Category Archives: Positive steps

3 musicians challenge anti-LGBT hate in Africa

Three courageous African musicians recently spoke to NoStrings about their personal struggles and their use of music to combat homophobia in Africa, despite strong oppositions and death threats. The three musicians who spoke to NoStrings are Mista Majah P, an … 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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Ivory Coast legal plan would aid LGB but not TQ

An official review of Ivory Coast’s Penal Code has been under way for a little more than two years. The latest proposed changes would offer some additional protection for gays, lesbians and bisexuals, but pose new risks for trans people … Continue reading

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Don’t harm gays, Egyptian religious leader says

Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, a leading religious leader in Egypt, has spoken up against anti-gay violence. According to a report in Mamba Online: “Each person is equally inviolable,”  Allam said. “Even if we view homosexuality as a religious sin, that … Continue reading

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