• 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: 12/14/2018

New GLOBE Act asserts U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT abuses overseas

New comprehensive legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday seeks to enshrine into law U.S. policy against anti-LGBT human rights abuses overseas and the process by which LGBT people facing persecution can…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

LGBT+ activists attacked on peaceful march in Kenya refugee camp

LGBT+ activists were attacked and arrested by police after staging a peaceful march through Kakuma, a UNCHR refugee camp in Turkana County, Kenya. Around 40 LGBT+ activists took part in the march on Tuesday…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

Russia’s gay propaganda law ‘endangers children’, says report

Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is directly harming and endangering LGBT+ children and young people, according to a new report. The report – which is called “No Support: Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Imperils…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2018

Interview: The Law Damaging Russia’s LGBT Children

When Russia passed a law banning what it called “propaganda of non-traditional relationships,” it made positive discussion about LGBT relationships illegal. The official rationale for the law was to protect children. But…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2018

Advocacy Groups Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day

LGBTI advocacy groups and public figures celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights on Monday (10 December). 10 December is also commemorated annually as Human Rights Day While advocacy…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2018

Strongmen Like Putin Threaten LGBTQ People Across the Globe

The worldwide struggle for LGBT equality has dramatically changed in the past few years. From our movement’s inception, our great challenge has been to shed our invisibility and use education to overcome…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2018

There’s No Easy Path to Asylum, But It’s Even More Difficult for Queer People

Making asylum claims more difficult for members of the LGBTQ community, caravans of refugees — as with those that have traveled up through Central America hoping to reach the United States —…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2018

Argentina, UK to co-chair LGBT rights organisation for two years

Argentina and the United Kingdom have been chosen Monday to co-chair the Equal Rights Coalition for two years starting next June, to succeed Chile and Canada at the helm of the first-ever…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2018

What We Talk About When We Talk About Gender in Armenia

“I’m asking you a simple question: Do you have any responsibility towards the LGBT community?” This was one of many inflammatory questions addressed to Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during a historic…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2018

International Human Rights Day: Progress of LGBTIAQ rights across the world

From South Africa to India, Costa Rica to Trinidad and Tobago, here is some of the progress made in terms of LGBTIAQ rights across the world in 2018. 70 years ago today the Universal…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2018

Church of England bishops to start inquiry into so-called ‘gay cure’ therapies

Senior Church of England bishops will start an inquiry into 'gay cure' therapies. Bishops will take evidence from people who have gone through the so-called 'treatments' to turn people from gay to…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2018

Hungary and Poland say no to LGBTIQ

"A Europe that protects" is Austria's motto for its presidency of the Council of the EU. But it couldn't agree to protect everyone. Hungary and Poland on Thursday torpedoed a joint statement by…

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