Europe

London pride urges LGBTI rights for Nigeria

Marchers in London’s pride parade on June 29 urged their homeland, Nigeria, to accept LGBTI people as equals, which includes rejection of the anti-gay law that has passed both the Nigerian House and Senate. This was the scene at the pride parade: Related articles Nigeria: Ban gays’ lawyers, convict same-sex roommates? (76crimes.com) Nigeria lawmakers OK 14-year … Continue reading

Europe

Putin signs Russian ‘anti-gay propaganda’ bill into law

The Voice of Russia, the Russian government’s international radio broadcasting service, reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a controversial bill punishing people for homosexual “propaganda”, according to an official publication on Sunday. The law introduces fines of up to 200,000 rubles ($6,700) for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors through the … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

U.S. lets LGBTs abroad die of neglect as it OKs rights at home

It was only a year ago that the vintage convertible carrying Global Grand Marshal Bishop Christopher Senyonjo rolled down Market Street in San Francisco to the cheers of a million well-wishers at San Francisco Pride. Our theme “Global Equality” won the competition to name Pride’s theme last year. At 80, though rejected by his Anglican … Continue reading

Europe

Russia: Police arrest 60 St. Petersburg gay pride marchers

Gay Star News, among others, reports: All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans. Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors. Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march, confirmed … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Report cites torture of Lebanon LGBTs, others; seeks reform

Police in Lebanon often mistreat or torture LGBT people, sex workers and drug users, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The 66-page report, titled “It’s Part of the Job: Ill-treatment and Torture of Vulnerable Groups in Lebanese Police Stations,” stated: The most common forms of torture were beatings with fists, boots, or … Continue reading

Europe

By 137-0 vote, Russian senate embraces ‘gay propaganda’ ban

Russia’s Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday for a bill to impose strict fines for broadly defined “propaganda of non-traditional sex relations” in the presence of minors, including in the media and on the Internet. The bill was passed 434-0 with one abstention on June 11 by Russia’s lower legislative body, the State Duma.  Before becoming low, … Continue reading

Americas

Jamaica: Legal challenge to anti-gay law under way

Dane Lewis, head of the Jamaican LGBT rights group J-FLAG, reports on proceedings in the Jamaican Supreme Court, where Javed Jaghai, the group’s education and outreach officer, is challenging the constitutionality of the Jamaican “buggery law”: As Executive Director, I accompanied Javed to court on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in order to get a first-hand account … Continue reading