• 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: 08/15/2018

Outcry in Malaysia over Two Women Sentenced to Caning for Lesbian Sex

Human rights activists called on Tuesday on Malaysian authorities to review a religious court decision sentencing two women to six strokes for having sex. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Indonesian President’s Running Mate Called for LGBTI Activities to Be Criminalized

Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed concern about the Indonesian president’s running mate, who has a history of clamping down on LGBTI people. Last week President Joko Widodo selected Ma’ruf Amin as his…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Teenager Becomes First Minor Prosecuted under Russia’s Anti-gay ‘propaganda’ Laws

A schoolboy has become the first minor to be prosecuted under Russia’s strict “gay propaganda” laws. Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old from the city of Biysk, was reportedly fined £50,000 rubles (£580) by…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2018

Mujahid: Meeting with Nisha Ayub Does Not Imply Support for LGBT Culture

Datuk Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa has made it clear that his recent meeting with transgender advocate Nisha Ayub does not signify his endorsement for the LGBT community. “I would like to stress…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2018

Doctors Come Out in Support of Medical Rights for LGBT

Malaysian physicians took to social media to remind colleagues of their Hippocratic oath after a purported doctor triggered controversy over blood donations from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. They…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2018

Ghana: Government Has No Plans For Same-Sex Marriage

President Akufo Addo has said his government has no plans of introducing legislation on same-sex marriage. Speaking at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra, the president said he…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Disabled People Stage Protest Against Anti-LGBT Japanese MP

Disabled people have come out to protest against an anti-LGBT Japanese MP, who said gay and lesbian couples are unproductive because they can’t have children. According to KYODO news agency, the group took offense to the comments because…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Malaysia Should Find ‘Right Path’ on LGBTI Rights

Malaysia’s new government has put out a series of mixed messages on where it stands with regard to the rights of LGBTI people. On the one hand, the minister in charge of…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

British Pilot ‘Saves Life of Gay Asylum Seeker’

A gay asylum seeker has said a pilot “saved his life” by refusing to fly him back to Nepal. On Sunday (August 5), Jagat was meant to be deported back to his…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Is This the New Malaysia We Voted For? LGBT Activist Asks after Picture Removed from Exhibition

Activist Nisha Ayub has demanded that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government state its stand on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after her portrait with a Malaysian flag draped on…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2018

LGBT Britain Eyes Rights Post-Brexit

When John Walker discovered he could not leave his work pension to his same-sex partner in the event of his death, it kickstarted an 11-year legal battle with his former employer and…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2018

Taiwan’s Flag Flies at Paris Gay Games Opening

The Republic of China (Taiwan) flag was waved during the colorful opening of the 2018 Gay Games in Paris Saturday, not just by the Taiwanese team but also by teams from other…

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