• 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: 12/07/2022

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

On the outskirts of Yogyakarta, an Indonesian city that’s home to many universities, is a small boarding school with a mission that seems out of place in a nation with more Muslim…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2022

LGBTQ Politics in Kazakhstan: A Cross-Cutting Electoral Cleavage?

For many decades domestic politics in Kazakhstan has pivoted around monolithic state structures, dependent on such a concentrated leadership elite, that outside observers might surmise the country was controlled by family dynasties.…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2022

I’m a gay football fan and I felt so unsafe going to the World Cup I flew straight out of Qatar after every England game

Heading to the World Cup is a once in a lifetime opportunity for some football fans. Securing tickets is an expensive process, while finding accommodation can be difficult, and travel taxing. For…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2022

Putin signs expanded anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia, in latest crackdown on rights

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a bill that expands a ban on so-called LGBTQ “propaganda” in Russia, making it illegal for anyone to promote same-sex relationships or suggest…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2022

Netanyahu chides Trump, vows to defend LGBT rights

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back on criticism of his incoming right-wing government, vowing in an interview with NBC News Sunday that he will not permit an erosion of Israeli democracy in…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2022

Inside The Secret Gay Neighborhood In Tehran, Iran Where People Are Risking Their Lives For Their Expression

Historically, Iran has not been a safe place for cisgender women and LGBTQIA+ individuals. But homosexuality has not always been a crime in Iran. Some folks might question the necessity for a…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2022

Russian drag queens ‘ready for the worst’ as LGBTQ law looms

Backstage at a bar in Moscow, a troupe of drag queens surrounded by make-up palettes and sparkling costumes join hands before taking to the stage for what could be one of their…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2022

Colombia: Guaranteeing justice and non-repetition in cases of gender-based violence during repression of National Strike must be central to any police reform

Women and LGBTIQ+ protesters, journalists and human rights defenders suffered sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence at the hands of Colombia’s National Police and its Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) during…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2022

We Will Survive Them All’: As Russia Braces For Harsh New Anti-Gay Law, A Museum Of LGBT Culture Opens In St. Petersburg

Russia's newest museum opened its doors on November 27. It may close them for good before the week is out. The country's newly toughened legislation against so-called lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2022

Rainbow flag-waving protester invades World Cup pitch

A man ran onto the pitch during Monday's World Cup group-stage match between Portugal and Uruguay, holding up a rainbow flag to protest Qatar's anti-LGBT laws. The activist, whose blue Superman T-shirt…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2022

Singapore’s parliament strikes down ban on gay sex

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's parliament on Tuesday voted to repeal a controversial law that criminalized consensual sex between men, in a landmark victory for the city-state's LGBTQ community. At the same time, however,…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2022

LGBTQ Arabs Fear Backlash After World Cup ‘Spotlight’

With rainbow flags and "OneLove" armbands, World Cup fans have protested against host Qatar's anti-LGBTQ policies, but many queer Arabs fear a Western solidarity push could do more harm than good. Gestures…

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