Category Archives: Americas

Belize fundamentalists hope to appeal sodomy ruling

In the Belize court system, the last word hasn’t yet arrived regarding the Aug. 10 victory by LGBT rights activist Caleb Orozco, who, with support from his United Belize Action Movement (Unibam), successfully challenged the country’s anti-sodomy law. Chief Justice … Continue reading

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Jamaicans quickly reject anti-gay Olympic slur

Even an Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica isn’t spared from being insulted by a homophobic fellow countryman, but Jamaican culture has evolved to the point where such hostility now has stern consequences. Omar McLeod, who won the men’s 110-meter hurdles … Continue reading

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Caleb Orozco sets a valuable Caribbean precedent

Caleb Orozco struck me as nervous but determined when we first met in 2007.  We were among only a handful of Caribbean civil society delegates at an Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Panama.  In the very Latin … Continue reading

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Let’s celebrate: List of anti-LGBT nations shrinks again

76 countries with anti-homosexuality laws (or 72 or 78) This week’s decision by the Belize Supreme Court to overturn that nation’s anti-sodomy law has shrunk the list of nations with anti-LGBT laws once again. By this blog’s tally, the total … Continue reading

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Top court in Belize overturns sodomy law

The Supreme Court in the Central American country of Belize today overturned the country’s sodomy law, issuing a long-delayed ruling on a constitutional challenge brought by  LGBT rights activist Caleb Orozco, and his United Belize Action Movement (Unibam). BuzzFeed reported, … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe prisons, Pakistan arrests, Belize delay

In Zimbabwe, National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda told Parliament that homosexuality in prisons should no longer be ignored as it spreads HIV and TB. He said that Zimbabweans are “too shy” to talk about the high rate of homosexuality in … Continue reading

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‘My journey as a transgender Nigerian’

Rizi Timane, a Nigerian-born transgender life coach, singer/songwriter and author, now naturalized in the United States, speaks about his life and struggles as a transgender person. Rizi Timane was assigned female at birth, but at age 8 he came to … Continue reading

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