Pride Month: A Time to Celebrate and Resist

Pride Month: A Time to Celebrate and Resist

LGBTI
This year marks fifty-one years since the Stonewall Inn riots. This year we celebrate in isolation or with social distancing measures in place; nevertheless, we celebrate and we resist. The Stonewall Inn riots empowered generations to come and galvanized the LGBTI movement around the world, it became a symbolic call to arms. Stonewall said enough is enough and the personal became political. Fifty-one years later we have a lot to celebrate. Many countries around the world have recognized the existence of LGBTI people and have passed laws prohibiting discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity. Transgender people also have more rights now and can legally change their names in many countries. In addition, in many countries, LGBTI can marry the person they love regardless of their sex or gender.…
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Race and Equality expresses its concern and calls the IACHR to publicly denounce the serious situation of violence and discrimination the LGBTI population is facing in Colombia during the COVID-19

Race and Equality expresses its concern and calls the IACHR to publicly denounce the serious situation of violence and discrimination the LGBTI population is facing in Colombia during the COVID-19

Colombia, English, IACHR, LGBTI
Bogotá, june 25, 2020 - The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) addresses the honorable IACHR to express its deep concerned regarding recent incidents of violence and discrimination against LGBT people across Colombia. These incidents raise an alarm about rising human rights violations against LGBT Colombians during the COVID-19 pandemic. LGBT Colombians are suffering not only disproportionate negative impacts of the deadly disease, but also high levels of violence because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Sharp increase in violence and killings In Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region, 15 homicides against LGBT people have already been recorded in 2020, the highest rate ever recorded by Caribe Afirmativo, a local LGBT rights organization and partner of Race & Equality.[1] Ariadna Barrios Ojeda, a trans woman living…
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Urgent Debate on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”

Urgent Debate on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”

English, LGBTI, ONU, UN
June 17, 2020 43rd Human Rights Council Session Statement by the International Lesbian and Gay Association Madam President, Black Lives Matter. This statement is submitted by ILGA-World together with the International Institute for Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality). It draws the attention to the situation of racial injustice and police brutality that affects people of African descent including those persons within these communities with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) worldwide. The murder of George Floyd[1] has sparked an outcry that has highlighted the structural and systemic racism that permeates the United States and has reverberated and been taken up by other communities around the world. The militarized-like response to these protests has curtailed the right to freedom of assembly and expression…
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187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

English, LGBTI, UN
  The pandemic is exposing and deepening existing discrimination, violence and other human rights violations on the basis of SOGIESC, organisations tell the Human Rights Council   Today, Race and Equality joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. In line with the call to action signed by 96 human rights experts, organisations working for the protection of the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally have urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased…
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LGBTI Pride Month 2020

LGBTI Pride Month 2020

English, LGBTI
Each year in the month of June, we come together to celebrate and recognize the lives of LGBTI people and the impact they have had around the world.  This month, known as “Pride,” was chosen to commemorate the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City.  These six days of protests were a turning point for the LGBTI movement not only in the United States, but the entire world, leading the LGBTI community to demand equal rights for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This year, at Race and Equality, we celebrate the fifth year of our LGBTI Program, working with our partners in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Peru to revindicate their rights and give visibility to the struggle for LGBTI…
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