Anti-LGBT forces wield ‘traditional values’ as a weapon
Commentary / International

Anti-LGBT forces wield ‘traditional values’ as a weapon

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. Continue reading

The first LGBTQI+ conference for French speakers
Commentary / International

The first LGBTQI+ conference for French speakers

LGBTQI+ activists in French-speaking countries (La Francophonie) must overcome many challenges that their counterparts in English-speaking countries do not face. Two representatives of the new French-speaking IGLF Coalition took part in August’s first-ever international French-language LGBTQI+ conference in Montreal. Here they discuss the importance of this gathering and the state of LGBTQI+ activism in La … Continue reading

Kenyan scam artist profits by claiming he’s a gay victim
Africa / International

Kenyan scam artist profits by claiming he’s a gay victim

Self-described LGBTI rights activist/journalist Fred Odinga of Kenya has apparently defrauded supporters out of thousands of dollars’ worth of contributions they made in response to his appeals for protection against violent alleged enemies. Victims of his apparent scam have included dozens of individual donors, this Erasing 76 Crimes blog, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters … Continue reading