• 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: 11/26/2018

We’re Here, and We’re Queer’: Delhi’s LGBT Community Walks to Celebrate Freedom

With happy faces and bodies swaying to drum beats, rainbow revellers took over the heart of Delhi and celebrated 'pride' and their newfound independence, two months after the Supreme Court quashed a…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2018

Pro-LGBT Group Demands Investigation amid Allegations of Election Misconduct

A pro-LGBT rights group is demanding that the Central Election Commission investigate allegations of irregularities in the voting process surrounding last Saturday's referendums. According to a statement published by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2018

Married gay man sues Hong Kong government over rejected public housing application

A gay man is suing the Hong Kong government for denying him a public housing flat – because he is married to another man. In a judicial review application filed to the…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2018

Taiwan votes down same-sex marriage as China welcomes midterm results

Voters in Taiwan have rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first country in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2018

Taiwan referendum threatens both LGBT rights and Olympic athletes

A key referendum in Taiwan has the potential to roll back same sex-marriage and jeopardize international athletic competition. Conservatives and pro-independence groups are using referendums to push their agenda.  As Taiwanese voters…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2018

This LGBT band is using music to fight Malaysian discrimination

Shh...Diam!, a four-member punk group is a rarity in a country where gay and transgender issues are often seen as taboo, cross-dressing is illegal and sodomy is banned under a British colonial-era law. …

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2018

Taiwan’s same-sex marriage vote divides families

On a sunny day in a park in Taipei, photographer Austin Haung advises a same-sex couple on how to pose for a pre-wedding photo shoot. For him, Taiwan's reputation as a beacon…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Turkey: Top religious body uses hate speech

Turkish LGBT rights organisation Kaos GL said on Wednesday that Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs had used hate speech against LGBT people while answering questions on homosexuality on Turkey’s official web-portal.  The directorate said that…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Transgender Remembrance Day, Yangon

The dark surface of Inya Lake is illuminated by warm bobbing candles, pushed out by a small but dedicated crowd who has come in the evening to show their respect. As the…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Southern Muslim leaders disapprove of LGBT partner bill

Muslim leaders in Thailand’s South have rejected the proposed Life Partnership Bill, which would allow LGBT couples to marry. The Nation reports that, if the bill becomes law, the religious leaders say…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Same-sex Marriage: is Cuba Using it to ‘pinkwash’ Other Oppressive Policies?

Cuba will revise its constitution in 2019 – and one of the biggest topics under debate is Article 68, which proposes legalising same-sex marriage. By legalising same-sex marriage, and not just civil partnerships,…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Mayor in Indonesia Leads Thousands in Anti-LGBTI March

The mayor of Padang, in West Sumatra, led thousands of city residents on an anti-LGBT march on Sunday (18 November). It is the latest state-sanctioned move to vilify the community in Indonesia. He organized…

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