Indonesia: Investigate Police Raid on ‘Gay Party’

Click to expand Image Men arrested in a raid of a gay party sit inside a vehicle after a news conference at Jakarta police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 2, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana (New York) – The Indonesian government should urgently investigate a police raid on a private gathering of 56 men in Jakarta […]

Russia: Reject Anti-LGBT ‘Traditional Values’ Bill

Click to expand Image The Russian flag flies on a courthouse building in St. Petersburg, Russia, March 15 2020. © 2020 Alexander Koriakov/Kommersant/Sipa via AP Images (Moscow) – A draft bill before Russia’s parliament would significantly affect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. Among the proposed amendments […]

Covid-19 Backlash Targets LGBT People in South Korea

Expand A rainbow flag is carried during a parade as a part of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, July 14, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Lee Jin-man South Korea is experiencing a marked increase in online threats and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who are being unfairly […]

LGBT Africans Share Challenges of Life During Pandemic

Expand A Ugandan transgender woman in a town near Kampala, shortly before she fled the country in 2014. She left to escape police harassment and violence. © 2014 Human Rights Watch AfroQueer podcast recently launched a special episode in advance of its upcoming third season. Checking in with queer Africans on how they are faring during […]

Man Killed in Homophobic Attack in Moscow Deserves Justice

Expand Roman Edakov (lower) and his partner Evgeny Efimov at a picnic in June 2019, days before he was killed. © private Last week, the speaker of Russia’s lower chamber of the parliament, Piotr Tolstoi demanded that the country’s constitution explicitly state marriage is a “union between a man and a woman.” “This will create […]

New Tennessee Law Deepens Discrimination Against LGBT People

Expand Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, January 8, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Humphrey Tennessee has just become the latest US state to let taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies operate under their own religious or moral beliefs – even if this means discriminating against prospective parents or jeopardizing the best interests of children. […]

Bhutan on Brink of Overturning Same-Sex Conduct Ban

A bill that would repeal parts of Bhutan’s penal code that criminalize same-sex conduct will be introduced in the upper house of Parliament this month. The lower house of Parliament voted in June 2019 to repeal two sections of the country’s 2004 criminal code, which made “unnatural sex” between consenting adults illegal. But before being […]

US Agency Could Pave Way for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Expand The picture shows the emblem of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. © Tim Brakemeier/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds thousands of organizations that work on important health and social welfare issues including adoption and foster care, youth homelessness, and sexuality education. Currently, recipients […]

South Korea Shouldn’t Backslide on LGBT Rights

Expand Participants march with a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Seoul © AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon   Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities. Now, they’re trying to defang one of the few watchdogs […]

UK LGBT Hate Crimes Stats Make Shocking Reading

Expand Revellers wave flags during a gay pride parade in downtown Madrid, Spain, July 2, 2016. © 2016 Reuters New hate crimes data for the United Kingdom shows a shocking number of incidents targeting LGBT people. As I was reading these figures, the need for LGBT-inclusive classes in UK schools has never been more apparent. […]