The “Erasing 76 Crimes” blog focuses on the human toll of 76 countries’ anti-gay laws and the struggle to repeal them.
Editor/publisher: Colin Stewart
Colin Stewart is a 40-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2012, he launched the Erasing 76 Crimes blog and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBT rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. For more profile information, see Google Plus. Contact him via Twitter @colinstewart or @76crimes or by email to cestewart (at) cox.net or to stewacster (at) gmail.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.
Editor: Denis LeBlanc
Denis LeBlanc is an HIV+ gay activist based in Ottawa, Canada, and has been an active volunteer in the Gay Liberation Movement since 1971 and later with the HIV/AIDS movement. He was editor of GoInfo, Ottawa’s monthly LGBT tabloid newspaper, from 1982 to 1988. For more profile information, see his biography in the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives. See his occasional blogs: Gay and Positive Issues. Contact him by email at: denis_leblanc (at) rogers.com or send mail to: 15 Grant Street, Ottawa ON K1Y 2W8 Canada.
Writer: Maurice Tomlinson
Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica was the inaugural winner of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award and has been involved in HIV and AIDS and LGBTI activism in the Caribbean for over 12 years. An attorney-at-law, he leads and supports legal challenges seeking the repeal of anti-sodomy and homophobic laws around the Caribbean. His current focus is the project LGBTI Aware Caribbean, which provides critical LGBTI awareness training for key sectors across the Caribbean. Contact him by email via 76crimes (at) gmail.com.
Writer: Miles Tanhira
Miles Rutendo Tanhira of Zimbabwe, currently living in Sweden, is a journalist, LGBTI rights activist, human rights defender, feminist and pacifist. Miles also writes for Sweden-based SOGI News and works with various local, regional and international steering committees on youth, LGBTI and peace issues. Miles’ account of a 2012 police raid on the offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) appeared in the blog under the headline “A night in hell, Zimbabwe style” and later in the book From Wrongs to Gay Rights. Contact Miles by email at: sokomylz (at) gmail.com.
Writer: Jean Marc Yao
Jean Marc Yao of the Ivory Coast is a human rights defender who works at the Interafrican Association for the Promotion of Health and Human Rights (IPSDH). An anthropologist and Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, he is a member of the Ivorian League for Human Rights (LIDHO) and a consultant at the Association of Midwives of Côte d’Ivoire (ASF-CI) and at Alternative Côte d’Ivoire. He has contributed several articles to this blog about homophobic mob attacks on the anti-AIDS, pro-LGBT rights organization Alternative Cote d’Ivoire. Contact him on Facebook or by email via 76crimes (at) gmail.com.
Writer: The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle
The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, a gay Episcopal priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, is known around the world for his work in support of LGBT rights and HIV prevention. He is founder and president of St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which focuses on human rights, health, education and faith by providing resources for emerging grass roots organizations and leaders in the Global South. He was youth director at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center in 1983 and executive director of the Center in 1985. He writes a regular column for the San Diego Lesbian and Gay News. Contact him by email at: aogle (at) cox.net.
Writer: Sylvestre Quam Dessous
Sylvestre Quam Dessous is secretary of the community group “Men’s” in Togo, where he has worked as a volunteer for six years. Active with his community for more than 10 years, he is a recent addition to the blog’s team of writers. A native of Benin, Quam Dessous lives and works in Lomé, the capital of Togo, in West Africa. He has studied sociology and currently works as a psycho-social counsellor at a hospital in Aného in southeastern Togo. He has focused attention on Togo’s shortage of promised supplies in the fight against AIDS under the leadership of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Writer: Eric Lembembe
Eric Ohena Lembembe of Cameroon wrote some of this blog’s best-read articles and commentaries, which continue to attract many readers. A journalist and activist based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, he was a co-founder of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS. He was murdered in July 2013, apparently because of his advocacy of LGBT rights.