In its Equal Eyes recaps of the world’s LGBTI news, UNAIDS reports: In Russia, the head of the Russian Federal AIDS Center, Vadim Pokrovskiy, is calling attention to Russia’s escalating AIDS epidemic that saw over 100,000 new infections in 2016. Pokrovsky and other experts say homophobia, a “negative view” of drug users, and a refusal by officials to …
From the Intimate Conviction conference, Jamaica, October 2017: If you’re LGBTQ, why be a Christian?
The new novel The Order of Nature invites readers into the lives of characters trapped by a society’s anti-LGBTQ laws .
UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBT news has highlighted ways people are using written and visual communication to advocate for recognition of human rights, especially LGBT people’s rights, in South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda:
The concept of “traditional values” has been weaponized for use against LGBT people. “Through a persistent rhetoric, powerfully promoted by Russia and its allies, LGBT people have come to embody all that is antithetical to so-called ‘traditional values,’ ” says Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch.
A recent conference in India encouraged people from the LGBTQ community to engage with journalists and lawyers as a means of combating homophobia and reducing violations of LGBTQ people’s human rights.
Russian officials had been largely ignoring international appeals for a probe of last spring’s round-up, imprisonment and torture of suspected gay men in Chechnya, pointing out that none of the victims had stepped forward publicly as a witness. But last month a Russian man spoke publicly about the extreme abuse he experienced in Chechnya after …
The small Central African nation of Burundi last month declared an “official hunt” for LGBTI people. Under the nation’s laws, people convicted of sexual activity with another member of the same sex are subject to from three months to two years in prison.
Angry? Anti-gay? Anti-feminist? “It is a terrible idolatrous mistake when we make God in our image.” — the Rev. Canon Rosie Harper at the Intimate Conviction conference, Jamaica, October 2017.
Chechen pop singer Zelim Bakaev, who is feared to have fallen victim to Chechnya’s anti-gay purge, has been missing for three months.