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

Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan
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Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan

  LONDON – A group of up to 17 countries led by Belarus has blocked a plan to include the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender communities in a new urban strategy drawn up by the United Nations, according to sources close to negotiations. Thompson Reuters Foundation published the story Oct. 11-12. The headline was: … Continue reading

Free of anti-LGBT attacks, Russian QueerFest thrives
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Free of anti-LGBT attacks, Russian QueerFest thrives

QueerFest 2016, the 8th international LGBTI pride festival of Russia, has concluded on a high note, the festival announced in a press release. Songwriter and performer Sian Evans (of KOSHEEN) sang all-favorites, wished audiences to be themselves, to love and to stay strong, at the closing concert that gathered hundreds of spectators at the venue … Continue reading

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Intersex rights (often violated) are human rights

The “I” in LGBTI activism is the focus of a new report that spells out what’s at stake in the growing field of intersex advocacy. The freely downloadable document We Are Real: The Growing Movement Advancing the Human Rights of Intersex People from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice seeks to “share and promote relevant … Continue reading

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Russia: QueerFest 2016 aims to be more inclusive

QueerFest announced: ANNUAL RUSSIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL “QUEERFEST”: SEEING THE INVISIBLE The time has come for the 8th annual pride festival “QueerFest”, which will take place September 15-25 in the streets and venues of St. Petersburg, Russia. The topic of this year’s festival is “Seeing the Invisible”. QueerFest wants to give voice to the groups within … Continue reading

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Study urges multi-nationals to boost LGBT rights

Multi-national corporations could and should, but often don’t, help improve the lives of LGBT people in countries with anti-LGBT laws, according to a study by the Center for Talent Innovation. In a press release, the organization stated: Study Maps Challenges and Opportunities for Pro-LGBT Companies Operating in Anti-LGBT Markets Study shows multi-national corporations how to … Continue reading

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Progress and persecution from Jamaica to Myanmar

Many signs of progress, but also many instances of ongoing persecution of LGBTI people, are contained in the following round-up of the world’s recent LGBTI-related news, most of which was excerpted with slight modifications from the UNAIDS publication Equal Eyes: Human rights Activists in Odessa, Ukraine, convinced authorities to reconsider a last-minute ban that would … Continue reading