• 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: 10/07/2018

‘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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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Egypt’s LGBT+ Face Horrific Discrimination in Housing, Says UN Rapporteur

Gay Egyptians face "horrific" discrimination and harassment when looking for somewhere to live, a U.N. special rapporteur said, urging the government to give LGBT+ people better protection. At the end of a…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

‘We’re Afraid’: Advocates Say Brazil’s Presidential Frontrunner a Threat to Gay Rights

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, dubbed “Trump of the Tropics,” has been brazen in his anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. Far-right Brazilian Congressman Jair Bolsonaro has implied women who are raped “deserve it,” has said he’d…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

LGBT People Cause Deadly Natural Disasters, Say Religious Lawmakers in Malaysia

LGBT people are responsible for natural disasters like the earthquake and tsunami which killed more than 1,500 in Indonesia last week, according to Malaysian lawmakers. The Selangor Islamic Religious Department, which is…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Cameroon Lesbian ‘Witches’ Chained, Raped by Families

During a dreary Sunday morning church service, 14-year-old Viviane — tired of wrestling with her sexual attraction to girls &mdash resigned herself to an unhappy conclusion: she was bewitched.  “I didn’t see girls…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Transgender Candidates in Brazil Push to Have Voices Heard

Barbara Aires, who was born male, says she spent much of her childhood on the streets because her father, in the military and from the conservative state of Minas Gerais, refused to…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Singapore Elite Backs Push to Overturn Anti-Gay Laws

Senior members of Singapore’s business, political and legal elite have backed fresh attempts to overturn the colonial-era section of the country’s penal code that criminalizes gay sex. Leading the push are former…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

How Russia Drove Crimea’s LGBTI Community Underground

The buxom drag queen hikes up her sequined emerald gown and reaches into the crowd to pull a man onto a makeshift stage. “Stand there, handsome,” she says and then coaxes two…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2018

Fleeing Anti-Gay Persecution in Chechnya, Three Young Women Are Now Stuck in Place

It begins as the most ordinary of stories and ends with three women who are trapped in a small apartment in a country I can’t name. If they are found here, they will…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

#NotHim: In Brazil, Women Protest Far-Right Brazil Presidential Candidate

Brazilian women took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. With the vote little more than a week away, women are protesting against what they…

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