• 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: 07/07/2018

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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ADDED ON: 07/05/2018

Photo Series Captures LGBT Activists from Around the World

A new photography exhibition has captured the faces of LGBT+ activists from all over the world in celebration of Pride. Queer Commonwealth: Faces of the LGBT+ Movement features 33 activists from Tonga…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2018

New Report Argues Indonesia’s Rising Intolerance Against LGBT Community is Creating a Health Crisis

Once considered a death sentence, decades of advancement in medicine have turned HIV/AIDS into a completely manageable disease. But advancements in science can only do so much when societal attitudes are regressing,…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2018

Why LGBT Rights Are under Threat—and What to Do about It

In recent years the progress in securing equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people in the West has seemed on an upward trajectory. Two-thirds of Americans support same-sex marriage, up from…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2018

Police Beat and Arrest Protesters Defying Istanbul’s LGBT Pride Parade Ban

As dusk approached on Sunday, the streets filled with smiling faces that sparkled with glitter, along with ululating pop music and drums. All around, rainbow flags fluttered in the sky as the…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2018

Swaziland’s First Pride Parade Will Test Just How Accepting The Country Really Is

When Musa Dlamini was asked if he planned to dress up at Swaziland’s first ever LGBT Pride parade taking place Saturday, he responded without missing a beat. “I’ll be wearing white shorts,…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2018

Swazi Human Rights Group Snubs LGBT Festival

One of the best known human rights groups in Swaziland, which has changed its name to eSwatini, has snubbed the kingdom’s first LGBT Pride festival saying it is against biblical teaching, putting…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2018

Nicaragua’s LGBT Community Urges Ortega to Resign

Nicaragua’s LGBT community joined with devout Catholic adherents on Thursday in demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and an end to political violence that has left 220 dead in just over…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2018

Malian LGBTI Activist Finds New Home in Paris

Louis fled his native Mali to escape persecution for his sexuality and support for the LGBTI community back home. Louis had been working as a team leader for an NGO, giving talks on HIV/AIDS awareness and…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2018

Being Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Is a Crime in These Places

As pride month comes to a close this week, the U.S. recognizes the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. The decision on June 26, 2015, overturned prohibitions…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2018

What Life is Really Like for LGBTI Refugees in Ukraine

“When the war, started life for anyone who was ‘different’ became more dangerous,” Dasha, now 23, tells Dazed. Dasha is one of the nearly 1.6 million people estimated by the United Nations…

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