• 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: 01/12/2019

Reports surface of fresh anti-gay purge in Chechnya

Activists in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya are warning of a new gay purge even as Chelyabinsk celebrated a small victory. The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

Regional authorities in China shut down two LGBTI organizations

Regional authorities in China shut down two LGBTI organizations on Tuesday (8 January). The Municipal Affairs Bureau in the southern metropolis Guangzhou labeled the Guangzhou University Rainbow Group and the Guangzhou Gender and Sexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Human Rights Commission warns Depok’s policies produce potential for anti-LGBT discrimination

State-sanctioned discrimination in Indonesia against the LGBT community and individuals saw a sharp increase towards the end of last year as officials in a number of cities and regions — particularly parts…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

For LGBTI People in Lebanon, They Go Through Their Own Stonewall

It is reported that on the night of June 28, 1969, transgender revolutionary Sylvia Rivera, infuriated and exhausted with the way the queer community had been treated, took off her shoe and…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2019

Out gay Nigerian prepares online help for others

Nigerian gay man Dan Yomi is gearing up to launch an online project that he hopes will help other gay people deal with issues relating to their sexual orientation, including coming out. Yomi…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2019

New asylum policy has big ramifications for Nogales, Sonora

Four months after fleeing their home in El Salvador, the six members of the Meneses family arrived in Nogales, Sonora on Dec. 25 with documents ready to ask for asylum in the…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2019

Our lives, Our rights

Have you ever felt excluded from the society and from your own family? Have you ever been discriminated by your classmates based on your gender? If you haven’t, you’re fortunate. But at…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2019

Trans Indians ramp up protests against ‘discriminatory’ bill

Transgender Indians and their allies have been urgently rallying against a transgender bill. They want the bill to be overhauled before it is considered by the upper house of parliament on Tuesday…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2019

Judge rules that UK magistrates’ “intolerant views” must be respected

The ruling came after a magistrate lost his job following him expressing anti-LGBTQ views on adoption. A UK judge, Her Honour Judge Katherine Tucker, has ruled that not only are magistrates allowed…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2019

Trans community confront police for taking their sound systems

Trans women in a small Pakistani city have accused police of illegally confiscating their sound system. Dancing at weddings and other special occasions is often the only way trans women can earn…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2019

New US ambassador Kyle McCarter speaks Kiswahili, opposes gay unions

On Wednesday, the United States Senate approved the appointment of former Senator Kyle McCarter as the new Ambassador to Kenya. McCarter comes to a familiar territory with a promise to support the…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2019

Chinese gay dating app halts registration after underage HIV report

Chinese gay dating app Blued is halting new user registration for a week, it said on Sunday, following media reports that underage users caught HIV after going on dates set up via…

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