Category Archives: Americas

Stemming Britain’s tide of exported homophobia

I was proud and elated to witness the first same-gender weddings in the U.K. last week. The historic event got me thinking about what Britain could/should do to help its former colonies achieve full recognition of the rights of LGBT … Continue reading

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World Bank at moral crossroads on LGBT issues

From the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, at the beginning of this week: I am en route to Washington, D.C., for a full week of meetings planned around the World Bank’s Spring … Continue reading

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Can parents of slain gay youth soften Jamaican hearts?

A Jamaican activist reports: Matthew Shepard’s parents to speak in Jamaica Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents of murdered American LGBT youngster Matthew Sheppard, are on a speaking tour of the Caribbean, courtesy of the U.S. government. On Friday, April … Continue reading

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Jamaican PM reneges on promised review of sodomy law

In response to a question from the press at the State opening of Parliament on April 3, 2014, the Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, said that there will have to be consultations with constituents before Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law is reviewed. … Continue reading

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How Nigeria’s anti-gay law derailed anti-AIDS effort

Nigeria’s new anti-gay law derailed the country’s effort to curb AIDS among the high-risk population of men who have sex with men, a group with an HIV infection rate of 15 percent HIV — four times that of the general … Continue reading

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U.S. blames Uganda for raid on gay-friendly AIDS clinic

The U.S. State Department has blamed the Ugandan government for the April 3 raid that led to the closing of a U.S.-funded health clinic serving HIV-positive LGBT patients in Kampala. In a press statement, Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson for the … Continue reading

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Ugandan AIDS clinic hopes to reopen despite anti-gay raid

Officials overseeing the AIDS services clinic in Uganda that was closed after a raid on April 3 raised hopes today that the clinic would reopen and that HIV-positive patients could continue to receive the antiretroviral therapy they depend on. The … Continue reading

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Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close. [A spokesperson for the clinic said the program decided to temporarily suspend operations … Continue reading

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Eject anti-gay Anglicans or keep a poisoner at dinner?

Richard Rosendall, president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., appealed today to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to denounce statements made by Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali at today’s celebration of the new anti-gay law in Uganda. … Continue reading

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Defying judge, Jamaican police evict LGBT youth

Yvonne McCalla-Sobers reports from Jamaica: Defying court order, Jamaican police again evict homeless LGBT youth from sewers, give youth ultimatum to leave by April 1. In the early morning of March 30, Commander Murdock of the New Kingston police post … Continue reading

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