• 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: 01/30/2018

Jamaica Bans Anti-Gay Arizona Pastor From Visiting Country

Steven Anderson, pastor from the Faithful World Baptist Church who says gay people should be stoned to death, denied entry. Jamaica has banned a Holocaust-denying pastor from Arizona who has called for gay people…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Trans Women Forced to Shave Their Heads by Indonesian Officials

Police in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province carried out a crackdown on a group of transgender women Sunday, forcibly shaving their heads and making them wear men’s clothing. Police took 12 trans women…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2018

Bid to Legalize Homosexuality in Kenya Appears on Course

They have become extremely predictable, taking one step at a time, but each step ever so sure. The new moralists are so determined to redefine our values and to blunt our conscience…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2018

LGBT Cubans Seek Asylum in the Netherlands

Two Cuban LGBT activists on Sunday asked for asylum in the Netherlands. Victor Manuel Dueñas, who founded an LGBT community center in the Cuban town of Santo Domingo, and his cousin, bought roundtrip…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2018

Thousands of Teens Will Undergo ‘Conversion Therapy’ in Near Future, Study Estimates

Tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will undergo gay "conversion therapy" from a licensed health care professional, religious adviser or spiritual leader before they…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2018

Myanmar: Transwomen Suffer Most Bias Among LGBT

Transgender women experience the most discrimination of all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in Myanmar, according to a report released by a non-government group on Tuesday. The two-page report, entitled “Baseline…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2018

A Court Ruling Could Be About to Legalize Gay Sex in Eight Caribbean Countries

Gay sex could be about to be legalized in eight Caribbean countries.The potentially momentous ruling would come about through Trinidad-born LGBT rights activist Jason Jones, who is taking his country to court…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2018

For LGBT Rights, 2018 Will Be the Year of the Courts

After everything that LGBTI people experienced in 2017 — from roundups and torture in Chechnya to antigay witch hunts in Egypt and Indonesia, closure of queer-friendly health facilities in Tanzania, and a…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2018

With Pence Breaking Deadlock, U.S. Senate Confirms Brownback’s Nomination

Kansas Republican Sam Brownback, one of the most unpopular governors in the country, barely survived a vote to confirm his bid for a big Trump administration job on Wednesday, as Vice President Mike…

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Alternatives-Cameroun

Alternatives-Cameroun is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting freedom, tolerance and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Cameroon. Established in 2006, Alternatives-Cameroun seeks to build a strong, dignified and democratic Cameroonian society free of discrimination and stigmatization.

ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

LGBT People Viewed Negatively, but Accepted as Indonesian Citizens

The majority of Indonesian people still perceive the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community negatively, but many of them believe its members deserve to live in Indonesia, says a study released…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

EU Court: Asylum Seekers Must Not Be Forced to Take ‘Gay Tests’

Asylum seekers must not be subjected to psychological tests to determine whether they are homosexual, EU's top court has ruled. Tests to determine sexual orientation are controversial, but are sometimes used when…

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