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International Gay Rights

7 Stunning Images From What May Be Muslim World's Largest LGBT Celebration

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Amid a sea of rainbow flags, tens of thousands of gay rights supporters and LGBT community members came together to promote equality at Istanbul's gay...

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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.

You Didn't Show Up for Your Stoning

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

Leaders of various LGBT groups gave speeches, we all sang, we hugged, we held up a huge rainbow flag, we took photos and we proudly protested against hate.

WATCH: Jamaican Gay Men Trapped, Barricaded By Mob

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices

A new video that shows a mob of people barricading five gay men inside of their home in a Jamaican village is currently making the rounds on the Inter...

Which Countries Are Most Opposed To Gay Marriage?

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices

* Sweden, Norway, Spain most in favor of gay union * Opposition highest in Japan, Hungary By Patricia Reaney ...

'The Other' and LGBT Rights in Turkey

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

Dr. Toprak and her colleagues in parliament are great allies of the LGBT movement in Turkey. Their political fight for equal treatment of all citizens is a source of inspiration for human rights activists in Turkey who have been advocating for equal rights and protection of LGBT individuals.

Guyana: The Children Are Our Future

Joel Earl Simpson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Joel Earl Simpson

As we commemorate IDAHO this year, we should reflect on how homophobic and transphobic discrimination affects Guyanese children, robbing them of their innocence and dignity and damaging the next generation. But we can, and we must, change that.

Celebrate Equality! Work Like Hell for Justice! International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

IDAHO is a day to remember that there are countries throughout the world where well-meaning people are being told that LGBT people should be rejected by their families, given shock treatment, converted to fundamentalism, imprisoned or even executed. There is work to do!

Globally Gay: Americans Should Use Their Privileges to Push Harder for International Gay Rights

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 05.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan J. Davis

These marriage wins are something to celebrate, but it's important to remember that it's still a rare privilege to live in a country where marriage equality is even being discussed. Over 72 counties still have laws on their books outlawing homosexuality.

55 Queer Films From 20 Countries -- In Just Three Days

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 02.22.2013 | Gay Voices

The Bangalore Queer Film Festival -- now in its fifth year -- starts today in India where they'll be featuring 55 films from 20 countries in three day...

UN Speaks Out For LGBT People In Cameroon Before Critical Hearings

Joe Mirabella | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights came out strongly in support of LGBT people facing abuse and imprisonment in Cameroon under the law. The statement came just days before three individuals convicted under the anti-gay law will have appeal hearings.

Celebrating Pride... Beyond The White House

Jessica Stern | Posted 08.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Jessica Stern

To improve the lives of LGBT people outside the U.S., rather than dictating a prepackaged governmental agenda or engaging in government-to-government negotiations, the Obama administration should offer assistance within the framework of existing community action.

Liberian Anti-Gay Group Vows To Target LGBT Rights Supporters 'One By One'

AP | ROBBIE COREY-BOULET | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices

MONROVIA, Liberia -- An anti-gay group in Liberia distributed fliers over the weekend with a hit list of people who support gay rights, and one member...

Iraq's Gay And Lesbian Community Being Targeted By Death Squads: Report

Posted 03.06.2012 | Gay Voices

Alarming new reports out of Iraq suggest the nation's gay and lesbian population is being targeted by death squads As the San Diego Gay & Lesbian ...

Zimbabwe President On Gay Marriages: 'To Hell With You'

AP | By ANGUS SHAW | Posted 02.25.2012 | Gay Voices

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe wound up a week of celebrations marking his 88th birthday with a lavish gathering Saturday, whe...

Occupy Queer Rights Around the Globe!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Lives will be wasted if we do not push forward. Let us be in conversation with those who would persecute us and claim some kind of religious exemption from the love and respect for humanity that is required in every religious tradition.

Why Zimbabwe's Gay Rights Are At Center Of Debate

GlobalPost | GlobalPost | Posted 12.18.2011 | Gay Voices

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- "Pigs and dogs" he called them, and that was just the beginning of President Robert Mugabe's campaign of abuse of gays. This ye...

Gay Rights Across the Globe

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Some academics' critique is that by using terms like "gay" and "LGBT" globally, we inappropriately apply Western terms and ideas that bias our understanding of sexual orientation in non-Western regions of the world. I disagree with this critique.

U.S. To Weigh Gay Rights When Allocating Foreign Aid: Source

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.05.2012 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad...

South Koreans Sing Against Homophobia (VIDEO)

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

A few weeks ago I was invited to watch the taping of a video for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Seoul. More and more Koreans are stepping forward in support of LGBT rights, and over 100 Koreans (some gay, most straight) were involved in this production.