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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: 12/12/2020

Turkish court postpones trial of 19 Pride attendees, infringing their right to fair judicial process

During the hearing, all the defendants gave testimonies explaining how this trial is a cloud over their heads which negatively impacts their everyday lives. The trial has lasted one and a half…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2020

“Kill Them, They Are Sodomites” – Police Violence Against LGBT People in Tunisia

On October 6, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Tunisia raised their voices and banners in the street, amid the hundreds of demonstrators who were peacefully protesting a draft law…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2020

No one can stop anti-gay therapy in Florida — for now. How LGBTQ advocates are rethinking their battle strategy.

Gay rights and mental health advocates in South Florida are trying to come up with new ways to fight conversion therapy, the practice of mental health counseling aimed at “curing” teenagers with…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2020

CHRISTIAN LOBBY TARGETS VICTORIA’S BILL BANNING CONVERSION PRACTICES

The Australian Christian Lobby has a new target – the Victorian government’s proposed law against conversion practices that seek to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The Lobby has termed…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2020

‘A Butterfly With My Wings Cut Off’: A Transgender Asylum Seeker’s Quest to Come to California

When she turned 15, like so many girls in her town in Guatemala, Luna Guzmán celebrated with a quinceañera. “My friend lent me the dress because she saw the way I used…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2020

‘Highest ranks’ of Polish government are putting LGBT+ lives at risk, says top European human rights commissioner

In a memorandum on the stigmatisation of LGBT+ people in Poland published Thursday (3 December), Council of Europe commissioner for human rights Dunja Mijatovic criticised authorities in Poland for the appalling treatment…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2020

Queer Ugandans beaten with iron rods, burned with firewood and forced to confess to being gay after ‘bogus’ shelter raid

LGBT+ Ugandans arrested under dubious coronavirus charges have revealed the harrowing levels of abuse they faced while in prison – being beaten with iron rods, burnt with firewood and forced to “confess”…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2020

Rainbow Railroad Launches #60in60 Campaign: How You Can Help

Rainbow Railroad is a charitable organization that should be on everybody’s lips right now. What they are able to accomplish is beyond incredible and super admirable. Rainbow Railroad’s daily goal is to…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2020

Widow of murdered LGBT+ politician in Brazil vows to combat hate with election win

Two years after the murder of popular Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, her partner Monica Benicio has also won a council seat and vowed to fight for justice and LGBT+ rights. Franco, a…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Placement of trans woman in men’s prison inhumane, unlawful: Activists

Activists have strongly condemned law enforcement officials for placing a transgender woman in a men’s detention facility, calling it an insensitive move against the special needs and security risks of the detainee.…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

The House Drops a Bill That Will Require Indonesians to Turn in Gay Family Members

Jakarta. A controversial bill proposed by an Islamic political party that will dictate how husbands, wives, and family members behave has stalled at the House of Representatives after the National Democratic party…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2020

Evangelical pastor forces delay in Dominica lawsuit

Conservative Christians in Dominica are seeking to torpedo a lawsuit that challenges the nation’s anti-sodomy law. Merely by requesting the right to enter the lawsuit, an evangelical pastor today brought about the…

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