 lower court ruling was short-lived; overturned within a few years by…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

LGBTI Asia: From Myanmar tragedy to Pakistan progress

Homophobic bullying in Myanmar. Rainbow socks in Singapore. A first for trans people in Pakistan. This is a brief roundup of LGBTI news from countries that have anti-gay laws or are recovering…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Tunisia: LGBT right group leader announces plans to run for November Presidential elections

The leader of Tunisia’s LGBT community, Shams, has announced plans to run for November presidential elections, first time ever a gay enters a presidential race in the North African country and in…

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