• 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: 11/10/2018

Manaus Opens Shelter For LGBT Refugees From Venezuela

Manaus is a stop in the route of part of the 80,000 Venezuelans looking for asylum or temporary residence in Brazil. And now, it is the first Brazilian city to have an…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Armenia Must Ban LGBT Propaganda, Priest Says

Fr. Kyuregh Talyan, Parish Priest of the St. Katoghike Church of Jrvezh (Kotayk region) is strongly convinced that the propaganda of homosexuality must be banned in Armenia given its possible harmful effects on…

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ADDED ON: 11/08/2018

Using the UN to Advance LGBTI Rights in China

As China approaches the third, quadrennial review of its human rights record by the United Nations (known as the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR)), there is increasing international attention on the dire human…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2018

Pink Season Event Highlights Call of Hong Kong’s LGBT Community to Lawmakers: We’re Ready for Equal Rights, Listen to Society

LGBT campaigners have applauded key legal developments in Hong Kong that they say could eventually bring same-sex partners the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. And while warning that a hard fight…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2018

Designer Rodricks’ Hotline for LGBTQ Community Gets Catholic Church Nod

After a lifetime seeing LGBT members of the Catholic Church become despondent over a lack of acceptance, acclaimed fashion designer Wendell Rodricks was moved to tears on Wednesday when Cardinal Oswald Gracias,…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysia Turns Towards Democracy—but Leaves LGBT Rights Behind

In the early hours of a Saturday morning in late August, Malaysian police stormed into the Blue Boy club in central Kuala Lumpur, one of the country’s oldest LGBT venues. As more…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Bachelet: Tanzania Has Duty to Protect – Not Further Endanger – LGBT People

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed alarm at the statement by the Regional Commissioner of Dar es Salaam that a committee will be put in place to…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

A Precarious Haven: Africa’s LGBT Refugees Teeter on the Brink in Kenya

It wasn’t long after Joe’s father was shot dead for being gay that the 24-year-old Ugandan college student realised the men from his church would be coming for him next. First came…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysian Official Claims 1,450 Gay People Have Been ‘Cured’

A Malaysian official recently declared 1,450 gay people have been “cured” in government-funded spiritual camps, according to the Malay Mail. The “mukhayyam” programs are funded by the government’s Malaysian Islamic Development Department…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Aging and LGBT in Argentina: Survivors of Deeply Homophobic Past

For elderly members of Argentina’s LGBT community, things used to be so so different. They’re the surviving witnesses of a time when sexual orientations that don’t fit the establish mold were considered…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

‘Thousands of Names’ Handed to Tanzania Authorities After Public Told to Report Gay People

There are fears for the safety of the LBGT+ community in Tanzania after a senior government official called on the public to report suspected homosexuals. Authorities have already been handed thousands of…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Ireland’s Brazilian LGBT Community Express Fear Following Bolsonaro Win

Brazilians living in Ireland, particularly members of the LGBT community, have expressed serious concerns following the victory of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidential election. Mr Bolsonaro promised to defend…

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