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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: 03/20/2018

Marielle Franco had to Resist – No Wonder She Didn’t Survive

“Being a black woman is to resist and survive all the time.” So said Marielle Franco, the Rio de Janeiro city councillor shot dead in a targeted assassination last week, just 18 months…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Will Prince William’s Pledge Help Scrap Anti-LGBTI Laws in 37 Countries?

Prince William has pledged his support for LGBTI equality in the Commonwealth. Royals attended an event, hosted by Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, to meet with LGBTI representatives. The Duke of Cambridge…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Documentary Tells Story of Trek to Ottawa by LGBTI Refugees

A new documentary set to be screened Wednesday at the University of Ottawa tells the story of three Gambian refugees who came to Canada because it’s potentially dangerous to be LGBTQ in their…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Kenya: These People Are Fighting Laws That Punish LGBTI People For Having Sex

A group of activists and human rights lawyers in Kenya are challenging a dated criminal code in a case in which the outcome could have a huge impact across the whole of…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

It May Seem like LGBTI Rights Aren’t Important to Putin – but If You Look Closer, You’ll See They’re Central to the Russian Election

A quick search recently for LGBTI news on Yandex – the largest Russian search engine – threw up a very depressing list: “Users are outraged by the new LGBT-friendly ad for iPhone”, “Russian actor gets kicked…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2018

46 NGOs Urge UN to Renew Mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran

“By voting in favour of this resolution, your government will send a strong signal to the Iranian authorities that the international community requires genuine and tangible improvements in the country on core…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2018

US No Longer LGBTI Rights World Leader, says Leo Varadkar

Mr Varadkar said he believed the majority of American people would agree with him, even if the Trump administration does not. The Irish premier made the comments during an interview at the…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2018

LGBTI Dreamers Left in Limbo as Bills Fail in Senate

A bipartisan immigration proposal failed in the Senate last week, as President Donald Trump’s deadline to reform immigration, particularly the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, looms. Meanwhile, federal courts continue to…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2018

LGBT ‘Taskforce’ in Indonesian City Adds to Fears of Gay Rights Crackdown

The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a “taskforce” to curb the activities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, raising fears of a fresh crackdown on…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

One Man’s Journey Through Gay Conversion Therapy

Bojidar Kandar was a senior at Amherst Central High School when he finally told his mother he was gay. “She thought something was wrong that she couldn’t fix,” said Kandar, now 30.…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

LGBT Journalist Escapes Russian Courts, Arrives in Germany

Khudoberdi Nurmatov, a journalist and LGBT activist who was detained by Russian authorities last year for violating migration laws, was granted court permission to go to Germany after he faced deportation back…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2018

Law That Forces Teachers to Say It’s Wrong to Be Gay Could Finally Be Repealed in Alabama

A law that forces schools in Alabama to teach kids that homosexuality is “not acceptable” could finally be lifted in the state. Alabama is one of seven states with so-called ‘no promo…

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