• 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: 11/22/2018

Hiding in Fear: What is Life Like for LGBTI Indonesians?

In the last few weeks, regional authorities in Indonesia have launched a slew of anti-LGBTI measures. Gay sex is not illegal in Indonesia. But, since early 2016, ‘government-driven moral panic’ over LGBTI Indonesians has engulfed…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2018

LGBT Couples With Migrant Caravan Hold Mass Symbolic Wedding at Mexico-U.S. Border Town

After making the arduous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a caravan of thousands of Central American asylum seekers, at least seven LGBT couples were able to celebrate their love…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2018

Costa Rica poised to legalize same-sex marriage

Costa Rica is poised to become the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage. On November 14, Costa Rica's constitutional court formally ordered the country's lawmakers to extend marriage rights to…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2018

Rugby team rallies against deportation of gay player to Kenya

An English rugby team is fighting to save a gay teammate from being deported to Kenya, where they fear he will face persecution or imprisonment. Kenneth Macharia, who has lived in the UK…

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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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