Watch Ireland say YES to same-sex marriage


This weekend, Ireland made history as the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through a national referendum, and the 21st country to decide to afford same-sex couples full marriage rights. HRC’s Ty Cobb joined YouTube stars Raymond Braun & Riyadh K. on the ground to watch Ireland say “yes” to same-sex marriage. Watch the [...]

Ireland approves marriage equality in historic vote

Yes Equality Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has become the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through a national referendum, and the 21st country to decide to afford same-sex couples full marriage rights. With votes counted from nearly all of Ireland’s 43 parliamentary constituencies, the measure will pass with more than 60 percent of voters [...]

Are you an Irish American for marriage equality in Ireland?

Ireland marriage equality

With only a few hours until the first-ever national referendum for marriage equality, now is the time to stand with Ireland, writes Hayley Miller on the HRC Blog. While momentum builds in Ireland, thousands of people from around the country, major organizations, celebrities and big-named brands have come out to show their support for loving, committed same-sex [...]

Marriage Equality in Ireland: ‘Yes’ vote still in lead, although down

Saoirse Ronan

As Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan launched the Yes Equality Your Yes Matters get out the vote campaign in Ireland Sunday polls showed that the Yes vote was still in the lead, although down from higher percentages in the mid-70s just weeks ago. “I’m voting YES because I want to live in a country that is [...]

Luxembourg’s prime minister becomes first EU leader to wed a same-sex partner

Xavier Bettel and Destenay Gauthier

Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, has become the first EU leader to wed a same-sex partner. According to The Huffington Post, Bettel and his husband, Gauthier Destenay, were among the first couples to marry under a recent marriage equality law that went into effect earlier this year. “I could have hidden it or repressed it [...]

Discrimination remains in sports hindering participation and achievement by LGBT athletes


One in four gay men said they had received verbal threats of harm or had been bullied while participating in sports and around 80 percent of people said they had witnessed such discrimination, according to a survey of 9,500 respondents. The findings were contained in ‘Out on the Fields’, released this week, which officials said [...]

Russia ranks near last in ILGA’s annual Rainbow Map

ILGA 2015 Rainbow Map

May 10, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) released its 2015 Rainbow Map, an annual review of the human rights situation of LGBT people in Europe and brand new Rainbow Europe web module. Launched in Montenegro, at the 2015 European International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) Forum, the Rainbow [...]

Worldwide survey: Four million gay men are beaten every year

Planet Romeo 2015

PlanetRomeo, one of the world’s largest dating networks for gay/bisexual and transgender people have announced that their groundbreaking Gay Happiness Index (GHI) will be launched May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHOT). Contrary to what the index name implies, the situation is anything but happy. It is a known fact that 1/3 of all [...]

Commentary: Do sex workers have rights?

Southeast Asia

This article was originally published at HIV How countries such as the United States posits its foreign assistance policies tend to have a direct impact on sexual and reproductive health rights and other human rights needs of women and girls throughout the world, especially those in the developing countries. This was more than evident [...]

Alarming number of transgender people killed worldwide in the last seven years


An updated report by a human rights group in Europe found that over 1,700 transgender people have killed worldwide in the past seven years — and those are just reported murders, writes Adrian Gonzalez on the HRC Blog. Transgender Europe (TGEU), a human rights organization working towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination against [...]

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