While some countries have decriminalised homosexuality, outlawed homophobic hate crimes and over 20 countries recognise same-sex marriage; others are becoming increasingly oppressive, and brutal, like Chechnya.
Having sex with someone of the same sex remains illegal in over 70 countries, and punishable by death in 10. We've pulled together a number of organisations working to promote equality, though it's worth remembering that LGBT human rights campaigners risk violence, discrimination, and arrest.
Contact us here if you know of an organisation we should include.
International HIV organisations
You may be interested in our section on International HIV organisations focusing on the health and well-being of gay men and men who have sex with men including HIV prevention, HIV treatment, advocacy, support services and promoting their health and human rights, and storytelling to fight the pandemic and the global stigma associated with it.
International HIV organisations | MEN R US
Human rights body leaves Stonewall diversity scheme | BBC News | 23 May 2021
UK queer rights groups protest over anti-transgender, gay “charity” | Queerty* | 1 May 2021
Hate group Family Research Council reminds followers that Bible says to kill the “immoral” gays | USA | LGBTQ Nation | 19 Mar 2021
LGBT rights: New threat for Poland's 'rainbow families' | BBC News | 17 Mar 2021
School calls transgender book “inappropriate” and offers counseling to kids who heard it | USA | LGBTQ Nation | 15 Mar 2021
The Real List of Trump’s “Unprecedented Steps” for the LGBTQ Community | Human Rights Campaign | 11 Jun 2020
Cured: How mental illness was used as a tool against LGBT rights | BBC News | 25 Mar 2021
LGBTQ+ zines from places where being gay is condemned | Huck | 3 Mar 2021
From Russia to India and Hong Kong, we take a look at the zines which are carving out vital spaces of self-expression for queer people in countries where same-sex relationships still remain taboo.
Men caned 77 times in Indonesia after 'being caught having sex' | The Guardian | 29 Jan 2021
Two men receive 77 lashes in public as punishment for having sex with each other | LGBTQ Nation | 28 Jan 2021
Inside Nigeria’s queer OnlyFans scene | Huck | 28 Jan 2021
2020 was the worst year for LGBTQ rights in Europe. But activists are ready to fight back | LGBTQ Nation | 29 Dec 2020
LGBT Rights: Uganda, Russia And Saudi Arabia Show Why The Fight For Equality Continues | Huff Post | 26 Dec 2020
The dangerous and oppressive countries where same-sex love is still a crime, mapped | Pink News | 16 Dec 2020
‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’ | BBC News | 28 Jul 2020
For years Mohamed's family tried to make him more like other boys - tougher, more "masculine". They even sent him to have a female spirit driven out with hallucinogenic drugs. Eventually, writes Layla Mahmood, they decided to kill him.
Facebook says threat to throw gay people to their deaths does not violate its standards | Gay Star News | 1 Jul 2020
Polish Jews plead with politicians to learn from the horrors of the Holocaust and stop ‘dehumanising’ LGBT+ people | Pink News | 17 Jun 2020
How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights | The Guardian | 16 Jun 2020
LGBT+ rights movements are strongest when they support other progressive causes and are supported in return | Openly | 12 Jun 2020
Thugs push gay man into the road and beat him senseless – twice – in ‘vicious homophobic attack’ in central London | Pink News | 22 May 2020
Coronavirus: 'I was attacked for hanging my rainbow flag' | BBC News | 22 May 2020
LGBT travel index puts Sweden top, and warns against some popular destinations | The Guardian | 22 Nov 2019