The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people vary worldwide. LGBT rights are human and civil rights and laws cover everything from same-sex marriage to persecution for same-sex relationships.
The UN Human Rights Commission has documented violations of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including hate crimes, discrimination and criminalization of homosexuality in various countries throughout the world. Anti-LGBT laws are institutionalized in many countries and include sodomy laws penalizing consensual same-sex sexual activity with fines, jail terms or the death penalty. In other countries where LGBT people do not face persecution, their civil rights are limited. Examples of this include laws preventing same-sex marriage, LGBT adoption, immigration equality and anti-discrimination for employment and housing. In 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council passed its first resolution recognizing LGBT rights and urged all countries which had not yet done so to enact laws protecting basic LGBT rights. Recent DW content on the topic can be found below.
Newspaper "The Australian" has published a Bill Leak illustration showing goose-stepping gay rights activists, suggesting similarities with the Nazi SS. Australia will hold a same sex marriage referendum next year.
The petition by Islamic activists comes after months of government-dealt setbacks for members of Indonesia's LGBT community. "They are scared, but they are not retreating," HRW researcher Kyle Knight tells DW.
Gay rights activist Maurice Tomlinson was a respected lawyer in his native Jamaica. But he had to flee the country after several death threats because of his homosexuality. Jamaica is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be gay. Tomlinson is now based in Canada and continues his work.
Two German politicians were briefly detained as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters at a banned gay pride event in Istanbul. Officials cited security concerns for banning the gathering.
When Tunisia embarked on the road to democracy after the 2011 revolution, LGBT activists in the country finally felt they could stand up and openly fight for their rights. But, five years on, homosexuality is illegal in Tunisia, and, for many campaigners in the LGBT community, speaking out has also meant being a target of violence.
Politicians in Rome have approved a bill recognizing civil unions for same sex and heterosexual couples. However, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had to water down the legislation a great deal for the Upper House's approval.