US ‘deeply concerned’ over arrests of LGBTI people in Azerbaijan

By : Michael K. Lavers Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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A State Department spokesperson on April 4 said the U.S. is “deeply concerned” over reports that indicate more than a dozen LGBTI people in Azerbaijan have been arrested.

Reuters cited an Azeri LGBTI advocacy group that said police this week arrested four transgender sex workers. Freedom House in a press release said police in Baku, the country’s capital, on April 1 arrested “at least 14 LGBT+ people.”

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European Parliament passes historic intersex rights resolution

By : Alex Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The European Parliament on Feb. 14 adopted a resolution on the rights of intersex people. It stipulated that European Union member states should legislate better policies that protected intersex individuals, especially from unnecessary surgery and discrimination.

The resolution was introduced earlier by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee).

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Gay rights groups build alliances to counter climate of fear

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Gay rights activists are joining with refugees, ethnic minorities and other groups to beat back forces that are exploiting a climate of fear created by terror concerns, an official with an international gay rights advocacy group said Oct 20.

Joyce Hamilton, Europe co-chairwoman of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, said allies and partners will be needed to protect human rights in Europe, including gains the LGBT community has made on the continent in recent years.

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