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April 04, 2014
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed news reports that the Presidium of the Kostroma Regional Court in western Russia has ruled that the city’s ban of two LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual...
April 02, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today praised African leaders who, amidst an increasing hostile environment, have publicly supported protecting the human rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay,...
April 01, 2014
Since the passage of Nigeria’s newest anti-gay law, the Nigerian LGBT community has been subject to increasing violence and persecution, in addition to the danger of legal prosecution. On March...
April 01, 2014
By Dawes Cooke Vitaly Milonov, a deputy in Saint Petersburg’s Legislative Assembly and the principal sponsor of a citywide anti-LGBT propaganda law, believes it’s sometimes necessary to teach LGBT...
March 28, 2014
Next week the Ethiopian Parliament is scheduled to vote on a proposition that would include homosexuality as an unpardonable offense, grouping it together with human trafficking, smuggling, and...
March 27, 2014
by Taria Polyakova Russian human rights activist Taria Polyakova describes Russia's crackdown on the LGBT community and shares her story of being arrested in Moscow on the opening day of the...
March 26, 2014
By Jess Ballance Tomorrow, President Obama will have an audience with Pope Francis, and a rare opportunity to discuss the importance of condemning violence and persecution of the global LGBT...

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Factsheet | October 09, 2014
The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been a top priority of the Obama Administration.  President Obama’s leadership has yielded advancements in the...
Letter | September 29, 2014
Dear Mr. President, Thank you for your critical work to promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people around the world. We are writing to respectfully request...
Opinions | August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Shawn Gaylord. “It's normal that you were beaten because Russian people hate fags.” “We should take you to the streets and stone you to death — how many...
Report | July 29, 2014
Nearly 50 African heads of state have been invited to gather in Washington, D.C. on August 4-6 for President Barack Obama’s historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Announced by the White House as the “...

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