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Africa / Americas / Commentary

Comic preview of serious Ugandan human rights case

Today this blog republishes an accurate comic-strip-style presentation of  “The Case Against Scott Lively,” the anti-gay American pastor who is being sued in federal court for human rights abuses. The public is invited to attend (rescheduled) oral arguments in the case starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday,  Nov. 9, at U.S. District Court, Suite 120, 300 State … Continue reading

Faith and religion

Correcting the old wrong ideas about Sodom, Gomorrah

The activist religious organization Soulforce has published a free booklet seeking to de-fang the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah, which for centuries has been routinely misinterpreted as a condemnation of homosexuality. Titled “Breaking Open: Sodom and Gomorrah,” the publication “goes deep into one of the ‘clobber passages’ in the Bible, which are so named … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Egypt, ‘one of the world’s biggest jailers of gay men’

Widespread official persecution of LGBTI people continues in Egypt, as described  in this excerpt from a Public Radio International article: In much of the Middle East, it’s getting more dangerous to be gay Just after it became known in June that the attacker of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub had pledged allegiance to ISIS, Egypt’s foreign ministry … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Europe

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

Asia / Commentary

Bangladesh, repeal our repressive anti-LGBTI law

London-based Bangladeshi gay rights activist Riaz Osmani today issued this statement seeking the repeal of Bangladesh’s anti-LGBTI law, Section 377 of the Penal Code. That law provides for life imprisonment for anyone who engages in “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” which the law defines as involving penetration other than heterosexual intercourse. Osmani has … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Seeking LGBTI rights in Trinidad, finding them in Canada

Advocacy on behalf of LGBTI residents of Trinidad and Tobago is a heartfelt concern of Trinidad activist David D.K. Soomarie, currently visiting Canada. While in Toronto, Soomarie took part in a public discussion of the struggle for LGBTI rights in his native country and joined a protest seeking recognition of the human rights of LGBTI … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe

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

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Homophobic attack on LGBTI rights defender in Tunisia

Front Line Defenders reports: On 29 August 2016, an unknown man physically assaulted LGBTI rights defender Mr. Bouhdid Belhedi in central Tunis, after the man recognised his affiliation to Shams LGBTI rights association. Bouhdid Belhedi is a LGBTI defender working on the defence of sexual minorities in Tunisia and against homophobia. He is a member … Continue reading