Human rights advocacy groups recognize IDAHOT

Today is the 13th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). IDAHOT celebrates the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resolution to declassify same-sex attraction as a mental disorder. The move followed a similar decision by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973. The WHO’s monumental change created a shift in how many […]

Canada Post unveil stamp commemorating the road to marriage equality

TORONTO – At an event Tuesday in downtown Toronto, Canada Post unveiled a stamp commemorating the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act, which made marriage equality the law throughout Canada. Grassroots activists, government officials and community members attended the unveiling, catching the first glimpse of the new stamp, which features the iconic rainbow symbol. […]

Hornet launches ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign in response to killing of gay men in Chechnya

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Gay social network Hornet announced today the launch of the “Know Your Rights” campaign, an effort to educate gay men of their rights as brutal violence against the LGBTQ community is on the rise worldwide. Hornet worked closely with the United Nations’ “Free & Equal” campaign, a public education campaign created […]

New poll finds French gay men under 30 are more likely to vote for Marine Le Pen

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Hornet, the premium gay social network, recently surveyed its French users regarding France’s presidential election. The findings of Hornet’s survey show that gay men under 30 years of age were more likely to prefer far-right party candidate Marine Le Pen than were gay men over 30. This online consultation was conducted by Hornet among its users between April 27-28, 2017. […]

Rainbow Railroad announces emergency response plan for LGBTQ people at risk in Chechnya

TORONTO – With recent reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a Canadian non-profit human rights organization have announced an emergency response plan to assist those in danger. Founded in 2006, Rainbow Railroad actively assists LGBTQ people escape danger through its global network of safe routes. “Since […]

Authorities continue to ignore human rights abuses in Chechnya

The arbitrary detention of men based on their (perceived) sexual orientation is continuing, almost two weeks after the news reached international attention. In spite of the global outcry, no action has been taken, either on the part of the Russian or Chechen authorities, to release those detained, ILGA-Europe reports. According to the latest information received […]

Chechnya update: Detentions continue

ILGA-Europe’s latest update reports that the Russian LGBT Network has continued its fact finding mission on the alarming arbitrary detention, torture and killing of (perceived) gay men in Chechnya. News of the ongoing situation has received widespread media attention, but unfortunately the situation has not yet been resolved. According to information obtained by Novaya Gazeta, […]

UNAIDS welcomes passage of India’s landmark HIV legislation

NEW DELHI, India—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed a new law passed by the Indian Parliament providing strong legal protection against HIV-related discrimination. The law provides a broad legislative framework for the response to HIV in India and is the first national HIV law in South Asia. The legislation prohibits discrimination […]

Russian LGBT Network evacuating ‘at risk’ people from Chechnya

1 April, Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 men have been arbitrarily detained and at least three have been murdered by Chechen authorities for their alleged “non traditional” sexual orientation. Independent sources have confirmed the mass detention, described acts of torture, and suggested that the number of men killed may be as many as […]

European Court ends forced sterilizations of trans people

STRASBOURG, France — Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requiring sterilization of individuals seeking a change in their legal gender recognition violates human rights. Twenty two countries in Europe currently still require sterilization to access gender identity recognition, however this decision mandates that these countries amend their laws to reflect this positive […]

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