• 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: 02/16/2018

LGBT Journalist Escapes Russian Courts, Arrives in Germany

Khudoberdi Nurmatov, a journalist and LGBT activist who was detained by Russian authorities last year for violating migration laws, was granted court permission to go to Germany after he faced deportation back…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

Law That Forces Teachers to Say It’s Wrong to Be Gay Could Finally Be Repealed in Alabama

A law that forces schools in Alabama to teach kids that homosexuality is “not acceptable” could finally be lifted in the state. Alabama is one of seven states with so-called ‘no promo…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

India Not the Only Nation Where Colonial-Era Anti-gay Law Still Exists

36 of the 52 Commonwealth countries across the world share the remnants of Britain’s legalized homophobia in the form of Section 377 in their penal codes. In all these countries, the exact same…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government’s Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher

Human rights activists, online campaigners — and many other Jamaicans — were pleased with the government's recent decision to deny entry to American fundamentalist pastor, Steven Anderson. While concerns regarding free speechlinger, it was not…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

Indonesia Classifies Homosexuality as ‘Mental Disorder’

Tolerance seems to be moving backwards in Indonesia as the Health Ministry on Friday said it is about to publish a medical guide where it has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.…

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CariFLAGS

Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) is a regional nonprofit based in Trinidad and Tobago made up of leading LGBTI NGOs across the Caribbean. CariFLAGS staff and leadership are based across the region – in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname.

Partner — international

J-FLAG

Jamaican Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG) is the foremost organization advocating for, and working to improve the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Jamaica. The organization promotes social change by empowering the LGBTI to increase tolerance and create the foundation for policy and legislative reform.

Partner — international

Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is a human rights organization working to promote equality and justice for all Guyanese, particularly focused on eliminating discrimination based on sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Guyana.

ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov: Survivors of Gay Concentration Camps Made It Up ‘for Money’

There is no truth to claims LGBT people are being persecuted in Chechnya, President Ramzan Kadyrov has said. The pro-Putin leader told the BBC that “not one person” in Chechnya has committed…

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Partner — international

Asociación ALFIL – Identidades en diálogo

Asociación ALFIL is an Ecuadorian non-profit organization working to improve the rights of the LGBTI community through political advocacy, health programming, and intervening in cases of human rights violations and hate crimes.

Partner — international

Akahatá – Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros

Akatatá aims to advance, promote and defend LGBT and sexual rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. Akahatá seeks to give visibility to violations that people in the region suffer on the basis of sexuality and gender identities or expressions. “LGBT rights” in writing will mean nothing as long as discrimination and violence remain rampant, and Akahatá is committed to finding solutions to addressing these issues.

Partner — international

REDLACTRANS – Latin America and the Caribbean Network of Trans Persons

Anti-transgender violence is epidemic in Central America where the life expectancy of a Salvadoran transgender woman is less than 35 years. This shocking fact might not be known without the hard work of local activists documenting and reporting the sobering reality of daily life for transgender people in the region.