• 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: 05/13/2020

Uganda court sets bail hearing for 19 LGBT detainees

May 18 is the new date when 19 members of Children of the Sun Foundation (CosfUganda) who were arrested at the Cosf shelter are expected to be delivered at Nsangi Magistrate’s Court.…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2020

Canada to memorialize LGBT victims of Cold War-era ‘gay purge’

Todd Ross was a naval combat information operator on the HMCS Saskatchewan in 1989 when he was called out over the public address system, escorted off the destroyer by officers and told…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2020

Flexible Salafis: The Growing Political Power of ‘Woke,’ Modernist Islamism

Imam Omar Suleiman rarely talks about da'wah – the Islamic duty of proselytization. He never talks about Islamist designs for an Islamic state. Instead, America's leading Islamic cleric speaks about broad political…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2020

Radical Russian Imperial Movement Expanding Global Outreach

The Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), a white supremacist group based in St. Petersburg, is increasingly expanding its outreach beyond Russia through the establishment of transnational networks with like-minded neo-Nazis and white supremacist…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

Forced exorcisms touted as ‘cure’ for LGBT Indonesians

Andin is haunted by memories of being forced into an exorcism to "save" her from being transgender -- a ritual that could become mandatory for Indonesia's LGBT community if a controversial new…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

One in three trans people targeted for ‘conversion therapy’ in Colombia

One in five LGBT+ people have undergone “conversion therapy” to make them straight in Colombia, rising to one in three trans people, researchers said on Wednesday, amid global moves to ban the…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

Kenya LGBT refugee protest ends with tear gas and batons

Police attempted to disband a protest of about 60 LGBT refugees outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee's office in Kakuma, Kenya at the end of last week. Some of the…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Tunisia!

Thirty-five LGBTQ+ and human rights groups united today to dispel the false belief, spread by flawed news articles, that Tunisia has accepted same-sex marriage. The 35 organizations also expressed their solidarity in…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2020

False marriage claims in Tunisia have led to anti-LGBT+ attacks 04 MAY 2020

Reports of Tunisia becoming the first Arab country to recognise a same-sex marriage have put LGBT+ people in danger. Tunisian LGBT+ organization Mawjoudin – We Exist – told GSN the reports are…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2020

Husband, father, sex worker: As adults, Afghanistan’s ‘dancing boys’ lead double lives

In conservative Afghanistan, former dancing boy Farhad leads a double life; married father-of-six by day, cross-dressing dancer and sex worker by night. The practice of “bacha bazi” - translated as “boy play”…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2020

‘Fearless’ Scots lawyer who worked to decriminalise sex between men found dead in his home

65-year-old Derek Ogg QC was found dead at his home in Langside, Glasgow on the evening of May 1. There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2020

Two arrested in alleged hate crime killing of transgender women in Puerto Rico

Two men have been arrested in Puerto Rico in the shooting death of two transgender women whose bodies were found last week in a burned-out car. The two suspects, Juan Carlos Pagán…

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