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The Right to Dignity: Prioritizing LGBTQ Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy

Nearly 80 countries around the world criminalize same-sex conduct.

Where these laws are enforced, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons and their basic human rights are at risk. In many countries, LGBTQ youth are alone and afraid, too often the subject to arbitrary arrests, unlawful and pretrial detention, years of imprisonment, violence, and in some cases death.

Even in countries where homosexuality has been decriminalized, persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, and those perceived to be deviating from the cultural norm, face discrimination and violence.

Source: rhrealitycheck.org

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Roman SimaThe Right to Dignity: Prioritizing LGBTQ Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy
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Gay Muslims Come Out In Toronto Photo Exhibit, ‘Just Me And Allah’

(RNS) Many Muslims leave Islam when they find their sexuality and faith incompatible. But a new photo exhibit of gay and queer Muslims challenges that notion.

The exhibit, which opens June 18 at the Toronto Public Library, captures the humanity of subjects with close-up, intimate images. It’s the latest example of LGBT Muslims in North America reclaiming their faith and rejecting the expectation that they keep their sexuality secret.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Official Homophobia in Russia

Being different in Russia is not celebrated, it is prosecuted. The country’s LGBT community lives in constant fear. Until recently, there were only random attacks by religious zealots, but this year it became a government-led war. […]

Source: Pulitzercenter.org

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Roman SimaOfficial Homophobia in Russia