• 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: 10/22/2018

LGBT Advocacy Group Calls on Trump Admin not to Go Forward with Rollback of Transgender Protections

The Human Rights Campaign on Sunday called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people, following a report in The New York Times on a draft…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2018

What You Need to Know About Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Homophobic Presidential Frontrunner

Brazil is headed to a high-stakes runoff presidential election on October 28th that will have huge implications for the largest country in Latin America, perhaps even the world. Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, known for…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2018

The Trump Administration’s Latest Anti-Transgender Action, Explained

President Donald Trump’s administration is working on yet another anti-LGBTQ policy, the New York Times reported over the weekend. Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering an interpretation of…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Bali Beauty Pageant Signals Renewed Anti-LGBT Crackdown

Majority-Hindu Bali has long been considered more tolerant of different sexual identities compared with other parts of Indonesia, especially amid recent anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) crackdowns in the world’s largest…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2018

2018 Taiwan Gay Pride Parade Set for Oct. 27

The annual gay pride parade organized by Taiwan LGBT Pride is scheduled to be held in Taipei on Oct. 27, and will focus on promoting two referendums on amending Civil Code marriage…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2018

Ugandan Lesbian Activist Speaks About Troubled Times and her Faith

Ugandan LGBTI activists have been on edge this year. Lawmakers have discussed bringing back the stringent version of an anti-homosexuality bill, LGBTI organizations have been denied legal registration, and events and spaces…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2018

Ugandan MPs Defeat LGBTI Agenda at Inter Parliamentary Union

Members of Parliament attending the 139th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva Switzerland have strongly rejected the LGBTI agenda which had been presented to the Assembly to be debated…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2018

Inter-American Human Rights Body to Examine Jamaica’s ‘homophobic’ Laws

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has accepted the admissibility of a case challenging Jamaica's anti-buggery laws. The Human Dignity Trust (HDT) in a release today welcoming the decision, said the…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2018

Why Muslim Groups in North India Want the Government to Re-criminalize Gay Sex

A prominent Muslim group in north India has spoken out against the Supreme Court of India’s decision to end the country’s gay sex ban. Anjuman-e-Imamia’s Jammu chapter told a press conference on…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2018

Romania’s Referendum Proves LGBT Citizens’ Rights are Far from Protected

Romanian conservative forces initiated a referendum to promote ‘traditional family’ and prevent the potential legalization of same-sex unions. While it is a slap in the face of gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2018

Brazil Elections: Hate Crimes Reported Include a Murder and a Swastika Attack

Tension ahead of the Brazilian elections has been linked to a string of violent attacks, including one case being treated as political murder, according to local media. A woman also had a…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2018

Taiwan Referendum Threatens Same-Sex Marriage

People’s human rights should not hinge on a popular vote. But that’s exactly what is happening in Taiwan, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are at risk.…

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