Commentary

Terminology traps: LGBTI, LGBT, or perhaps just LGB?

In its latest report on violence against sexual minorities in Kenya, Human Rights Watch tackles the terminology troubles that come with the territory when trying to write respectfully, accurately and inclusively about people and groups that use a variety of labels for gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. A Note on Terminology Selecting appropriate, accurate, … Continue reading

Commentary

Challenging the criminalisation of LGBT people

This is a Policy Brief, issued by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reprinted here with permission, with some reformatting.  The Alliance is one among many advocacy organisations that are challenging the criminalisation of LGBT persons.: Policy Brief – Challenging the criminalisation of LGBT people: Recommendations for governments, multilaterals, companies and NGOs “The criminalisation of sex between men will remain … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Jamaica: Inching towards legal equality

In Jamaica, government employees have more protection from discrimination than the general public whom they serve. In 2004, the Staff Orders for the Jamaican Civil Service (which have the force of law) were revised.  Quietly and without fanfare, this update from the 1976 document expanded the protections of public servants to include the right to … Continue reading

Asia

Sri Lanka: 10 years of work for LGBTIQ rights and health

By Rosanna Flamer-Caldera and Denis LeBlanc The Sri Lankan LGBTIQ group Equal Ground celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 10 with a special event at the Goethe Institute in Colombo. The organization works to overcome the challenges that the LGBTIQ community faces — criminalization of same-sex relationships, cultural and social stigma, discrimination, marginalization, violence, mental health … Continue reading