A poignant and heartfelt look by Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of Arcus Foundation, at the need for individuals, organizations, and funders in the United States to support the global LGBT community.
According to the Court, "there is no doubt that the failure to register the marriage of two French women, lawfully entered into in France . . . would represent a violation of the exercise of the rights associated to their status as spouses." However, the Court noted that the recognition would hold hold for an Italian couple that married abroad.
On Wednesday, July 15, Ireland's gender recognition bill will enter the final stages of debate prior to becoming law. The bill is one of many landmark LGBT reforms set to become law in Ireland this year.
Since being labeled the "most homophobic place on Earth" in 2006, LGBTI people continue to face violence and discrimination in Jamaica. However, Human Rights First reports that civil society is "building momentum for societal and institutional change."
During the holy month of Ramadan, transgender Muslims meet at the Al-Fatah Islamic school on the outskirts of in Yogyakarta to practice their faith. They fast, listen in as the Quran is recited, and visit grave sites. At sundown, they break their fast together as a family.
Saint Lucia's tourism minister says his country welcomes visitors from the LGBTI community. However, this "live and let live" policy will not change the colonial-era "buggery" laws. Similar laws exist in all fifteen nations in the Caribbean Community bloc, except Suriname, but have an "open-door policy" for tourists.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called upon authorities in Turkey to take active measures, including prompt, effective, independent and impartial investigations and prosecutions, to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence.
Currently, in all but one Australian state, surgical or medical intervention is required before one can legally change the sex on their birth certificate. Though recent legislation has improved the overall situation for the transgender community, day-to-day life - including applying for jobs, dealing with banks, and undergoing background checks - remains an uphill battle.
The sixth Millennium Development Goal - significant progress in halting and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS - has been met nine months ahead of schedule. Decriminalization of both sex work and homosexuality in many nations has led to an increase in the likelihood of an individual to seek medical treatment; however, new HIV infections have risen among homosexual male partners.
Aldo Alexander Peña, a transgender officer in El Salvador's Metropolitan Agents Corps, leaked pictures of his beaten face, which he says was disfigured when police officers broke his eye socket while arresting him on false charges. Peña believes he was targeted because he is openly transgender.
The Chancellor is against LGBTI discrimination, but believes that when it comes to the term "marriage," a traditional definition is best. According to Merkel, "if we make everything the same, then marriage won't be special anymore."
On June 8 the Dominican Republic's Citizens' Movement - which seeks to increase the number of civil society members participating in the nation's political process - announced that Deivis Ventura is a candidate for the Santo Domingo Municipal Court. Ventura is one of three LGBT rights advocates running for a seat.
A Russian national TV report shows Alexander Ermoshkin and other LGBTI activists releasing rainbow-colored balloons in a public park. It calls him a “well-known provocateur.” Hidden camera footage shows him at a “secret meeting” at a Moscow cafe with two unnamed people the program claims are American intelligence agents.
A new survey shows that homophobia in Russia has significantly worsened. Respondents who believe that LGBTQ+ people are dangerous and should be "isolated from society" grew from 12% in 2004 to 20%. Many respondents (41%) believe people with "untraditional sexual preferences" should be persecuted in order to "exterminate the phenomenon."
Nigerian officials have claimed that the United Nations' appeal for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people is "an infringement on democratic values, religious freedom, and cultural standards in support of families." Nigeria has been criticized by many for its anti-LGBTI laws and punishments.
The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) has developed an educational training programme that tackles discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Over the past week, SASOD held several sensitization sessions with scores of employees at a local private company.
According to Carlos Joaquín González, Undersecretary for Innovation and Tourism Development, LGBT tourism is an important part of the Mexican economy, one that can bring "huge benefits to the industry by offering a variety of services, inclusiveness and respect."
Somewhere around the 98th minute of his weekly news roundup on Russian television, Dmitry Kiselyov said something truly unexpected. In his coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages, the head of Rossia Segodnya, Russia’s massive state-controlled media conglomerate, came out in favor of same-sex civil unions.
A crowd thousands, mostly young people with rainbow flags, balloons, and billboards, marched across Budapest on July 11 to promote the acceptance of LGBTI people. Politicians from several left-wing and liberal opposition parties were spotted among the crowd. A small group of counter-protesters failed to interfere with the event.
According to research, female same-sex relationships have always been "legal" in Swaziland, while male homosexual activity is illegal. In 2012, Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini asserted that neither gay nor lesbian relationships were legal. “Church clergy say this is not biblically acceptable... The country’s laws do not allow this,” he said.
In a major victory for transgender Egyptians, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate issued a new Code of Ethics in 2013, recognizing "gender identity disorder" and permitting medical transitions. Still, individuals face hurdles similar to those in the U.S., and some medical professionals urge religious intervention instead.
Prosecution advised the court to acquit the defendants for the crime of plunder, but to punish them for other crimes. The court president gave each defendant a sentence of twenty-seven years and six months of prison for "sexual assault" and "depriving the person of their freedom."
Simón Cazal, the first LGBTI activist to be invited to a public meeting with Pope Francis, left the encounter Saturday afternoon in Paraguay feeling that the pope had issued a strong call for the country’s church to be more inclusive.
On July 3rd, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution stating that "the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state." It was backed by twenty-nine countries, and fourteen countries opposed.
Thousands of LGBTI rights supporters marched through Taipei on Saturday, months ahead of elections that are likely to usher in a pro-LGBTI party and could make Taiwan the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Protesters waved rainbow flags, lit candles, and chanted as they marched.
"One in every two [transgender] sex workers has experienced police violence," says LGBTI rights activist Kemal Ördek. "Fifty percent of all perpetrators are police officers. Access to justice is very limited, [so we] need to execute legal support projects."
More than 267,000 undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. are LGBTI. Many suffered persecution in their home countries because of their sexual or gender identity, and then were mistreated at U.S. immigration detention centers. For years, many kept quiet about their concerns because they feared derailing immigration reform. Not anymore.
Ireland’s government may pass an amendment to the Employment Equality Act that would allow LGB employees working in religious-run organizations, such as schools and hospitals, to be out at work without fear of being fired. The bill passed the first half of the two-chamber Irish legislature on Tuesday, July 7.
"As part of our work, we got to know each other and we found we share the same attitudes and values," Uthane said. "We love our families above all else. So I decided [Choengchai] is the right one for me." The two married in Khon Kaen province on July 11.
IGLHRC: A coalition of Turkish and international human rights organizations today strongly criticized the Turkish government for failing to protect the safety and security of LGBTI individuals, who are facing rising threats and harassment, including death threats and the reported sexual assault of a community leader.