AIDS Continues to Spread at an Alarming Rate Among LGBT Africans

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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!

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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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Listen: Hossein Alizadeh Discusses LGBT Rights in Iran on BBC Newshour

Contributed by IGLHRC

On Sunday, Hossein Alizadeh, Regional Program Coordinator for MENA was on BBC Newshour to discuss rights violations against LGBT people in Iran, particularly common social misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity and how some individuals report being coerced by the society—including their immediate family members—to undergo sex reassignment surgery to 'normalize' their sexuality and to avoid criminalization.

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Fostering Collaboration Globally on LGBTI Rights

Contributed by Cole Delbyck, Communications Intern, IGLHRC

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission hosted African LGBTI activists Chesterfield Samba of Zimbabwe and Dorothy Aken’ova of Nigeria on Wednesday, Oct. 29 for a conversation aimed at increasing collaboration between the continent’s activists and advocates around the world.

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Speaking Out About Violence Against Trans People

Contributed by IGLHRC

Marianne Møllmann, IGLHRC’s director of programs, Andrés Rivera Duarte, a consultant to IGLHRC on transgender rights in Latin America and to the Chilean National Observatory for Human Rights and Law, and Wilson Castañeda of the Colombian group Caribe Afirmativo spoke out against the widespread and systematic violations of human rights against the transgender population of Latin America, especially discrimination and violence, at a hearing held by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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Exposing Iran's Record of Human Rights Abuses

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

On Friday, Oct. 31 the United Nations Human Rights Council will examine Iran’s human rights record in a process known as the Universal Periodic Review. Impact Iran, a coalition of human rights organizations, including the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), is working to expose human rights abuses by the Iranian government and hold it accountable.

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#JusticeForJennifer: Filipino Communities Organize National Day of Outrage Friday, October 24 in Response to Killing of Jennifer Laude

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

In the Philippines, the killing of a transgender woman, Jennifer Laude, has ignited calls for justice. Her death became a breaking point for activists who have been pushing for government action to address gender-based violence against women and the LGBT community.

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