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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: 03/09/2019

LGBT in India: What it’s like six months after gay sex was decriminalised

Up until six months ago, 20-year-old Tish felt like a criminal. He faced long-term prison time in India because he was an out and proud gay man, but then his life changed.…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2019

Trump’s newly confirmed federal judge has ties to anti-gay ‘hate group’

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Allison Jones Rushing to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, handing the 36-year-old judge a lifetime seat on one of the nation’s top courts.…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2019

China urged to take action on LGBT+ rights after backing U.N. changes

China's acceptance of the U.N. Human Rights Council's recommendations on LGBT+ rights is a "milestone", gay rights groups said on Thursday, urging Beijing to work with activists to tackle inequality. China this…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2019

Chechnya’s Gay Purge: A Timeline of the Atrocities

The world has been aware for the last couple of years that LGBT people in Chechnya face arrest and persecution. But what exactly is happening in the region and why? Below are…

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ADDED ON: 03/06/2019

Rafał Trzaskowski: Warsaw Mayor Faces Backlash for Protecting LGBTI Rights

Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Poland’s capital city, Warsaw, has received backlash after signing a declaration to protect LGBT+ rights. The declaration is the first ever LGBT+ declaration to be signed in…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2019

The Gay-Rights Activists Hoping for a Legal Victory in Kenya

On a recent Friday, gay and lesbian couples, dressed in matching outfits, posed for photos outside of a Nairobi courthouse, in anticipation of a decision that they hoped would decriminalize gay sex…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2019

Chiang Mai, Thailand celebrates its first LGBT Pride in a decade

On 21 February 2019, Chiang Mai celebrated its first LGBT Pride festival since 2009, after the city’s last Pride Parade was cancelled due to harassment from counter-protestors. On 21 February 2009, what…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2019

Gay conversion therapy ban in Germany gains support

LGBT people continue to face prejudice and discrimination in Germany as well. A 2017 study by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency showed that 18.3 percent of Germans still regarded homosexuality as "unnatural," with…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2019

South Korea rights body claims it does not ‘deny’ same-sex marriage

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Wednesday (27 February) claimed it did not ‘deny’ the rights of a same-sex couple to marry. But, it also rejected a petition filed by…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2019

Taiwan seeks to become first Asia country with same-sex marriage

A bill that Taiwan’s Cabinet has introduced seeks to make the island the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, despite voters’ rejection of in a nationwide referendum last November. Taiwan…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2019

30,000 sign petition against gender diversity teaching in New Zealand

More than 30,000 people in New Zealand have signed a parliamentary petition against teaching gender diversity in the country’s schools. ‘I believe that endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2019

Undocumented LGBT ‘Dreamer’ Shares His Story at 4Ward Symposium

Candelario Saldana is a leader who is making strides and causing a few waves at the University of Miami for LGBT lawyers. Saldana’s mother brought him to America from Mexico when he…

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