• 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: 10/09/2018

International Religious Leader Urge Repeal of Caribbean Anti-LGBTI Laws

Religious leaders from five nations have called on governments across the Caribbean to repeal their anti-gay laws. In an open letter to Caribbean governments, Christian clergy from Canada, the United States, the…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2018

Everything You Need To Know About Jair Bolsonaro, The “Donald Trump Of Brazil”

On Sunday night, Jair Bolsonaro won big in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election. With 46% of the vote, he wound up just shy of the 50% that would have made…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2018

A Policy U-turn by the Ghanaian Government Is Helping Entrench Homophobia

It is Sunday late August and the weekend carnival that is the beginning of the end of Accra’s week-long Chale Wote Street Arts Festival is on full display. In one of the alleyways of…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Romania Marriage Poll: Referendum to Ban Gay Unions Fails

A referendum to establish a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Romania has failed - after only a fifth of voters bothered to turn out. Romanians were being asked whether they wanted…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Who is Fernando Haddad? Brazil’s Last Hope Against Anti-LGBT Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s left-wing candidate Fernando Haddad has advanced to the second round of the country’s presidential election, where he will face far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The Social Liberal Party (PSL) candidate Bolsonaro was the winner of the…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Ambiga Slams Mujahid Over Latest LGBT Remarks

National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Ambiga Sreenevasan has condemned Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa over his remarks that any advocacy for the rights of the lesbian, gay,…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Everything You Need To Know About Jair Bolsonaro, The “Donald Trump Of Brazil”

On Sunday night, Jair Bolsonaro won big in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election. With 46% of the vote, he wound up just shy of the 50% that would have made…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Brazilian Presidential Election Goes to a Second Round as Far-Right Candidate Narrowly Misses an Outright Win

A far-right former military man won nearly half the votes in Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, raising the strong prospect that he could take the helm of Latin America’s largest nation in…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Low Turnout On Second Day Of Romania’s Same-Sex-Marriage Referendum

Romanians are voting for a second day on whether to change the constitution to strictly ban same-sex marriage in a two-day referendum in the conservative country. Turnout was reported to be extremely…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

‘In Their Eyes, We Are Not a Family’: Romanian Couple Explain Referendum Boycott

As Romania takes to the polls this weekend for a referendum on the constitutional definition of marriage, Florin Buhuceanu and Victor Ciobotaru are staying at home. The couple, who have been together…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

India May Have Legalised Gay Sex. But ‘Paralysing Fear’ Plagues Bangladesh’s LGBT Community

When the five judges who sit on India’s Supreme Court unanimously voted to decriminalise homosexuality in September, LGBT+ activists across the world rejoiced—with photos of jubilant campaigners celebrating the ruling shared on social media.  With India entering…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2018

Stop Using LGBTI Malaysians as ‘punching bag’ Warns Lawyer Group

Malaysia’s leaders must stop using the LGBTI community for political gain, said local civil society group Lawyers for Liberty. It comes as LGBTI Malaysians feel increasingly persecuted under Malaysia’s nascent new government. ‘The LGBT…

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