News in brief from Kenya, Swaziland, Malaysia, Liberia, Indonesia, Egypt and Russia.
Kenya: Evangelist and pastor Jacinta Nzilani Kilonzo gave a radio interview in which she shared her story as a “proud” lesbian. “When I was 16 I realized that I was attracted to women more than men. It is not a habit, it is something that is inside me,” she said.
eSwatini (formerly Swaziland): Openly gay Pastor Fana Lukhele spoke at the Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities conference and reassured people that the “LGBTI community was suitable and good in the eyes of the Lord”. God has a purpose for everyone in this world, he said, adding that the world would not be complete without LGBTQI people.
Liberia: In Sinkor, Liberia, angry crowds disrupted a private event that they suspected as being “LGBT party” or “gay wedding”. Journal Rage reported that a birthday party held at a center operated by the nonprofit Population Services International (PSI) was violently attacked by a mob and several attendees were wounded.
Egypt: Six international human rights organizations called on Egypt to release Eman Al-Helw and Hossam Ahmad, Egyptian defenders of LGBTIQ+ rights. (Statement in English)
Malaysia: Police raided a private residence and arrested 11 men for “attempted” gay sex. Six of the men have been sentenced to six months in jail, six strokes of the cane, and a 4,800 ringgit ($1,163) fine. The others are awaiting trial. “These vicious punishments against LGBTI people are the actual crimes being committed here,” said Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, executive director of Amnesty International Malaysia.
More news from Malaysia: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister of Malaysia, declared that same-sex marriage does not respect family values. (Malay Mail)