Feature: How LGBTI activists fight for their rights worldwide

How LGBTI activists fight for their rights worldwide

Across the globe, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans- and intersexuals (LGBTI) are coming under increasing attack as more repressive laws, discrimination and violence aggravate their living conditions. On the other hand, recent years have also seen a growing number of LGBTI activists seeking to assert their rights and to raise awareness for their issues. In the following dossier, activists and experts describe the restrictions confronting them and the strategies they are formulating to counter these developments.

LGBTI rights and activism in Uganda and Botswana

Sexual and gender minorities remain dangerously vulnerable to human rights abuses across much of Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite immense legal and cultural barriers, civil society activists around the continent are rising up to improve the lives of LGBTI people. Brian Pellot spoke with two leading activists in Uganda and Botswana.

By Brian Pellot
LGBTI rights are human rights and have to be defended - today even more then ever. The german government has to do all it can to support LGBTI rights worldwide.
Barbara Unmüßig

LGBTI people in Myanmar: second-class citizens

Political transition in Myanmar from a military to a civilian government holds the promise of opening up political spaces to previously marginalized groups. However, the dividend of the country’s democratization process seems to be still far off for the LGBTI community.

By Alice Muthoni Murage, Ohnmar Nyunt (Alison)
world map marked by sexual orientatin laws in the worldPhoto: International lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association (ILGA).

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Too queer to believe?

Where are the interfaces between religion, faith, and LGBTIQ rights? This question was discussed at the conference “Too queer to believe – Religion, social activism and LGBTI rights” which the Heinrich Böll Foundation held in Berlin in conjunction with the Turkish NGO Kaos GL at October 5th, 2016.

By Caroline Ausserer