Category Archives: Americas

OK to block TV tolerance ad? Jamaican court will decide

The Jamaican Court of Appeal is in the midst of hearings on whether TV stations that serve the public have the right to refuse a public-service advertisement promoting tolerance of LGBTI people. The hearings, scheduled for Feb. 1 to Feb. … Continue reading

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Debate over Jamaica’s anti-gay law gets personal

This is activist Maurice Tomlinson’s response to an anti-LGBT letter to the Jamaica Gleaner, in particular the section that raised questions about him and his family.  The letter also suggested that seeking public support for repeal of Jamaica’s “buggery law” … Continue reading

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Anglicans discipline Episcopalians over same-sex marriage

Leaders of the Anglican Communion have voted to discipline The Episcopal Church of the United States for accepting marriage equality. The decision comes under pressure from anti-gay Anglican leaders of the churches in Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. However, the anti-Episcopal … Continue reading

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Appeal to Jamaican schools: Stop abusing LGBTI students

Jamaica’s leading newspaper today called for improved training for school guidance counselors so they will not harass LGBTI students with homophobic abuse. In response, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, which represents guidance counselors, declared that it cannot support that proposal because, … Continue reading

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Guyana president takes aim at his nation’s anti-gay law

The president of Guyana, the only country in South America with a law that defines non-celibate homosexuals as criminals, last week said, in effect, that he considers that law to be a human rights violation. “I am prepared to respect … Continue reading

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Activists urge U.S. to accept 500 LGBT Syrian refugees

The U.S.-based LGBTI asylum and refugee organization ORAM is pleading for the United States to reserve spaces for 500 LGBT refugees from Syria, since their lives are at high risk if they are forced to remain in their embattled country, … Continue reading

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Empire’s evils live on, so activist rejects Empire’s honors

What’s to be done about the continued repression of LGBTI people in Commonwealth nations that hang onto anti-homosexuality laws originally imposed by the British Empire? One answer to the question is clear to Anglo-Ghanian LGBTI rights activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah. She … Continue reading

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