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

Trump ‘gag rule’ hurts AIDS battle in Kenya, Uganda
Africa / Americas

Trump ‘gag rule’ hurts AIDS battle in Kenya, Uganda

The fight against AIDS in Uganda and Kenya is suffering from U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Global Gag Rule,” which cuts off U.S. aid from any organization that even mentions abortions as an option for unwanted pregnancies, Human Rights Watch says. Organizations serving sex workers — an occupation that some LGBT people adopt after being excluded … Continue reading

Protests surge as Tanzania jails anti-HIV lawyers; no charges
Africa

Protests surge as Tanzania jails anti-HIV lawyers; no charges

Tanzania is facing widespread protests over the arrest and ongoing detention of a dozen lawyers and activists supporting health care services for HIV-positive Tanzanians. They have been charged with no crime, but are accused of “promoting homosexuality” when they met to discuss a planned lawsuit seeking to restore anti-AIDS programs for LGBTI people. Continue reading

Tanzania cries ‘homosexuality’ to block health-care lawsuit
Africa

Tanzania cries ‘homosexuality’ to block health-care lawsuit

The Tanzanian government didn’t like the fact that lawyers were meeting with clients on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Dar es Salaam to discuss a planned lawsuit seeking restoration of health-care services that have been  dismantled during Tanzania’s ongoing anti-LGBT crackdown. To block that meeting, Tanzanian police moved in, arrested 13 people and accused  them of … Continue reading