Awesome news! The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, after three years, is now the first American gay and lesbian group to lobby at the United Nations. Congrats!!

For three years, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has toiled in obscurity to secure the approval of an obscure U.N. committee that decides who gets to participate in public U.N. meetings and debates. Over the week 10-16 July, the group’s struggle to gain “consultative ...more ⇒

Iraqi police crackdown on gays continues

Following the June Iraqi police raid on an LGBT-run safe house in the city of Kerbala, Interior Ministry forces have raided a male beauty parlor in Baghdad seizing five gay men. The new raid happened 25 June on a house used as a business for services such as waxing and massage in the Baghdad district of Karada. Such ...more ⇒

“Skeptical and Daring”

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was awarded an honorary doctorate for his human rights work by Sussex University last week. This is the full text of his acceptance speech on receipt of his Honorary Doctorate of Letters, conferred by Sussex University and presented by the university’s Chancellor, Sanjeev ...more ⇒

Lesbian seeks US help amid Ugandan crackdown

Ugandan lesbian activist Val Kalende says she lost her newspaper job for her outspoken opposition to a proposed Uganda law that would impose life imprisonment and even the death penalty on gay people. She blames her country’s virulent homophobia on misunderstanding and a scheming president. “It’s ...more ⇒

UK Government: exhausted LGBT asylum cases can be reviewed

UK LGBT asylum seekers who have been refused asylum and all legal avenues exhausted can now ask UK Border Agency for their cases to be reviewed in light of the judgment of the Supreme Court in HJ (Iran) & HJ (Cameroon). (more coming soon) full story</a