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.

AFGHANISTAN: LGBT+ Afghans in hiding, fearing death under Taliban

AFGHANISTAN: LGBT+ Afghans in hiding, fearing death under Taliban Gay men in Kabul say they are afraid for their lives under Taliban rule and hope to escape the country   By Rachel Savage   Openly News (19.08.2021) - https://bit.ly/3yjdTxn - Gay men in Kabul...

GHANA’s anti-gay bill condemned as ‘state-sponsored’ violence

GHANA's anti-gay bill condemned as 'state-sponsored' violence United Nations experts said the bill, which makes it a crime to be LGBT+, could 'create a recipe for conflict and violence'   By Nita Bhalla   Openly News (12.08.2021) - https://bit.ly/2Y3ymtJ - A...

GHANA: Anti-gay bill seeks prison terms for LGBT+ people

GHANA: Anti-gay bill seeks prison terms for LGBT+ people A new draft law in the West African nation proposes jail time for those who identify as LGBT+, and for anyone who offers assistance to the LGBT+ community.   By Nita Bhalla   Openly News (02.08.2021) -...

GEORGIA: Who are right-wing forces that attacked Georgia’s LGBTIQ+ ?

Who are right-wing forces that attacked Georgia's LGBTIQ+ ? By Gillian Kane And Mariam Kvaratskhelia   EU Observer (13.07.2021) - https://bit.ly/3edGWv2 - As citizens around the world mark the closing of gay pride month with celebratory marches and parades, in...

UZBEKISTAN: A chance to decriminalise homosexuality

UZBEKISTAN: 'A small ray of hope': an urgent chance to decriminalise homosexuality in Uzbekistan As long as the country’s Article 120 exists, said one young man, ‘we will live in fear and homophobes will have power over us’ By Anne Sunder-Plassmann   Open...

USA: Presbyterian Church takes first vote on banning ordination of openly gay men

USA: Presbyterian Church in America takes first vote on banning ordination of openly gay men By Anugrah Kumar   The Christian Post (04.07.2021) - https://bit.ly/2SNNbhP - The Presbyterian Church in America has voted to change a rule in its governing document that...

HUNGARY: FIDESZ proposed controversial amendments about LGBTI people law

Hungarian parliament’s proposed amendments censoring public communication about LGBTI people violates EU law ILGA-Europe's statement on proposed anti-LGBTI and illegal amendments by FIDESZ in the Hungarian parliament   ILGA Europe (11.06.2021) -...

UN: Faith leaders urged to stamp out anti-LGBT+ rhetoric

UN calls on religious groups and leaders to dial down anti-LGBT+ rhetoric for fear of violence or discrimination   By Hugo Greenhalgh   Openly News (14.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/34kcSZm - Religious leaders and institutions should stamp out rhetoric or...

EU: ‘Political backlash’ blamed for halting LGBT+ rights gains in Europe

Legislative progress on LGBT+ rights have come to a near-standstill as polarisation mounted from Poland to Turkey, report says   By Rachel Savage   Openly News (17.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3vpuFtZ - Progress on laws to boost LGBT+ rights has come to a virtual...

GERMANY: Lesbian mothers flood German courts with demands for parenting rights

Over a dozen lesbian couples have gone to court seeking to reform Germany's civil code, which does not recognise lesbian parents   By Enrique Anarte   Openly News (06.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3hqfwok - When Inga celebrated the birth of her first child 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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