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Philippines: App To Help Fight HIV

Inspired by the mobile game Pokemon Go, campaigners in the Philippines are using a smartphone app to send users to locations with condom dispensers, in a bid to promote safe sex and break stigma to fight a worsening HIV epidemic. The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Asia-Pacific, according to the United Nations, […]

Tunisia: Police Shut Down LGBT & Human Rights Protest

Tunisia: Police Shut Down LGBT & Human Rights Protest

When Tunisian police shut down a planned demonstration on January 27, they claimed they did it for the protesters’ safety. “We had information that they were going to be targeted,” said an interior ministry spokesperson, according to news reports. The rallying call of Saturday’s protest, organized by the secular group Association des Libres Penseurs (Association […]

Indonesia: Most feel ‘threatened’ by LGBT community – survey

Indonesia: Most feel ‘threatened’ by LGBT community – survey

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term LGBT feel ‘threatened’ by the community, and believe their religion forbids same-sex relations, a survey showed on Thursday. Homosexuality is not regulated by law in Indonesia, except in Aceh province, where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation has seen a rise […]

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the programme. India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009, to streamline welfare payments, and cut […]

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

The Austrian Constitutional Court’s ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch has said. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the exclusion of gay people from civil marriage is unconstitutional. The Austrian […]

LGBT Activists Urge Global End To Electric Shocks, Pills To ‘Cure’ Gay People

LGBT Activists Urge Global End To Electric Shocks, Pills To ‘Cure’ Gay People

When Bisi Alimi came out as gay in Nigeria, his parents took him to a church where he underwent seven days of isolation, prayers and fasting to be ‘cured’ of homosexuality, he said. The experience, which prompted him to attempt suicide at the age of 17, is common for gay people from Nigeria to China […]

US: HRC Horror re Proposed Egyptian Anti-LGBTQ and Allies Legislation

US: HRC Horror re Proposed Egyptian Anti-LGBTQ and Allies Legislation

On Thursday (26th October), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, expressed horror over the news that a group of Egyptian lawmakers have proposed a broad anti-LGBTQ law criminalizing LGBTQ people and allies. “In the past two months, more than 60 LGBTQ Egyptians have been […]