Anti-LGBT forces wield ‘traditional values’ as a weapon
Commentary / International

Anti-LGBT forces wield ‘traditional values’ as a weapon

The concept of “traditional values” has been weaponized for use against LGBT people. “Through a persistent rhetoric, powerfully promoted by Russia and its allies, LGBT people have come to embody all that is antithetical to so-called ‘traditional values,’ ” says Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. Continue reading

Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan
Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe

Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan

  LONDON – A group of up to 17 countries led by Belarus has blocked a plan to include the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender communities in a new urban strategy drawn up by the United Nations, according to sources close to negotiations. Thompson Reuters Foundation published the story Oct. 11-12. The headline was: … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Proposals for new ‘gay propaganda’ laws; Europe worries

The European Parliament is keeping a worried eye on two Central Asian nations’ proposals to adopt Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” laws. The Russian law, enacted in 2013, provides for fines of up to 200,000 rubles (about US $3,000) for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” that appears where the message could reach minors, including online. The law … Continue reading

Europe

Belarus weighs Russia-style anti-‘gay propaganda’ law

The U.S.-based advocacy organization Human Rights First warns of threatened restrictions on the human rights of LGBT people in Belarus. In a commentary titled, “Homophobic Legislation Threatens LGBT Community in Belarus”, Belarus activist Slava Bortnik writes: Homophobic Legislation Threatens LGBT Community in Belarus Belarus, my home country, is toying with a Russian-style “anti-propaganda” bill, potentially … Continue reading

Asia / Europe / Faith and religion

LGBT Christians keep the faith in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

LGBT Christians are keeping the faith in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, despite huge challenges in many countries. They resolved to “support one another in prayers and to pray ‘for those who persecute us’ ” in a joint statement at the group’s sixth gathering, Aug. 15-18 in Kiev, Ukraine. Participants in the forum were LGBT … Continue reading