LGBTQI People and 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.

WORLD: Int’l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2022

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2022 Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union EU Council (17.05.2022) - https://bit.ly/3MlgL4T  - On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia...

HUNGARY: What do LGBTQ people think about Hungary’s controversial referendum?

What do LGBTQ people think about Hungary's controversial referendum?   By Ádám Magyar   Euronews (03/04/2022) - https://bit.ly/3J0Gwol - Hungary is holding a controversial referendum on LGBTQ rights on Sunday (3 April), at the same time as a parliamentary...

RUSSIA : Pro-Putin Chechen general who led ‘gay purge’ killed in Ukraine

Pro-Putin Chechen general who led 'gay purge' killed in Ukraine Chechen general Magomed Tushayev was killed on Saturday, and was responsible for for torturing and murdering LGBTQ+ individuals. By Benjamin Weinthal The Jerusalem Post (01.03.2022) -...

GUATEMALA: Congress votes in favour of a law banning same-sex marriage

Guatemala Congress bans same-sex marriage Guatemala's Congress has voted in favour of a law which prohibits same-sex marriage.   BBC News (10.03.2022) - https://bbc.in/3KUYla3 - The law will also prohibit the teaching of sexual diversity in schools and raise the...

CHILE’s first gay couple weds as same sex marriage law takes effect

Chile's first gay couple weds as same sex marriage law takes effect By Fabian Cambero   Reuters (11.03.2022) - https://reut.rs/3tPgFdy - Chile's Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar became the first two men to tie the knot in the South American country's history on...

RUSSIA: Patriarch Kirill attacks the Western “gay pride” culture

Patriarch Kirill attacks the Western “gay pride” culture   Russian Church leader blames gay pride parades for Ukraine War   The Moscow Times (07.03.2022) - https://bit.ly/3vLFqdo - The head of Russia’s Orthodox Church appeared to blame liberal Western values — drawing...

RUSSIA: LGBT, “The state considers us ideological enemies” (18+)

"The state views us as ideological enemies" (18+) Interview with Igor Kochetkov, who saved Chechen gays and is now called by the Ministry of Justice "three times a foreign agent"   By Kirill Martynov Novaya Gazeta (20.11.2021) - https://bit.ly/3DCu1gN - Igor...

RUSSIA: ‘Traditional Values’ unite both sides in a new ideological Cold War

RUSSIA: ‘Traditional Values’ unite both sides in a new ideological Cold War  Republicans and global authoritarians around the world from different political, cultural and social contexts use alarmingly similar tactics.   By Tatyana Margolin and Gillian Kane...

AFGHANISTAN: ‘The Taliban has a kill list’ for the Afghan LGBT community, NGO says

‘The Taliban has a kill list’ for the Afghan LGBT community, NGO says Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan at the end of August the persecution of the country’s LGBT+ community has ramped up, forcing many to live in hiding, fearing for their lives. “We now...

GHANA: Archbishop of Canterbury speaks against draft anti-gay bill

GHANA: Archbishop of Canterbury speaks against draft anti-gay Bill  Ghana Web (27.10.2021) - https://bit.ly/3BrADgn - The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd. Justin Welby, has reminded members of the Anglican Church of the position they hold when it comes to the...

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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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