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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: 08/04/2021

Ghana’s LGBTQ Community Calls for Global Help Over Anti-Gay Bill

Ghanaian lawmakers are facing backlash over a bill before Ghana's parliament that aims to make gay rights advocacy illegal. Eight lawmakers are sponsoring the bill, which was introduced in parliament Monday. The…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2021

Harsh anti-LGBTQ bill introduced in Ghana

A bill that would criminalize LGBTQ identity and allyship in Ghana was officially introduced in the country’s Parliament on Monday. The “Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill” went to…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2021

HH PROMISES GAY MARRIAGES IN ZAMBIA – AMERICAN REPORTER

Lusaka ~ Mon, 2 Aug 2021 UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, also known as HH, aims to turn around the historically negative attitude toward the Zambian LGBT community. Currently, Zambia’s legal standing on…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2021

Joe Biden nominates lesbian rabbi for religious freedom position

President Joe Biden has nominated lesbian rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum to serve on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Under her position as commissioner, she will help monitor and evaluate religious freedoms…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2021

Ghana’s first openly trans musician fights homophobia with song

Ghana’s first openly transgender musician has released a song to boost the morale of the West African nation’s LGBT+ community as it faces a crackdown by authorities and a rise in homophobic…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2021

Ukraine LGBTQ activists hold rave to demand govt punish attacks

Dozens of people took part in a rave party outside the Ukrainian president's office Friday to demand the authorities protect LGBTQ rights, sparking scuffles between police and right-wing protesters trying to prevent…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

New Zealand introduces bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

WELLINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

Kazakhstan: LGBT, women’s rights activists besieged by mob

A training seminar held this week by feminists and LGBT activists in a mining city in central Kazakhstan might have ended in violence but for the intervention of police. A group of…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2021

Ghana poised to vote on ‘worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever,’ advocates warn

Draft legislation in Ghana would make identifying as gay or even an ally to the LGBTQ community a second-degree felony punishable by five years in prison — with advocating for LGBTQ rights…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

LGBT Turks Take Stock After Disrupted Pride Celebrations

ISTANBUL - More than a month after Turkish authorities crushed Pride-themed events in Istanbul, emotions still run raw for members of the country's embattled LGBT community. "There was lots of violence. I…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

Ghana: anti-gay bill proposing 10-year prison sentences sparks outrage

Draft anti-gay legislation submitted to Ghana’s parliament could propose up to 10 years in jail for LGBTQ+ people as well as groups and individuals who advocate for their rights, express sympathy or…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2021

Meet 7 Activists Fighting to Improve LGBTQ+ Rights Across Africa

I’ve personally experienced two homophobic attacks in my home city of Enugu, in southeastern Nigeria: one from the police and the other from a crowd of students. In both instances, I was…

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