Great Britain's Home Office has denied refugee status to an asylum seeker from Jamaica because they do not believe that he is gay. If deported, 34-year-old Orashia Edwards would face extreme homophobia and potential violence.
William Ruto, Kenya's anti-gay Deputy President - who is currently being tried in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity - has publicly remarked on his desire to rid the country of homosexuality.
Graeme Reid, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisesxual, and Transgender Program at Human Rights Watch, reflects on the alarming propensity for state leaders to use the "problem" of homosexuality to stifle conversation about real problems such as corruption and insecurity.
Zimbabwean Andrew Chimboza, who plead guilty to killing a 62-year-old man in Cape Town in June last year, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Chimboza admitted to eating the deceased's heart to "prove he wasn't gay."
Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, has invited members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to perform with a Cuban gay chorus in July. The Chorus will be sending two dozen of its members to Havana and surrounding communities to promote understanding for the LGBTQ community.
For the first time ever, the European Court of Justice has addressed whether or not it still makes sense to permanently ban gay men from donating blood. The Court, as well as many constituent nations, has proceeded cautiously, indicating that lifetime bans may be appropriate in certain situations.
Nicoll Hernández-Polanco, a transgender woman from Guatemala who had been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement since last October, has finally been released after six months in detention. Nicoll hopes to draw attention to the plight of transgender individuals seeking asylum in the United States, who too often escape physical and sexual violence at home to experience harrasment by ICE staff.
Jamaica, which has long had a reputation for intolerance of male homosexuality, has begun to receive growing attention for its reported stigmatization of homosexual women. In particular, reports of incidents of corrective rape and armed attacks have increased at an alarming rate.
In an important step towards marriage equality, Ecuador's National Assembly has passed a bill that will create civil unions for unwed couples regardless of their sexuality. Though the bill does not address adoption rights or custody issues, Ecuador's LGBTI rights group Matrimonio Civil Igualitario has indicated that it is a step in the right direction towards full equality.
Over 3,000 LGBT individuals and their families gathered in Tokyo on Sunday to march in Tokyo Rainbow Pride among calls for Japan to legalize gay marriage. Following unexpected numbers and a surge in public interest, the festival was extended by two days.
Kenya's High Court has ruled that the Non-Governmental Organisations Board may not bar an LGBT rights group from formally organizing. The Court held that not only would such a ban violate rights to freedom of association, but also suggested that the Kenyan constitution could be read to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The Reverend Troy Perry and his husband will lead a group of Metropolitan Community Church clergy to Cuba this week to meet with LGBT rights advocates and religious leaders. The meetings will coincide with an annual series of events across Cuba to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Earlier this year Randy Berry became the first LGBT envoy, a position created out of "strategic necessity" to protect human rights, which in turn leads to greater stability and prosperity. Berry recently discussed the need to cater future discussions to the specific needs and dynamics of the countries he visits.
National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown has confirmed plans to create an International Organization for Marriage, which will seek to unite "people of different faiths and different backgrounds internationally" to oppose same-sex marriage. Brown believes such an organization is necessary to counter advancing LGBT rights.
India's Upper House of Parliament has unanimously voted in favor of a bill to protect transgender rights. If it passes India's lower house, the bill will require the government to establish a plan to safeguard the welfare of India's transgender community.
Ecuadorian lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow for the legal recognition of civil unions in the South American country. Members of the Ecuadorian Assembly by an 89-1 vote margin approved the provision as part of a measure that seeks to amend the country’s civil code.
Model Andreja Pejic has become the first out trans person to be profiled by Vogue magazine. Pejić, who began modelling in 2007, came out as trans in July. The model been famed for her androgynous appearance in the past, and last year co-starred in a David Bowie music video alongside Tilda Swinton.
Elena Musolina grew up thinking homosexuality was an affliction of alcoholics and drug addicts. Now she marches alongside her son at LGBT rights protests and goes head-to-head with Russia’s most vocal anti-LGBT.
A popular Bengali actress, Disha Ganguly, committed suicide on April 9 following social pressures to marry a man despite her love for a fellow actress. Similar incidents have occurred across Asia, drawing attention to widespread homophobia.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a comprehensive resolution on transgender human rights. The resolution is reported to be the most important and wide-ranging statement of support for transgender rights at the European level.
Advocates from around the world gathered last week in Washington D.C. prior to the World Bank International Monetary Fund's annual meetings to protest the global financial institution's lack of commitment to LGBT issues. Despite its withdrawal of a $90M loan to Uganda following the enactment of its anti-homosexuality laws, advocates are concerned that the institution is not adequately addressing issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Roughly 57 percent of LGBTQ youth lack the support of their families, leaving many individuals to fend for themselves in finding information on health, community and resources to help them explore their identities. Surveillance Self-Defense has unveiled a playlist designed to help young LGBTQ people safely navigate internet resources and protect themselves from potential surveillance.
A recent survey has indicated that the number of South Korean youth supportive of homosexuality and the legalization of same-sex marriage has dramatically increased in recent years. Although South Korean society in general has little understanding of LGBT issues, a large portion of the population agrees that LGBTI human rights deserve more attention.