• 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: 07/23/2020

Barbados invites same-sex couples to live on the island for a year

Barbados, one of the smallest but most-visited Caribbean islands, recently announced it would allow foreigners to live and work remotely on its shores for 12 months in an attempt to kickstart its…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2020

First-ever pan-African Pride will celebrate the ‘bustling, multi-layered reservoir’ of queer Africans

A first-of-its-kind pan-African LGBT+ Pride event, Pride Afrique, is set to take place virtually, celebrating the “bustling, multi-layered, chaotically explosive reservoir” of queer Africans. According to Star Observer, Pride Afrique will be…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Iranian aide who shared cartoon of same-sex parents faces prison for ‘homosexual propaganda’

The former aide for women’s and family affairs in Iran has been charged with “spreading moral corruption” in the form of a cartoon depicting loving LGBT+ families. The Iranian news outlet Rah-e…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Tamil LGBTQ voices face even greater risk in Sri Lanka

As the Sri Lankan state continues to ramp up its militarisation of the North-East, an already marginalised community has now found itself under greater threat. The Tamil LGBTQ community, which has long…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2020

Pakistan court orders ‘gender test’ of trans man accused of illegal ‘same-sex’ marriage to woman

A court in Pakistan has ordered the formation of a medical board to do a ‘gender test’ on a trans man who is accused of changing his gender to marry a woman.…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2020

LGBTQ rights supporters remember civil rights icon John Lewis

LGBTQ rights supporters are mourning the loss of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and died late Friday after a battle with…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2020

‘Great first step’ as Sudan lifts death penalty and flogging for gay sex

Sudan’s decision to lift the death penalty and flogging as punishment for gay sex was hailed by LGBT+ activists on Thursday as a promising sign after almost four decades of Islamist rule,…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2020

Internet provides vital connection for Africa’s LGBT communities

As lockdowns and restrictions limit physical movement across Africa, persecuted and marginalised LGBT communities have been finding new support online. This has ranged from fundraising opportunities to more chances to connect internationally.…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2020

Thailand Is Taking Steps to Recognize Same-Sex Couples. But What About the Rest of Southeast Asia?

A year ago, Taiwan made history by becoming the first Asian country to permit same-sex marriage in a region where any form of legal recognition for same-sex partnerships—let alone marriage—remains stubbornly elusive.…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2020

Her death sparked Transgender Day of Remembrance. 22 years later, still no answers

Rita Hester fought like hell. The story was written in blood. The phone had been ripped from the wall. Half a shoe print — not Rita's — marked the bloody floor. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2020

Trump’s New Asylum Regulations Could Have Devastating Effects For LGBTQ People

In June, the Trump administration released a 161-page draft rule that many say would essentially shut down the United States asylum system. The regulations would impose harsh restrictions on who can qualify…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2020

Turkish university student threatened with murder for LGBTQ+ rights lecture

A political sciences student at Ankara University in Turkey, Nazli Ikra Öztay, has been threatened with murder for organising an event about LGBTQ+ rights. Nazli organised an ‘LGBTI+ rights struggle on campus’…

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