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  Human Rights Learning Centre: Study Guide on Sexual Orientation and Human Rights
The right to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is infringed upon by police practices, in investigations or in the case of lesbians, gays and bisexuals in detention.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is meant to be the EU code of fundamental rights and was proclaimed in Nice in December 2000.
She was denied the right to equal treatment through the refusal of Colombian prison authorities to grant her the conjugal visits with her partner because of her sexual identity as a lesbian.
www.hrea.org /learn/guides/lgbt.html   (3639 words)

  Amnesty Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Concerns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) opens with the simple but powerful statement that "all members of the human family" have equal and inalienable rights, an affirmation that should be seen as of the most significant legacies of the 20th century.
AI addresses questions on LGBT issues of: equal right to life; equal freedom from arbitrary arrest; equal freedom from torture and ill-treatment; equal freedom of expression and association; equality before the law; and equality in dignity and rights.
After years of international debate and sustained campaigning by the lesbian and gay rights movement and by many within the AI movement, a highly significant step forward was taken in 1991, when AI adopted a policy affirming that prosecuting people for their homosexuality was a form of prosecution.
www.ai-lgbt.org /general_info.htm   (741 words)

 LGBT Rights & Recognition : AFSC
At the center of all of the intricately interrelated debates about civil marriage is this question: whose households and families are worthy of legal recognition and economic stability, and whose are not?
An important statement was released this summer with the signatures of more than 250 LGBT activists and leaders.
While this is not an AFSC statement, we are sharing it because we believe it is very much in the spirit of AFSC’s work on LGBT rights and recognition.
www.afsc.org /lgbt   (187 words)

 Poland: LGBT rights under attack - Amnesty International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Amnesty International is concerned about a climate of intolerance in Poland against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, characterised by the banning of public events organized by the LBGT community, openly homophobic language used by some highly placed politicians, and incitement of homophobic hatred by some right-wing groupings.
Given this climate with regard to the LGBT community in Poland, Amnesty International is concerned about the recent abolition of the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for the Equality of Men and Women, which was responsible for promotion of equal treatment of sexual minorities.
In particular, both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms oblige states parties to guarantee all individuals the enjoyment of their human rights without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
web.amnesty.org /library/index/engeur370022005   (759 words)

 Category:LGBT rights opposition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
LGBT is an acronym for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender".
Some of the individuals and organizations listed below have taken assertive stances on limiting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals or groups.
Others simply stand on their beliefs in opposing what they term homosexual behavior.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:LGBT_rights_opposition   (171 words)

 Law School Admission Council :: LSAC.org
The movement for social and legal recognition of the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is now a part of the national discourse, with new developments occurring at an unprecedented pace.
Specifically, many LGBT students who responded to the survey said that they are also members of religious communities or race or ethnic groups, or are disabled.
LGBT students, faculty, staff, and others may therefore feel that the presence of military recruiters contributes to an unwelcoming educational environment.
www.lsac.org /LSAC.asp?url=lsac/information-gay-lesbian-bisexual-applicants.asp   (2114 words)

 Conference Themes | 1st World Outgames Montréal 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
LGBT rights must be supported and defended within all international organisations, particularly the United Nations.
LGBT individuals are present and active in all areas of life: sports, education, media, the workplace, family, religion, culture, politics and lawmaking, law enforcement and justice, and so on.
These changes include granting equal rights to LGBT individuals who are or wish to become parents, and to same-sex couples (including equal access to civil marriage).
www.montreal2006.org /en_conference_themes.html   (1030 words)

 LGBT Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
LGBT individuals can adopt in Ohio, however the courts appear unlikely to grant adoption to same-sex couples.
Marriage licenses are granted based on a person's sex as stated on his or her birth certificate, therefore transgender same-sex couples whose birth certificates indicate they are of the opposite sex can marry.
This means that schools have a duty to protect LGBT students from harassment on an equal basis with all other students.
www.acluohio.org /issues/lgbt/lgbt_rights.htm   (885 words)

 civilrights.org -- LGBT Rights Groups Announce Opposition to Nomination of Samuel Alito
It also makes clear that the individual and equal protection rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ("LGBT") people and their families would be in real jeopardy if he were confirmed.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a non-profit legal organization committed to advancing the rights and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
www.civilrights.org /issues/nominations/details.cfm?id=38625   (798 words)

 OUTfront! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights
Many of those who speak up for LGBT rights - regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity - are themselves persecuted with impunity.
Amnesty International believes that LGBT people are entitled to the full range of human rights protections afforded to anyone else, and that governments have an obligation to protect and promote the basic human rights of LGBT people.
Condemn torture and ill-treatment, including forced "medical" treatment of LGBT people, and release immediately and unconditionally all LGBT prisoners of conscience who are imprisoned solely for their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
www.amnestyusa.org /outfront   (399 words)

 PrideSource: A powerful voice for LGBT rights
Currently, as executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, she is an international force for recognition of the human rights of LGBTs.
Though Ettelbrick believes that litigation is "a part of a public educational movement" for LGBT rights, she'd like to see it play a lesser role in the movement.
The first difference is that, on the international scene, LGBT rights are not considered necessarily a matter of government largesse.
www.pridesource.com /article.shtml?article=12885§ion=news   (671 words)

 PrideSource: 'President' Kerry ready to fight for LGBT rights
One, for Between The Lines and other LGBT regional newspapers around the country, was conducted by this reporter, a veteran gay journalist and independent freelancer based in the Boston area.
The Human Rights Campaign says Kerry's record of support in Senate votes since he entered Congress in 1984 averages 96 percent, but in each of the last four sessions of Congress, it has been at 100 percent.
But I think that politically right now nationally the vast majority of people are focused on the outsourcing of jobs and their inability to pay their bills and survival, in a sense.
zzz.pridesource.com /article.shtml?article=9545   (2131 words)

 Justice and Peace: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
The equal marital rights resources are a variety of articles and background materials for advocating equal marital rights for same-sex couples.
A post-election pastoral letter from the Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, LGBT Ministries, UCC's Wider Church Ministries; and the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Interim National Coordinator of the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns.
Informed by sound biblical scholarship and his experience of the ministries of LGBT persons, Rev. Paul Sherry, past President of the UCC, wrote a pastoral letter to the church on the rights of LGBT persons in society and their membership and ministry in the UCC, entitled: Now, No Condemnation.
www.ucc.org /lgbt   (873 words)

 MattHillNC.com | The Q-triad Blog » Blog Archive » NY LGBT rights leader calls for end of Clinton support   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
NC LGBT activist & youth advocate is a sophomore at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and native of Winston-Salem, NC
According to an article published by 365gay.com News, an LGBT rights leader is calling for the end of support for Senator Hillary Clinton’s re-election campaign because she refuses to support full marriage equality for LGBT citizens.
There is no doubt in my mind that Senator Clinton would support LGBT marriage equality if she could but we all know that in our current political climate she could not risk taking such a stand and “losing the game”, so to speak.
www.onlinegreensboro.com /~matthillnc/?p=660   (1526 words)

 ACLU of Oregon: Issues: LGBT Rights
Believing that a violation of a person’s individual rights imperils the rights of all, the ACLU works to extend basic freedoms to the nation’s most vulnerable populations.
The struggle of LGBT people for full equality is one of this generation’s most important and galvanizing civil rights movements.
Chronology of ACLU of Oregon and the Civil Rights of LGBT Oregonians
www.aclu-or.org /site/PageServer?pagename=Iss_lgbt   (275 words)

 Marriage Debate: The Future of the LGBT Rights Movement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Michelle continued to posit that as LGBT Americans achieve the right to marry, the level of apathy increases.
Some may say in less than a year, the LGBT Rights Movement could be over as a result of the Massachusetts decision.
Nick’s larger picture stance on the LGBT rights struggle could be labeled liberationist, in that marriage is not the ultimate goal, but a universal understanding of equality is what activists should work toward.
www.campuspride.net /marriagedebate.asp   (994 words)

 Trades Union Congress - Equality
Campaigners for trans rights will be looking to the forthcoming promised Green paper on new anti-discrimination laws (Summer 2006) to ensure that this gap is plugged as soon as possible.
The TUC has now published updated guidance for unions taking into account recent legal changes and current good practice: LGBT Equality in the Workplace: a TUC guide for union negotiators on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues can be downloaded from this website.
Also on these pages, you will find information on contact with union LGBT networks, that now exist in many trade unions, and contact details for the regional networks for LGBT trade unionists in every TUC region in England and Wales.
www.tuc.org.uk /equality/index.cfm?mins=21&minors=21   (887 words)

 Amnesty Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Concerns
LGBT video released in 2003 Less than Human (36 minutes), which highlights four people’s stories in Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Turkey and the USA, has been produced in Dutch, English, French and Spanish.
Copies are available to all Sections/structures, LGBT organizations, LGBT networks etc through Hannah Madden (h.madden@amnesty.nl).
This handbook outlines why lgbt rights belong squarely on the human rights agenda and how lgbt communities have mobilized and joined with other movements to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding these violations.
www.ai-lgbt.org /resources.htm   (639 words)

 Gay News From 365Gay.com
Posted: November 3, 2005 3:00 pm ET (Washington) LGBT civil rights groups are ratcheting up their lobbying efforts to get Congress to pass civil rights protections for gays, lesbians and the transgendered.
A new bill is expected to be introduced in this session and for the first time LGBT rights groups are making a major push to ensure the legislation provides protections for the transgendered.
In August, Falwell told MSNBC that he continues to oppose "special rights" for the LGBT community, but that civil rights are another matter.
www.365gay.com /newscon05/11/110305transAds.htm   (389 words)

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.
LGBT rights in Nepal / BDS - Homophobic violence in Nepal
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.
www.ilga.org /countries_target.asp?ZoneID=3&CountryID=147   (517 words)

 AIUK : Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender network
All over the world lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people are being criminalised, tortured or ill-treated because of their sexuality.
Amnesty works to protect human rights defenders who put themselves at risk by speaking out to protest at human rights violations based on sexuality or gender identity.
The LGBT Network is formed by Amnesty members (and affiliated groups) who share a particular interest in raising awareness and campaigning against human rights violations based on sexual orientation.
www.amnesty.org.uk /lgbt   (163 words)

 Human Rights Watch - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangender Human Rights
Human Rights Watch is gravely concerned by anti-gay rhetoric and violence targeting people because of their presumed sexual orientation or the exercise of their sexual autonomy on the part of the Communist Party of Nepal — Maoist.
Human Rights Watch called on legislators to reject the bill, which would imprison anyone who speaks out or forms a group supporting lesbian and gay people’s rights, and would silence virtually any public discussion or visibility around lesbian and gay lives.
The attached statement—urging the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to support a resolution affirming the principle of non-discrimination in human rights based on sexual orientation, gender identity—was adopted by a conference of African LGBT and human rights groups based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
www.hrw.org /doc/?t=lgbt   (1579 words)

 NLGJA Journalists' Toolbox | How to Cover LGBT People   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Covering the LGBT community requires more research than a few viewings of "Will and Grace." Consider: Transsexuals aren't the same as drag queens.
The NLGJA Journalists' Toolbox is designed primarily to assist journalists who don't normally cover the LGBT community.
We also offer story ideas and new ways of thinking for reporters who are experienced in covering LGBT life.
www.nlgja.org /pubs/toolbox_intro.htm   (396 words)

 NOW and Lesbian Rights Issues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies.
NOW is committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all.
NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security, and the rights of equal marriage for all.
www.now.org /issues/lgbi   (188 words)

 ILGA | How long will LGBT rights be ignored at the UN?
In 2004, the joint efforts of LGBT and Human Rights NGOs (Arc International, IGLHRC, Human Rights Watch to name but a few) resulted in the biggest ever LGBT presence in the history of the United Nations with close to 40 activists from all parts of the world.
These activists, all strongly committed to the struggle for equal rights in their respective countries gave speeches, participated in panels during and within the UNCHR, and liaised with national delegations.
Its title “UNited we stand” is a clear statement of the growing importance we give to the recognition of the LGBT community and its rights by the United Nations.
www.ilga.org /news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileCategory=44&ZoneID=7&FileID=514   (1146 words)

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