Asia

How to aid LGBTI people in earthquake-devastated Nepal

In the wake of the massive earthquake in Nepal, activist Sunil Pant sent the following message on behalf of Blue Diamond Society, Nepal. In addition, the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation is collecting United States tax-deductible donations that will be sent to the Blue Diamond Society. To donate, visit the foundation’s donation page and … Continue reading

Africa

Profile of a busy queer Ugandan sex worker activist

Ugandan anthropologist and social science researcher Stella Nyanzi writes here about Frank Kamya (Kanobana Mwanje Franco), a queer sex worker activist who has been a driving force behind two activist organizations fighting HIV in Kampala’s poorest neighborhoods, the Youth on Rock Foundation and the Come Out Post-Test Club. She wrote this commentary in advance of … Continue reading

Americas

Great generosity aids Caribbean fight vs. anti-gay hatred

On April 25, Canadian philanthropist and businessman Salah Bachir received this year’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art award, worth $25,000.  He immediately donated it to lawyer/activist Maurice Tomlinson to support his LGBTI rights work in the Caribbean. THANKING SALAH By Maurice Tomlinson Last Saturday night Salah Bachir silenced me with his generosity, and I think … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia

LGBTI news briefs: Russia, Jamaica, Egypt, Nigeria, India, more

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: The UN Human Rights Committee has recommended to Russia that it consider the “hate motive” when investigating crimes of possible homophobic or transphobic nature. Lawyer Kseniya Kirichenko said this is of “truly historical significance” as the recommendation acknowledges LGBT people as … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

African-American pastors’ Africa tour seeks end to anti-gay bias

  Excerpt from the Equal Eyes recap of worldwide LGBTI-related news: US: Black pastors launch African tour to counteract Rick Warren’s anti-gay movement Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and Bishop-Elect Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization’s international outreach ministry has launched a month-long tour of key African nations where LGBTI … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Us vs. them (Egypt): Deport me!

Second of two articles about the challenge of breaking through emotional barriers that people erect between themselves and victims of persecution who act or look unlike them. This article, by activist/commentator Scott Long, focuses on the difficulty keeping relatively affluent Westerners’ interest in non-white victims of repression, particularly in news coverage of Egypt. The previous … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Us vs. them (Caribbean): ‘If they only knew …’

First of two articles about the challenge of breaking through emotional barriers that people erect between themselves and victims of persecution who act or look unlike them. This article, by activist lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, focuses on affluent gay men’s barriers to understanding  poor LGBT  Jamaicans, Trinidadians, and themselves.  The following article, by activist/commentator Scott Long, … Continue reading