Canada’s human rights watchdog reacts to government’s apology to persecuted LGBTQ2 citizens

OTTAWA – In response to the Canadian government’s apology Tuesday that addresses the historic persecution of members of the LGBTQ2 community, Marie-Claude Landry, chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement: “The Canadian Human Rights Commission commends today’s apology to members of the LGBTQ2 communities. This is long overdue for so […]

Two San Diegans arrested in Thailand for allegedly exposing their buttocks at a temple

Two San Diegans have been arrested in Thailand for allegedly posing for pictures showing their naked buttocks at the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). The Bangkok Post reported that the pair, later identified as Travis and Joseph DaSilva, were arrested at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night as they tried to leave the country. Pol Col […]

Canadian Government LGBT Purge Class Action Settlement reached

TORONTO – Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto has announced that survivors of the Canadian government’s LGBT purge have entered into a pan-Canadian settlement with the Government of Canada. The term “LGBT Purge” refers to a prolonged and widespread campaign by the Government of Canada to identify and expel thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender […]

Canada to offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2S+ Canadians

Nov. 28, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be apologizing for the history of discrimination by the Government of Canada against LGBTQ2S+ persons. The apology will take place at Parliament Hill in the House of Commons, in Ottawa, ON (Algonquin Territory). “For many of us the apology does not represent the end, but rather the […]

Out & Equal Brazil Forum convenes to discuss strategies for advancing LGBT inclusion in the Brazilian workplace

SÃO PAULO – Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality, held its second annual Out & Equal LGBT Brazil Forum on Tuesday in São Paulo. The event convened 300 attendees from more than 125 Brazilian and multinational companies at the Renaissance Hotel […]

Australia votes in favor of marriage equality

Australia has voted to bring marriage equality Down Under with 61.6% of the vote. While the survey itself is not legally binding, Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has vowed the momentum of a YES vote would cause a bill to legalize marriage equality to “sail through” parliament, with a goal of passing marriage equality by […]

Canada takes action to increase equity, diversity in research

OTTAWA – Science is strongest when all people—regardless of their gender, race or heritage—are encouraged to ask questions, share their ideas and shape how we understand the world around us. The Government of Canada understands this and is committed to fostering greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the sciences so that all Canadians have the […]

Russia and Egypt attack sexual orientation protections in Olympic Truce at the UN

Over the next two weeks, a decision will be made at the United Nations (UN) on whether governments globally will accept discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.  While the UN General Assembly cannot remove the ban on discrimination from Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter itself, Egypt […]

Report defends the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity(IE SOGI) mandate was created through UN Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/32/2 in June of last year and was confirmed through six separate votes over the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in 2016. Despite this comprehensive process of approval, some UN Member States insist […]

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 […]

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