Monthly Archives: July 2012

American Christian leaders oppose ‘Kill the Gays Bill’

Activists in Uganda have welcomed the voices of 46 American Christian leaders who spoke out last week against the latest proposal for a strengthened Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The leaders, including Catholics and evangelical Christians, signed a letter opposing the bill. … Continue reading

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AIDS panelist: Disagree on theology, but shun genocide

Repression of indigenous people and of LGBTs share similar patterns that lead to genocide through increased rates of HIV infection and AIDS deaths, the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle said as a member of the “Culture, Religion and Law” panel on … Continue reading

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‘World Day Against Homosexuality’? No!

Human rights activists are speaking out against a rally planned for Cameroon on Aug. 21, which the local organizers bill as a “World Day Against Homosexuality.” The anti-homosexuality protest is proposed by the Movement of Young Cameroonians, or RJC, which … Continue reading

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World Bank may join fight against anti-LGBT bias

The World Bank is studying whether to lend its massive clout to efforts to end discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in developing countries. LGBT activists met Thursday with World Bank staff in Washington to seek their support … Continue reading

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AIDS experts: Decriminalization needed to combat AIDS

One of several quick recaps of news related to this week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. “If we are to take advantage of the huge possibilities that the science is now affording us in tackling the epidemic, we urgently … Continue reading

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Jamaica as a model for anti-AIDS, anti-homophobia action

One of several quick recaps of news related to this week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.: Lessons from “the most homophobic place on earth” Jamaican gay activist Maurice Tomlinson says his country is making progress in the fight against … Continue reading

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‘U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa’

One of several quick recaps of news related to this week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.: U.S. evangelical Christians accused of promoting homophobia in Africa The Guardian reports on the newly released study, “Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. … Continue reading

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Doctors, Tutu, Clinton appeal for LGBT rights in AIDS fight

Calls for an end to anti-homosexuality laws are growing more common, based on the growing understanding that such laws encourage the spread AIDS by denying health services to men who have sex with men (MSM). New drugs such as Truvada … Continue reading

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AIDS in Africa: many straight women, but higher rate for gays

Isn’t AIDS in Africa more a problem for heterosexuals than for homosexuals? AIDS and HIV are severe problems for both groups in Africa. The largest number of HIV-infected people in Africa are heterosexual, especially heterosexual women. But in many African … Continue reading

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Report on anti-LGBT laws cites ‘reason to hope’

The battle between advocates and opponents of anti-LGBT laws has produced a world of contrasts — “some victories to celebrate against a background of hateful laws still in force and hate crimes around the world,” says the International Lesbian, Gay, … Continue reading

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