• 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: 02/03/2019

Award-Winning Activist Jay Lin on Sharing LGBT Stories with Asia.

When Newsweek publicly announced that I was one of the 15 members of the "Creative Class of 2019," I seriously had to pinch myself. I was discussing video streaming services at a conference in…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

Copenhagen presents Denmark’s first LGBTI+ policy.

Copenhagen is set to become the first city in Denmark to usher in policy specifically designated to the LGBTI+ community. The policy, ‘En ligeværdig del af fællesskabet’ (‘An equal part of the…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

This Gay Man Speaks Out About Fleeing Iraq, Where He Says Being LGBT Is a ‘Death Sentence’

In commemoration of 2019 marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots took place, the editors over at Gay Star News are inviting 50 international guest writers to offer their own stories of…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Greek bishop who told followers to spit on gays guilty of inciting hatred.

A Greek bishop has been given a seven-month suspended jail sentence for inciting homophobic hatred and abusing ecclesiastical office. Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta, whose name is Athanassios Lenis, appeared in front of…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Transgender airman to attend State of the Union as Trump pursues ban.

Transgender service member Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland is set to attend President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). Speier,…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Conservative Muslims reject antirape bill over ‘pro-adultery, LGBT’ concerns.

The passing of a bill on sexual violence, which has been deliberated on by the House of Representatives since 2016, is at risk of being delayed again, this time by those who…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Cameroon: Crowd kills ‘man of God’ caught in the act

Diallo (a pseudonym), a human rights activist in Maroua, reports. A homosexual couple was surprised in the midst of love-making one morning last October in a shop in the central market of Maroua.…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2019

28 US states still lack basic equality for LGBT people, State Equality Index says.

28 US states are still lacking in basic equality for LGBT people, according to the Human Rights Campaign’s State Equality Index. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2019

Mexico border city provides assistance to LGBTI migrants.

Nogales, Mexico — The mayor of a Mexican border city that has provided assistance to LGBTI migrants says President Trump’s continued demands for a border wall is a political “tactic.” Jesús Antonio…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2019

Stop hating gay people, says Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh.

Dikeh made the positive comment on Instagram in support of Jussie Smollet, an African-American Nollywood actor who was recently brutally attacked by two men, which many are now calling a hate crime.  Homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2019

Indonesia Mayor Targets Gay People ‘because they’re possessed by demons’

A mayor in Indonesia has ordered the arrest of LGBT+ people so religious authorities can conduct exorcisms on them. Mayor of Padang Mahyeldi Ansharullah has used the Indonesian Army (TNI) to target…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2019

Angola decriminalizes homosexuality

In a landmark reform, 155 parliamentarians voted for Angola’s first overhaul of the criminal statute books since gaining independence from Portugal. They voted to drop the colonial era provisions, broadly considered as…

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