Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

LGBTI news briefs 2: India, Gambia, Kenya, Lebanon

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. (This is the second of two posts. The first one reported on news from Belize, Russia and Sweden.)   Mother gets ‘Groom Wanted’ ad for her son Fulfilling his mother’s wishes, an Indian gay … Continue reading

Americas / Europe

LGBTI news briefs 1: Belize, Russia, Sweden

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. (This is the first of two posts. The second one reports on news from India, Gambia, Kenya and Lebanon.) IDAHOT celebrations May 17th marked the 11th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Anti-‘gay propaganda’ bill blocked in Kazakhstan

Opponents of human rights for LGBTI people in Kazakhstan suffered a setback last week, as the nation’s Constitutional Council blocked enactment of a Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” bill. The council announced on May 26 that it rejected the bill last week on the grounds that it contained “vague and ambiguous definitions and terms.” Last August, the … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Jamaicans need to condemn attacks on LGBTI youth

Did Jamaica ignore violence against LGBTI youth on IDAHOT-B? On Sunday, May 17, there was a public march in Kingston, Jamaica, to condemn an upsurge in violence against the nation’s children. That date was also the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT-B), and coincidentally this year, the focus was on LGBTI youth. Regrettably, … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Campaign targets anti-gay law; Morocco jails three

Agence France-Presse reports: Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in northeastern Morocco, a rights group said on Monday. Homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden in the conservative North African nation. Hassan Ammari of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) told … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Europe / Middle East / North Africa

Recount: 75 (or 79) nations where homosexuality is illegal

The number of countries with anti-homosexuality laws is currently 75, according to the latest tally from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. That’s down one from earlier this month, when the African nation of Chad was incorrectly included in the list. This blog now lists a total of 79, including four … Continue reading