Africa / Americas / Asia / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

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 is now 76 countries with criminal laws against sexual activity. Or the total is 72 … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe / Oceania

Is the world now a better place for LGBTI people?

Q. A journalist asked, “In the years that Erasing 76 Crimes has covered criminalization of queerness around the world, has the situation improved, stayed stagnant or gotten worse?” Here’s a quick, non-definitive answer: A. During my time publishing Erasing 76 Crimes, from 2012 to the present, the situation has been fluid — possibly improving, with … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

92 nations formerly had anti-LGBT laws; now it’s 75 (or 79)

The number of countries with laws against same-sex sexual activity has dropped from 92 a decade ago to 75 today, according to tallies kept by ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. ILGA’s 2016 edition of its State-Sponsored Homophobia report, by Aengus Carroll, is being published today. The latest countries to repeal … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Oceania

Conservative Indonesians vs. LGBTI rights

LGBTI Indonesians often are at odds with conservative Muslims in their quest for recognition of their human rights. Those confrontations pose particular difficulties, because Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population — more than 200 million, an estimated 95 percent of the total population. But many disputes beyond just faith-based ones are highlighted … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Oceania

News in brief: Some bright spots, some trouble ahead

News items in this recap mostly were excerpted with slight modifications from two published round-ups of the world’s LGBTI-related news– UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes and ILGA’s LGBulleTIn. Trouble ahead: Brunei, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia Human rights activists in Brunei have expressed their concern over reports that the government is committed to implementing the second phase of the … Continue reading

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20 LGBTI-related arrests in Egypt, Indonesia

EGYPT The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) reports that police in Egypt are continuing their anti-LGBTI crackdown, which has been under way since 2013.  More than 100 allegedly LGBTI people are victims of this police harassment, which is part of a larger pattern of human rights abuses in Egypt: Egypt: Police … Continue reading

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LGBTI news worldwide: From hope to troubles

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. Glimmers of hope In Russia, Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of state-controlled media, unexpectedly came out in favor of same-sex civil unions, despite previously expressing extreme anti-gay sentiments. Also in Russia, senator Konstantin Dobrynin suggests … Continue reading