Nigerian nonsense: Claiming a ‘cure’ for homosexuality
Africa / Commentary

Nigerian nonsense: Claiming a ‘cure’ for homosexuality

It’s too bad that so many Nigerians believe the sort of nonsense packed into a recent article in the Nigerian magazine Realityz. The article is titled “Sure cure for homosexuality and lesbianism.” The baseless article is written by one Sophilia Obire, who clearly does not even understand what it means to be gay. For starters, … Continue reading

Indonesian president: Police must defend LGBT citizens
Asia / Commentary

Indonesian president: Police must defend LGBT citizens

The president of Indonesia spoke out this week against an intensifying anti-LGBT campaign in that country. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on police to defend LGBT community members and declared “there should be no discrimination against anyone.” His appeal came after months of increasingly hateful anti-LGBT rhetoric from Indonesian officials and religious leaders. Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary

Comic preview of serious Ugandan human rights case

Today this blog republishes an accurate comic-strip-style presentation of  “The Case Against Scott Lively,” the anti-gay American pastor who is being sued in federal court for human rights abuses. The public is invited to attend (rescheduled) oral arguments in the case starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday,  Nov. 9, at U.S. District Court, Suite 120, 300 State … Continue reading

Asia / Commentary

Bangladesh, repeal our repressive anti-LGBTI law

London-based Bangladeshi gay rights activist Riaz Osmani today issued this statement seeking the repeal of Bangladesh’s anti-LGBTI law, Section 377 of the Penal Code. That law provides for life imprisonment for anyone who engages in “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” which the law defines as involving penetration other than heterosexual intercourse. Osmani has … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Seeking LGBTI rights in Trinidad, finding them in Canada

Advocacy on behalf of LGBTI residents of Trinidad and Tobago is a heartfelt concern of Trinidad activist David D.K. Soomarie, currently visiting Canada. While in Toronto, Soomarie took part in a public discussion of the struggle for LGBTI rights in his native country and joined a protest seeking recognition of the human rights of LGBTI … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary

Isn’t distributing expired HIV drugs a sin?

“Giving people expired anti-retroviral therapies (ARVs) is haram, forbidden, sin.” That’s what  Ugandan researcher/ activist Stella Nyanzi wrote on Facebook after she visited an HIV-positive friend. Use of expired medications is one of the many deficiencies of current efforts to control HIV/Aids in Uganda.  It’s a problem that affects many who are HIV-positive, whether they … Continue reading