Category Archives: Positive steps

Working toward a Caribbean that’s no longer anti-gay

The Caribbean is the only region in the Western Hemisphere that still criminalizes same-gender intimacy.  Recently, fundamentalist religious groups across the region have mounted large demonstrations condemning homosexuality, and appear to have successfully lobbied local governments to keep these British … Continue reading

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Seeking to save the eyesight of battered trans Ugandan

A group of friends, activists and journalists is seeking contributions to help save the eyesight of a Ugandan trans woman whose eyes have been failing since she suffered a transphobic attack two years ago in Kampala, Uganda. The story of … Continue reading

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It’s official: No more Malawi arrests under anti-gay laws

Malawi has stopped arresting people for same-sex intimacy pending a review of the country’s anti-gay laws, Malawi’s justice minister told the U.N. Human Rights Committee last week. The latest moratorium is related to last fall’s move by the country’s High … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka: 10 years of work for LGBTIQ rights and health

By Rosanna Flamer-Caldera and Denis LeBlanc The Sri Lankan LGBTIQ group Equal Ground celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 10 with a special event at the Goethe Institute in Colombo. The organization works to overcome the challenges that the LGBTIQ community … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast rights defenders agree on gay rights

By Jean Marc Yao (Aussi publié en français) At the initiative of the Ivorian League for Human Rights (LIDHO), several Ivorian civil society organizations came together on June 26 at the U.S. Embassy in Ivory Coast for a breakfast debate … Continue reading

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India: Growing LGBTI openness, despite legal setback

In at least one city in India, the LGBTI community has become more open, reports the Times of India and the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.  This openness comes at a time when Indian LGBTI activists hope they can … Continue reading

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Amid Ukraine conflict, a new LGBT refugee safe house

The Ukrainian LGBT support organization Insight has opened a shelter for LGBT people who have escaped from the conflict-plagued areas of eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Olena Shevchenko, executive director of Insight, said that the organization has opened the shelter in … Continue reading

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Caribbean youths seek repeal of 6 nations’ anti-gay laws

Youthful leaders from Caribbean countries with anti-gay laws met last weekend in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where they signed a declaration seeking greater social acceptance of LGBT people and the repeal of unfair laws against them. Youthful members of the LGBT communities … Continue reading

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LGBTI in Cameroon: Celebrations, mourning in 2 cities

By Colin Stewart and Laurent Balla   Human rights activists in Douala and Yaoundé, Cameroon, gathered last month to seek justice for LGBT people and to mourn friends who have died because of Cameroonian society’s anti-gay attitudes. The event was … Continue reading

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Update: LGBTI Pakistanis mourn 6 serial killer victims

Although they were in mourning,  the LGBTI communities in Pakistan this year celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT) for the first time. The events came in the wake of distressing news about the murders of three gay … Continue reading

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