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UN envoy urges Latin America to tackle attacks on LGBT+ rights

UN envoy urges Latin America to tackle attacks on LGBT+ rights

Some conservative politicians and churches in Latin America are inciting hate speech against LGBT+ people, fuelling a roll back on legal gains, a United Nations special envoy said on Thursday. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN’s independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, criticised lawmakers who believe it is a “good investment” to speak out against […]

Ghana: Sex education programme sparks anti-LGBT+ outrage

Ghana: Sex education programme sparks anti-LGBT+ outrage

Government and UN officials in Ghana were forced to defend a school sex education programme on Tuesday, after religious groups said it was part of a “satanic” attempt to promote LGBT+ values. The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, said on radio and Facebook that 6 was too young to start […]

Luxembourg: Openly gay PM says everyone has a duty to challenge hate speech

Luxembourg: Openly gay PM says everyone has a duty to challenge hate speech

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, told the United Nations on Tuesday that as an openly gay politician he could not accept hate speech, and everyone had a duty to challenge it. In what advocates said was the first speech at the UN by an openly gay world leader on LGBT+ rights, Bettel called on world […]

UN: More urgency needed in AIDS fight as funding fades

UN: More urgency needed in AIDS fight as funding fades

(Reuters) – The global fight against AIDS is stalling due to lower investment, marginalised communities missing vital health services, and new HIV infections rising in some parts, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. Global funding for the AIDS fight dropped off significantly in 2018 – by nearly $1 billion – as international donors gave less, […]

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

By Fumino Sugiyama, Tokyo Rainbow Pride On Monday, the World Health Assembly voted to approve the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a global manual of diagnostic codes for doctors. Among other changes, this version of the ICD removes the diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder (GID)”, meaning transgender people like me are […]

Georgia: ‘Silenced’ LGBT+ activists post coded messages

Georgia: ‘Silenced’ LGBT+ activists post coded messages

A thousand coloured stickers with messages against discrimination were posted across the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Friday (17th May) to highlight LGBT+ people’s struggle for acceptance in the conservative former Soviet republic. The initiative coincided with a global day against homophobia that local LGBT+ groups said they could not mark with street rallies because […]

China urged to take action on LGBT+ rights after backing UN changes

China urged to take action on LGBT+ rights after backing UN changes

China’s acceptance of the UN Human Rights Council’s recommendations on LGBT+ rights is a “milestone”, gay rights groups said on Thursday, urging Beijing to work with activists to tackle inequality. China this week agreed to five recommendations on LGBT+ issues made under the Council’s Universal Periodic Review, including adopting legislation banning discrimination within a year, […]