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Europe targets anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria

The European Parliament today called for action against new anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria, the parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights reported. Those actions include redirecting aid away from the governments of Uganda and Nigeria and toward civil society organization … Continue reading

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Outside protests flop; Nigerians embrace anti-gay law

[Update: "March 7 protests to focus on Nigeria's anti-gay law."] International protests against Nigeria’s new anti-gay law have met with the type of rejections that by now are standard — that they are irrelevant because they come from outside Africa … Continue reading

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U.N. campaigns against 76 countries’ anti-gay laws

“You won’t believe what’s illegal in 76 places,” says the U.N. Human Rights Office as part of its Free & Equal campaign seeking recognition of human rights for LGBT people. The campaign notes, “Relationships that are consensual and loving are … Continue reading

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To please European Union, Moldova rejects anti-gay law

The lure of affiliation with the European Union has persuaded Moldova’s parliament in the capital city of Chisinau to cancel a new law that had banned “gay propaganda.” Agence France-Presse reported: Lawmakers in the former Soviet country voted narrowly to … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s anti-gay bills don’t derail visa relaxation

Pink News reports: Efforts to halt the European Parliament’s decision to relax visa restrictions on Ukraine, due to the country’s support for homophobic legislation have failed. Since 2011, the Ukrainian Parliament has been examining two draft laws making it illegal … Continue reading

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Will Europe pressure Ukraine to reject anti-gay bills?

Human rights activists are urging the European parliament to delay a move to ease requirements for visas for travel to and from Ukraine until that country drops efforts to curtail human rights of LGBT people. A vote on whether the … Continue reading

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After Jamaica beating, UTech launches tolerance contest

In response to last year’s homophobic beating of a Jamaican student by University of Technology security personnel, the school has launched a competition to promote tolerance countrywide. Even before the tolerance competition was announced, the university had drawn praise from … Continue reading

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Europe warns Ukraine: anti-gay law obstacle to visa-free travel

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT rights today issued this press release, which confirms the observations of  the Oct. 4 blog post “Ukraine’s anti-gay bill could lead to travel restrictions”: The European Commission has now said that Ukraine’s proposed anti-gay law … Continue reading

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Pressure grows on Cameroon to drop anti-gay law

Cameroon faces growing international pressure to end its repression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  The pressure is coming from the United States, the European Union, and from international human rights organizations. The United States ambassador to Cameroon, Robert … Continue reading

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Ukraine vote on ‘gay propaganda’ likely tomorrow

Tomorrow the Ukrainian parliament may consider — and give its final approval — to a bill to ban “gay propaganda,” which includes any positive depiction of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. If passed, it would apply to any statement … Continue reading

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