• 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: 10/26/2022

Qatar’s emir lashes out at criticism ahead of FIFA World Cup

Qatar's ruling emir on Tuesday lashed out at criticism of his country over its hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, describing it as an “unprecedented campaign” targeting the first Arab nation…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

LGBT football fans fight for safe space in Brazil stadiums

Wearing a rainbow T-shirt and earrings, Ona Ruda struts confidently through the Arena Fonte Nova football stadium, home to his beloved Bahia team and one of Brazil's LGBT fan bases. However, his…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

Pakistan’s Transgender Act & its opponents

Eunuchs, or “Khawaja Sira” as they were known, were the most dependable royal aides during the Mughal Empire. They commanded a great deal of respect and had even amassed considerable money in…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

Amman coffee shop becomes safe space for LGBTQ Jordanians

Madian Aljazerah, a gay man who opened Books@Cafe, a coffee shop in the Jordanian capital of Amman that has become a safe space for the country’s LGBTQ and intersex community, recently spoke…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

Qatar: Security Forces Arrest, Abuse LGBT People

Qatar Preventive Security Department forces have arbitrarily arrested lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and subjected them to ill-treatment in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. LGBT people interviewed said that…

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Nyasha Zhakata – Global Director, The Dream Academy

My name is Nyasha Zhakata (Masi). I’m an out and proud 38-year-old lesbian mom of an incredible daughter. I’m an activist, human rights defender, and the Global Director of The Dream Academy,…

ADDED ON: 10/23/2022

Gunmen kill transgender woman activist in Honduras for supporting LGBTQ

A transgender woman activist who openly supported the LGBTQ community in Honduras has been killed by unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle on Thursday in the town of Morocelí, in the eastern province…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2022

Royal Rebels: Amar Singh and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

They say it takes a village. But as the world continues to tilt on its current axis of lunacy, with even basic human rights being scoffed at by those who think they…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2022

Inside a Groundbreaking Anthology That Sheds Light on 18 Queer Arab Voices

In a region where at least 15 nations criminalize homosexuality and in those that don’t, there’s a “don’t ask, don’t tell culture,” queer Arab communities may have been forced into the shadows…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2022

The Queer Brazilian Filmmaker Taking on Jair Bolsonaro

Acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker and activist Fernando Grostein Andrade speaks truth and love to power in his newly released documentary Breaking Myths. Widely known for his acclaimed work on Breaking the Taboo, which…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2022

Queer Refugees Are Struggling to Live in One of Europe’s LGBTQ Havens

At the beginning of September, I joined a protest in Amsterdam against the refugee housing emergency happening in the Netherlands. At the centre of the crisis is the situation at the Ter…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2022

Russia Prepares To Toughen Anti-gay Law In Conservative Push

Russian lawmakers Monday called for the toughening of a strict anti-gay law and the Kremlin ordered expensive patriotic education projects as Moscow presses with a conservative drive at home while its troops…

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