• 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: 12/22/2018

LGBTI Indonesians scared of government’s new app, report it to Google

A new government ‘heresy’ app in Indonesia has troubled the LGBTI community. Smart Pakem, developed by the Jakarta prosecutor’s office, allows everyday Indonesians to report complaints of ‘deviant beliefs’. It features a…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

I was reborn here’: Gay Syrian refugee says Canada has welcomed him

Khaled was born in Syria, but his life began anew when he arrived in Canada as a refugee in 2015. "I was born there, but I was reborn here," he said. Khaled is gay…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Inspirational LGBTI talk avoids China censors and goes viral

More than one million people in China have watched an online inspirational talk about LGBTI rights despite a government ban on homosexual content.Ah  Qiang of PFLAG China discussed ’the power of being yourself’ at…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

CONIFA referee Raymond Mashamba, outed as gay in Zimbabwe, granted asylum in UK

Raymond Mashamba was being blackmailed over his sexuality by a former friend in Bulawayo before and during the CONIFA World Football Cup, an international tournament for teams not affiliated to FIFA at…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

Report documents anti-LGBTI extrajudicial killings in Chechnya

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday released a report that documents extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses against LGBTI people in Chechnya. The report, which the OSCE’s Office for…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

11 women arrested in Nigeria for planning lesbian wedding

A lesbian couple and nine other women have been arrested in Nigeria for planning the pair’s wedding. The 11 women were detained on Monday (December 17) in the northern state of Kano, where anyone…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

Protests against transgender bill erupt in India

Transgender Indians on Wednesday (19 December) protested against a bill claiming to protect their rights. India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill on Monday. But, the…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Marriage amendment removed from new Cuba constitution

The Cuban government on Tuesday announced the draft of the country’s new constitution will not contain an amendment that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based reporter…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Nicaragua’s rainbow revolutionaries

A humble cinderblock home with a tin roof in a poor neighborhood in the Costa Rican capital of San José has become a refuge for nearly 40 gay Nicaraguan youth who played…

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Kakuma: From Celebration to Desperation

2018 has been a year of incredible highs and lows for LGBTI refugees in housed in Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp. In early June, Refugee Flag Kakuma - a loose-knit organization of…

ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Gay arrests in Malawi: More mixed signals on gay rights

The southeast African country of Malawi remains torn about homosexuality — unwilling to repeal its anti-homosexuality law, but also unwilling to enforce it. This month’s arrest and subsequent release of a gay…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Fleeing persecution, LGBT+ migrants seek refuge in South America

Growing up in Jamaica's Montego Bay, Glenroy enjoyed an idyllic childhood - until his family discovered he was gay. They physically attacked him and threw him out of the house, triggering an…

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