LGBTQI People & Human Rights

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community faces discrimination, oppression and violence around the world. This is despite protections under international human rights treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. There are many regional and national legal frameworks that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but unfortunately there are also states that still criminalise LGBTQI individuals. At the European level there are legal instruments such as the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and bodies working on this issue including the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup. It is a struggle worldwide to ensure equality for people who do not conform to norms around gender and sexuality, and even with comprehensive legal frameworks there are often issues around implementation. HRWF advocates for the rights of all LGBTQI individuals to live free from persecution and ill-treatment based on their gender identity, sexual orientation or sex characteristics.

Lawmakers in the US unleash barrage of anti-transgender bills

Proposed laws threaten health, rights of trans kids.   By Ryan Thoreson   HRW (20.01.2020) - - Protecting children’s health is critical, and that means allowing doctors and their patients to decide what care is needed to keep a child...

LITHUANIA: ILGA-Europe welcome a landmark ECHR judgment on online hate speech

The European Court of Human Rights found Lithuania’s failure to investigate online hateful comments against a gay couple to violate their rights to private and family life, as well as being discriminatory on the ground of sexual orientation. By Daniele Paletta  ...

Judge orders US to return illegally deported gay asylum seeker before he’s killed

ICE deported him to Africa before his case had been heard. It may be too late to bring him back now.   By Juwan J. Holmes   LGBTQ Nation (09.01.2020) - - A court has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to allow the return of...

PHILIPPINES: Supreme Court thumbs down same-sex marriage case ‘with finality’

By Benjamin Pulta   Philippine News Agency (06.01.2020) - - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied “with finality” a motion for reconsideration on its previous decision junking same sex marriage petition in the Philippines.   In a notice...

Why is China raising the prospect of same-sex marriage?

As recently as August, a representative had dismissed same-sex marriage as contrary to Chinese culture. By Eric Baculinao   NBC News (07.01.2020) - - China has taken a step forward to allow same-sex marriage, a move that could undo...

LGBT Equality: Gay rights in Norway

According to recent surveys, Norway is one of the world's best countries to be LGBTQ+. We take a look at the history of gay rights in Norway and what barriers remain in place.   By David Nikel   Life in Norway (02.01.2020) - - Recent...

NEW ZEALAND: LGBTQI left out of specifics in mental health, wellbeing commission bill

Rainbow community organisations are calling on the government to name LGBTQI people in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill.   By Murphy   Radio New Zealand (12.12.2019) - - More than 70 organisations and 400 community...

Cambodia to teach LGBT+ issues in schools to tackle discrimination

By Matt Blomberg   Thomson Reuters Foundation (10.12.2019) - - Children in Cambodia will receive lessons on LGBT+ issues from 2020 in a bid to wipe out bullying and discrimination in the socially conservative country, an official said on...

India’s transgender rights law isn’t worth celebrating

Solely linking transition with surgery is wrong on so many fronts, writes Kyle Knight of Human Rights Watch.   By Kyle Knight   The Advocate (05.12.2019) - - India’s parliament passed a bill to protect transgender rights last week, but...

AUSTRALIA: Senate calls on government to expedite asylum claim of two gay Saudi journalists in ‘arbitrary’ detention

Multiple global news organisations call for release of men, who fled their country only to become embroiled in Australia’s detention system.   By Helen Davidson   The Guardian (04.12.2019) - - The Senate has passed a motion calling on...

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ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) promotes the human rights of LGBTI people around the world.

OII Europe (Organisation Intersex International Europe) is an umbrella organisation that advocates for the human rights of intersex individuals.

RainbowHouse is a bar and information centre for the LGBTQI community, as well as a space for collaboration and events with over 50 LGBTQI organisations in Brussels.

Transgender Europe (TGEU) combats discrimination against trans people and has 112 member organisations in Europe and Central Asia.


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