Ugandan activists travel to U.S. seeking trial of anti-gay pastor
Africa / Americas

Ugandan activists travel to U.S. seeking trial of anti-gay pastor

Yesterday, after traveling from Uganda to the United States, 12 LGBTI rights activists pressed their case that anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively should go on trial for human rights violations for his role in pushing for Uganda’s now-defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act. “Lively worked to erase LGBTI Ugandans from civil and political life,” said Rutgers University law professor … Continue reading

Nov. 9 invitation: Gather to support trial of anti-gay pastor
Africa / Americas

Nov. 9 invitation: Gather to support trial of anti-gay pastor

[Republished] Opponents of the work of anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively are hoping for a courtroom full of LGBTI rights supporters on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the rescheduled date for the next court hearing in the case against Lively on charges of crimes against humanity. The federal lawsuit against Lively was filed by the Center for Constitutional … Continue reading

Nigeria’s anti-gay law boosts anti-LGBT extortion, violence
Africa

Nigeria’s anti-gay law boosts anti-LGBT extortion, violence

Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 (SSMPA) has made a bad situation much worse for Nigeria’s beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Human Rights Watch said in a recent report. The law has led to an increase in extortion and violence against LGBT people and imposed restrictions on nongovernmental organizations providing essential services … Continue reading

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

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 / Asia

Good news from Malaysia, Namibia, Ukraine

Recent weeks have seen advances for trans people in Ukraine and Malaysia and perhaps for all LGBT people in Namibia. The news items in this recap were excerpted with slight modifications  from  ILGA’s LGBulleTIn round-up of the world’s LGBTI-related news and UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes: In Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the National Registration … Continue reading

Americas

Caribbean: Anti-gay law is ripe for reversal, Antigua says

If LGBTI rights activists in the Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda mount a legal challenge, the courts there would likely nullify that nation’s ban on sexual relations between men, according to Antigua’s cabinet. But the Antiguan government won’t take such action on its own. As Antigua’s Daily Observer reported: The government has said an … Continue reading

Americas

Belize fundamentalists hope to appeal sodomy ruling

In the Belize court system, the last word hasn’t yet arrived regarding the Aug. 10 victory by LGBT rights activist Caleb Orozco, who, with support from his United Belize Advocacy Movement (Unibam), successfully challenged the country’s anti-sodomy law. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled that the sodomy provisions of Section 53 of the criminal code were … Continue reading

Asia

Indonesians push to prohibit gay sex, unmarried sex

BuzzFeed world correspondent J. Lester Feder and contributor Rin Hindryati in Jakarta, Indonesia, report: Homosexuality Must Be Criminalized To Protect Indonesian Values, Court Told “Our country has legalized fornication, male rape and homosexual acts. We’ve allowed our constitution to become too liberal — is that what we want?” JAKARTA — A group of academics and activists … Continue reading