2021 in review: Some glimmers of hope for LGBTQ rights

It was year with some glimmers of hope for LGBTQ rights, along with the continued arrests and harassment that many LGBTQ people endure, especially in nations with anti-LGBTQ laws. For more about those grim incidents, see the article “2021 in review: A year of arrests and harassment of LGBTQ people”.  For some more hopeful articles from the countries covered by the Erasing 76 Crimes news site, see below:

Christopher J. Lamora, newly confirmed to become the U.S. ambassador to Cameroon. (Photo courtesy of Pan African Visions)

U.S. okays veteran diplomat as Cameroon ambassador. Also, he’s gay. (Dec. 19, 2021)

‘A Voice Within’: Ugandan religious leaders preach love for LGBTQI people (April 6, 2021)

LGBTI advocates in Cameroon join forces to challenge violence (April 19, 2021)

Pakistan opens school for transgender youths (July 12, 2021)

Adolf Mwesige, new clerk of the Ugandan Parliament

Times are changing in Uganda: Parliament gets a progressive clerk (July 20, 2021)

Amid continued criminalisation, Uganda endorses LGBT access for HIV treatment (Aug. 11, 2021)

Uganda’s Constitutional Court begins hearing challenge to HIV criminalization law  (Aug. 24, 2021)

Cameroon: Law enforcement officials join workshop on protecting LGBTI people (Oct. 5, 2021)

India is on the brink of getting its first openly gay judge (Nov. 18, 2021)

Jamaican health minister calls for an end to anti-LGBT discrimination (Nov. 26, 2021)

Pakistani province guarantees council seats for trans people (Dec. 23, 2021)

Illustration depicts Evan and Kane, who were imprisoned for homosexuality in Yaoundé, Cameroon. In May, they were freed early from prison because donors contributed money to pay their fines. (Illustration by Vincent Kyabayinze, East Africa Visual Artists / EAVA Artists)





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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