Africa / Americas / Europe

Intersex rights (often violated) are human rights

The “I” in LGBTI activism is the focus of a new report that spells out what’s at stake in the growing field of intersex advocacy. The freely downloadable document We Are Real: The Growing Movement Advancing the Human Rights of Intersex People from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice seeks to “share and promote relevant … 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 / Americas / Asia / Europe

Progress and persecution from Jamaica to Myanmar

Many signs of progress, but also many instances of ongoing persecution of LGBTI people, are contained in the following round-up of the world’s recent LGBTI-related news, most of which was excerpted with slight modifications from the UNAIDS publication Equal Eyes: Human rights Activists in Odessa, Ukraine, convinced authorities to reconsider a last-minute ban that would … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Homophobic attack on LGBTI rights defender in Tunisia

Front Line Defenders reports: On 29 August 2016, an unknown man physically assaulted LGBTI rights defender Mr. Bouhdid Belhedi in central Tunis, after the man recognised his affiliation to Shams LGBTI rights association. Bouhdid Belhedi is a LGBTI defender working on the defence of sexual minorities in Tunisia and against homophobia. He is a member … 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


3 musicians challenge anti-LGBT hate in Africa

Three courageous African musicians recently spoke to NoStrings about their personal struggles and their use of music to combat homophobia in Africa, despite strong oppositions and death threats. The three musicians who spoke to NoStrings are Mista Majah P, an African-American reggae artist from Jamaica; Grammo Suspect, a lesbian rapper from Kenya; and Chisom Iheangwaram, … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Support for Iraqi rejection of anti-LGBT attacks

Human Rights Watch has endorsed Iraqi Shiite clergyman Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for an end to violence against sexual minorities, reported last month on this blog. HRW issued this press release: Iraq: Cleric’s Call Against Anti-LGBT Violence Fighters Should Heed al-Sadr’s Statement; Government Should Follow Suit (Beirut, August 18, 2016) – State and non-state actors in … Continue reading