Category Archives: Positive steps

In turnaround, Russian court OKs two LGBT rallies

The Advocate reports: A district court in the Western Russian region of Kostroma on Friday [April 4] declared that two LGBT rallies can proceed as planned, overturning two decisions by lower courts that sided with local officials refusing to allow … Continue reading

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Jamaican ruling: No penalty for pushing tolerance ad

A Jamaican activist reports on today’s Jamaican Supreme Court ruling against TV stations’ bid to require LGBT rights activists to pay court costs incurred in their failed attempt to force the stations to run a public-service ad promoting tolerance. Today, … Continue reading

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Love in Jamaica: Christian visitors, homeless LGBT youths

This account is from Jamaican activist  Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, who is chair of Dwayne’s House, the initiative seeking to provide a home for LGBT youths: Church group visits homeless LGBT youth in Jamaica’s sewers: Love ensues The Rev. Margaret Fowler, a … Continue reading

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‘Uptown’ Jamaicans vs. homeless gays

A Jamaican LGBT rights activist writes: Homeless LGBT Jamaican youth have been living in the sewers of the major commercial district, New Kingston, for several months. This has upset the residents of the upscale communities nearby, but not for the … Continue reading

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Uganda’s anti-gay law faces court challenge

A challenge to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act began today in the country’s Constitutional Court. The suit argues that the law violates the constitutional right to equality before the law and rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and association. The challenge also … Continue reading

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Destination: Cameroon. Goal: LGBT health, justice

Please contribute to this project. A joint delegation of African and American activists is gearing up to plead for tolerance, justice and improved health care for lesbians, transgender people and other sexual minorities  during and after this week’s  women’s health … Continue reading

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Last holdout in Europe, N. Cyprus drops anti-gay law

If the president of Northern Cyprus grants his expected approval, the breakaway northern region of Cyprus will soon lose its disgraceful status as the only area of Europe where homosexual activity is a crime. [Update: The law was enacted, as … Continue reading

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Jamaican Christmas cheer for homeless LGBT youths

Christmas Day brought presents and a special dinner to homeless LGBT youths living in the sewers of New Kingston, Jamaica. Forced out of everywhere else they have tried to live — their parents’ homes, then abandoned buildings, then an open-air … Continue reading

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Namibia: Political leader stands up for gay rights

A report from the “This Just In” news blog of the GLBT News Network. Namibia: Political leader stands up for gay rights The leader of one of Namibia’s political parties has spoken out for gay rights and gone head-to-head with … Continue reading

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What African LGBTs can learn from Tata Mandela

The Rev. Canon Dr. John Kapya Kaoma, formerly of Zambia and currently in the United States, describes here what the life of South Africa liberator Nelson Mandela means for LGBT people‘s ongoing struggle for equal human rights.  Mandela is known … Continue reading

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