American evangelicals - most prominently Scott Lively - are spreading their anti-LGBT messages throughout the world. Lively is known for his high-profile, anti-LGBT talks in Uganda linking homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality.
KDDI has announced that it will extend family plans to include gay couples with partnership certificates. "It may not seem like an especially major step, but coming from a company as large as KDDI, this could potentially cause a ripple-effect through many other Japanese companies."
U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry discusses his role and what is next for the global LGBT movement. “I believe that we’re experiencing a global change that is truly unprecedented."
After severing ties during the Cold War, the United States and Cuba formally restored diplomatic relations on Monday, July 20. Concerns remain, however, surrounding the treatment of LGBT Cubans and the island's poor human rights record.
The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Italy for failing to provide legal recognition to same-sex couples. According to the Court, Italy has not only failed to provide for the "core needs relevant to a couple in a stable committed relationship," but the legal protections currently available are not "sufficiently reliable."
An anti-gay petition, which has garnered the necessary 50,000 signatures to debate the law, has forced Finland's parliament to consider reversing its November 2014 decision to introduce marriage equality starting in November 2017.
Vincent Kidaha, the man asking 5,000 naked protestors to protect African family values, believes members of the LGBT community should be stoned or hanged, though he does not want to "hurt gay people." According to Kidaha, "it's environmental conservation . . . we see gays as destructive to the environment."
According to a Twitter account associated with the agency that enforces the Saudi Arabia religious laws, an international school was fined more than $25,000 after authorities claimed the rainbows on its building were “emblems of homosexuality." A second tweet reported the school administrator had been sent to jail.
Anne Lim, leader of feminist human rights organization GALANG, speaks on LGBTI rights in the Philippines and challenges for LGBTI activists. She explains GALANG's study of urban poverty affecting LBT people in her country.
Some Nigerians believe that Washington will threaten to reduce foreign aid if its anti-LGBTI laws remain on the books. President Buhari, who was elected recently, will have to deal with several major issues on his four-day trip to the U.S.
The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin. While sexual orientation and gender identity are not covered, the law "takes a serious view of violence on the basis of religious doctrines."
A makeshift protestant church - led by openly gay pastor Kakay Pamaran - has become a safe haven for members of Manila's LGBT community, "who for decades have struggled for acceptance in the conservative Roman Catholic society."
One of the same-sex couples who challenged Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban wed on July 17. Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Zulma Oliveras Vega were one of four couples in a lawsuit that helped overturn the U.S. territory's ban on July 8.
On Thursday, Iranian-born journalist Amir Taheri tweeted that a fourteen-year-old boy had been hanged at a Muslim boys' camp after accusations that he was gay. The report is being viewed with caution. No other media sources confirmed the story and Taheri has previously included inaccurate information in his writing.
New Zealand has become the first country in the world to add a "gender diverse" category to its official statistics. Statistics New Zealand said the new standard would "enable policymakers to develop measures that will address matters of importance affecting gender minority groups."
Following a tremendously successful inaugural event in 2014, Pink Dot Hong Kong announced its return to celebrate diversity under the theme "Love Is Love." Pink Dot Hong Kong, co-organized by BigLove Alliance and Pink Alliance, is one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated LGBTI events.
Alexander Yermoshkin, a prominent LGBTI activist, fled Russia this week after a television show accused him of spying for the U.S. government and being a "well-known provocateur." In this interview, Yermoshkin describes how employers and the government have persecuted him and why he decided to leave Russia.
Ireland passed a law last week allowing trans people to declare their gender without medical or governmental approval. Ireland, Argentina, Colombia, Denmark, and Malta are the only countries to have a gender recognition law that is based in self-determination. Only some of the United States offer this opportunity.
A new security manual will be launched in Jamaica at the start of the school year. Concerns about anti-LGBTI bullying in schools were a key issue prompting the new manual. "Security and Safety Guidelines" will be included in schools' curricula and will sensitize students on security issues.
Mugisha, the executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, calls for prominent public figures - such as entertainers and footballers - to "start speaking up because these are people who ordinary Ugandans respect . . . . [They will] say 'Ok. If someone I like is okay with homosexuality, I have no problem.'"
Organizations representing gender minorities urged representatives to pass the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill when the upcoming session of parliament begins. Leaders say national and state-level transgender welfare board are needed, along with protections in education, employment, and social inclusion of all LGBTI people.
Australia announced two years ago it would process and resettle “boat people” in Papua New Guinea. Today, more than 900 refugees and asylum seekers remain in indefinite detention on the country's Manus Island. Abuses of asylum seekers, especially vulnerable groups like gay men, have caused some to return to dangerous homelands.
A Human Rights Watch report has raised concerns regarding the treatment of gay asylum seekers detained on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. The centers are part of Australia's experiment in offshore detention, which according to Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch, "has been a disaster."
Several Australian artists have partnered on a project, #SayYesToLove Vol. 1, coordinated by advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality. All proceeds will go towards AME's campaign to support same-sex marriage in Australia, a bill for which is expected to be introduced to the parliament in August.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has released a series of articles offering an "innovative and provocative" approach to advancing acceptance and improving understanding of the Iranian LGBT community. Same-sex sexual activity has been illegal in Iran since the 1930s, the punishment for which includes imprisonment, corporal punishment, and execution.
Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday broke his long silence on the country’s escalating climate of hateful anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rhetoric by defending the rights of the country’s besieged...