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.

WORLD: U.N. awards Cyndi Lauper first social justice prize for LGBT+ work

By K. Sophie Will Thomson Reuters Foundation (27.11.2019) - - U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper, who is set to win the United Nations’ new social justice award, said on Wednesday that her drive to end LGBT+ homelessness began in support of family and...

South Korea shouldn’t backslide on LGBT rights

Lawmakers should strengthen protections, not weaken them.   By Ryan Thoreson   HRW (27.11.2019) - - Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay,...

Nigeria rated worst country tor LGBTQ+ travellers

They examined issues such as the legality of same-sex relations in each country, whether same-sex couples can adopt there, and what protections are in place for LGBT+ workers.   Sahara Reporters (19.11.2019) - - Asher & Lyric, a travel...

Violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Iraq

This shadow report was submitted for the review of Iraq’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women at the October – November 2019 74th Session.   OutRight Action International (07.11.2019) -...

The first male couple on Denmark’s “Dancing with the Stars” is stirring up controversy… & winning

They have gone out of their way to respond to critics of two men dancing together on TV.   By David Castillo   LGBTQ Nation (06.11.2019) - - Jakob Fauerby and Silas Holst are making Danish TV history with their appearance together on...

Panamanians protest proposed ban on marriage equality

Amendment would define marriage as between a man and a woman.   By Cristian González Cabrera & Adolfo Berríos Riaño   HRW (06.11.2019) - - Update: On November 8, President Cortizo recommended that many of the controversial...

WORLD: Facebook under fire after ads for anti-HIV drug PrEP deemed political

Instagram requires ads by LGBTQ-focused health center to go through verification process.   By André Wheeler   The Guardian (31.10.2019) - - Facebook is facing backlash after it classified advertisements for an HIV prevention drug as...

US: Trans athletes are posting victories and shaking up sports

Transgender athletes at all levels of sport are winning medals, spurring a contentious debate over the future of gendered competition.   By Christie Aschwanden   WIRED (29.10.2019) - - Transgender athletes are having a moment. At all...

WORLD: UN treaty bodies advance LGBTI rights

The UN treaty bodies are increasingly scrutinizing states’ treatment of LGBTI persons, and this is having positive local impact.   By Kseniya Kirichenko   OpenGlobalRights (22.10.2019) - - Currently, there are nine core international...

Northern Ireland strikes victory for equality

Legal green light for abortion services, same-sex marriage only a first step.   By Philippa H Stewart   HRW (24.10.2019) - - Clocks over Northern Ireland were counting down as the region prepared for a leap toward furthering equality....

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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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