Tag Archive | LGBT Rights

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 […]

To Advance LGBT Rights, Companies Must Think “Glocally”

To Advance LGBT Rights, Companies Must Think “Glocally”

When the Mail on Sunday outed Lord Browne ten years ago, he was forced to step down from BP in a matter of days. Yet when Tim Cook proactively decided to come out in a Businessweek interview in 2014, the global corporate community applauded. The words used on both occasions couldn’t have been more different: […]

Living Free and Equal – More translations due in 2017

Living Free and Equal – More translations due in 2017

The OHCHR publication “Living Free and Equal” provides an analysis of more than 200 examples of what States are doing to tackle violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and intersex people. It offers concrete guidance and inspiration for States based on initiatives taken by Governments, courts, parliaments, national human rights institutions and […]

Russia blocks UN council bid to thank Ban Ki-moon for gay rights work

Russia blocks UN council bid to thank Ban Ki-moon for gay rights work

Russia prevented the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday from thanking outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon specifically for promoting gay rights during his decade in office, diplomats said. The 15-member council met to pay tribute to Ban, who will step down later this month. Being gay is a crime in at least 73 countries, the U.N. […]

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “Hit the Wall” Wins Top Prize at L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “Hit the Wall” Wins Top Prize at L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards

On Monday (14 March) the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s production of Ike Holter’s groundbreaking play Hit the Wall swept the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards with the top prize as Outstanding Production. Performed from October 2015 – January 2016 with three extended runs at the Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, the riveting […]

Taiwan: New Female President Supports Gay Rights

Taiwan: New Female President Supports Gay Rights

“In the face of love, everyone is equal. Let everyone have the freedom to love and to pursue their happiness. I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality”.  In a double first for Taiwan, their new president is a woman, and openly gives her support to gay rights. She is also a former academic, […]

Report: US Should Act to Address Violence and Discrimination Against the Dominican Republic’s LGBT Community

Report: US Should Act to Address Violence and Discrimination Against the Dominican Republic’s LGBT Community

Human Rights First released a report in December outlining the challenges to equality faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the Dominican Republic, and highlighting the vital efforts of civil society to combat these human rights challenges. The report titled, “Hope Will Prevail: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT People in the […]