Category Archives: Americas

Obama in Kenya: ‘Treat people equally under the law’

The Washington Blade reports: President Obama [today] discussed LGBT rights during a press conference in Nairobi with his Kenyan counterpart. “With respect to the rights of gays and lesbians, I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this,” said Obama in … Continue reading

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4 news briefs: Anti-gay laws undercutting AIDS efforts

In each of these four news items, the point is the same — countries’ anti-gay laws create problems for AIDS fighters. Each item was excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: Speaking to … Continue reading

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U.N. members to Grenada: Repeal anti-gay law

Discrimination against LGBTI people in Grenada came under fire from abroad as part of the past year’s United Nations review of countries’ human rights records. The past year’s reviews focused on dozens of countries as part of the U.N.’s Universal … Continue reading

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Europe ruling may boost LGBTI equality in Caribbean

Jamaican attorney and activist Maurice Tomlinson says yesterday’s court ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, could lead to positive change in the Caribbean. European Court brings relationship equality to the Caribbean British Overseas Territories? On July … Continue reading

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Our man in Havana: Cuba’s role in LGBT rights, much more

From Our Man in Havana: As America’s Berlin Wall comes down, we need more than symbolism By the REV. CANON ALBERT OGLE The Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico left our meeting on Friday from his office where he is the President … Continue reading

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Jamaica today: Challenging homophobic TV stations

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports: This morning, the Jamaican Court of Appeal will begin hearing a precedent-setting appeal by Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican human rights activist and a senior policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, challenging national television … Continue reading

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Facebook’s real-names policy endangers LGBTI people

Facebook has an inconsistently enforced policy of requiring people to use their real names on their Facebook accounts, even if doing so would put them in danger. For LGBTI Facebook users in anti-gay countries, public exposure often can lead to … Continue reading

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