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World Press Freedom Day – Why it matters !


Two weeks separate World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd, and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17th. This is a coincidence, but a highly symbolic one. No doubt that all oppressive regimes and their supporters, religious or lay, will have a very busy month of May, waging their battles against democracy. Recent developments in Eastern Europe, and especially …

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UN Secretary General Addresses IDAHO International Conference


The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has addressed participants of a high level intergovernmental conference organised by the Government of the Netherlands for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia in The Hague on the evening of the 16th. In his speech, the Secretary General underlined that “for generations, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in …

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New UN Video “The Time Has Come” on Global Fight for Sexual & Gender Rights


The new 30 minute documentary features a very wide range of activists and policy-makers from around the world, reflecting on the international fight for rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity, at the United Nations in particular. The question of culture and gender/sexuality features particularly strongly, as people from diverse societies examine what LGBTQI identities and politics mean, in …

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The Global Rainbow Flashmob Video is out !


This year’s global action for the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia – in which over 100 cities were lit up with rainbow colours – has now been edited into a video-montage which showcases the amazing diversity of events ! From dance flashmobs in the UK, Myanmar and South Africa, to Die-ins in Brazil and France, to balloon releases in …

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