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When Coming Out Is a Death Sentence: The Rising Tide of Violence Against LGBT Iraqis

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

For two years the IGLHRC, jointly with Iraqi and international NGOs, has supported humanitarian assistance to vulnerable LGBT individuals and worked to raise awareness about their desperate plight. Out of this work comes two briefings that expose the depth of suffering and violence perpetrated against LGBT people across different levels of society.

A Snapshot Of Gay Marriage Rights Around The World

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal this month to review rulings that overturned bans on same-sex marriage marked a milestone in gay righ...

David McCabe

New House Bill Seeks To Make Securing LGBT Rights A State Department Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Wednesday would bolster the State Department's ability to fight discrimination against...

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.

Mixed Messages: Homophobia, Transphobia and the Media

Randal Mason | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

Whether it's new funding for monitoring coverage of LGBT issues or incorporating LGBT awareness in current media development initiatives around the world, we can make it so that the stories of LGBT individuals and communities are told with the accuracy and dignity that all people deserve.

Global Criminalization Of Homosexuality, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

In the wake of Uganda's recent criminalization of homosexuality, Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, addressed the highly charged topic of anti-gay l...

Round Two: India's LGBT Community Tries Again To Strike Anti-Gay Law

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear pleas against the controversial sodomy law that recently re-criminalized gay sex. In July 2009, the Delh...

The Race To Marry Heats Up Among Britain's Gay Couples

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

* England and Wales legalised gay marriage in July * Civil partnerships were just not enough, say activists * Churches r...

'It's An Anti-Homosexuals Apartheid'

Agence France Presse | Yannick Pasquet | Posted 05.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Cameroon is suffering under an "anti-homosexuals apartheid", says lawyer Alice Nkom, who has spent a decade defending gays and lesbians in the west Af...

India's Gay Community Is Taking Over! (In The Best Way Possible)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices

The Gaysi Family is a website dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community living in the South Asian subcontinent. Last...

Why The Fight Over Gay Marriage In France Isn't Finished

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | Gay Voices

PARIS, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators began gathering in Paris and Lyon on Sunday in a renewed protest against France's legalisation o...

A Response to the Law That Further Criminalizes the LGBT Community in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

The LGBT population in Nigeria is not even advocating for same-sex marriage at this point; they are simply asking that their identities be decriminalized. But passing the bill was both a symbolic act and a means to further polarize the Nigerian populace on the issue of LGBT rights.

New Law Legalizes Anti-Gay 'Violence, Stigma And Discrimination,' Activists Say

Agence France Presse | Phil Hazlewood | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Gay activists on Tuesday vowed to fight the Nigerian government after the country outlawed same-sex unions, warning the act legitimised homophobic vio...

Indian Supreme Court Endangers Human Rights -- But Public's Outrage Holds Promise for Different Future

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne B. Goldberg

If there was any question about where things are headed, the outpouring in the media makes clear that the decision of India's Supreme Court to uphold the colonial-era law that criminalizes sexual relations between same-sex partners reflects the nation's past but does not likely reflect the future.

LOOK: The AMAZING Way Facebook Users Are Supporting LGBT Indians

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Earlier this week, India reinforced its institutionalized discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals when the co...

Sorry, Indian Supreme Court, but Queers Are Here to Stay

Sandip Roy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Sandip Roy

What the judges do not realize is that you cannot turn the clock back to 2008 any more than you can squeeze toothpaste back into the tube. This is a different India now.

Inspiring New UN Video Reveals Seismic Shifts in Global LGBT Rights Debate

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Certainly the debate at the United Nations on the rights of LGBT people remains fractious, exposing sharp divisions of opinion among countries and strong opposition from some quarters. But stand back a couple of paces and the longer-term trends appear far more positive.

Bad News For Croatia's LGBT Community

AP | ELDAR EMRIC | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-...

Gay Protests Rattle City Ahead Of Controversial Marriage Equality Vote

Agence France Presse | Veselica | Posted 01.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Gay rights supporters in conservative and mainly Catholic Croatia staged protests on Saturday on the eve of a controversial referendum that could outl...

'You Can Make A Church A Cold Place For Gay And Lesbian People, Or...'

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2014 | Gay Voices

* Clergy should be able to bless same-sex couples: report * Critics says proposal contradicts church teachings * British...

How Western Foreign Policy Is Hurting LGBT Africans

Scott Novak | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

David Cameron's foreign-aid policy and the falsities presented by the African press only contribute to this demonization of LGBT people. If there is one thing that I have learned from activism, it is that punishing people will not get them to change their views on LGBT rights.

Putin Responds To Criticism Of Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.21.2013 | Gay Voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a growing international sentiment against Russia's anti-gay laws, claiming that the country is not attempti...

(We Are) #GayPropaganda

Kevin Dolan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Dolan

(We Are) #GayPropaganda looks to provide the international community with the tools and language needed to make their opposition to Russia's anti-LGBT oppression heard during the Winter Olympics. Our ultimate goal? To blanket social media and raise a new kind of global awareness.

From Bangladesh to Brooklyn: An LGBT Activist's Story

Randal Mason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

When I ask Shakhawat Hossain if it's true that he's the first openly gay Bangladeshi, he quietly demurs. "Lately more Bangladeshis are coming out to their families, and they're a lot more courageous than me."

The Kiss: Two Young Women With the Hearts of Warriors Confront Hatred and Bigotry

Trevor Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Trevor Martin

A few weeks it was reported that two young women had been manhandled, arrested, beaten up and thrown into a jail cell for engaging in a same-sex kiss at a public gospel concert in a park in Brazil. I am in touch with one of the women, who told me about what happened at the event.