Category Archives: Trials / punishments

Political tactics underlie Egypt’s ‘gay wedding’ arrests

Activist and commentator Scott Long describes the latest homosexuality-related arrests in Egypt and the country’s “moral panic” about a video of an alleged “gay wedding.” The following excerpts, but not the subheads, are from Long’s blog, “A Paper Bird.” The … Continue reading

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Coast clear for anti-gay Ugandan appeal to Supreme Court

Anti-gay forces in Uganda may be turning to the Supreme Court in hopes of restoring the overturned Anti-Homosexuality Act, despite reports that supporters of the law would only push for it in parliament. “Despite all the talk about the Attorney … Continue reading

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99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are … Continue reading

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Fear for family safety dissolves lawsuit vs. anti-gay law

As this blog reported yesterday, Jamaican activist Javed Jaghai has ended his challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law. Here’s why: “I am no longer willing to gamble with my life or the lives of my parents and siblings.” — Javed Jaghai … Continue reading

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Days after Obama photo, Gambia arrests 12 in gay raids

Police in the west African nation of The Gambia last weekend arrested 12 men on suspicion of homosexuality in a series of “massive raids,” Gambia’s online Kibaaro News reported. The arrests came a few days after the U.S./Africa summit in … Continue reading

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Report: Lebanon targets gay men in 3 raids, 45 arrests

Journalist Dan Littauer reports on a wave of Lebanese police raids targeting gay men, starting with the Aug. 9 arrest of 27 men at the Agha Hammam Turkish bath in Beirut (reported here Aug. 13). Further raids reportedly occurred on … Continue reading

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Human rights complaint: Russia ignores anti-gay attacks

The Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights yesterday, accusing the Russian government of routinely ignoring homophobic attacks on LGBT rights protesters. This is the group’s press release: “Coming Out” … Continue reading

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