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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: 11/24/2020

Gay couple risk 100 lashes after being attacked and dragged out of their home by mob

A gay couple in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, was forcibly dragged out of their homes to a police station and now run the risk of being lashed 100 times all because of their…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2020

Trans People at Risk in Honduras

William Alejandro Martínez, a trans man from Honduras, stood up for his rights when military police officers stopped him in Comayagüela in May 2019 and asked to see his identity card. They…

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ADDED ON: 11/18/2020

“LGBT people still tend to hide”

Homophobia haunts many African countries, including Uganda. The civil-society organisations Queer Youth Uganda is making efforts to improve things for LGBT people. The four letters stand for “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual”.…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Angola: New penal code adds protections for sexual orientation

Angola’s National Assembly approved a final reading of the new Penal Code which will go into effect in February 2021. The code removes the phrase “vices against nature” which had been used…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Biden rekindles American Dream for Africa’s LGBT+ refugees

Joe Biden's electoral victory has revived the American Dream for scores of African LGBT+ refugees who fled persecution at home only to languish in Kenya when President Donald Trump denied them a…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2020

Rainbow Railroad launches #60in60 campaign to help save at-risk LGBTQ people

Rainbow Railroad, the Canadian-based international organization that helps LGBTQI people around the globe escape violence and persecution, has launched its #60in60 campaign, which aims to raise $600,000 in the last 60 days…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2020

Equality Act hangs in the balance as Democrats falter in Senate races

On May 14, 1974, Rep. Bella Abzug, a feminist icon in women’s rights movement, introduced one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation ever ignored. It had just one co-sponsor.…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2020

Senegal: Prison for 8 men arrested at supposed ‘gay wedding’

A total of 24 people were arrested at the party in the Keur Gorgui section of Dakar. Of the 24, five were sentenced to six months in prison. Three were sentenced to…

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ADDED ON: 11/07/2020

Italy lower house approves bill protecting LGBTQ+ community, women and disabled people from violence

Italy’s lower house of parliament passed a bill Wednesday that extends anti-discrimination protection to women, disabled people and members of the LGBTQ+ community, making violence against these groups a hate crime. Existing…

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ADDED ON: 11/07/2020

#EndSARS is a huge moment in Nigeria’s queer history

If there is one thing that unites a lot of Nigerians, it is hatred toward queer people. Religion is the basis for a good amount of this. Homophobic Nigerians are quick to…

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Alex Kofi Donkor – LGBT+ Rights Ghana

Alex Kofi Donkor is the director of LGBT+ Rights Ghana, an organization focused on achieving social and legal equality for all Ghanaians. Ghana’s political sphere is dominated by religious fundamentalism that criticizes…

ADDED ON: 11/03/2020

Egypt detains two men on ‘suspicion’ over their sexual orientation: HRW

Egyptian authorities have unlawfully detained two men, citing “suspicion” over their sexual orientation and under the pretext of investigation into a high-profile gang-rape case, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. The…

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