Russia, India, Jamaica, Africa: Many attacks, some progress

News items in this recap mostly were excerpted with slight modifications from two published round-ups of the world’s LGBTI-related news– UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes and ILGA’s LGBulleTIn. Physical attacks and arrests Police arrested about 20 activists supporting the LGBTI community during the annual May Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two days before the march, Meduza … Continue reading


Challenge to Jamaican anti-sodomy law gets under way

At the first hearing of my constitutional challenge to the Jamaican anti-sodomy law held today [Feb. 23], the Public Defender (PD) applied to be joined as an Interested Party. The PD is seeking to exercise her statutory right and obligation to protect and promote the rights of Jamaicans. [Editor’s note:  Jamaica’s Public Defender is Arlene … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Commentary: Jamaican activists need to change focus

Jamaica needs to make a wide variety of improvements in its human rights record with regard to its LGBT citizens — which may not be possible if activists focus too much attention on the nation’s buggery law, says Jaevion Nelson, program and advocacy manager at the Jamaican LGBT advocacy organization J-FLAG.  In today’s Jamaica Gleaner, … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Jamaica: Fear of gays as silly as fearing kangaroo invasion

Excerpts from a commentary by Michael Abrahams — gynecologist, obstetrician, comedian and poet — about the Sept. 27 anti-LGBT rally held in connection with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit to Jamaica. The commentary was published in the Jamaica Gleaner. Misplaced priorities and the anti-gay agenda … When one objectively examines the issues adversely … Continue reading


Empower the Black Queer Community of Edmonton!

This is the third of three articles: The first article presents the Edmonton Reggae Festival’s response to protests against anti-LGBTQ singers that it has invited to perform. The second is a commentary by Jamaican/Canadian activist Maurice Tomlinson titled “Reggae festival does little for LGBTI Jamaicans” This third article is from the FundRazr crowd-funding site that … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Progress + disputes: Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia

A recap of recent news about LGBTI rights in three of the Caribbean nations with laws against homosexual activity (Guyana, St. Lucia and Jamaica), with help from coverage in the Caribbean IRN Blog of the International Resource Network: Guyana Stabroek News of Guyana editorialized favorably on Ireland’s vote in favor of Marriage Equality: “Marriage … … Continue reading