• Human Rights

    The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are violated every day, in ways ranging from discrimination and violation of the right to form a family to torture and execution. While international law recognizes the human rights, freedom, and equality of every human being, many countries and leaders claim that LGBTI people do not qualify for basic human rights. Laws criminalizing consensual sex between adults of the same sex exist on six continents, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status is legal in most countries. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched an initiative in 2013 called Free & Equal, a global education campaign working to destigmatize LGBTI people and promote respect.

ADDED ON: 08/20/2018

Russian LGBT Pride Parade Finally Approved and Immediately Banned in Village of Seven People

Russian activists announced the first government-permitted Gay Pride march, but less than 24-hours later, local officials said they would not let the event go ahead, even in a town with a population of only…


ADDED ON: 08/17/2018

Egyptian Actor Pushes for LGBT Rights

Amid Egypt’s continuing repression of its LGBT citizens, dissidents, political activists and journalists, actor Khaled Abol Naga keeps promoting LGBT rights. An award-winning actor, stage director and film producer, Naga was named…


ADDED ON: 08/17/2018

Good News for Africa’s Queers

An eight-part podcast series looking into the experiences of “queer Africans living, loving, thriving and surviving on the continent and in the diaspora” recently hit the virtual world. Titled AfroQueer, the weekly series…


ADDED ON: 08/16/2018

Austria Rejects ‘gay Afghan’s’ Asylum Claim Telling Him he Doesn’t ‘walk, talk or dress like a homosexual’

Austria has rejected the asylum application of an Afghan claiming to be gay because he did not ‘act’ or ‘dress’ like a homosexual, according to a media report. An official in Lower Austria state found no…


‘Visibles’ Shine a Light on LGBTI Rights in Guatemala

Guatemala occupies an important place in the current controversy over US immigration policy. Along with its neighbors, El Salvador and Honduras, the Central American country is highlighted as a source of mass…

‘Evening Shadows’ Give Way to Light

As the Indian Supreme Court considers overturning Section 377 of the penal code — effectively decriminalizing homosexual conduct for an estimated 20% of all LGBTI people on the planet — a victory…

Háttér Society Seizes Opportunity as Hungary Closes

“The government’s threats against civil society are also possibilities to make our work more well known. That is what we are doing.” -Bea Sándor Háttér Society Executive Board Member Like the United…

ADDED ON: 07/09/2018

Activists Sneak Pride into Russia

Six activists made Moscow a little gayer using some creativity. The activists from Spain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia joined together using soccer shirts, standing side-by-side in the color of…


ADDED ON: 07/08/2018

By Day, He Runs for President of South Sudan. By Night, He Unloads Trucks at Lowe’s.

Just minutes into the night shift at Lowe’s, beads of sweat sparkle on Bol Gai Deng’s forehead. He’s at the back of the suburban Richmond store, unloading a 54-foot truck crammed with…


ADDED ON: 07/07/2018

Britain Cannot Stay Silent as LGBT Rights Are Rolled Back Across the World

From Poland to Egypt to Trump’s USA, independent judges are the last bulwark against governments who threaten gay rights. When I was starting out as a barrister in the 1980s, Lord Denningwas…


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Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) is a regional nonprofit based in Trinidad and Tobago made up of leading LGBTI NGOs across the Caribbean. CariFLAGS staff and leadership are based across the region – in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname.

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Jamaican Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG) is the foremost organization advocating for, and working to improve the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Jamaica. The organization promotes social change by empowering the LGBTI to increase tolerance and create the foundation for policy and legislative reform.