LGBTQ Rights

People wave a rainbow flag as they celebrate the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election in West Hollywood, California, on Nov. 7, 2020.

The Missing Realism of Biden’s Pro-LGBTQ Foreign Policy

The new administration has committed to far-reaching human rights goals that could easily backfire.

Members of AIDS activist group ACT UP hold up signs of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Jesse Helms along with a banner stating “Silence Equals Death” as they protest at the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, on Oct. 11, 1988.

U.S. Leaders Forgot the Lessons of the AIDS Crisis by Not Doing the Reading

Literature’s power to illuminate otherness makes it critical to leadership.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

Gender rights activists gather to take part in Namma Pride 2020, a solidarity walk in Bengaluru, India, on Dec. 27, 2020.

For LGBTQ+ People Around the World, Here’s What Biden Can Do to Build Back Better

Divided government or not, the incoming administration has several options for fixing the United States’ human rights record.

An activist speaks at a Trans+ Pride rally in London

A High Court Decision in Britain Puts Trans People Everywhere at Risk

The so-called gender critical movement is illogical, anti-feminist, and cruel.

Veterans and service men and women hold a press conference outside the U.S. capitol to demand justice for Vanessa Guillen, who was killed by a fellow soldier stationed in Texas, in Washington, DC on July 21.

Can Biden Make the Military Safe for Those Who Serve?

Female and LGBTQ soldiers may face more danger from their colleagues than their enemies. Here’s what the president-elect can do.

A police officer faces a woman in mask as she argues against a pro-life counter protest in front of Krakow's Archbishop's Palace in Krakow on Oct 25.

Poland’s Culture Wars

Central Europe’s battles over rights are dangerous, and Europe can’t risk handing Russia a victory.

Donald Trump attends a worship service in Las Vegas.

Trump Officials Seek to Push Social Conservative Values in International Agreements

The U.S. administration exports anti-abortion policies abroad and strips international agreements of references to “sexual orientation” and “gender identities.”

Abandoned houses in Seoul

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Skyrocketing housing prices threaten South Korea, the plight of LGBTQ people in Kashmir, and rapidly deteriorating economic conditions in Argentina. 

Protesters march in Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir, on Oct. 7, 2016.

Kashmir’s LGBTQ Community Is Caught Between Conservative Society and Indian Ethnonationalism

New Delhi claims that Kashmir used its semi-autonomous status to discriminate against sexual and gender minorities, but its own moves are doing more harm than good.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Stanford University in Stanford, California, on July 24, 2018.

Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights Will Endanger Everyone’s Human Rights

The U.S. secretary of state’s commission cherry picks the issues that suit its agenda while undermining international law and threatening LGBT and women’s rights.

Joseph Fons holding a gay pride flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on June 15.

The Real Reason the United States Lags on LGBTQ Rights

This week’s Supreme Court decision ends one legal battle, but reveals why the country’s record is so poor.

An activist holds a placard during a protest against corruption outside the Zambian parliament in Lusaka on Sept. 28, 2018.

U.S. Ambassador Puts Zambia on Notice

Washington gives the country $500 million in support a year, he says, but has little to show for it in terms of cooperation and human rights.

Riot police protect a pride parade amid risks of disruption by far-right opponents in Plock, central Poland, on Aug. 10.

In Poland’s Upcoming Election, the Law and Justice Party Is Demonizing the LGBT Community to Win

The party is likely to win the vote, but it may eventually lose the broader cultural fight.

A person wearing a rainbow flag leaves the Milimani High Court in Nairobi after Kenya’s high court, in a much-awaited verdict, refused to scrap laws criminalizing same-sex relationships, on May 24.

Kenya’s Bid for LGBT Equality Hits a Wall

Judges declined to overturn colonial-era laws criminalizing same-sex relationships. Human Rights Watch’s Neela Ghoshal says it’s a setback with regional repercussions.

Attendees hold rainbow flags during a march to honor LGBT rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker in New York City on June 14, 2017.

Congress Wants State Department to Reckon With the ‘Lavender Scare’

Gay employees were hounded from office in a dark episode of State Department history from the 1950s and ’60s, and many committed suicide.

Locals in Auckland, New Zealand, pay their respects on March 22, a week after the Christchurch mosque shootings. (Michelle Hyslop/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pakistan’s military boom is an economic bust, and looking back on the Christchurch attack.

Participants at a gay pride festival in Prague celebrate on Aug. 17, 2013. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Can the Czech Republic Tear Down Europe’s Rainbow Curtain?

Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that.

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