Monthly Archives: September 2012

Malawi leader: My plan to repeal anti-gay laws is stymied

The people of Malawi apparently aren’t ready to repeal the country’s laws against homosexual activity, says President Joyce Banda, who has vowed to seek to overturn them. Current law in Malawi provides for imprisonment for up to five years for … Continue reading

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Romney and the religious right’s anti-LGBT foreign policy

This is an except from commentary by the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle that appeared in the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. In it, Ogle describes and analyzes this week’s Clinton Global Initiative 2012 conference in New York, including a … Continue reading

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Iraq has become a death trap for gay men

The BBC has directed a renewed spotlight on the extreme peril that gay and transgender people face in Iraq. Its report by Natalia Antelava, titled “Witch-hunt in Iraq,” builds on previous accounts of death squads, unopposed by the Iraqi government, … Continue reading

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Anti-LGBT win at UN for Russia and ‘traditional values’

The U.N.Human Rights Council today adopted a Russian resolution supporting “traditional values,” which LGBT activists fear will be used to deny human rights to women and to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The resolution was adopted by a vote … Continue reading

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Iran’s stern, bizarre anti-homosexuality message

In Iran, where homosexual activity is punishable by death, political and religious leaders use a mix of old misunderstandings and new misconceptions as reasons to oppose basic human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The two most … Continue reading

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What African heads of state won’t say at the UN

Reposted from the Huffington Post, with permission: What African Heads of State Won’t Say at the UN General Assembly By Josh D. Scheinert The opening of the UN General Assembly is taking place before us. It is a grand opportunity, … Continue reading

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Do you have advice for LGBT rights activists in Belize?

What strategy should an LGBT rights group pursue when homophobic religious leaders launch a counterattack? That’s what Caleb Orozco, executive president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement, wants to know. He is hoping that experienced LGBT activists and others around … Continue reading

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U.S. media ignore French plea to U.N. to make gay sex legal

In a speech to the United Nations yesterday, French President François Hollande urged the repeal of all laws against homosexuality worldwide, such as those currently in effect in 76-plus countries. That news went unreported in the New York Times, Washington … Continue reading

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Lesbian couple flees from homophobic violence in Africa

Lesbian couple flees homophobic violence in Africa, without government help — just a bit of help from a supportive blogger. http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2012/09/25/lesbian-couple-under-siege-flee-african-country/ Related articles United Nations Releases New Guidelines To Promote LGBT Safety And Equality (queerty.com)

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Jamaica’s deadly homophobia also kills heterosexuals

Jamaica’s deadly homophobia also kills heterosexuals, LGBT rights activist Maurice Tomlinson observes. Specifically, just yesterday: “On Monday, September 24, 2012 a family’s home was firebombed, an innocent man was hacked to death and his daughter severely chopped by a machete-wielding … Continue reading

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