• 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: 11/20/2018

Russia: LGBT Conference Attacked, Disrupted

A prominent Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) support group had to cancel an annual Inclusive Family conference in Moscow after homophobic threats and an attack with pepper spray, Human Rights Watch said…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2018

Trump’s Mexico-Canada deal hits trouble in Congress over LGBT Language

President Donald Trump may be touting his trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a victory, but emerging complaints from liberals and conservatives are threatening to sink the agreement in Congress. Democrats,…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2018

Tijuana shelters reaching capacity as migrant caravan continues to stream into border city

Central American migrants continue to make their way toward Tijuana, even as the border city south of San Diego struggles to accommodate the more than 2,000 caravaners who have already arrived. Mexican media has reported that…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2018

Gay Couple from LGBT Migrant Caravan Marry in Tijuana

A gay couple from an LGBT+ migrant caravan from central America married in an emotional ceremony in Tijuana. Pedro and Erick tied the knot in front of journalists and human rights workers…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2018

Ukraine Transgender Rally Disrupted by Far-Right Militants

Far-right militants in Ukraine have disrupted a march by transgender activists in the capital Kiev. Reports say two young women were attacked and mocked as they received medical attention, and a Canadian…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

Depok to Issue anti-LGBT Regulation

The administration of Depok in West Java says it is committed to preparing a regulation to curb a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement that the administration believes is becoming more…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

South Africa Needs to Oppose Tanzania’s anti-Gay Crackdown

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown has run into opposition far and wide, but not yet from South Africa, although equal rights for its LGBT citizens are enshrined in the nation’s constitution. South Africa has even…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

LGBT Migrants Fled Persecution Back Home. Then They Fled the Caravan

For most of the people traveling as part of a thousand-person migrant caravan in the hope of reaching safety at the U.S. border, the group represents their best chance to escape persecution, violence and…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

Court Strikes Down Guyana anti-Transgender Law

A Guyana anti-transgender law banning “cross-dressing” has been struck down, after it was used to target transgender people. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), an international court with jurisdiction across several Caribbean and South…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Trans Day of Remembrance set for Nov. 20

D.C.’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates the lives of transgender people lost to violence each year, is scheduled to be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Metropolitan Community Church of…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Denmark Withholds Aid to Tanzania after Anti-Gay Comments

Denmark is withholding 65m krone (£7.5m; $9.8m) in aid to Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician, a minister says. Development Minister Ulla Tornaes did not name the official but…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2018

Tanzania Loses $300 Million World Bank Loan Amid Crackdown Concerns

The World Bank has pulled a planned $300 million educational loan to Tanzania amid concerns about the country’s policy of banning pregnant girls from going to school. The $300 million program was…

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