• 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: 05/17/2018

Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event

Members of radical nationalist groups violently disrupted a May 10, 2018 discussion in Kyiv about LGBTI rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite the intruders’ aggressive behavior and threats of violence, the…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Gay Rights Under Threat in Divided Europe

Malta is the best place in Europe to be gay, according to its laws. Azerbaijan is the worst, but Latvia and Poland, which are EU members, do not rank much higher, while…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

What is Happening for IDAHOTB Around the World in 2018?

IDAHOTB, or International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, is one of the biggest day for LGBTI rights in the world. Across the globe, people will be coming together to commemorate, campaign…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2018

Inside Georges Azzi’s Brave Fight for LGBT Rights in the Middle East

When Georges Azzi co-founded Helem, the first LGBT advocacy group in the Arab world, in 2004, he quickly got used to visits from Beirut’s police force. “They would come to the office and drag me…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2018

China: Security Guards Assault Women Attending LGBT Event

Video of security guards punching and knocking down two Chinese women attending an LGBT gathering in Beijing has caused outrage among China’s LGBT community and its supporters. On Sunday, two women wearing…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2018

Cubans Show LGBTQ Pride with Flags and Dancing in Havana Parade

Salsa music blasted through the streets of Havana's Vedado neighborhood on Saturday as hundreds of people danced and waved rainbow flags during a march to mark the 11th annual Cuban Campaign against…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2018

Chinese Lesbian Marks Mothers’ Day With Call For Reproductive Rights

A lesbian activist has called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to allow full reproductive rights for unmarried women, who aren't currently allowed to give birth under existing family planning rules. Zhan Yingying,…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

When You are Gay and African, Sometimes Your only Choice is to Flee

Camara, Diawara, Yassin and Farid were all born in countries where homosexuality is considered shameful, taboo and sometimes even a crime. Camara is from Mali, Diawara from Guinea and Yassin and Farid…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

Ghana: Stop ‘Forcing’ African Leaders to Legalize Homosexuality’

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has chastised the Western world over attempts to lure African leaders into embracing homosexuality. Expressing his abhorrence for the act on Metro TV’s Good Evening…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

The LGB Community is Working Hard to Save the World

New research finds that gay men and lesbian women are disproportionately represented in the anti-war and environmental movements. Social activism is on the rise, especially on the political left. But who are…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Meduza: Russia’s Censor Blocks Another LGBT Website for Spreading ‘Gay Propaganda’

Russia’s federal censor has blocked the LGBT health awareness website Parni Plus (Guys Plus). The site’s administrators say they received a notice from Roskomnadzor on April 28 informing them about a January 26 ruling…

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