Mix of good news and bad: Uganda, Egypt, Iraq

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.

GOOD NEWS

Amama Mbabazi (Photo courtesy of Igihe.com)
Amama Mbabazi (Photo courtesy of Igihe.com)

In Uganda, former prime minister and current presidential candidate Amama Mbazazi surprised many, stating he is against homophobia and that “homosexuality is not something new.”

In Egypt, Omar Sharif Jr. talked on Arabic television news about letting gay people “live openly and authentically.”

BAD NEWS

In Namibia, Deputy Finance Ministry Natangue Ithete accused foreigners of forcing “un-Namibian” ideas about homosexuality, saying they should “keep their gay activities in their countries.”

In Uganda, Minister of State for East African Affairs, Shem Bageine wants to ban gay couples from adopting children born in the East Africa Community (EAC).

Scenes from cartoonist Kazimir Lee Iskander's graphic account of 17 arrests of trans Malaysians in 2014. (Image courtesy of Slate.com) Click image to view the full account.
Scenes from cartoonist Kazimir Lee Iskander’s graphic account of 17 arrests of trans Malaysians in 2014. (Image courtesy of Slate.com) Click image to view the full account.

Malaysian cartoonist Kazimir Lee Iskander captured the harassment and arrest of 17 Malaysian trans women in 2014.

GOOD AND BAD NEWS

A Russian viral video of a male couple holding hands sparked experiments in Jerusalem, Ukraine, and Portugal. In Jerusalem passersby called out insults, and in the Ukraine the men were violently attacked. But in Portugal, the couple noted they felt “respected and free.”

TOUGH TIMES

From Lebanon, a 24-year-old gay medical student describes fleeing Iraq after his father threatened to hand him over to ISIS.

From Uganda, journalist Isaac Otidi Amuke takes an in-depth look at the situation facing gay asylum seekers that flee Uganda for Kenya.

For more information, read the full edition of Equal Eyes.

 

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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