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The UN is set to assess violence and discrimination against LGBT people in Argentina

A UN expert is set to assess discrimination against LGBT people in Argentina. Vitit Muntarbhorn, the human rights expert who specialises in investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual and gender identity for the UN, will carry out the study which will see him visit the country. Muntarbhorn has said that he will look in-depth… Read more »

Another Victory of the UN Rejecting Another Effort to Suspend the Mandate of Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

On Monday, December 19th, a group of states attempted to halt the mandate of the Independent Expert on the “protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The position of Independent Expert in SOGI was created by the passing of UN Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/32/2 in June of this… Read more »

New UN LGBT czar barely survives second vote to do away with position

The United Nations voted 84-77 this week not to eliminate the newly established LGBT czar position – to the disappointment of mostly African and Muslim nations, India, Russia, and China — and at the urging of President Obama’s outgoing Ambassador to the U.N. to retain Vitit Muntarbhorn. In September, U.N. nations narrowly voted to create… Read more »

The UN’s LGBT expert has advocated for a global partnership to end violence

He advocated for unity in his keynote speech at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in Bangkok. Vitit Muntarbhorn said: “resolute action is required to stop the violence and discrimination affecting not only LGBT communities but also the human rights defenders working with them… “this goes hand in hand with the… Read more »

UN creates post to monitor anti-LGBT discrimination worldwide

Geneva (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body on Thursday decided to appoint an expert to monitor violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a move applauded by LGBT groups. In a narrow 23-18 vote with six abstentions, the Human Rights Council called for the creation of a three-year position for… Read more »

United Nations bans African LGBT groups from AIDS conference after veto from member states

A number of LGBT groups have been blocked from attending a United Nations AIDS conference after ‘objections’ from a number of states. The UN is set to hold a “high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS” next month from June 8 to June 10, with countries and organisations from around the world attending to formulate new action plans.… Read more »

United Nations Extends Benefits To Spouses Of Gay Staff Members

The United Nations will extend benefits to the spouses of gay staff members. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced in July that the United Nations would recognize the marriages of gay staff member for the purpose of benefits. Thirty-seven countries supported a Russian proposal to drop the plan, but a U.N. General Assembly budget committee on… Read more »

United Nations to recognise same-sex marriage everywhere

The United Nations has announced that it will globally extend its employee benefits to workers in same-sex marriages or other unions. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the change yesterday, stating: “Human rights are at the core of the mission of the United Nations. “I am proud to stand for greater equality for all staff,… Read more »

UN warns world they are breaking law by not protecting gays

United Nations Secretary General features in video promising a ‘free and equal’ world for LGBT people and telling them they are not alone Countries must protect LGBT citizens from violence or discrimination or they are breaking international law – the United Nations has warned. A new video released by the UN Human Rights Office puts… Read more »

Message From UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon Affirming LGBT/SOGI Rights

Message to regional conference on the humna rights of LGBT people in Asia and Pacific Kathmandu, Nepal 22- 23 March 2013 Delivered by Mr. Nikolaus Schultz, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR, New York I am pleased to send greetings to all participants at this important meeting. In recent years, I have sounded the alarm about the… Read more »

New book shows human face of gay rights, anti-gay laws

In a new book, the writers of this blog portray in vividly human terms the toll of 76-plus countries’ anti-gay laws. The book, “From Wrongs to Gay Rights,” is currently available in exchange for a $25 donation to the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports activists in many of those 76 countries. Through… Read more »

Born free and equal: New UN report supports the protection of the human rights of LGBT people

A new UN report Born Free and Equal presents the UN’s new view that LGBT Rights are part of international human rights law. The report tells many grim stories of abuse – but equally, there are appealing pictures of gay parades and rainbow flags. Douglas Sanders reports. At one point in the early 1990s, I… Read more »

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says gay activists are his ‘inspiration’

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hails ‘brave’ gay activists, says anti-gay abuse is a human rights violation and insists countries have a legal and moral duty to deal with it, whatever their culture UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described LGBT activists as ‘brave’, ‘committed’ and an ‘inspiration’ to him. The comments from the UN… Read more »

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia marked globally

Governments, organisations and individuals around the world have been marking this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia today. IDAHO falls on 17 May each year on the anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s decision decategorise homosexuality as a mental disorder. The organisation points out that 1.5 billion people globally still live under regimes which… Read more »

UN High Commissioner speaks out against homophobia and transphobia

UN High Commissioner speaks out against homophobia and transphobia UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks about the ‘human cost’ of prejudice in new video UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has spoken out in advance of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Fighting prejudice against sexuality and gender identity… Read more »

European Parliament resolves to protect gay couples’ inheritance rights

The situation will be improved in most member statesThe situation will be improved in most member states The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU. The report adopted by the Parliament says individual countries who do not recognise legal partnerships between… Read more »

Human Rights, sexual orientation at the UN Human Rights Council

High Commissioner on Human Rights Navy Pillay says: “Between tradition and human rights the balance must be struck in favour of the latter” Geneva – Some delegates of countries defending laws persecuting LGBTI people walked out of the room as the panel convened today by the Human Rights Council began its discussion on violence and… Read more »

Video: UN Human Rights Council discusses LGBT discrimination and violence

A panel discussion at the UN’s Human Rights Council on ending violence and discrimination against gay and trans people has been taking place for the first time today in Geneva. Ban-Ki Moon’s video address at the start of the discussion described violence against gays and transgender people as a “monumental tragedy” and a “stain upon… Read more »

UN secretary general: African governments must respect gay rights

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told African leaders that they must respect gay rights in an unusually outspoken declaration made at an African Union summit in Ethiopia. Mr Ban told delegates at the event held in Addis Ababa: “One form of discrimination ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long… Read more »

184 MEPs support gay rights manifesto

184 MEPs, including the President of the European Parliament came together this week to sign a pledge in support of LGBT rights, following a two-day long awareness event. Martin Schulz MEP, president of the European Parliament, along with dozens of MEPs gathered over Tuesday and Wednesday to show support for LGBT rights, at an event… Read more »

Groundbreaking Global Report on LGBT Tourism Released Created Through UNWTO-IGLTA partnership

The United Nations World Tourism Organization unveiled its first report on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) tourism today during FITUR, Spain’s leading international tourism trade fair. Created in partnership with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, the inaugural 40-page “Global Report on LGBT Tourism” includes case studies and commentaries documenting the economic and… Read more »

The Crime of Being Gay (and Having to Hide It)

The dream of the AIDS-free generation will never be realized as long as there remain countries in the world that kill and imprison people for being gay. Same goes for countries that won’t even acknowledge homosexuality exists within their national boundaries and therefore fail to provide targeted HIV prevention and treatment services. Such are the… Read more »

The top international LGBT stories of 2011

2011 saw important decisions taken by states and international organisations (Photo: Steve Cadman)2011 saw important decisions taken by states and international organisations (Photo: Steve Cadman) As 2011 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months. This year saw real change around the world when… Read more »

Breaking dawn at the UN: Part 1

Hillary Clinton’s fine speech in Geneva on LGBT rights saw the US playing catch-up to initiatives of a dozen other Western countries. As activists, we welcome the US to the process. But dawn is not yet breaking everywhere. There are many time zones. Douglas Sanders contemplates the time lag for Asia. In the years since… Read more »

UN publishes first global report and recommendations to tackle gay rights abuses

The UN’s Human Rights Council has published for the first time a report detailing rights abuses against LGBT people around the world, through violence and discriminatory laws, and a set of recommendations all countries should adopt to protect their citizens. The document says global governments “have often overlooked violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation… Read more »

UN’s Navi Pillay Warns Nations To Stop Discriminating Against Gays

The United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on nations to abolish discriminatory laws against gay men and lesbians, the AP reported. Pillay’s plea came Thursday in a 25-page report to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council. The report arrives on the heels of a memorandum signed by President Barack Obama… Read more »

Navi Pillay

Gay rights activists at UN call for end to bullying, violence

UN — Activists called on governments around the world to end homophobic bullying and violence, saying Thursday that gay rights are human rights that must be respected by all. Judy Shepard, the mother of a young man murdered in an anti-gay crime in the U.S. in 1998, told the United Nations gathering that people with… Read more »

Hillary Clinton: Being gay is not ‘a western invention, but a human reality’

Hillary Clinton has delivered a groundbreaking speech to a United Nations summit in Geneva following the US’ declaration that its agencies will challenge the criminalisation of gay acts and LGBT identity overseas. The Secretary of State said gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were “human beings born free and bestowed equality and dignity, who have… Read more »

UN Report Tries Unsuccessfully to Create New LBGT Rights

A new UN report provides a window into the aspirations of LGBT rights advocates and sympathizers within the UN human rights machinery, aspirations that go well beyond mere tolerance. The report, issued by the UN High Commission for Human Rights, addresses “practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender… Read more »

Rights or righteousness?

Editor’s note: To the casual observer, Evangelical Christians, the Vatican, African Anglicans and Muslims in half the planet are united in a hard line approach to “deviant” behavior (men who have sex with men MSM, intravenous drug use and commercial sex work) that may lead to higher risk for HIV infection. The institutional response has… Read more »

International Gay News & Reports 2011

1 Gays need more protection, says UN chief 1/11 1a Laws criminalizing homosexuality conflict with international HR standards 3/11 1b UNHRC Statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 3/11 2 Obama Administration Signs Onto UN Gay Rights Resolution 3/11 3 Nations pledge movement on LGBT issues at UN 3/11 3a UN High Commissioner speaks on… Read more »

Islam and Homosexuality News & Reports 2010-11

New book 2007: Gay Travels in the Muslim World, Edited by Michael Luongo (ch. 10 by GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon) See books reviews: Gay City News and Philadelphia Gay News Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality al-fatiha-news Middle East Youth Muslim Yahoo Group: "Queer Muslim Revolution" Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah, Barra Gay Islam… Read more »

International Gay News & Reports 2010

Also see: Homosexuality Laws Around the World The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex – everything from full legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the death penalty as punishment for homosexual conduct. In addition to laws against same-sex relationships, many countries… Read more »

Multi-national Gay News & Reports 2005-06

Homosexuality Laws Around the World The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex – everything from full legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the death penalty as punishment for homosexual conduct. In addition to laws against same-sex relationships, many countries have laws… Read more »

Multi-national Gay News & Reports 2007

Homosexuality Laws Around the World The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex – everything from full legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the death penalty as punishment for homosexual conduct. In addition to laws against same-sex relationships, many countries have laws… Read more »

Multi-national Gay News & Reports Jan-Jun 2008

Homosexuality Laws Around the World The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex – everything from full legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the death penalty as punishment for homosexual conduct. In addition to laws against same-sex relationships, many countries have laws… Read more »

Multi-national Gay News & Reports Jul-Dec 2008

Homosexuality Laws Around the World The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex – everything from full legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the death penalty as punishment for homosexual conduct. In addition to laws against same-sex relationships, many countries have laws… Read more »

Multi-national Gay News & Reports 2009

Homosexuality Laws Around the World The countries of the world have a wide variety of laws relating to sexual relations between people of the same sex – everything from full legal recognition of same-sex marriage to the death penalty as punishment for homosexual conduct. In addition to laws against same-sex relationships, many countries have laws… Read more »

The Ultimate Voyage-Space

The Universe Might Last Forever, Astronomers Say, but Life Might Not January 1, 2002 by Dennis Overby New York Times In the decades that astronomers have debated the fate of the expanding universe – whether it will all end one day in a big crunch, or whether the galaxies will sail apart forever – aficionados… Read more »

Buddhism and Homosexuality

Buddhism and Homosexuality   1 Homosexuality and Theravada Buddhism 2003 2 Will gay marriage be allowed by Buddhists in Thailand? 7/05 3 Homosexuality, Buddhism and Sri Lankan Society 8/07 1 Homosexuality and Theravada Buddhism 2003 by A. L. De Silva Buddhism teaches to, and expects from, its followers a certain level of ethical behaviour. The… Read more »