Category Archives: International pressure for LGBT rights

African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, … Continue reading

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Will UN goals exclude gays, lesbians and transsexuals?

Advocates for women, LGBTI people and other disadvantaged people worldwide have launched a campaign to persuade the United Nations to ensure the inclusion of human rights and justice as it makes plans for post-2015 development. Are gays, lesbians and transsexuals … Continue reading

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Welcome to a second editor at Erasing 76 Crimes

The Erasing 76 Crimes blog welcomes new editor Denis LeBlanc, who has joined editor/publisher Colin Stewart on the blog’s editorial team. LeBlanc is well-suited for work on the blog, which focuses on the human toll of 76-plus countries’ anti-gay laws … Continue reading

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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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HIV+ patients get meds; Uganda, U.S. argue over raid

HIV-positive patients of a shuttered U.S.-funded health clinic in Kampala, Uganda, continue to receive their medication, even as officials of the two countries squabble over what led to the April 3 police raid and the so-far temporary closing of the clinic. … Continue reading

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Appeal for Spectrum Uganda Initiatives

A Crowdrise fundraising initiative by Tyrone Davis I recently met a prominent Ugandan LGBTI activist—John “Long Jones” Abdallah Wambere—who runs an organization called “Spectrum Uganda Initiatives”.  Spectrum is a practical initiative that provides lifesaving health services to LGBTI Ugandans living … 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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As activists advise, no U.K. travel ban on anti-gay Ugandans

The United Kingdom is following the advice of Ugandan activists in its decision not to ban visits by homophobic Ugandan politicians in response to the enactment of the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act there. During a House of Commons debate, Foreign Office … Continue reading

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Support for gay-friendly Ugandan bishop — needed?

Supporters of gay-friendly Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo are campaigning for the praiseworthy goal of keeping him out of a Ugandan prison, but it’s not clear that any of his work with LGBT Ugandans actually violates the country’s new anti-gay law. … Continue reading

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