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.

Thai cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

If passed, Thailand would follow Taiwan as the second place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.   By Patpicha Tanakasempipat   Reuters (08.07.2020) - https://bit.ly/3jc6bPx - Thailand's cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday that would...

Tunisia: Two-year sentence for homosexuality

Arbitrary detention and reported attempt to require discredited anal exam. HRW (06.07.2020) - https://bit.ly/3eyEOeG - A Tunisian court sentenced two men accused of sodomy to two years in prison on June 6, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The decision violates...

RUSSIA: More than 40 LGBTQ activists arrested in Moscow

By Kaela Roeder   Washington Blade (02.07.2020) - https://bit.ly/2VXkT2N - More than 40 people were arrested in Moscow on June 27 for protesting against the arrest of an LGBTQ activist who is accused of spreading “gay propaganda” on her social media page and...

Montenegro legalises same-sex civil partnerships

The Balkan country is the first European country outside Western Europe and the European Union to legally recognise gay and lesbian couples.   By Rachel Savage   Thomson Reuters Foundation (01.07.2020) - https://bit.ly/2O02Fcs - Montenegro voted to legalise...

US: Trump administration doubles down on trans discrimination

US Congress should pass the Equality Act.   By Ryan Thoreson   HRW (25.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2ZngsPB - The Trump administration is moving ahead with a rule that would write transgender people out of sex discrimination protections in health care. While...

Anti-gay law in Gabon passes first step to decriminalization

In a surprise move, less than a year after a new penal code criminalized homosexuality, Gabon’s lower house of parliament voted to reverse the law that bans same sex relations.   RFI (24.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2NIKWpL - The vote on Tuesday passed with 48 MPs...

Israeli government considering ban on LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy,’ but bill put on hold

Coalition sources say the fact the bill to ban the widely discredited, harmful practice is even being considered is an achievement, but members of the opposition argue it wasn't immediately disqualified only to minimize potential backlash against two openly gay...

Romanian rights groups condemn ban on gender identity studies

By Luiza Ilie   Reuters (17.06.2020) - https://reut.rs/2Z0qSoa - Romanian human rights groups and universities on Wednesday condemned a blanket ban on gender identity studies voted through by lawmakers, which they said would legitimise discrimination against the...

US Supreme Court rules federal civil rights law protects LGBTQ workers

By Melissa Quinn CBS News (15.06.2020) - https://cbsn.ws/2AFab9B - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is illegal for an employer to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, delivering a major victory in the fight for civil rights...

With blackmail list, gay men in Ghana fight conmen posing as lovers

Ghana Gay Blackmail List receives three or four reports of robbery and blackmail each week.   By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu   Thomson Reuters Foundation (09.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2YDIl5E - As Benson walked across the street towards his date in Ghana's capital,...

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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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