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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: 10/26/2018

Anti-gay Russian MP Reported Hostage Situation to Shut down LGBT Film Festival, Organisers Claim

The architect of Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law turned up at an LGBT+ film festival and physically blocked the entrance in an attempt to shut it down. Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker in President…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

Gay Man Defends Rights of LGBT Migrants

Many Central American migrants making their way to the United States border are attempting to escape an array the multitude of ills scourging their home countries, including discrimination against LGBT people “I’m…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

‘Don’t force’ LGBT Rights on Malaysia, New PM Says

Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said his country cannot accept LGBT rights such as same-sex marriage, dismissing them as “western” values. The blunt remarks come against a backdrop of what activists…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

Brazil’s ‘Donald Trump’ Bolsonaro Winning Female, Gay Vote

Right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro once said he’d rather have a dead son than one who came out of the closet, but that isn’t stopping conservative gay voters from backing him…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

A Humanitarian Exodus

The Central American migrant caravan traveling to the US border highlights the failures of American migration and foreign policy, and dwindling options for refugees to seek safety. We should welcome them with…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

Malaysia: Gov’t Launches E-book on LGBT Rehabilitation

The government has published an e-book called Panduan Hijrah Diri (Guide for Rehabilitation) for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to return to the right path, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

The Trump Administration’s Latest Anti-Transgender Action, Explained

President Donald Trump’s administration is working on yet another anti-LGBTQ policy, the New York Times reported over the weekend. Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering an interpretation of…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

Brazil’s ‘Donald Trump’ Bolsonaro Winning Female, Gay Vote

Right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro once said he'd rather have a dead son than one who came out of the closet, but that isn't stopping conservative gay voters from backing him…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

Parliament Group Nixes Discussion of LGBTI Issues

Uganda and Lebanon's parliamentary speakers Rebecca Kadaga and Nabih Berri declared victory after leading the charge October 18 to ban discussions about LGBT issues at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland. Anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 10/23/2018

Malaysia: Gov’t Launches E-book on LGBT Rehabilitation

The government has published an e-book called Panduan Hijrah Diri (Guide for Rehabilitation) for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to return to the right path, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2018

Lebanese Delegation Votes Against ‘LGBT Rights’ in Int’l Conference

Last week, a Lebanese delegation headed by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri voted against an international bill that seeks equality for the LGBTQI+ community. The proposed bill titled "the role of Parliaments in ending…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2018

LGBT Advocacy Group Calls on Trump Admin not to Go Forward with Rollback of Transgender Protections

The Human Rights Campaign on Sunday called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people, following a report in The New York Times on a draft…

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