I am working at present on constructing a resource of web sites for a book I am working on. Prompted by an article in the Guardian on world gay rights, I checked out these web sites which are really very useful.
So here are a few web sites
International Lesbian and Gay Association
The oldest global organisation – monitoring every country round the world. It has a web site with a very large amount of information in several languages – including
The Annual Report of State Sponsored Homophobia; For the latest 2013 report, click:
Sexual Rights Initiative: SRI
The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) is a coalition of organizations that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality at the UN Human Rights Council since 2006. Their web site lays out all the actions and groupsm involved. Very important as a global monitoring and campaigning organization.
Since 2003, ARC International has been advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. ARC plays a unique role in facilitating strategic planning around LGBT issues internationally, strengthening global networks, and enhancing access to UN mechanisms. We are the only organization with a full-time presence in Geneva committed to advancing LGBT issues within the UN human rights system, and have played a key role in the development of the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
And in the U.K.
The Kaleidoscope Trust
The Kaleidoscope Trust is a UK based charity working to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally. We believe that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Human Dignity Trust
The Human Dignity Trust will to help local groups and individuals challenge the legality of laws which criminalise private consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex, wherever those laws exist in the world.
The aim is that national criminal laws conform with international human rights obligations, as well as with constitutional law norms (which require nations to take into account international human rights law in the interpretation of their domestic constitutions) and rule of law values – all countries must obey international law once they have ratified an international human rights treaty.
The Trust does not campaign. It seeks clarification of the law through test case litigation.