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.

Hungary ends legal recognition for transgender and intersex people

President Ader should not sign problematic new law.   By Kyle Knight & Lydia Gall   HRW (21.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Xsmuxl - Hungary’s parliament this week passed a law making it impossible for transgender or intersex people to legally change their...

Albania psychologists barred from conducting gay ‘conversion therapy’

By Rachel Savage   Thomson Reuters Foundation (18.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/3c1Z4nU - Albania's leading psychologists' organisation has barred members from carrying out so-called "conversion therapy" which aims to make gay people straight, as countries around the...

Does hope or fear prevail among Europe’s LGBTI people?

FRA (14.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/36ee9l6 - More lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people are now open about who they are but fear, violence and discrimination remain high, show the results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s survey on experiences...

Actor’s revelation about transgender son sends shock waves across conservative Egypt

A prominent actor's disclosure about his daughter's transition has been met with a rare show of support in a conservative society with little tolerance for gender nonconformity. By Shahira Amin Al-Monitor (12.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/3e2VOKr - Egyptian actor Hesham...

Joint statement: End hate speech and targeted attacks against LGBTI people in Turkey

We call on Turkey to respect, guarantee, protect and fulfil the fundamental rights of the LGBTI community without discrimination as enshrined by its Constitution and equality article therein (article 10), and ratified by human rights treaty bodies.   ILGA-Europe...

WORLD: Vulnerability amplified: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTIQ people

OutRight Action International (06.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Wobthj - In this pioneering report, “Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ people”, OutRight Action International documents the effects of the pandemic on LGBTIQ people....

TURKEY: Criminal case for opposing homophobic speech

End stigmatization of LGBT people, investigation of bar associations.   HRW (01.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/2SzVxGj - The Ankara Prosecutor’s office in Turkey has opened a criminal investigation into the Ankara Bar Association after it filed a complaint against the...

WORLD: Isolation for intersex people: coronavirus revives trauma

Prolonged lockdowns may exacerbate existing emotional, physical and economic problems for many intersex people.   By Rachel Savage   Thomson Reuters Foundation (23.04.2020) - https://bit.ly/3b3w3aX -  If the coronavirus hits hardest at the margins, among the...

Dozens of gay men are outed in Morocco as photos are spread online

The idea was to show the hypocrisy of Moroccan society by showing how many gay men are living quietly in straight society. It backfired badly.   By Aida Alami   The New York Times (26.04.2020) - https://nyti.ms/3aLsKVr - At least 50 to 100 gay men were outed...

ISRAEL: Court rules against Beersheba print shop that refused to serve LGBT group

Judge says that when one’s religious beliefs conflict with a necessity to provide service to all, the latter value holds superior; minister slams decision.   By Jacob Magid   The Times of Israel (21.04.2020) - https://bit.ly/2VKwX7X - The Beersheba...

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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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