Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Upbeat LGBTI news of Kenya, Russia, Jamaica, Morocco

In brief, some upbeat news from countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news and elsewhere:

 

Val Kalende (Photo courtesy of Mamba Online)

Val Kalende (Photo courtesy of Mamba Online)

Asylum for Ugandan activist

Uganda native Val Kalende, a trans activist and journalist, has been granted asylum in Canada.

LGBT youth website survives challenge

From Russia, a website for LGBT youth group ‘Children-404’ was reinstated on a new host only hours after a district court shut down their original site, ruling that it violates the anti-gay propaganda law. The attention also brought the group nearly 10,000 new members overnight.

Help from police in Jamaica and Morocco

Police in Jamaica rescued a gay man from an angry mob after he took refuge in a bank. A man in the crowd was quoted, saying, “They should have let him out and give him to us,” while others praised the police for their aid.

Police in Morocco arrested men who are accused of beating a teenager and blackmailing his family over his apparent sexuality after a video of the assault was posted online.

Cover of the anthology "Stories of Our Lives" about LGBTI Kenyans. Click on the image for a link to the book's page on Amazon.com.

The anthology “Stories of Our Lives” tells the stories of LGBTI Kenyans. Click on the image for a link to the book’s page on Amazon.com.

Global enterprises promote rights of their LGBT employees

Major global corporations, including Google, IBM, and Coca-Cola, joined a new coalition to promote rights for global LGBT employees.  Analyst group Economy Watch explores the significant economic and development cost of homophobia in African states.

Anthology tells the stories of LGBTI Kenyans

In Kenya,  filmmakers of the award-winning “Stories of Our Lives” have published an anthology that expands the narratives of the LGBTI Kenyans presented in the film. The anthology, also titled “Stories of Our Lives,” is available in paperback (US $17.99) and for Kindle (US $9.99).

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