October 19, 2019

One year on since repeal of Section 377 in India: a third of the world’s countries continue to criminalize same-sex relations

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(New York) On September 6 a year will have passed since the Supreme Court of India made the historic decision to decriminalize same-sex relations, causing reverberations across the world, and symbolizing the global trend towards decriminalization. Maria Sjödin, Deputy Director of OutRight Action International, comments: “Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which made sexual behavior “against the […]

Vatican issues Guidance on Gender designed to fuel violence and discrimination against LGBTIQ people

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On 10 June 2019 the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Vatican issued a 31 page long guidance on gender identity, stating decisively that gender is binary and imparted by God, not only denying the existence and rights of transgender people, but framing their existence as dangerous and threatening, and entirely overlooking the existence of […]

Commission on the Status of Women agrees Inclusive Conclusions despite backlash

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(New York, USA) Despite an increasingly polarized environment and strong pressure against inclusivity and diversity, the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the foremost intergovernmental body dedicated to gender equality, came to a close late on Friday, March 22, with participating states having agreed conclusions which aim to […]

Governments around the world are using laws to silence LGBTIQ civil society

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Read online: https://www.outrightinternational.org/content/governments-around-world-are-using-laws-silence-lgbtiq-civil-society Download map: https://www.outrightinternational.org/righttoregister Today, OutRight Action International launches their latest report, The Global State of LGBTI Organizing: The Right to Register. The report highlights a phenomenon in which governments are trying to silence a growing movement for equality by preventing formation and registration of LGBTIQ civil society organizations. This has been happening […]

Judge strikes down sodomy law in Trinidad and Tobago

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(New York) Today, Judge Devindra Rampersad of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago has ruled that Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act are unconstitutional as applied to adult consensual acts, a motion that stands to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. A final judgement and exactly what happens to these laws will […]

OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations

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“Freedom doesn’t come without a fight, and it does not continue without vigilance.” ~ Caleb Orozco, 2017 Felipe de Souza award winner. Justin Vivian Bond hosts exclusive event with Special guests: Tracey Norman, Congressman Mark Takano, and awardees Blanche Wiesen Cook, Caleb Orozco, and Logo TV On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb […]

ECADE promotes human rights

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(Castries, December 9, 2016) As the world joins to observe international Human Rights Day on December 10, several organisations across the eastern Caribbean have come together to launch the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality or ECADE. ECADE was ratified in November 2016 during a two-day meeting in Saint Lucia, which follows an initial […]

Belize becomes first country in the Caribbean to overturn their sodomy laws

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By OutRight Action International From The Bahamas Weekly The Belize Supreme Court today (August 10th) made a historic ruling in favor of gay activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country’s anti-sodomy law. This is the first case launched in the Caribbean and the first case where the sodomy laws have been overturned. The […]