Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cameroon man re-arrested for homosexuality

Cameroon police have made another arrest under the country’s anti-homosexuality law, which has sent a dozen people to prison in recent years, with others awaiting trial on similar charges that could lead to prison sentences of up to five years. … Continue reading

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Tough life for gays in Ghana

These are excerpts from a description of gay life in the West African country of Ghana. From GayGhana.org: Stigma There is a lot of stigma towards gay men and lesbians living in Ghana. …  We are not criminals we are … Continue reading

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New LGBTI groups join the struggle in Cameroon

Their goals are the same: Roll back HIV / AIDS within the LGBTI community. Promote the human rights of LGBTI people, along with their rights to sexual and reproductive health, Fight stigma and discrimination; and finally Denounce the many abuses, … Continue reading

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Photo exhibit will show gay asylum seekers from Russia

Photographic portraits of gay asylum seekers from Russia will be on display in New York at the 287 SPRING Art Gallery & Performance Space from Oct. 26 to 28. The photographer is Alexander Kargaltsev. The press release announcing the exhibit … Continue reading

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‘Traditional values’ as a tool to deny rights to LGBTs

Traditions can create a sense of connectedness between the present and the past, but they can also be used to deny rights to women and sexual minorities, warns Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. … Continue reading

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Russia to Madonna: Show up for ‘gay propaganda’ trial

Pop entertainer Madonna has been ordered to appear in a Russian court on charges of violating the St. Petersburg law against “gay propaganda.” According to the news website Russia Today, anti-gay activists sent a legal summons to Madonna’s home address … Continue reading

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Remember the Muslims who aren’t anti-LGBTQ

Cairo-based ophthalmologist and blogger Eman Hashim says that Muslims are more accepting of gays and lesbians than most media portrayals indicate. Muslim scholars are speaking out against homophobia, she says. In the article “Not There Yet: Inclusion, Acceptance and Support … Continue reading

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UN urges talk, not sanctions, against anti-gay laws

The United Nations wants countries to be persuaded to repeal anti-gay laws, but doesn’t want them to be forced to do so through sanctions. Rolando Gomez, spokesman for the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, made that statement in response to a … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe police vs. LGBT rights group

Police in Zimbabwe say they’re still investigating the group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, or GALZ, and have refused to return property they seized during a raid on GALZ offices in August. GALZ attorney Tonderai Bhatasara wrote to police to … Continue reading

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Pressure grows on Cameroon to drop anti-gay law

Cameroon faces growing international pressure to end its repression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  The pressure is coming from the United States, the European Union, and from international human rights organizations. The United States ambassador to Cameroon, Robert … Continue reading

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