US lawmakers introduce bill to promote gay rights globally

Washington (January 29, 2015) – In the wake of President Obama’s commitment in the State of the Union to defend the human rights of the LGBT community, today Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to affirm that LGBT human rights are a foreign policy priority for the U.S.


Ban Ki-moon: Anti-sodomy laws ‘breed intolerance’

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed his opposition to laws that criminalize homosexuality on January 12, 2015. “I staunchly oppose the criminalization of homosexuality,” said Ban during an event in the Indian capital of New Delhi that marked the 70th anniversary of the U.N.’s founding. “I speak out because laws criminalizing consensual, adult same-sex relationships violate


Human Rights commissioner reminds President of Latvia about LGBT* rights

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, has criticized recent comments in a newspaper interview about homosexuality and society by Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, the LETA newswire reported on January 12, 2014. “Latvia, along with other Council of Europe Member States, is bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees

Inga Priede

A member of the executive board of Latvia’s ruling Unity Party resigned on December 2, 2014 after a string of tweets attacking LGBT* people, including one in which she appeared to praise the Nazi extermination of homosexuals, Latvian Public Broadcasting reported. “Thank God — at one time, the Germans shot them. It improves fertility,” Inga


The need to talk about LGBT people’s reality in Lithuania

On Sunday, 12th of January, the news of the suicide of Šarūnas from Biržai district has appeared in the media. According to the comments of his acquaintances, the presumable reason of Šarūnas suicide was his sexual orientation. The boy felt emotional pressure in the family and did not have a close person to whom he


UN human rights chief denounces new anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

GENEVA (14 January 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday expressed her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that criminalizes same-sex unions, saying it violates a wide range of human rights The Senate approved a revised version of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill in December, and