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.

EU-INDIA: Human rights in the context of a Free-Trade Agreement

Human rights in the context of a Free-Trade Agreement HRWF (19.09.2023) - Today, 19 September, the DROI committee has held an exchange of views on the human rights dimension of the negotiations on an EU-India Free Trade Agreement. In preparation, the London Story...

USA: Religious freedom and LGBTQ+, a study of 62 court cases

USA:Religious freedom and LGBTQ+, a study of 62 court cases By Kelsy Burke and Emily Kazyak  The Conversation (03.07.2023) - Does a Colorado designer’s belief that marriage is between one man and one woman merit an exemption to state law barring discrimination against...

UGANDA’s anti-homosexuality law poses free speech fears for journalists

Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law poses free speech fears for journalists By Muthoki Mumo Comittee to protect Journalists (20.07.2023) - Kuchu Times was founded eight years ago to give voice to Uganda’s LGBTQ+ community. Now, a new anti-homosexuality law is threatening...

EU: What’s the current state of LGBTQ rights in Europe? More violence or equality?

More violence, more equality: What’s the current state of LGBTQ rights in Europe?   On this year's International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, Euronews Culture assesses the current state of LGBTQ rights across European countries.   By Andrea Carlo...

EUROPEAN COURT: Same-sex marriage: Fedotova and Others v. Russia

Same-sex marriage and the case Fedotova and Others v. Russia ‘Until social norms say ‘I do’: How the Grand Chamber taketh and giveth away in Fedotova and Others v. Russia   By Claire Poppelwell-Scevak   Strasbourg Observers (12.04.2023) - As we continue...

LITHUANIA/ ECHR: A book of fairy tales harmful for children?

A book of fairy tales harmful for children? Macatè v. Lithuania on restricting and labelling a children’s book that depicts same-sex families in a positive light By Ingrida Milkaitė Strasbourg Observers (31.03.2023) - On 23 January 2023, the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR...

UGANDA: New anti-homosexuality law bans identification as LGBTQ

New anti-homosexuality law bans identification as LGBTQ Law could be the first to criminalise identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ): Rights Watchs Al Jazeera (22.03.2023) - Uganda’s parliament has passed sweeping antigay legislation that...

HUNGARY: Petition against the Hungarian anti-LGBTIQ+ law

Petition against Hungarian anti-LGBTIQ+ law   Link to the petition Forbidden Colours (28.02.2023) - On 13 February 2023, the infringement procedure initiated by the European Commission against Hungary’s 2021 ‘anti-LGBTIQ+ propaganda’ law was published in the Official...

RUSSIA: ROC breaks off with Western denominations that recognise LGBT marriages

ROC breaks off with Western denominations that recognise LGBT marriages Secretary of the DECR MP noted that these are the Lutheran churches of Sweden and Norway, as well as the Episcopal Church in the United States. By Elena Yufereva SPZH (11.02.2023) - Hieromonk...

HOLY SEE: Pope Francis says laws criminalising LGBT people are a ‘sin’ & injustice

Pope Francis says laws criminalising LGBT people are a 'sin' and an injustice By Philip Pullella   Reuters (06.02.2022) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that laws criminalising LGBT people are a sin and an injustice because God loves and accompanies people with...

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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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