In the debate about sexual orientation and gender identity, the challenges facing intersex people are often overseen.  a

A research study Human Rights between the Sexes. A preliminary study of the life of inter* individuals  focuses on the intersex people in 12 different countries all over the world.


A 2015 publication by ILGA-Europe  and Oll Europe focuses on the intersex people, namely the main problems that they face in Europe such as human rights violations, access to healthcare and violence in medical settings, education, employment, and legal recognition. It also gives an overview of different countries in Europe and their legal treatment of this particular group. It also serves a function of an intersex guide for the persons who are not familiar with intersex issue in general: Standing up for the human rights of intersex people – how can you help?

Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia is a 2016 survey report that elaborates on their experiences of medicalisation, institutional shaming and coercive treatment, as well as the intersex experiences with education and additional struggles such as suicidality and disability.


Inspirational videos

This page is dedicated to inspirational videos on how to work with sexual orientation and gender identity.

Learn more about the international work in the LGBTI movement, in the documentary "The Time Has Come": The documentary has collected testimonies and perspectives of human rights defenders all over the world based on their experiences and their expectations for next steps related to human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity at the UN.

Learn more about the Yogyakarta Principles and LGBT activism in Asia by watching the documentary "Courage Unfolds": The Courage Unfolds Campaign and video highlight the issues faced by LGBT people in Asia and encourage the use of the Yogyakarta Principles as a tool to promote LGBT human rights.

The Courage Unfolds Campaign calls for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to be protected by law, respected by society, and accepted by family. It is a call for the use of the Yogyakarta Principles as a tool to ensure the respect, protection and promotion by governments of the human rights of all people - including LGBT people. This set of international legal principles addresses the application of international law to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


Video from ARC International

ARC video

ARC International plays a unique role in facilitating strategic planning around LGBT issues internationally, strengthening global networks, and enhancing access to UN mechanisms. ARC is the only organization with a full-time presence in Geneva committed to advancing LGBT issues within the UN human rights system. The video "The Time has Come" consistc of interviews with LGBTI activists worldwide and gives a status quo on the fight for equal human rights for LGBTI people in the world today. See the 30-minute documentary here: The time has come.

Islam and LGBT

muslim lgbtMany Islamic authorities claim that homosexuality is categorically forbidden, but the reality is much less clear-cut. There are no verses in the Qur'an that unambiguously condemn homosexuals, and there are some that suggest they can be tolerated in Muslim communities. In addition, reports from Hadith that condemn homosexual and transgender persons are of dubious authenticity. Islamic law itself does not speak about the issue of sexual orientation, but speaks about sexual behavior. The interpretation of different sexual behaviours in Islam is beginning. The first Muslim to publish widely on issues of sexuality and Islam is Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle. His book "Homosexuality in Islam" was published in 2011.

In many Muslim lands persecution is still rife - read an excellent article about this in the Economist here (from 4th February, 2012).

In the database, you can find several discussion papers and reports on issues of Islam and LGBT people. You can also find more information on the following websites:

Inner Circle based in South Africa, the largest formal organization for Muslims who are queer in the world.

The Safra Project is a resource project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally (Muslim LBT women). Amongst other things, the website contains a very elaborate bibliography on sexuality, gender and islam.

An Open Democracy article from 2014 represents an interesting piece on relation between LGBT+ rights and religion. It argues for complementarity relationship between religion and human rights where religion is presented as a potential for renewal among the human rights group and not necessariliy a challenge:


Seminar on LGBT and development

On September 18, 2013, LGBT Denmark, the Danish Family Planning Organisation, Sabaah and the Danish Refugee Council invites to a seminar on how to include LGBT-issues in development work for organisation, who do not have a specific focus on gender identity and sexual minorities.

Fabienne Simenel from Hivos will facilitate the seminar.

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