• 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: 07/16/2018

How Trinidad and Tobago Played a Key Role in India’s Ongoing LGBT Hearing

In the end, it happened amazingly fast. After the 18 years it has taken so far to fight the Section 377 case, for decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations, the lawyers and activists involved had…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2018

The Anti-trans Protests at Pride Were the Latest in a Long History of Transphobia in the LGBTQ+ Community

Even if you’re not LGBTQ+, you’ve likely heard of the anti-trans protest that took place at London Pride last weekend. A small group of cisgender women somehow managed to make their way to the front of…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2018

India on Brink of Biggest Gay Rights Victory as Supreme Court Prepares to Rule on Gay Sex Ban

India stands on the brink of the greatest breakthrough for gay rights since the country’s independence, activists say, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether homosexuality is illegal. While the…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2018

Belarus Refuses Asylum For Uzbek Transgender Woman

Belarusian authorities have refused asylum to a transgender woman from Uzbekistan and who says she will face torture and abuse if she goes back. The woman, who asked to be referred to…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2018

Supreme Court on Section 377: LGBT Individuals Are Forced to Marry Opposite Sex

In a significant observation during the hearing on IPC Section 377, Justice Indu Malhotra today said that individuals belonging to lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community marry a person of the…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2018

Latest Wave of Homophobia May Worsen Abuse Against LGBTI Watchdog Warns Putrajaya

An international human rights watchdog today urged Putrajaya to take steps to protect the rights and safety of the LGBTI community, following a rising wave of homophobia and transphobia. Amnesty International said…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

On Stage, Russian Drag Stars Leave Fears Behind

In a modest dressing room, Russian men apply their eyeshadow with an expert touch, slide on fishnet stockings or thigh-high boots, then take to the stage with an uninhibited freedom that they…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

Trump Policies Will Send LGBT Asylum Seekers to Their Deaths

The Department of Justice is hoping to restructure the U.S. asylum system to bar anyone who enters the country illegally from applying for asylum, news that Vox broke recently. The proposed changes…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2018

Activists Sneak Pride into Russia

Six activists made Moscow a little gayer using some creativity. The activists from Spain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia joined together using soccer shirts, standing side-by-side in the color of…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2018

By Day, He Runs for President of South Sudan. By Night, He Unloads Trucks at Lowe’s.

Just minutes into the night shift at Lowe’s, beads of sweat sparkle on Bol Gai Deng’s forehead. He’s at the back of the suburban Richmond store, unloading a 54-foot truck crammed with…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2018

Britain Cannot Stay Silent as LGBT Rights Are Rolled Back Across the World

From Poland to Egypt to Trump’s USA, independent judges are the last bulwark against governments who threaten gay rights. When I was starting out as a barrister in the 1980s, Lord Denningwas…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2018

Malaysia Should Focus More on LGBT Issues, Not Child Brides: Kelantan Official

The Malaysian government should focus more on addressing LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — issues instead of on the recent controversy where an 11-year-old girl was wedded to a 41-year-old…

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