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Video - Decriminalisation of LGBT people makes The Economist’s top ten stories of 2019. Watch the Trust’s Director Téa Braun explain why.

14 January 2019

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. In this historic year, The Economist has ranked decriminalisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as one of the top te

Sir Ian McKellen honours Belizean LGBT activist who battled to overturn anti-gay law

31 January 2017   Belize

Sir Ian McKellen has presented this year’s David Kato Vision and Voice Award to an activist who successfully battled to overturn Belize’s law criminalising consensual same-sex sexual acts.

Human Dignity Trust highlights the economic costs of criminalisation in letter to the Financial Times

25 January 2016   Human Dignity Trust

Read our full report on the economic costs of criminalising homosexuality here. Our Chief Executive Jonathan Cooper will also be debating these issues, alongside Anna Cross, Chief Finance Of

Human Dignity Trust widely recognised in House of Lords first debate on global LGBT persecution

17 September 2015   United Kingdom

The work of the Human Dignity Trust was widely recognised and cited in the House of Lords' first ever debate on the global persecution of LGBT people. Peers from across party lines acknowledged t

Our Chief Exec's letter on UK Government decision not to fly rainbow flag during pride this year

18 June 2015   United Kingdom

The Evening Standard on Thursday, 18 June 2015 published a letter [pdf] from our Chief Executive Jonathan Cooper in response to the decision of the Government that the British embassies will not

Allen & Overy and Dechert join Human Dignity Trust legal expert panel

09 June 2015   United Kingdom

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Dechert have joined the Human Dignity Trust’s (HDT) panel of legal experts providing  pro bono technical legal assistance to anyone challenging the criminali

Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledges the Human Dignity Trust’s work during a Q&A

29 April 2015   United Kingdom

During an exclusive Q&A with PinkNews, Prime Minister David Cameron has acknowledged the work of the Human Dignity Trust. Responding to a question by Harry Small, partner at Baker & McKenzie,

Ex-BP CEO Lord Browne champions LGBT rights at the workplace

15 August 2014   United Kingdom

Ex-BP CEO Lord Browne champions LGBT rights at the workplace When asked that should Britain play a more active role in helping to repeal the penal code it thrust on the former colonies, Lord Browne r

Pink News: Gay Canadians still face an inequality which may surprise you

11 August 2014   Canada

In Canada, the federal age of consent is 16, but for anal intercourse outside of marriage, the age of consent is 18.Quoting Jonathan Cooper, Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust, Pink News write

Now the Games are over, let’s not forget the persecuted men and women of the Commonwealth

04 August 2014   United Kingdom

After the recently completed Commonwealth Games 2014, the Human Dignity Trust’s Chief Executive points in this article published by The Independent that homosexuality is a crime in 80 per cent o

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