Americas / Faith and religion

U.S. lets LGBTs abroad die of neglect as it OKs rights at home

It was only a year ago that the vintage convertible carrying Global Grand Marshal Bishop Christopher Senyonjo rolled down Market Street in San Francisco to the cheers of a million well-wishers at San Francisco Pride. Our theme “Global Equality” won the competition to name Pride’s theme last year. At 80, though rejected by his Anglican … Continue reading

Faith and religion

From New Zealand, a view of world’s LGBT rights struggle

The battle against Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill has produced some positive results — and not just the failure of the bill to pass in this year’s parliamentary session, says the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle. In an interview on New Zealand’s “Gay Talk Tonight” online talk show with host Andrew Whiteside, Ogle says that in some … Continue reading

Americas / Asia

New activist network fights AIDS and anti-LGBT laws

Twenty-six LGBT activists traveled to Washington, D.C., two weeks ago, seeking to change a world where homosexuality is illegal in 76-plus countries. Now that the International AIDS Conference is over, they are returning to their home countries, strengthened by the creation of a new faith-based network of activists with a common goal —- guaranteeing the … Continue reading

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Jamaica as a model for anti-AIDS, anti-homophobia action

One of several quick recaps of news related to this week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.: Lessons from “the most homophobic place on earth” Jamaican gay activist Maurice Tomlinson says his country is making progress in the fight against homophobia and could even serve as a model for activists seeking successful techniques for waging … Continue reading

Americas

‘U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa’

One of several quick recaps of news related to this week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.: U.S. evangelical Christians accused of promoting homophobia in Africa The Guardian reports on the newly released study, “Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa”: Christian evangelical groups in the US are … Continue reading

Americas

Fatal flaw in official anti-AIDS declaration

COMMENTARY A new declaration seeking “global support to end the AIDS epidemic” has one fatal shortcoming. It outlines nine strategies for fighting HIV / AIDS, but fails to mention the tragic consequences of 76-plus nations’ laws against homosexuality, which effectively exclude LGBT people from receiving AIDS-related services. The “Washington D.C. Declaration” will be the official … Continue reading

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Help raise money for international LGBT rights on June 18

A video presentation, awards ceremony and fundraiser on June 18 in Laguna Beach will support efforts to bring LGBT activists to Washington, D.C., this summer during the International AIDS Conference to make the case that laws criminalizing homosexuality need to be changed in order to combat AIDS among those countries’ LGBT citizens. The evening will … Continue reading