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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+. Colin Stewart, un vétéran du journalisme de 40 ans, est éditeur et rédacteur en chef du blog "Erasing 76 Crimes." Plus d'informations de profil sur Google+.

Petition to Facebook: Drop dangerous ‘real names’ policy

An online petition urges Facebook to drop its policy of requiring users to use their authentic names. Australian LGBTI activist Sally Golder organized the petition on the website in connection with a challenge to Facebook by drag queens in … Continue reading

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Facebook will have blood on its hands if it demands real names

COMMENTARY I don’t believe Facebook’s insistence that  it’s sticking with its supposed policy of requiring users to give their real names. In violently homophobic countries, such a policy would be devastating for LGBTI people, but it’s not actually in force … Continue reading

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Russian court: Anti-‘gay propaganda’ law is constitutional

Caucasus Equality News reports: Russia’s Constitutional Court [on Sept. 25] ruled that the country’s controversial anti-‘gay propaganda’ law is not against the Russian constitution after an appeal made by three LGBT activists. Nikolai Alexeyev, Dimitri Isakov and Yaroslav Yevutshenko brought … Continue reading

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Russian QueerFest: Success despite attacks, threats

The organizers of QueerFest in St. Petersburg, Russia, say the 10-day event was a success, despite interference and threats of violence from police and anti-gay extremists. This is their account: Saturday, September 27, Russian “QueerFest” closed with a discussion on … Continue reading

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Ugandan viewpoint: ‘a dead activist is not a good activist’

Perseverance. Fear. Difficulties. Threats. Tolerance. Leadership.  Those are some of the themes of an interview with Clare Byarugaba, who until this summer was co-leader of Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which led the opposition to … Continue reading

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Canon Ogle on the move; ‘lot of work to do’ on LGBTI rights

The St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports local LGBTI rights groups in many countries with anti-gay laws, is preparing to open a new office on the East Coast of the United States. The move will occur as the … Continue reading

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Indonesian region OKs whipping for gay sex, adultery

The Indonesian province of Aceh on Sept. 27 approved a bill that converts  strict Islamic Sharia rules on morality into the province’s criminal law, including a punishment of 100 lashes for homosexuality and extramarital sex, Australia’s SBS News and BuzzFeed reported. … Continue reading

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