Category Archives: Positive steps

New fund aims to help Iranian LGBT community

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has launched a fund aimed at supporting the emerging Iranian LGBT community and addressing LGBT human rights violations in Iran. The goal is to support: Advocacy, research or outreach projects to  … Continue reading

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Burundi: Harassment, then support for young lesbian

This young woman’s story from Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, comes courtesy of Quebec City-based journalist Ruby Pratka, who publishes the blog Year of No Fear. In Burundi, same-sex intimacy is punishable by up to two years in prison. Dominique’s … Continue reading

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Victory in court for Botswana LGBTI rights group

The LGBTI rights group Legabibo won a crucial legal victory this week at the High Court in Botswana, gaining the right to be legally registered as an independent organization. Coverage of the achievement is here: “LEGABIBO triumphs in Botswana court” … Continue reading

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United in battle against sexism, homophobia

Sexism and homophobia are the targets of a strategic partnership fighting against the repression of both women and LGBTI people in the developing world. “The root of homophobia is sexism,” says the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, a leader of the … Continue reading

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Ugandan court dismisses case against activist Sam Ganafa

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against high-profile LGBTI rights activist Samuel K. Ganafa. Ganafa, executive director of the LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, and three colleagues had been charged with “unnatural offenses,” a crime that is punishable … Continue reading

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2 LGBTI defendants win their freedom in Uganda

A Ugandan judge has dismissed homosexuality-related charges against two LGBTI defendants who had been forced to appear in court four times since their arrest in January. Each time the case was adjourned after the  prosecution failed to produce any witnesses … Continue reading

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Two tiny nations drop anti-gay laws: Palau and Sao Tome

Two tiny island nations have dropped their laws against same-sex intimacy. Palau in the western Pacific Ocean, north of Indonesia, took that step earlier this year. São Tomé and Príncipe, in the Atlantic Ocean off Gabon in central Africa, did … Continue reading

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