Turkey: Campaigning for LGBTI rights in school, at work and in Parliament

Contributed by Brian Tofte-Schumacher, Digital Communications Manager, IGLHRC

"You don't have rights if you are not present," is the rallying call of a new campaign headed by IGLHRC's Istanbul-based partners at SPoD LGBTI. With the campaign, advocates hope to encourage active participation of LGBTI people in decision- and policy-making processes in advance of the country's general election in June 2015.

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Niñez y adolescencia LGBTI: un reto para la justicia en Colombia

Contributed by María Mercedes Gómez, Coordinadora Regional para Latinoamérica y el Caribe, IGLHRC

El Estado colombiano decidió no tocar el tema de la niñez y adolescencia LGBTI durante su reunión con el comité sobre los derechos del niño el 20 y 21 de enero de 2015 en Ginebra. El silencio del Estado ante la pregunta del Comité sobre población infantil y adolescente vulnerable a ser discriminada por estereotipos de género, orientación sexual e identidad de género, es un silencio que dice más que las palabras.&nbsp

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Pope Francis in the Philippines

Contributed by Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Islands, IGLHRC

Last week Pope Francis conducted a five-day “Mercy and Compassion” visit to the Philippines, to be with survivors of super-typhoon Haiyan, the strongest on record. The visit was an inspiring moment to the majority of Filipinos where almost 80% are Catholics, while at the same time offered crucial insight into the limitations to Pope Francis’ apparent openness about welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals of faith to the church.

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Gambian President’s 20-Year Assault on Human Rights Just Got Worse for LGBT Community

Contributed by Suzanne Trimel, Communications Director, IGLHRC

For too long, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has peddled hate and abused with impunity lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in The Gambia. Jammeh scapegoats LGBT people to deflect attention from failed leadership that has lately brought the country to the brink of famine, food shortages and a quick devaluation of its currency.

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A Conversation with Cameroonian Activist Josephine Mandeng

Contributed by IGLHRC

During the week of Dec. 7, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission hosted a delegation of 50 LGBTI activists from across the world to share their deepest concerns about the rights of LGBTI people with representatives from member states and agencies at the United Nations.

Jessica Stern, IGLHRC’s executive director, sat down with Mandeng, 28, a representative of Alternatives Cameroon, for a conversation about the life experiences of lesbians and the movement for LGBT rights in Cameroon. The Q and A was translated from French.

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AIDS Continues to Spread at an Alarming Rate Among LGBT Africans

Contributed by IGLHRC

Micheal Ighodaro, a policy and program assistant with the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, was among 50 activists who participated in a U.N. advocacy delegation hosted in December by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He wrote the following perspective about facilitating the HIV/AIDS discussions during the activist planning sessions and as part of the group that visited UNICEF, UNDP and UNIADS. Micheal, who is from Nigeria, was a fellow with IGLHRC last summer.

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Speak OUT: Fight Back Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Contributed by IGLHRC

Unchecked prejudice often leads directly to discrimination, violence and the denial of basic human rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. We want you to help us change this.

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#WAD14: Close the Gap

Contributed by IGLHRC

To help close the information gap about AIDS in Iran, IGLHRC has translated materials into Persian, including a fact sheet on HIV and information about vulnerable populations.

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We All Deserve Justice

Contributed by Marianne Møllmann, Director of Programs, IGLHRC

You don't have to be a human rights activist to know that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans can get you killed pretty much anywhere.

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Groundbreaking Video series Breaks LGBTI Silence in Morocco

Contributed by Loubna Ghrib, Middle East and North Africa Program Intern, IGLHRC

The first episode of a new series that uses first-person stories to document oppression and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Morocco—“Kaynin”—has received an amazing response, with over 269,000 views on YouTube.

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Volunteer with IGLHRC to Celebrate Human Rights Day!

Contributed by IGLHRC

Each year in celebration of Human Rights Day, IGLHRC brings human rights activists from around the world together in New York for intensive advocacy at the United Nations and strategic cross-regional discussions. This year, we're coming together Sunday, December 7th to Wednesday, December 10th.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Remaining hopeful as we remember

Contributed by IGLHRC

As we honor the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance today, we are reminded once again of the extreme vulnerability of trans people, especially trans women, around the world—who are targeted for murder because of who they are or the way they express their gender.

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IGLHRC and Partners Expose Targeted Violence Against LGBT Iraqis in New Publications

Contributed by Hossein Alizadeh, Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa, IGLHRC

Long a persecuted group, LGBT Iraqis experience high levels of violence that is based on the stigma Iraq society places on differences in sexual orientation and gender expression, and a broad intolerance of those differences. LGBT individuals, if exposed, face unspeakable violence—from within their own families, from their tribes and from the larger community.

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“&PROUD” Myanmar’s First-ever LGBT Film Festival

Contributed by Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Islands, IGLHRC

November 14-16, Colors Rainbow, Abadi Art, Theik Khar Myanmar and various artists and activists will present the first "&PROUD" Yangon LGBT Film Festival, featuring 33 long and short films and documentaries from around the Asia region, including seven films produced in Myanmar. The films will showcase issues and challenges faced by LGBT people in Southeast Asia and other Asian countries

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An Unprecedented Advance for Trans Rights in Malaysia

Contributed by IGLHRC

"Today's ruling sets a critical precedent for recognizing and affirming the human rights—and lives—of trans women in Malaysia," said Grace Poore, regional program coordinator for Asia at IGLHRC. "Long the subject of state-sanctioned violence and persecution, trans Malaysians now have a ruling that recognizes the federal constitution supersedes local laws, particularly when these laws blatantly contravene the protections enshrined in the constitution."

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