Increasing desperation in the Bangladeshi LGBT community came to a head Friday, May 19, when police in Bangladesh broke up a social gathering, making 29 arrests in what seems to be part of a government crackdown against the LGBT community.
The “queer brown lady” writing under the pseudonym Maya M. describes how her life experience differs from that of her white counterparts. She is from a country where “there doesn’t exist a word for ‘gay,’ ‘homosexual,’ or ‘lesbian,’ either officially or colloquially.” She currently lives in the United States.
Eighteen Ugandan LGBTI refugees in Kenya have been arrested, abused and sent to the Kakuma refugee camp, where they face the prospect of further abuse by thousands of homophobic refugees who are also confined there, the O-blog-dee LGBTI rights advocacy blog reports.
Russia is ramping up its opposition to LGBTI advocates seeking an end to human rights abuses in Chechnya. It has arrested protesters in Moscow and issued a formal statement denying that 100 gay Chechens were arrested and tortured in secret detention sites.
Uganda LGBTI rights ally Stella Nyanzi was released on bail on May 10, after more than a month in prison.
In Kenya, LGBT Ugandan refugees turn to each other for support and companionship, but some are abandoned to a life of solitary struggles. Here is one such LGBT refugee’s story, which she told to Simon Kwesigabo, a fellow refugee who has been resettled in the United States.
The Tanzanian government’s ongoing crackdown on LGBT people has given pause to sexual minorities there who previously enjoyed a relatively tolerant environment. Now, says Tanzanian trans sex worker and fashion designer Queen M, for the first time she is afraid.
Pressure has increased to put an end to a campaign of anti-gay repression, so far with no signs of progress.
The Erasing 76 Crimes blog here presents another piece of artwork by Vincent Kyabayinze, who uses his art to appeal for respect for the human rights of LGBTI Ugandans. Vincent Kyabayinze is director of Uganda-based East African Visual Artists, which uses visual arts to advocate for human rights, working to improve the visibility, dignity and …
About 200 LGBT people worldwide have been arrested in recent weeks in anti-LGBT police actions in southeastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.
A coalition of the LGBTQI advocacy groups in Trinidad has launched a campaign seeking to reduce violence against sexual minorities in that Caribbean nation.