The international scope of the movement for rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people is vividly in evidence right now, along with strong opposition to those rights.
Here’s what’s going on:
- An anti-homosexuality march in Jamaica, scheduled for today.
- Preparations for a debate among Commonwealth nations over LGBT rights and the fight against AIDS.
- A court appeal, scheduled for Monday, of a man in Cameroon who was sentenced to three years for homosexuality
- A court appearance, also scheduled for Monday, for a man in Uganda who was arrested for producing a play about a gay businessman
- A debate among countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations about LGBT rights in their member nations. Reportedly, ASEAN representatives from Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei have been instructed to oppose LGBT rights, while those from Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have been supportive.
- In Malaysia, a government endorsement of a warning to parents to watch for “symptoms” of homosexuality in their children.
- In Russia, a reported Supreme Court ruling that gay pride parades and discussions of homosexuality can be held without violating regional laws against “promoting” homosexuality in the presence of minors.
- In the United States, stark contrasts between the Republican and Democratic platforms on gay rights issues.
This blog is following all those issues, and more, but there’s no time now to provide details, other than what readers can find by following this post’s hyperlinks.