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  • 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: 01/02/2019

Good news: conversion therapies CAN cure gay people … of religion!

Teddy Prout, above, Director of Community Services for Humanists UK, claims that faith-based therapies aimed ‘curing’ homosexuality can result in people turning their back on religion. Speaking here about research currently being conducted into what…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2019

Trans people held the first ever trans pride march in Pakistan

Transgender people gathered in Lahore for the first ever trans pride march in Pakistan this weekend. Taking place on Saturday (29th December), transgender people and their allies took to the streets in support…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2019

Mainstreaming Trans Employees: Guidelines for Corporate India

On Monday, December 18, the Lok Sabha passed the problematic Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, ignoring 27 recommended amendments from activists, trans community members and allies. One of the more troubling…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2019

Stanford scholar explores the history of gay rights in Germany

Less than 80 years after roughly 6,000 gay men perished in Nazi concentration camps, Germany has become one of the countries mostly widely accepting of  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2019

Ten same-sex couples to sue Japanese government over marriage equality

Ten same-sex couples will file a lawsuit against the Japanese government in a bid for recognition towards marriage equality. The couples, who will file a joint lawsuit in February, reportedly argue that…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2018

Tanzania dismisses travel advisory by US

Tanzania has reacted angrily to an advisory issued by the US to its citizens, against travelling to the East African country, terming the action malicious. Government spokesman Dr Hassan Abbas dismissed the…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2018

Canadian gay bishop marries in Toronto cathedral

An Anglican gay bishop has married his partner surrounded by friends and family at a cathedral in Toronto. Bishop Kevin Robertson has married his partner Mohan Sharma at St James Cathedral in the Canadian…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Watch – Marielle and Monica: the LGBT activists resisting Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Marielle Franco, Brazilian LGBT and human rights activist, was killed in March 2018. Her widow, Monica Benicio, continued her fight for better treatment of the poor, the LGBT community and black Brazilians.…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Donors cut aid to Tanzania after rights crackdown

Tanzania's tough-talking president John Magufuli has earned respect by fighting corruption, but international donors are now concerned by crackdowns on human rights. The European Union, Tanzania's biggest development partner, and the World Bank…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Life is hard as a gay refugee

I am a Ugandan man living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya, where I am seeking asylum. I am 23 years old, the second child to parents who did not accept…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Interview: Indonesians are gay-friendly if not brainwashed

Dede Oetomo is the founder and trustee of the Indonesian LGBT advocacy group GAYa Nusantara Foundation, based in Surabaya. "Indonesia has always been conservative and it has gotten better in some ways.…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Trans prisoner moved to female prison after year-long court battle

A trans woman prisoner has been transferred to a female prison in Illinois after a year-long court battle. Deon ‘Strawberry’ Hampton described being treated like a ‘sex slave’ while housed in multiple in male penitentiaries over several years. Hampton, 27,…

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