Author Archives: Colin Stewart

About Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart, a 40-year journalism veteran, is publisher and an editor of the "Erasing 76 Crimes" blog. More profile information on Google+.

New fund aims to help endangered LGBT people flee

Denis LeBlanc, Editor A new emergency fund is seeking contributions to help LGBT people and allies flee from “immediate threats of arrest, attacks, violence and persecution in countries where harsh laws have fostered a climate of extreme homophobia.” This global, … Continue reading

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2 Ugandan men face trial on gay-sex charges

Two Ugandan men accused of homosexual activity are scheduled to face trial in May.  They have been held in Luzira Prison since their arrest in December. Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman, and Jackson Mukasa,  19, pleaded not guilty Feb. 6 … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Ethiopia eases away from new crackdown

Ethiopia has backed away from the latest plans for intensifying anti-gay repression there. Plans for a large anti-gay rally in the capital on April 26 have been cancelled, the Associated Press reports. In addition, government spokesman Redwan Hussein said plans … Continue reading

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African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, … Continue reading

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India Supreme Court opens a path toward LGBTI rights

BuzzFeed reports: A victory for transgender rights in India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday [April 15] may have rescued the country’s LGBTI movement from the brink of legal disaster. For the past 12 years, the Indian LGBTI rights movement had pinned … Continue reading

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Muslim-ruled Brunei OKs stoning for gay sex

The predominantly Muslim nation of Brunei has adopted a new penal code that calls for death by stoning for sexual crimes, including gay sex, adultery, rape and extramarital sexual relations, and for declaring oneself to be non-Muslim. The United Nations … Continue reading

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Senegal art show to feature LGBT Africans

The Art Newspaper reports: An exhibition about homosexuality in Africa is due to go ahead in Senegal next month, despite a leading academic advising the gallery against it. “The show will cause controversy, but we will not censor ourselves,” says … Continue reading

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Welcome to a second editor at Erasing 76 Crimes

The Erasing 76 Crimes blog welcomes new editor Denis LeBlanc, who has joined editor/publisher Colin Stewart on the blog’s editorial team. LeBlanc is well-suited for work on the blog, which focuses on the human toll of 76-plus countries’ anti-gay laws … Continue reading

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In turnaround, Russian court OKs two LGBT rallies

The Advocate reports: A district court in the Western Russian region of Kostroma on Friday [April 4] declared that two LGBT rallies can proceed as planned, overturning two decisions by lower courts that sided with local officials refusing to allow … Continue reading

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Researcher: In raid, Uganda police were clueless

Ugandan police who raided the U.S.-funded Makerere / Walter Reed health project on April 3 didn’t know enough to understand how researchers recruit and work with people involved in their research, says a research fellow at Makerere University. The police … Continue reading

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