• 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: 09/21/2018

Anti-gay Summit Finds Mixed Reception in Moldova

Anti-gay advocates and their conservative supporters from dozens of countries gathered last weekend in Moldova’s capital for the annual World Congress of Families, celebrating what they call the “natural family.” Attendees at…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Gay Sex Laws in Trinidad and Tobago Change, but Not Struck Down

The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago has issued a final ruling on the country’s Sexual Offences Act, which criminalized gay sex between consenting adults. High Court judge Devindra Rampersad first ruled…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Kenyan Judge Lifts Ban on LGBT Film ‘Rafiki,’ Enabling It to Qualify for Oscars

A Kenyan judge has temporarily lifted the ban on Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki,” paving the way for the LGBT love story – which premiered in Cannes – to be submitted for the foreign-language…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

“It’s Not a Sin:” Russian Police Crack Down On ‘Blasphemy’ Memes But Ignore Homophobic Hate Speech

Authorities in Russia have ignored complaints of violent anti-LGBTQ speech, while simultaneously moving to prosecute individuals who post memes deemed offensive to Christianity. LGBTQ activists in the country have complained to police…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Australian Senator Says LGBT People Are Sexual Deviants, Perverts and Child Abusers

Australian senator Fraser Anning embarked on a shocking anti-LGBT rant on the floor of the country’s senate on Tuesday, likening LGBT people to perverts and sexual deviants. Anning, from the fringe hardline…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2018

Where is being gay still against the law?

India recently decriminalized gay sex in a landmark ruling for LGBT rights, overturning a ban dating back more than 150 years. The judges of the Supreme Court were unanimous in their decision…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

India’s Anti-Gay Law Is History. Next Challenge: Treat LGBTQ Patients With Respect

Two years ago, Shivam Sharma rushed to a Mumbai hospital at 2:30 a.m. He’d had sex earlier that night with a man who was HIV positive. They’d used protection, but Sharma just…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

5 Things You Need to Know about One of the Anti-LGBT Movement’s Biggest Events: The ‘Value Voter Summit’

One of the most powerful anti-LGBT hate groups, the Family Research Council (FRC), is getting ready for its annual gathering in the nation’s capital. Thousands of supporters and partner organizations are gearing…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

‘Yes, Our Son is Gay, but We Want Him to Be Happy’

When medical student Rahul Chouhan had told his parents back home in their little village in Ujjain a few years ago that he was gay, they were stunned but supported him anyway.…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

How Australia’s Justice Michael Kirby Helped India’s First Openly Gay Prince Combat Sex Ban

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, 52, heir to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, is India's openly gay prince. He campaigned tirelessly — often at personal cost — to repeal Section 377,…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2018

After Caning Backlash, PAS Youth Warns Against Domestic, Global Lgbt Forces

PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi has warned against “strong” domestic and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movements, citing reactions towards the recent caning of two women in Terengganu. He…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2018

Christian Right Looking to Putin’s Russia to Save Christianity from the Godless West

At a gathering of some of the world’s most virulent opponents of LGBT equality, Russian conservative activist Dmitry Komov warned of the destructive agenda underlying the spread of liberal values. The West,…

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