Category Archives: International pressure for LGBT rights

How to protest Russia-style anti-gay bill in Kygyzstan

LGBTI rights activists are seeking international support for their attempts to block a proposed Kyrgyz law that would be even harsher than Russia’s anti-“gay propaganda” law. Unlike the Russian law, the Kyrgyz proposal would provide for imprisonment for mentioning homosexuality … Continue reading

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Egypt’s LGBTI crackdown continues; what can be done?

As Egyptian police continue their crackdown on LGBTI people, here’s a quick update on recent events, followed by suggestions for action. Arrests of alleged transsexuals in a tourist area of Cairo (Feb. 26) “Egyptian police arrested seven people on [Feb. … Continue reading

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Nigerian safe house might close without your help

  A safe house for persecuted LGBT people in Nigeria needs financial help — specifically, US $2,000 to pay the annual rent for the shelter, which has been operated by the gay-friendly House of Rainbow Fellowship for the past three years.  … Continue reading

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Video: The human cost of Russia’s anti-gay campaign

Russia’s “concerted, government-run anti-gay propaganda campaign” is the focus of this week’s video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues. In the latest Daily Beast video, activist Anastasia Smirnova, who was arrested in Russia for posting … Continue reading

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Turkish police beat 2 gay Iranian refugees

In a country that LGBT Iranian refugees are finding increasingly hostile, two gay Iranian men were severely beaten on Jan. 26 by a police officer at the police station in a town (name withheld to protect the men) in southern Turkey. … Continue reading

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New U.S. strategies for combating anti-gay laws

United States officials are pushing two relatively new strategies for promoting the human rights of LGBTI people worldwide. Over the opposition of Global South politicians and others who complain of neo-colonialism whenever the U.S. tries to dissuade homophobic nations from … Continue reading

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Video: ‘Laws are great,’ but LGBTI struggle must go further

Laws guaranteeing human rights for LGBTI people have their limits. “Laws are great, but they don’t make you full. They don’t stop you from being raped. Economic empowerment and poverty alleviation is what we need. Stand by us,” says Jabu … Continue reading

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