• 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: 07/11/2020

Russian LGBT activist fined for ‘gay propaganda’ family drawings

A Russian LGBT activist said she was fined 75,000 roubles ($1,000) on Friday on charges of spreading “gay propaganda” among minors by publishing drawings of same-sex couples with children online. Yulia Tsvetkova…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2020

Norway will prioritise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees

Norway is to prioritise refugees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, the government has confirmed. LGBT+ refugees will, for the first time, be given priority both as a group and individuals…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2020

‘Another Marielle Franco Shouldn’t Die’: Film Memorializes Slain Brazilian LGBT Activist

A few days before George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, sparking Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, a 14-year-old black teenager named João Pedro Matos Pinto was gunned down by Brazil’s federal…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2020

57 Million Viewers Joined Virtual LGBT Pride Celebration Global Pride

More than 57 million people tuned in to the first-ever Global Pride. Global Pride replaced the annual LGBT Pride parades and festivals canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Headliners included…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2020

Facebook Urged to Do More to Stop LGBT+ Hate Speech in Arab Countries

LGBT+ rights groups urged Facebook on Tuesday to act on a rise in online hate speech after the death of an Egyptian activist jailed for waving the rainbow flag. The letter from…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2020

‘Difficulties’ surrounding Indonesia sexual violence eradication bill

On Thursday, the House of Representatives’ Legislation Body (Baleg) officially dropped the long-sought after sexual violence eradication bill from this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list, along with 15 other bills…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2020

Despite racial marginalization, Black transgender women “at the front” of the LGBT movement

The 51st annual Pride Month was commemorated amidst the coronavirus pandemic and a national and international uprising against anti-Black racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The origins…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2020

Gabon votes to reverse ban on homosexuality

Gabon’s Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, a landmark result that makes the country one of the few in Africa to reverse a ban on same-sex relationships. Under a law passed…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2020

From Kenya to Canada, support grows worldwide for homosexuality

Acceptance of homosexuality is rising broadly across the world, according to a survey published on Thursday, even as sharp divisions persist by region and economic development. Support has grown from as far…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2020

LGBT+ community in Gabon fears backlash after vote to legalise gay sex

Gabon’s LGBT+ community said on Wednesday they feared a homophobic backlash after the lower house of parliament voted to legalise gay sex, less than a year after making it a crime. On…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2020

LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence

In a letter issued June 20 to coincide with World Refugee Day, Craig Paris, the executive director of the Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA) condemned “the violent attacks on queer refugees…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2020

Gabon lawmakers vote to decriminalise homosexuality

Lawmakers in Gabon’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted to decriminalise homosexuality, becoming one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa to reverse a law that punishes sexual relations between people…

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