When a Jamaican official applauds same-sex marriage …
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When a Jamaican official applauds same-sex marriage …

From Jamaica, activist Maurice Tomlinson describes an encouraging incident on the long road toward fair treatment for Jamaica’s LGBTI citizens: Am I married? Recently I went to renew my Jamaican passport in Kingston and I was pleasantly surprised at the conversation with the customer service agent. It is reproduced below: Passport Officer: “So, are you … Continue reading

Here’s how Trump undercuts anti-LGBT, anti-woman Africans
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Here’s how Trump undercuts anti-LGBT, anti-woman Africans

  African opponents of equality for LGBT people and women will have to change their tune, at least a bit, now that racist, anti-LGBT and anti-female forces in the United States have succeeded in electing Donald Trump as president. Ugandan researcher/ activist Stella Nyanzi explains: By Stella Nyanzi When we advocated for the rights of … Continue reading

Ugandan activists travel to U.S. seeking trial of anti-gay pastor
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Ugandan activists travel to U.S. seeking trial of anti-gay pastor

Yesterday, after traveling from Uganda to the United States, 12 LGBTI rights activists pressed their case that anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively should go on trial for human rights violations for his role in pushing for Uganda’s now-defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act. “Lively worked to erase LGBTI Ugandans from civil and political life,” said Rutgers University law professor … Continue reading

Fighting anti-LGBT bias with foreign money? Ghana protests
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Fighting anti-LGBT bias with foreign money? Ghana protests

U.S. foreign aid and loans from the International Monetary Fund are being used as leverage to encourage fair, unbiased treatment of LGBTI people in homophobic countries. But not without pushback. Consider the case of Ghana, which is troubled about a $918-million IMF loan that comes with a requirement of preventing discrimination against LGBT patients and … Continue reading

Nov. 9 invitation: Gather to support trial of anti-gay pastor
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Nov. 9 invitation: Gather to support trial of anti-gay pastor

[Republished] Opponents of the work of anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively are hoping for a courtroom full of LGBTI rights supporters on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the rescheduled date for the next court hearing in the case against Lively on charges of crimes against humanity. The federal lawsuit against Lively was filed by the Center for Constitutional … Continue reading

Be brave, Anglicans; oppose Jamaica’s anti-gay law
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Be brave, Anglicans; oppose Jamaica’s anti-gay law

It’s high time for Anglican bishops, priests and lay people in Jamaica to pluck up enough courage and compassion to support the decriminalisation of gay Jamaicans, says the Rev. Colin Coward, founder of the Anglican LGBTI advocacy group Changing Attitude. After attending Montego Bay Pride in Jamaica last month, Coward reflected on the shared history … Continue reading

How was Montego Bay Pride a success? Let me count the ways
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How was Montego Bay Pride a success? Let me count the ways

Montego Bay Pride 2016 was another amazing time of community building, entertainment, and education! There was indeed “Equality and Inclusion in the Bay,” thanks to our generous sponsors, including the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Round Hill Hotel and Villas, WestJet, the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, InterPride and Total Advantage Travel & Tours Inc. One … Continue reading