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LBTQ Feminist Women in Lebanon
The Feminist Awakening
At Meem, we came together around lesbianism and got involved with feminism at a later stage. We now call it our “feminist awakening” because for many of us, this is...
ILGA Workshop at Outgames
Being lesbian, bi, trans woman in the Middle East: survival kit.
Lesbian, bisexual and trans women from the Middle East and from North Africa are probably the most invisible and discriminated in the whole word. In a very difficult political,...
New Delhi Court De-criminalizes Consensual Homosexual Acts in a Ground-breaking and Controversial Ruling in the Conservative Indian Capital
June 30, 2009- New Delhi, India- In a ruling Thursday, the Delhi High Court overturned a 148-year-old colonial law criminalizing consensual homosexual acts saying that it...
LBTQ Women in Lebanon
Alternative Strategies for LBTQ Women in Lebanon
“The common misconception in Lebanon is that lesbian relationships don’t last. Here’s the insider’s guide to a stereotypical Lebanese lesbian relationship. Two women meet (probably...
LBTQ Women in Palestine
ASWAT, challenges and opportunities for Palestinian LBTQ women
My name is Rima and I am Aswat’s information and publication coordinator. I am going to give you some background about our region, challenges, and how we survive. Six years...
LBTQ Women in Palestine
Survival kit for a Palestinian lesbian
My name is Rima, and I am one of Aswat’s volunteers and board members. When I was 13 years old I fell in love for the first time in my life. I didn’t understand these feelings...
Breast and Cervical Cancer
Equal Ground launches the Brochure ‘Breast and Cervical Cancer’
We would like to share with you our enthusiasm about Equal Ground (Sri Lanka) magnificent brochure “Breast and Cervical Cancer” which has some valuable information you might appreciate...
Equal Ground
ILGA-Asia conference elects first regional board
About 160 lesbian, gay, trans and human rights activists from 12 Asian and non-Asian countries attended the III ILGA Asia conference which was held in ChiangMai from Jan 24 to 27.
January 28, 2008. Alongside 14 panel presentations and workshops held Jan 24 to 27 in Chiangmai, 26 Asia-based member organisations of the International Lesbian and Gay Association...
Equality in Diversity Now!
3rd ILGA-ASIA Regional Conference: Chiang Mai, Thailand - 24-27 January 2008
The 3rd ILGA-ASIA Regional Conference will be held on 24-27 January 2008 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The conference will bring together LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender)...
July 19 - Iran
The need for continued international solidarity with Iranian LGBTs
With regard to the July 19 International Day of Action Against Homophobic Persecution in Iran: We note some differences of opinion in the international lesbian, gay,...
MAHA - An E-magazine for LGBT Iranian
Gays flee Iraq as Shia death squads find a new target
Evidence shows increase in number of executions as homosexuals plead for asylum in Britain... Hardline Islamic insurgent groups in Iraq are targeting a new type of victim...
The Guardian
Member Update
Update from ASWAT in Haifa
HAIFA, JULY 2006: To all our friends and colleagues, thank to all of you who have contacted ASWAT to ask about our safety as we are based in Haifa. It is much appreciated that...
Executions in Iran
Activists Mark Anniversary of Gay Executions with a Call for Human Rights
ANKARA, 19 July - Human rights groups are calling for greater protection of gay rights in Iran as the first anniversary of the public execution of two gay teenagers in the country...
Marriage in the Philippines
Bills to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Filed in the Senate, House of Representatives of the Philippines
The bad news is that three bills have been filed in Congress this term that would in effect ban same-sex marriage in the Philippines if they get enacted. Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy”...
Human Rights in Iran
Letter from the Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization to the UN Human Rights Council
As the first and foremost official supporter and advocate of equal rights for Iranian homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals, the Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization (PGLO)...
Iranian Activism
Iranian Women Demand Equal Legal Status
The laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran continue to treat women as second-class citizens, and deem the value of the life of a woman as half that of a man's. Women are denied...
Human Rights First
Mira Alexis P. Ofreneo
Mira Alexis P. Ofreneo
Executive Director, CLIC (Can’t Live In the Closet), Mira is also a teacher, psychologist, and researcher and has been advocating for LGBT issues in the classroom, the clinic, and...
Aung Myo Min
Aung Myo Min
Executive director of the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma, is a 1993 graduate of the Human Rights Advocate Program at Columbia University. He is the first openly gay man...
Iranian organisations against ECOSOC Decision
Iranian organisations write to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
The Honourable Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Date: 29 January 2006 Dear Secretary Rice, On behalf...
Singapore government promotes a religious cause
Govt gives $100,000 to Christian-linked anti-gay group
By giving $100,000 to Liberty League, as reported by ChannelNewsAsia (CNA), the Singapore government is helping to promote a religious cause founded on unscientific and psychologically...
People Like Us (PLU)
Gays arrested by the Police in India
The Times of India reports Gays arrests
Press Relase, 5 January 2006 The Lucknow police on Wednesday arrested four men, including an assistant accountant of the State Administrative Tribunal, on charges of running...
The Times of India
2005 Utopia Awards for Gay & Lesbian Pioneers
Press release 2005 Utopia Awards
Bangkok, December 28, 2005 For 6 years the annual Utopia Awards, Asia's leading gay human rights commendations, have been recognizing individuals and organizations that have...
Fudan University is introducing an optional undergraduate course in homosexual studies, the first time any Chinese university has convened such a course for non-medical undergraduates.
BEIJING, Aug. 16 -- Set to start in September, the course will examine the health, legal and social issues relating to homosexuality, said Sun Zhongxin, an associate professor...
Amidst a Civil War, Nepal’s LGBT Group, the Blue Diamond Society, Keeps a Tradition Going as a Celebration of Diversity
This annual festival has become one of BDS premier events and draws crowds of locals as well as tourists, to join in the fun and enjoyment of the festivities. The...
Blue Diamond Society
ILGA Co-Secretaries General Send an Open Letter to the Iranian President in Light of the Recent Executions in Iran
Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Brussels, August 5th 2005 Mr. President, We would like to congratulate you for your election as President...
Executions in Iran
Sweden halts deportations of LGBT asylum seekers
The Swedish Migration Board’s decision to temporary freeze deportations of gay Iranians who have been denied asylum in Sweden is insufficient. The Government should immediately grant...
Qatari royal heir outed by Aljazeera
The Crown Prince of Qatar should be stoned to death for being gay, according to Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim fundamentalist scholar who is based in Qatar.
These allegatons appear in the Middle East news magazine Aljazeera. Dr Qaradawi was defended by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, in a Guardian comment article only yesterday,...
Public hanging in Iran
Human Rights Watch: IRANIAN TEENS WERE HANGED FOR RAPE, NOT GAY SEX But Questions Remain
The two male teenagers hanged in Mashad, Iran, July 19 were executed not for having sex with each other, as has been reported, but for raping a 13-year-old boy, Human Rights Watch...
Rex Wockner
Protest at execution of Iranian teenagers
Some reports say they were hanged for gay sex. The Iranian government claims they were hanged for the rape of a 13 year old boy. We are not prepared to give the violently homophobic Iranian government the benefit of the doubt
OUtrage! organises a protest in London, UK. Thursday 11 August, Iranian Embassy 1pm to 2pm, Embassy of Iran, 16 Prince's Gate, London SW7 (near the Royal Albert Hall, by the junction...
An interview with gay activists in Iran
Some are denying that the boys were persecuted because of being gays and put more emphasis on the boy’s crime
ILGA publishes press releases and statements as submitted by its members. Conflicting information has been circulated around this information: it is argued the two boys were hung...
Gay Russia.ru
Public execution of two teenagers in Iran
COC: ‘Netherlands must strongly condemn Iran, and must call for European sanctions’
ILGA publishes press releases and statements as submitted by its members. Conflicting information has been circulated around this information: it is argued the two boys were hung...
Statement by IGLHRC
Reported Executions in Iran
ILGA publishes press releases and statements as submitted by its members. Conflicting information has been circulated around this information: it is argued the two boys were hung...
First ever Gay Pride event in Sri Lanka
“Colombo First Pride event” Rocks the city!
The first ever Gay Pride event in Sri Lanka was held on July 20th 2005 - a date that will be remembered in this country, for years to come. More than three hundred people packed...
Equal Ground
10,000 participants at Jerusalem’s 4th Pride
Three participants hospitalized after ultra-Orthodox attacker goes on stabbing rampage
Jerusalem Open House: “Violence will never deter our commitment to achieve LGBT equality, nor our struggle for a better Jerusalem.” Israeli Interior Minister: “Heads of the Jerusalem...
Jerusalem Open House
Gay groups blast Govt survey as prejudiced
Even China accepts there is no psychological basis, and homosexual is not a crime in Hong Kong. Is the government planning to repeal its own 1991 decriminalisation?
A Home Affairs Bureau survey to measure Hong Kong's attitudes towards homosexuality has been slammed as insulting and prejudiced after a draft of the questions was released for...
South China Morning Post
From October 20th-23rd join LGBT activists from around the world in Cebu City in the Philippines
The first ILGA-Asia Regional Conference, entitled “A to Z: The Other Asia”, was held in Mumbai, India on October 2002. It brought together Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender...
Equal Ground Publishes a new report on LGBT issues entitled
Fifteen years ago on May 17th 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders. This action served to...
Equal Ground
ILGA Board
Anna Leah Sarabia
Anna Leah Sarabia is a sociologist and women and media expert. She was co-secretary General of ILGA from 2001 to 2003. She is currently representative of ILGA's Women's Secretariat...
Alleging discrimination, Shirin Merchant (name changed), says she was barred entry to Seven, a Bandra nightclub, because she is a lesbian.
She said that on May 18, Samson Stephen, the club’s general manager stopped her and three friends from entering. Shirin says she first went to the club — located on the sixth floor...
©Mid Day
The United Nations IRIN News Services Talks to Kursad Kahramanoglu about the Numerous Contradictions
LAHORE, 10 May 2005 (IRIN) - Sitting on a bench in the shade of the cool palms of Lahore's Lawrence Gardens, Tariq thought carefully over what to say next. For years he had kept...
©United Nations IRIN News Service
ILGA Panel at the 61rst UNCHR
Discrimination is about being wrong
At the beginning of the women’s movement, we were talking about multiple burdens, but we really never looked at until 15 years ago on the true causes of these burdens and how...
ILGA Press Release
ILGA Representatives Meet with Elected Officials of the Philippine's Government
In Quezon City yesterday, Rosanna Flamer-Caldera the ILGA Co-Secretary General and Patricia Curzi, the ILGA Women’s Project Officer had the unique opportunity to meet with lawmakers...
A Wake Up Call
Malaysian human rights activist Farish Noor sounds the alarm on the rise of fascism in Malaysia and elsewhere
There was, not too long ago, a time when I could safely say to myself: “Well, no matter how bad things are here in Malaysia, thank God we don’t live in a country like Afghanistan...
Dr. Farish A Noor
In Sri Lanka – an ILGA member organisation
To assist with the relief and rebuilding programs in Sri Lanka, one of the worst affected countries in Asia, ILGA has set up a special account to facilitate donations to EQUAL GROUND
EQUAL GROUND has been assisting with disaster relief in Sri Lanka since the very first day and works closely with a consortium of NGO’s sending relief to the East coast of the island...
Equal Ground
Tsunami Disaster
Unimaginable emotional distress haunts those who survived - Counselors needed
The Tsunami wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka killing and destroying everything in its path. For the lucky ones who survived, life is going to be a terrible burden as they face their losses...
Tsunami / Message from ILGA
We need an enormous amount of help here
In the aftermath of the terrible earthquakes and Tsunamis that have devastated parts of the Asian Region, both Kursad and I, speaking on behalf of the ILGA family, extend our deepest...
Tsunami / From Sri Lanka
It is difficult, even here in Sri Lanka, to imagine the extent and the magnitude of the catastrophic Tsumani that hit our small island on the morning of the 26th of December.
Rosanna Flamer Caldera, ILGA Co-Secretary general and founder of Equal Ground, an LGBT group in Sri Lanka has been sending us some news from her country and the way it has affected...
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
Tsunami Disaster
The LGBT community responds to Asia Disaster
"Ordinary citizens are buying food, water, medicines, clothes etc from our own money and sending it to the affected areas. We need an enormous amount of help here". ILGA co-Secretary...
Delhi High Court’s refuses to change law
Section 377 criminalizes sodomy and other acts against the order of nature. A petition by Naz India asked the Court to declare it should no longer apply to consenting adults
As representatives of queer support groups from across the country we deplore the Delhi High Court’s decision not to reconsider their decision last September on Naz India’s petition...
Various Indian NGOs
No law on homos: Nepali Home Ministry
by Prabhat Guatam. Kathmandu Post Aug 31. Gays in Kathmandu who have frequent victims of humiliation and torture by police, have something to cheer about with the Interior Ministry's...
Blue Diamond Society
Members of the Blue Diamond Society released
We are glad to inform that all 39 members of Blue Diamond Society who were arrested on 9th August are released on bail charged 1000 Nrs each. Blue Diamond Society has paid the bail...
Blue Diamond Society
Call for Action
39 members of Blue Diamond Society arrested
Dear Folks, Following is an email received today from Sunil Pant, director of the Blue Diamond Society in Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of you know Sunil and Blue...
Blue Diamond Society
Homophobic violence in Nepal
Attempted Murder of a Meti in Kathmandu
I am writing to express deep concern about attempted murder of a Meti (cross dressing male) by some men in Kathmandu today early morning. Suraj, a Meti with his other Meti...
Blue Diamond Society
Nepal - Call for action
Nepalese Sexual Rights Groups could be banned
On June 18th a private-practice lawyer petitioned the Nepalese Supreme Court to shut down the Blue Diamond Society, an NGO working on sexual-health issues and human rights. The...
Blue Diamond Society
Nepalese Sexual Rights Groups to be banned
A Writ Petition Submitted to The Supreme Court asking to ban open homosexual activities
The following is the translation of a petition submitted June 18th by a private-practice lawyer to the Nepalese Supreme Court. He basically asks to shut down the Blue Diamond Society,...
The Nepalese Supreme Court has asked the gov't to give its opinion on whether homosexual rights groups and activists should be banned
Dear all, Blue Diamond Society is the only organisation in Nepal working on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights for/with/by sexual minorities. Our activities are HIV awareness, safe-sex...
Blue Diamond Society
Blue Diamond Society / Nepal
Why Nepal Police is assaulting/torturing Sexual Minorities in Nepal regularly?
I am writing this mail to inform you about the brutal assault and rape against 4 Metis (cross dressing males) by Nepal Police in Kathmandu, Nepal, on the early morning of 25th July...
Blue Diamond Society
Protest in Bangalore, India
Massive protest July 2, 2004 for Kokila, Hijra who was tortured and sexually assaulted by Police personnel in Bangalore
Sangama, a sexuality minorities' rights organization in Bangalore, India held a massive protest July 2, 2004 for Kokila who was tortured and sexually assaulted by Police personnel...
XV International AIDS Conference, Bangkok Thailand
Prevention, Access, Choices: Men Who Have Sex with Men in a Developing Country Context  
The Kaiser Foundation has been publishing reports on the XV International AIDS Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. Here is what they have published on MSM Aids prevention. Prevention,...
Kaiser Family Foundation
Help needed by Blue Diamond Society
Nepal’s Supreme Court to ban open homosexual activities
Dear Friends, Colleague, Activists and leaders, I am writing to express my deep concern about the situation of all sexual minorities and Blue Diamond Society, the only organization...
Blue Diamond Society
Government-sponsored homophobia in Nepal
Blue Diamond Society organizes a protest rally
Repeated torture and sexual assault by police against Metis (Cross dressing Males) in Kathmandu. I am writing to express deep concern over the occurrence of violations of fundamental...
Blue Diamond Society
Ongoing police violence against hijras in India
Sexual Minorities activists go on hunger strike and ask for support
Dear friend(s) We are writing from SANGAMA, a sexuality minorities' rights organisation in Bangalore, India. Protest letter follows. Kokila, a 21 year old hijra (member...
Out of the Shadows: Male to Male Sexual Behavior in Cambodia
In response to the lack of information on male to male sexual behaviour in Cambodia, the Alliance and KHANA (the Alliance's linking organisation in Cambodia) conducted a study in...
AIDS Alliance, September 2003
UN 2004 - Brazilian resolution
The lesbian and gay community denounces India’s dismal response and commitment to non-discrimination and equal rights for them at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission On Human Rights
In the last twenty years, individuals, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and even some States, have increasingly turned to international human rights mechanisms to protect and...
UN 2004 - NGO statement: LGBT rights
A perspective from India: Homosexuality stands criminalized because of a mid 19th century colonial law
This speech was given by Aditya Bondyopadhyay, legal consultant / Naz Foundation at the International Panel Discussion: Breaking the "cultural" straitjacket: why sexual orientation...
UN 2004 - NGO statement on LGBT Rights
Culture is invoked more frequently in UN debates on sexuality than on any other issue. Yet in many countries, the laws prohibiting and punishing homosexuality were introduced by colonizing countries and not part of the indigenous culture.
Message submitted by Chung To / Chi Heng Foundation / China To: Foreign Minister, People’s Republic of China CC: Chief Representative of the PRC to the United Nations Date:...
ILGA team in Geneva
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera is the current Co-Secretary General of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). She was re elected to the position at the World Conference in...
ILGA team in Geneva
Chung To
Chung is the founder and chairperson of Chi Heng Foundation, a charitable organization based in Hong Kong. Founded in 1998, Chi Heng and its predecessor has been promoting equality...
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Co-Secretary General
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera is the current Co-Secretary General of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). She was re elected to the position at the World Conference in...
ILGA Regions
ILGA surges in Asia
The Asia Region of ILGA convened a successful caucus in Manila as part of the 22nd ILGA World Conference on 11-18 November. The caucus convened human rights activist networks...
Brazilian resolution
A letter to Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa 
In a letter to Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa today, the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) urged the nation to vote for the Human Rights and Sexual Orientation resolution at the upcoming...
keynote speech Manilla 2003
Claudia Roth addresses ILGA world Conference in Manilla: Human rights are indivisible!
Claudia Roth is Member of Parliament and Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Foreign Office, Germany keynote speech of the 22nd...
Iran executes gay teenagers
Two gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran on 19 July 2005 for the 'crime' of homosexuality

ILGA publishes press releases and statements as submitted by its members. Conflicting information has been circulated around this information.On this case, apart from the press release...