UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ over arrests of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia

NEW YORK, N.Y.— The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed deep concern about a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), many of whom have reportedly been mistreated by law enforcement officials. “Arresting or detaining people based on […]

Egale Canada to undertake second national inquiry of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Canadian schools

TORONTO – Egale Canada, a trust that works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada, has announced that, following a successful and revealing first national school climate survey, it will be partnering once again with Dr. Catherine Taylor and Dr. Tracey Peter to do a second national inquiry on the state of homophobia, transphobia […]

ILGA-Europe launches appeal to help the LGBTI movement in Azerbaijan

ILGA-Europe have launched an urgent appeal to help organizations on the ground support victims of the crisis in Azerbaijan, where members of the LGBTI community are being targeted by police raids. Members of the LGBTI community in Baku are being actively targeted by police raids, with those detained being assaulted, forcibly medically examined, fined or […]

Trump administration votes against U.N. resolution condemning death penalty for same-sex relations

GENEVA — The United States has voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning the use of the death penalty against those convicted of consensual same-sex sexual relations. The resolution passed by a 27-13 vote margin. Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, […]

New antiretroviral therapy to be launched in South Africa, Kenya and over 90 low- and middle-income countries at reduced price

NW YORK, N.Y. – A breakthrough pricing agreement has been announced which will accelerate the availability of the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regimen containing dolutegravir (DTG) to public sector purchasers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) at around US$75 per person, per year. The agreement is expected to accelerate treatment rollout as part […]

Canada creates new advisory council to help government develop an apology for injustices faced by LGBTQ2 communities

OTTAWA – The Government of Canada is taking action to apologize for the injustices experienced by LGBTQ2 individuals, their families, partners, and communities as a result of federal legislation, policies, and programs. Today, Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault, special advisor to the prime minister on LGBTQ2 issues, announced the creation of an advisory council to assist […]

Marriage equality in Malta becomes law of land next Friday

MALTA — Last month, Malta’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to advance a marriage equality bill after the third and final debate on the issue. Malta will become the 23rd country with marriage equality and gay couples can start marrying as of next Friday, when all provisions of the amended Marriage law come into force. The Times […]

Parents of LGBT persons hail right to privacy judgement by India’s Supreme Court

MUMBAI, India — The recent Supreme Court judgment on right to privacy has brought a ray of hope not only for the LGBTQ community, but also their parents. It has raised their anticipation that this judgment may herald better days for the repeal of Sec 377. Several parents of LGBTQ persons in Mumbai who are […]

India’s Supreme Court declares freedom of sexual orientation a fundamental right

INDIA — In a historic decision Thursday, India’s Supreme Court declared that an individual’s sexual orientation is protected under the country’s Right to Privacy law. “Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual,” the Supreme […]

Canada announces major step forward in gender equality by making changes to passports and immigration documents

OTTAWA– Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support LGBTQ2 rights and advance the Government’s agenda on gender equality, diversity […]

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