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To avoid the army, gay Iranians must carry ‘gay’ ID cards

Gay and trans Iranians must make an excruciating choice on reaching age 18 — join the army, where they encounter intense homophobia and sometimes rape, or submit to an intense invasion of their privacy in order to qualify for an exemption from military service on the grounds of being gay or transgender. If they qualify, … Continue reading

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Disappointed by Pope, Ugandan activists remain hopeful

Pope Francis has avoided talking about homophobia during his trip to Africa, despite urgent pleas that he rein in the un-Christian hatred that many of his followers and other Christians display for LGBT people. But Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) “still hopes that the Vatican will take sexual minorities issues seriously. We are open to working … Continue reading

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Commentary: Why Jamaica Pride is important

In the following commentary published today in the Jamaica Observer, J-FLAG leader Dane Lewis explains the importance of Jamaica’s first Pride celebration. See also: “Jamaica’s first Pride gets boost from government officials”  and “Star power of Ellen Page supports Jamaica Pride.” Why Jamaica Pride 2015 matters By Dane Lewis I am ecstatic that after seven years as … Continue reading

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Kenya buzzing with anti-gay worries as it awaits Obama’s visit

This has been a busy month for Watetezi, the online site from activist/journalist Denis Nzioka that promotes security for LGBTI Kenyans and reports on the human rights abuses they suffer. These days, Kenya is abuzz with homophobic outcries, complaints and hand-wringing, sprinkled with news of anti-gay protests and an occasional anti-gay attack. The latest bout … Continue reading