Category Archives: Americas

Working toward a Caribbean that’s no longer anti-gay

The Caribbean is the only region in the Western Hemisphere that still criminalizes same-gender intimacy.  Recently, fundamentalist religious groups across the region have mounted large demonstrations condemning homosexuality, and appear to have successfully lobbied local governments to keep these British … Continue reading

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U.S. money keeps supporting anti-gay programs

Despite President Obama’s promise to stop funding ineffective, discredited faith-based programs claiming to reduce HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies, U.S. taxpayers’ dollars are still bankrolling them. Freelance investigative journalist Andy Kopsa has uncovered the institutional bias toward those programs, run … Continue reading

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Dominica leader: No enforcement of anti-gay law

Dominica does not enforce its law against homosexual activity, at least in private homes, and has no plans to do so, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says. In a recent statement to the Caribbean Media Corporation, the Dominica leader denied reports … Continue reading

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Defending French-speaking LGBT Africans’ rights (and lives)

In this RGOD2 column, which first appeared in the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle discusses: The challenges of learning the French language, The murder of French-speaking journalist / activist Eric Lembembe a year ago, … Continue reading

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‘Umbrellas of Love’ for Commonwealth’s LGBT outcasts

For the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, artist/activist Vince Laws is preparing an artistic protest against anti-gay laws in 41 out of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth represents countries that formerly were part of the British … Continue reading

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LGBT rights: As Canada cheers, Jamaica jeers

By Maurice Tomlinson Before today’s ceremonies marking WorldPride in Toronto, Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican-born activist and first winner of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, wrote the following account of the contrast between the celebrations in Canada and the anti-gay protest … Continue reading

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In Jamaica, summertime is gay-bashing time

On June 27, I will be appearing in court in Jamaica as counsel in the case brought by AIDS-Free World to challenge the Jamaican anti-sodomy law. In the meantime, the anti-gay rhetoric is heating up (which is usual for the … Continue reading

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Jamaican police save man threatened for wearing lipstick

A Jamaican activist writes: There is usually a spike in anti-gay assaults during the summer period. I hope this latest blood-curdling mob attack is merely an anomaly. Threats, assault, then rescue TVJ Prime Time News reported on June 15 that … Continue reading

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Caribbean youths seek repeal of 6 nations’ anti-gay laws

Youthful leaders from Caribbean countries with anti-gay laws met last weekend in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where they signed a declaration seeking greater social acceptance of LGBT people and the repeal of unfair laws against them. Youthful members of the LGBT communities … Continue reading

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How the land of ‘One Love’ became anti gay love

Roger Ross Williams recently called me about a dilemma. The talented and award-winning African-American director of “God Loves Uganda” was being conferred with an honorary Ph.D. by his hometown university, Lafayette College.  This was for his ground-breaking work exposing the … Continue reading

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