• 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: 02/13/2020

Senegal’s leader defends LGBT record during Canada PM visit

Senegal's President Macky Sall on Wednesday defended his country's ban on same-sex activity, saying during a visit from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that it "has nothing to do with" homophobia. More…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2020

‘Listen to our voices’: Pasifika protest over anti-gay laws at pride march

The ongoing criminalisation of homosexuality around Oceania was the focus for the Pacific community at Saturday's 7000 strong Rainbow Pride march in New Zealand's largest city. Now called Our-March, the march focusses…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2020

Two Gay Immigrants Left Everything For Safety In The US. Instead, They Were Sent To Guatemala.

Sitting in a jet streaming toward Guatemala, watching the landscape shift below, Pablo replayed the scenes that had led to this moment. He recalled the day he fled his home in El…

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ADDED ON: 02/10/2020

Five Urgent Issues for Indonesia’s President to Address

On February 10, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (known as Jokowi) will address Australia’s parliament. Indonesia is often referred to as the democratic success story of Southeast Asia and a model of Muslim…

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ADDED ON: 02/09/2020

Eight men sentenced to two years in prison for ‘imitating women’ at a birthday party in Mauritania

Police arrested ten men when a video that appeared to be Mauritania’s ‘first gay wedding’ began circulating on social media. Homosexuality is strictly illegal in the North African country and punishable by…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2020

Russian Jury Acquits Gay Man’s Murder Suspect

A Moscow jury has acquitted a man accused of killing a gay man last year, the LGBT rights group Stimul reported Thursday. Security cameras captured 40-year-old Roman Yedalov’s stabbing death near central…

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ADDED ON: 02/07/2020

Witness no-show causes new delay in Lagos homosexuality case

The trial of 47 Nigerian men charged with homosexuality, punishable by 14 years in jail in the West African country, stalled again on Wednesday as their accusers failed to produce a witness.…

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ADDED ON: 02/07/2020

National firestorm on horizon as states consider criminalizing transgender treatments for youths

Rep. Fred Deutsch, sponsor of the South Dakota's HB 1057, said he introduced the bill Jan. 14 to prevent doctors from pushing children to change their bodies. “Every child in South Dakota…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2020

Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Up in Russia, Watchdog Says

The number of hate crimes against members of Russia’s LGBT community increased in 2019, according to an annual report by the prominent SOVA Center nonprofit, which tracks xenophobia and racism in the…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2020

Russian police threaten activist; she flees, wins asylum

An LGBT activist fled southern Russia for the Netherlands after facing threats of prosecution from law enforcement and retribution from conservative vigilantes, she said in an interview [Jan. 28]. Anna Dvornichenko has…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2020

Guyana gay-rights manifesto: Seeking support from political parties

Gay rights advocates in Guyana have compiled a manifesto aimed at persuading Guyanese political parties to embrace measures to end repression of the LGBT community. News Room Guyana reported on the proposals…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2020

Guyana urged to end ban on gay sex

A host of foreign governments on Wednesday urged Guyana to decriminalise sexual activity between men and urged protection for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. According to the Criminal Offences…

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