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  • 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: 03/19/2019

Dramatic increase in violence against LGBT people in Cameroon

Humanity First Cameroon and Alternatives-Cameroon are two leading organizations advocating for human rights in Cameroon, with a particular focus on the rights of LGBT people. Working together and in cooperation with other…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Jair Bolsonaro visits White House, reiterates opposition to LGBTI rights

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to LGBTI rights when he spoke alongside President Trump during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. Bolsonaro, speaking through a…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Russian court jails top Chechen rights activist for 4 years

A Russian court on Monday sentenced a top Chechen rights activist to four years in a penal colony after a drugs trial that has drawn condemnation from international groups. Oyub Titiyev, head…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2019

Rainbow Rage: Kyrgyz Rail Against LGBT Community After Central Asia’s ‘First’ Gay-Pride March

What many consider the first gay-pride march ever held in Central Asia has unleashed a storm of controversy in Kyrgyzstan, with threats of violence against participants, counterprotests, and fiery parliamentary debate over…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2019

Germany pays compensation to people investigated under anti-gay laws

Germany has begun offering compensation to men who faced criminal investigations under historical anti-gay laws. The country extended compensation for LGBT+ people who faced oppression under authorities in both East and West…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2019

Poland’s Ruling Chief Speaks Strongly Against LGBT Rights

The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2019

LGBT Purge survivors urge education, awareness

From the 1950s to mid-1990s, thousands of LGBT members of RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Federal Public Services were weeded out through an unspoken policy known as ‘The Purge’. For Davis,…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2019

LGBT attitudes in Wales: ‘Huge distance’ travelled in 30 years

Lisa Power, who lives in Cardiff, was the first openly LGBT person to speak on gay rights at the UN and has been a campaigner for decades. "When I came out in…

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ADDED ON: 03/16/2019

LGBTI groups condemn terrorist attacks at two New Zealand mosques

LGBTI advocacy groups around the world have condemned Friday’s terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that have left at least 49 people dead. Express, an LGBTI newspaper in Auckland,…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2019

How ‘Real America’ Became Queer America

This may seem like a strange time to feel optimistic about the future of L.G.B.T. rights in America. But as a queer transgender woman who has spent most of her adult life…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2019

Nearly half of LGBT graduates in Japan report having uncomfortable experiences in job interviews

Over 40 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and over 80 percent of transgender students in Japan had uncomfortable experiences during job interviews, a survey by a nonprofit organization showed Wednesday.…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2019

BOTSWANA COURT CASE TO CHALLENGE LEGALITY OF GAY SEX

Botswana's High Court will hear on Thursday a case challenging the decriminalization of homosexual intercourse, offering campaigners a rare chance to argue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (LGBT) on a…

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