• 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: 06/01/2022

“Fully embraced”? Bostwana’s queer struggles since decriminalisation.

In November 2021, Botswana’s Court of Appeal upheld a landmark 2019 ruling that had decriminalised gay sex. Before the original verdict, same-sex sexual activity had been punishable by up to seven years’…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2022

Kerala Lesbian Couple Reunited by High Court in Big Win After Being Separated by Parents.

The Kerala High Court set a strong precedent on Tuesday by allowing a lesbian couple, Adhila Nasarin and Fathima Noora, to live together after they were forcefully separated by their parents. Adhila…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2022

Activist reporter tells why he promotes LGBTI rights in the French Caribbean.

More than 12 million people live in the Francophone Caribbean, from the independent nation of Haiti to the French territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthélemy, and French Guiana. LGBTI people…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2022

Anti-gay mob of 100 people beat American man bloody & parade him through the streets.

Three men have been arrested in the West African country of Senegal after video emerged of a suspected homophobic attack that left its American victim bloodied, robbed and paraded nearly naked through…

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The Kisumu Feminists Society Wants Justice For Sheila Lumumba

The Kisumu Feminists Society was founded as an LGBT-inclusive feminist organization in Kisumu, Kenya when the women's movement and the LGBT movement could not stand alone in the face of gender-based violence…

ADDED ON: 05/30/2022

LGBTQ Ukrainians and Russians find solidarity in Berlin

Berlin, Germany – Having visited the German capital twice before, Polina Punegova, from the Russian port city of St Petersburg, had often told her Ukrainian partner Yulia Maznyk that she would love…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2022

Gay Conversion Therapies Continue To Take Their Toll In Switzerland

(MENAFN- Swissinfo) - Unlike many countries, Switzerland has refused to ban conversion therapies, often practised by evangelical churches, which claim to“cure” homosexuality. Several victims explain how they have slowly rebuilt their lives.…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2022

LGBTQI people on the continent are ‘children of the Africa soil’, says activist

LGBTI activist groups and their allies are gathering in Cape Town this week to discuss the progress being made to advance equality, freedom, and social inclusion for LGBTI people. The week-long conference -…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2022

Not even Russian bombs can silence queer Ukrainian journalist Maksym Eristavi

A queer Ukrainian journalist. A writer. A public speaker. A self-proclaimed bridge builder and “Russian colonialism storyteller-in-chief.” Maksym Eristavi was born to amplify voices! For only being in his 30s, Eristavi’s reputation as…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2022

Tunisia’s first LGBTQ play lifts curtain on hidden violence

The first queer play to be staged in Tunisia has premiered in the capital, Tunis. Director Essia Jaibi's latest work aims to challenge conservative attitudes in a country where same-sex acts are punishable…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2022

Senegal advocacy group demands better treatment of LGBTQ prisoners

The founder of a Senegalese advocacy group has criticized the treatment of LGBTQ people in the country’s prisons.  Souleymane Diouf, founder of Collectif Free du Sénégal, says prisoners suffer physical and sexual…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2022

Indonesia may outlaw gay sex amid growing anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

Indonesia’s parliament is debating a bill that would outlaw so-called deviant sexual behavior, raising alarm among human rights activists about a possible increase in violence against LGBTQ people. Homosexuality and extramarital sex…

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