• 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: 03/18/2019

Germany pays compensation to people investigated under anti-gay laws

Germany has begun offering compensation to men who faced criminal investigations under historical anti-gay laws. The country extended compensation for LGBT+ people who faced oppression under authorities in both East and West…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2019

Poland’s Ruling Chief Speaks Strongly Against LGBT Rights

The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2019

LGBT Purge survivors urge education, awareness

From the 1950s to mid-1990s, thousands of LGBT members of RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Federal Public Services were weeded out through an unspoken policy known as ‘The Purge’. For Davis,…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2019

LGBT attitudes in Wales: ‘Huge distance’ travelled in 30 years

Lisa Power, who lives in Cardiff, was the first openly LGBT person to speak on gay rights at the UN and has been a campaigner for decades. "When I came out in…

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ADDED ON: 03/16/2019

LGBTI groups condemn terrorist attacks at two New Zealand mosques

LGBTI advocacy groups around the world have condemned Friday’s terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that have left at least 49 people dead. Express, an LGBTI newspaper in Auckland,…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2019

How ‘Real America’ Became Queer America

This may seem like a strange time to feel optimistic about the future of L.G.B.T. rights in America. But as a queer transgender woman who has spent most of her adult life…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2019

Nearly half of LGBT graduates in Japan report having uncomfortable experiences in job interviews

Over 40 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and over 80 percent of transgender students in Japan had uncomfortable experiences during job interviews, a survey by a nonprofit organization showed Wednesday.…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2019

BOTSWANA COURT CASE TO CHALLENGE LEGALITY OF GAY SEX

Botswana's High Court will hear on Thursday a case challenging the decriminalization of homosexual intercourse, offering campaigners a rare chance to argue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (LGBT) on a…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2019

Where does Malaysia stand on gay rights?

An outburst by a Malaysian minister who criticised a feminist rally attended by gay rights campaigners is the latest sign the government is reneging on pre-election vows to improve the country’s dismal…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2019

Adoption assessment tool is not LGBT-inclusive, claims study

The tool that assesses potential candidates as adoptive parents does not meet the needs of lesbian, gay or gender minority adults, a new study has observed. Sarah Dow-Fleisner, lead author of the…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2019

Cameroon university blocks career of LGBTI activist

Kundy (a pseudonym) is one of the most experienced LGBTI activists in Cameroon. At age 30+, he has had an impressive amount of experience protecting and advocating for LGBTI people in the…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

Egyptian Transgender Woman Forcibly Arrested, at Risk of Torture and Sexual Violence

19-year-old Malak al-Kashef, who recently had sex reassignment surgery, has not been heard from ever since she was taken by the Egyptian national security at the early morning hours of March 6.…

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