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UN’s independent expert on LGBTI rights will keep working

UN’s independent expert on LGBTI rights will keep working

The United Nations has rejected a move from African nations to halt the work of the independent expert on LGBTI rights. Thai international law professor, Vitit Muntarbhorn, was appointed the first UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He has been charged with a four year mission to explore where LGBTI people may […]

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African states move to suspend UN LGBT expert

African states move to suspend UN LGBT expert

A group of African Nations is hoping to overturn a decision by the United Nations to appoint a special investigator to look into abuses of LGBTI people across the globe. Vitit Muntarbhorn, a respected law professor from Thailand has been appointed to the role. The coalition of African nations is arguing that the UN should […]

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The Spice Girls ask “What do you really really want?”

The Spice Girls ask “What do you really really want?”

Victoria Beckham has posted a video online showing women from around the world recreating the Spice Girls classic ‘Wannabe’ video. In the clip created by The United Nations’ Goals for Sustainable Development and it incorporates dozens of women and girls from all over the world and asks them what they really, really want. The campaign was […]

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United Nation will appoint an LGBT indepedent expert

United Nation will appoint an LGBT indepedent expert

The United Nations will appoint an independent expert to report on violence and discrimination faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The United Nation’s Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva, passed the resolution after a marathon four hour debate. Facing strong opposition from Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries the motion was […]

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Zachary Quinto breaks down the cost of discrimination

The United Nations have joined forces with out actor Zachary Quinto to highlight the true cost of discrimination to mark World Human Rights Day. The UN’s Free & Equal Campaign have released a video with Quinto exploring the actual economic cost of LGBTIQ discrimination. The video explains how society is depriving it’s own economy of resources […]

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Mugabe’s ‘We Are Not Gays’ speech gets disco treatment

Mugabe’s ‘We Are Not Gays’ speech gets disco treatment

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was making headlines last week for declaring ‘we are not gays’ while denouncing LGBT rights before the United Nations. The soundbite from the man who has decried homosexuality as a “filthy disease” was skewered by a number of comedians and public figures, including US Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and comedian […]

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UN Security Council hear plea from LGBT Iraq and Syria

UN Security Council hear plea from LGBT Iraq and Syria

The United Nations Security Council addressed an exclusively LGBT issue on Monday, centred on ISIS’ targeted persecution and violence towards the LGBT community in Iraq and Syria. Executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission fronted the council accompanied by two men from Iraq and Syria, who shared the horrors of living […]

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Ban Ki-Moon to be presented with Harvey Milk Medal

Ban Ki-Moon to be presented with Harvey Milk Medal

The Harvey Milk Foundation have announced they are recognising United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s contribution to LGBT rights by bestowing him the Harvey Milk Medal. “Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is receiving the Harvey Milk Honors Medal due to his unparalleled and unequivocal support of LGBT inclusive human rights across the globe,” says Stuart Milk, co-founder […]

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UN Aims to End Forced Sterilsation of Trans* & Intersex People

UN Aims to End Forced Sterilsation of Trans* & Intersex People

The World Health Organisation, in conjunction with several subsidies of the United Nations, has issued a new report and statement calling for the elimination of forced sterilization. The report includes details of particular groups of people who have been forced or coerced into sterilization, including girls and women from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, HIV […]

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Brunei Confirms ‘Stone the Gays’ Law

Brunei Confirms ‘Stone the Gays’ Law

The Sultan of Brunei has confirmed that the country will be phasing in its new penal code that includes capital punishment, in some cases death by stoning, for acts including gay sex. The laws were planned to come into effect on April 22nd, but were postponed after they attracted widespread controversy and comments of concern […]

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