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

Africa

Mauritania: discreet inclusion of gays in the HIV response.

Any news concerning the struggles of LGBTI is rare out of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, a West-African country of about 3.5 million souls that achieved independence from France in 1960. One of four African countries where same-sex relations between men are punishable by death, article 308 states: “Any adult Muslim man who commits an indecent act … Continue reading

Uncategorized

Fighting HIV among male/trans sex workers in Cameroon

Male and transgender sex workers: a seldom-recognized reality in Cameroon’s fight against HIV By Steave Nemande, M.D. Sex work is considered illegal in Cameroon. Prostitution and solicitation are penalized by Article 343 of the Penal Code, providing prison sentences of six months to five years and fines of 20,000 to 500,000 CFA francs ($39 to … Continue reading