Monthly Archives: August 2012

GOP: 76 countries’ anti-gay laws are OK

The Republican Party wants the United States to stop pushing for repeal of 76 countries’ laws that make homosexuality a crime. In its newly unveiled 2012 party platform, the GOP criticizes the Obama administration for its warnings that U.S. foreign … Continue reading

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LGBT rights, Hindu style — the example of Nepal

  A remarkable story by Vishal Arora in Asia Times tells about the arrival of LGBT rights in Nepal: It started with a December 2007 judgment by the Supreme Court directing the government to introduce laws providing equal rights to … Continue reading

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GOP platform leak: 76 countries’ anti-gay laws are OK

An inadvertently leaked draft of a section of the Republican Party platform implies that the United States should not oppose anti-LGBT laws in the 76 countries where homosexuality is a crime. As the GOP convention gets under way this week, … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe police move to shut down pro-LGBT group

Police in Zimbabwe are seeking to shut down the gay-rights organization GALZ as an unregistered enterprise. The group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe disputed the police accusation, and did not state that it is shutting down operations. But the Zimbabwean … Continue reading

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Seemingly anti-gay Kenyan bishop encourages LGBTs

“Gays are worse than terrorists”?  That’s what the Anglican bishop of Mombasa, the Right Rev. Julius Kalu, was recently quoted as saying. But Kalu this month held an eye-opening meeting with a group of gay Christians who had been upset … Continue reading

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‘Gay Hate Day’ fizzles in Cameroon and worldwide

Aug. 21 came and went without any sign of the large protests against homosexuality that were  announced in June and widely denounced since then. That day was supposed to be “International Day Against Homosexuality,” nicknamed “Gay Hate Day” by its … Continue reading

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Report: Oppression undermines Ugandan society

Ugandan society is being undermined by intensifying attacks on a wide range of non-profit organizations — ones that seek LGBT rights, but also many good-government advocates, says the international watchdog group Human Right Watch. In a new 50-page report titled … Continue reading

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Singapore court OKs challenge to anti-gay law

Singapore might be moving toward striking down its anti-sodomy laws, which reinforce stigma against gay men, even though the laws are rarely enforced. Court action today makes it possible for the laws to be overturned as a result of a … Continue reading

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Protest greets Zimbabwe police raids

An LGBT rights group has condemned Zimbabwean police raids on the headquarters of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, or GALZ. The latest raid is described here: “Report: Another Zimbabwe police raid on LGBT rights group.” In a public statement, African Men … Continue reading

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Stephane Tchakam: Vibrant LGBT activist’s memory lives on

“Stephane is dead!” announces a voice on the phone. “Which one?” “Stephane Tchakam.” “Excuse me. Are you kidding or what?” The call came from Philip, a well-known gay activist in Douala, Cameroon, who phoned a friend in Yaoundé to tell … Continue reading

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