Asia

Bangladeshi fundamentalists incite anti-gay violence

Riaz Osmani, a Bangladeshi activist currently living in London, writes: Below is a screenshot of a Facebook page of a Bangladeshi Islamic fundamentalist group called Basherkella. That page is the online face of the discredited political party called Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir. That party once opposed Bangladesh’s independence and assisted the … Continue reading

Americas

Proposal for Antigua officials: Repeal anti-gay law

The Caribbean nation of Antigua will soon repeal its law against same-sex intimacy, if the Antiguan minister of social transformation has her way. Minister Samantha Marshall told the local newspaper, the Antigua Observer,  that she’s willing to make such a recommendation to the Cabinet. “I have no difficulty in making [such a recommendation],” she said. … Continue reading

Asia

Pakistani trans activist shot, dies; hospital rejected her

Front Line Defenders reports: Transgender human rights defender Alesha shot dead PAKISTAN — On 25 May 2016, transgender human rights defender Alesha died from six gunshot wounds received three days earlier, on 22 May 2016, in front of Asia Plaza in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Alesha was the Peshawar Coordinator of the Trans Action Alliance, … Continue reading

Americas

This must stop: Jamaican homophobia leads to 2 murders

Yesterday (May 26) Jamaica’s major newspaper, the Jamaica Gleaner, selected another anti-LGBTI piece written by a notorious evangelical Christian as its “Letter of the Day.”  Today, the same newspaper reported on the gruesome results of this homophobic crusade. Marsha Thomas is a member of the oddly named “Love March Movement,” which campaigns against human rights … Continue reading

Asia

Anti-‘gay propaganda’ bill is back in Kyrgyzstan

A proposal for a Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” law in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan is back in the Kyrgyz parliament. Reporter Anna Lelik, writing for EurasiaNet, sees some reasons for optimism in the latest developments. However, continued inaction on the homophobic bill would have been more encouraging. [Note for non-British readers: The online Free … Continue reading