• 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: 05/02/2020

Groups Express Grave Concern about the Commission on Unalienable Rights

As human rights organizations, scholars, defenders and activists, we the 167 undersigned, write to express our grave concern about the work of the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and any…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2020

Wave of trans murders sparks fear of ‘hunting season’ in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been hit by an “epidemic of violence” with five transgender murders in two months, LGBT+ activists said on Wednesday, adding that homophobic rhetoric from politicians and religious leaders may…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2020

A Court Guessed How Gay Men From Conservative Families Would React After First Having Sex. It Cost Two Men Their Refugee Status.

Two young men from Pakistan who feared persecution because they were in a homosexual relationship had their refugee claims rejected because a tribunal made "illogical" assumptions about how they would respond to…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2020

Tijuana shelter protects LGBTQ immigrants from coronavirus

Around 20 LGBTQ immigrants, the majority of whom are transgender women from countries throughout Latin America, are isolated and protected from the threat of the coronavirus in the Jardín de las Mariposas…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2020

Gay in Nigeria: The Stark Reality For LGBT People In The West Africa Country

Michael Ighodaro was attacked by homophobes in his home city of Abuja when he was waiting for a taxi outside his friend's home. His attackers stormed up behind the LGBT activist, hurled…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2020

Grindr witch-hunt sparks fresh call to make gay sex legal in Morocco

Morocco is facing fresh demands to decriminalize gay sex after women started outing gay and bi men using dating apps. As GSN reported last week, a Moroccan expat living in Turkey called…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2020

LGBT community living in fear of attacks in Kenyan refugee camp

Eva Nabagala hoped she and her young son would be safe from her family when they fled Uganda for a Kenyan refugee camp - but instead, the 28-year-old says she was attacked…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2020

Dozens of Gay Men Are Outed in Morocco as Photos Are Spread Online

At least 50 to 100 gay men were outed in Morocco over the last two weeks, rights activists say, after the men were identified on location-based meeting apps while sheltering at home…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2020

Lockdown, religion, migrant, survival, and more

The good thing about this Chinese virus is that it has knocked the stuffing out of religion. Where are monotheism, polytheism, in fact theism itself? What about God, Jehovah, Allah and the…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2020

Two transgender women found burned to death in Puerto Rico

The bodies of two transgender women were found burned to death inside a vehicle this week in Puerto Rico, according to activists, raising alarm about the killings of several transgender people on…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2020

Brunei’s stoning for ‘gay-sex’ law flies under the radar

In April 2019, the words ‘Sultan’, ‘Brunei’, ‘stoning’ and ‘gay-sex’ were trending globally. Condemnation of Brunei’s death by stoning law for proven acts of liwat — consensual intimacy between men — came…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2020

No end in sight for Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown

When James Wandera Ouma is asked what gives him hope as a gay man living in the east African nation of Tanzania, he can’t think of anything. “There’s no joy,” Ouma says.…

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