Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Activists urge U.S. to accept 500 LGBT Syrian refugees

The U.S.-based LGBTI asylum and refugee organization ORAM is pleading for the United States to reserve spaces for 500 LGBT refugees from Syria, since their lives are at high risk if they are forced to remain in their embattled country, … Continue reading

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LGBTI news from the UN, UK, Russia, Tunisia, Algeria

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news and elsewhere: UN agencies seek LGBTI protections Twelve United Nations agencies last month released a historic joint statement urging … Continue reading

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U.N. session on LGBTI killings by ISIS — ‘historic’ or mistake?

The U.N. Security Council today held “a historic meeting” — “the first Security Council meeting on LGBT rights,” in the words of Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The goal: to publicize and develop strategies against anti-LGBTI violence … Continue reading

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All mouth, no muscle — anti-gay party in Kenya

For a political party so weak that it has no members in parliament, Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party has an amazing knack for grabbing the attention of the media. The most recent example: The supposed plans for a 5,000-person nude protest … Continue reading

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Obama in Kenya: ‘Treat people equally under the law’

The Washington Blade reports: President Obama [today] discussed LGBT rights during a press conference in Nairobi with his Kenyan counterpart. “With respect to the rights of gays and lesbians, I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this,” said Obama in … Continue reading

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Obama: one of many opposed to Kenya’s anti-gay policies

Repression of LGBTI people in Kenya and Guinea has come under fire from abroad as part of the past year’s United Nations review of countries’ human rights records. U.S. President Barack Obama, currently visiting the East African nation of Kenya, … Continue reading

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Progress in Jamaica toward ‘world as it should be’

Jamaican lesbian activist Angeline Jackson, executive director of Quality Citizenship Jamaica (QCJ), sees signs of progress in the fight against homophobia in Jamaica, as she explained in a commentary for Time magazine. See below for excerpts from the commentary, titled “Is … Continue reading

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