• 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: 05/18/2019

Violent mob attacks Indian priest because they think he is gay

Disturbing footage has emerged of an Indian holy man being attacked and beaten in the street by an angry mob because they believed he was gay. In an upsetting clip carried by…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

U.N. urges calm after protests by LGBT+ refugees in Kenya turn violent

The United Nations has urged LGBT+ refugees in Kenya to show "calm and restraint" after protests demanding better treatment turned violent, with police firing tear gas and arresting more than 20 demonstrators.…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

The 64th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, was a sad time for the African continent’s human rights body. Human rights…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China’s LGBT community

China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products. The tighter…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

How This Black Gay Politician Is Standing Up to the Far-Right Government in Brazil

For his first two weeks in Brazil’s Congress in February, David Miranda was too scared to take the microphone. Far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro, known for homophobic and racist outbursts and policy pledges…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

M’sia must not bow to international pressure on LGBT issues, says Anwar

Malaysia must not bow down to international pressure over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He said although the country had to take into…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

A Queer Film Festival in Tunisia — Where Being Gay Is Illegal

For four days in March, a sanctuary for queer and trans people sprung up in Tunisia — a country where being gay is illegal. Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival, in its second year,…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

Eight Men Charged With Murder Of LGBT Activists In Bangladesh

Eight men have been charged by police in Bangladesh for the 2016 murders of LGBT+ rights activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy. Mannan and Tonoy were brutally hacked to death in an…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey Most Restrictive On Gay Rights In Europe

Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Armenia have the most restrictive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality laws and policies in Europe, a campaign group says. Azerbaijan scored just 3 percent on a scale…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

‘I Knew I Had to Get Out to Survive’—Violence Drives LGBT Central Americans North

The desperation of daily life in Honduras is driving thousands of people to join other Central American migrants in their long march northward toward what they hope is asylum and safety in…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

Record number of anti-LGBTQI+ attacks in France: report

Assaults in France on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hit a new record in 2018, “a dark year” for the LGBT community, French group SOS Homophobie reported Tuesday. The non-profit association…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2019

Lavender Scare’ bill seeks to address midcentury purging of gay federal workers

Democratic lawmakers are trying to make amends for a dark period in U.S. history — when thousands of federal employees were fired or forced to resign between the late 1940s and 1960s…

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