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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: 12/25/2018

AIDS council slams Jakim’s ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTs

The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has censured a purported revamp of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) outreach (Mukhayyam) programme to rehabilitate LGBT persons. Referring to a recent report by news portal…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2018

Transgender university students told not to use men’s toilet

Two transgender students have received an apology from their English university after a security guard told them not to use the men’s toilets. The security guard allegedly asked the two students –…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2018

LGBTQ young homeless people often remain invisible when mainstream providers deliver services

Earlier this week, it was revealed that there has been a huge spike in deaths of homeless people sleeping on Britain’s streets. We’re shocked and extremely saddened to hear about the rise…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2018

Thousands of Canadians have signed petitions to ban conversion therapy

Thousands of Canadians have rallied behind two petitions calling for a nationwide ban of conversion therapy. It's part of a wider global trend condemning the practice.

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2018

Singapore government responds to court’s gay adoption decision

Singapore’s Minister for Social & Family Development Desmond Lee has commented on a recent court decision in the island nation that allowed a gay man to adopt the child he fathered oversees…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2018

Cuban draft constitution passes without reference to marriage equality

Cuban lawmakers have unanimously passed a revised draft of a new constitution after a reference to marriage equality was removed. The draft had initially contained a statement in Article 68 that marriage…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2018

Apple Removes App Accused of Promoting Conversion Therapy

Truth Wins Out has won its battle to remove an app accused of promoting conversion therapy from the Apple Store. The national LGBTQ group had launched a petition Thursday demanding that Apple remove the…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2018

Formerly Antigay Mom Tells Parents: Don’t ‘Repeat My Mistake’

When Ukrainian mother Olena Globa discovered her teenage son's love poems about a man, she confronted him and demanded, "Are you a faggot?" When her son Bogdan responded that he was gay,…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Costa Rica passes decrees boosting LGBT rights

Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community. These measures will allow same-sex couples to receive an allowance for…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Pakistan will make it illegal to harass trans women in the workplace

Pakistan’s trans community is celebrating its inclusion in new laws which ban workplace harassment. The Sindh province, whose seat of government is in Karachi, has drafted a new bill which would outlaw…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

LGBTI Indonesians scared of government’s new app, report it to Google

A new government ‘heresy’ app in Indonesia has troubled the LGBTI community. Smart Pakem, developed by the Jakarta prosecutor’s office, allows everyday Indonesians to report complaints of ‘deviant beliefs’. It features a…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

I was reborn here’: Gay Syrian refugee says Canada has welcomed him

Khaled was born in Syria, but his life began anew when he arrived in Canada as a refugee in 2015. "I was born there, but I was reborn here," he said. Khaled is gay…

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