A gathering of LGBT-friendly faithful from 10 W. African nations
Africa / Faith and religion

A gathering of LGBT-friendly faithful from 10 W. African nations

The goal: “a space in West Africa where persons from diverse faiths, cultures, class and sexual orientations can convene, work with faith leaders and communities to create a world in which everyone enjoys all human rights irrespective of class, religious belief, culture and sexual orientation.”  Late last month, West Africa moved a step closer to … Continue reading

‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman
Africa

‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman

Yahya Jammeh, one of the world’s most outspokenly homophobic leaders, has agreed to step down as president — and repressive strongman — of the Gambia after losing Thursday’s presidential election in that West African country. [Dec. 10 update: “Defeated anti-gay strongman demands Gambian revote.”] Property developer Adama Barrow, who has never held political office, won … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Historic meeting from Africa, Americas: End anti-LGBTI attacks

In an unprecedented meeting, human rights experts from Africa and the Americas have appealed for an end to violence targeting LGBTI people. The meeting, which involved United Nations human rights experts and representatives of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, occurred in November 2015. It … Continue reading

Americas / Europe

Bad news, briefly, from Jamaica, Gambia, Russia

In brief, some troubling news from countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news and elsewhere: Anti-LGBTI rally in Jamaica portrays homophobes as victims In Jamaica, hundreds of Christians rallied against same-sex marriage in a move organizers said was meant to ‘give heterosexuals a voice’ … Continue reading