Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lesotho gets its first gay pride march

The first Pride Parade in the southern African country of Lesotho is described in an article by Leila Hall for the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA. The article begins: A small group of young Basotho are singing and … Continue reading

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Call for police response to anti-gay attacks in Ukraine

After the generally peaceful Equality March on May 25, anti-gay forces have launched a series of attacks on LGBT activists and have threatened more violence. Two human rights group today urged Ukrainian authorities to investigate and put an end to … Continue reading

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Singapore: New online ban on gay content

Gay Star News reports: The Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore is introducing a tough new rule that will censor websites that are read from inside the country, even if they are not hosted there. The new rule, which will … Continue reading

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Peaceful celebration in Cameroon a year after mob attack

Three associations in Cameroon’s capital city organized a week’s activities to commemorate this year’s International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Unlike last year, the activities were not disrupted by anti-gay violence. La version française: “Yaoundé célèbre IDAHO 2013 avec faste et … Continue reading

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Nigeria lawmakers OK 14-year sentences for gay marriage

AP reports: “Lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill Thursday banning gay marriage and [Editor's note: perhaps, perhaps not] outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. “Nigeria’s House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Jamaican TV: Why we reject LGBT tolerance ad

Attorneys for Jamaican television stations argued on May 28 and 29 that their clients had the right to reject an ad promoting tolerance of gay people in Jamaica. The TV stations are defending themselves against a lawsuit by activist attorney … Continue reading

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Zambian leader draws false lesson from French protest

Zambia’s acting president says his country should be true to itself, without paying attention to Western countries — but that apparently doesn’t apply if what he sees in the developed world can be used to reinforce his pre-existing prejudices. Specifically, … Continue reading

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Jamaican lawsuit seeks OK for gay respect TV ad

‘As a Jamaican, I respect you and I love you.’ Court action got under way yesterday, May 27, in the lawsuit by gay activist attorney Maurice Tomlinson against Jamaican television stations for refusing to air the 30-second advertisement “Love and … Continue reading

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Tunisia cheers lesbian love film, rejects actual lesbian love

PRAISE FOR MOVIE, NOT FOR REALITY Tunisia’s culture minister congratulated French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche on Monday for winning the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, without mentioning the huge gap between what Tunisia society accepts and what the film depicts. The … Continue reading

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Russian LGBT rights group under attack as ‘foreign agent’

The Russian LGBT rights organization Coming Out was in court today seeking to defend itself against a claim that it is a “foreign agent.” Shockingly, Coming Out said, the court implied that the St. Petersburg-based organization must be guilty because … Continue reading

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