Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan
Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe

Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan

  LONDON – A group of up to 17 countries led by Belarus has blocked a plan to include the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender communities in a new urban strategy drawn up by the United Nations, according to sources close to negotiations. Thompson Reuters Foundation published the story Oct. 11-12. The headline was: … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Egypt, ‘one of the world’s biggest jailers of gay men’

Widespread official persecution of LGBTI people continues in Egypt, as described  in this excerpt from a Public Radio International article: In much of the Middle East, it’s getting more dangerous to be gay Just after it became known in June that the attacker of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub had pledged allegiance to ISIS, Egypt’s foreign ministry … 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 / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

Death penalty for gay sex in 10 to 14 nations (update)

By Colin Stewart Ten nations with large Muslim populations have laws providing for the death penalty for same-sex activity. Only a few actually impose the death sentence. Exactly how many is a difficult question. The 2016 State-Sponsored Homophobia report from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, lists 13-14 places that threaten … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

LGBTI rights activism: Mostly hidden in Middle East, N. Africa

Public recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people remains rare in the many Middle Eastern and North African countries that still have laws against same-sex intimacy. In most of those countries, even advocacy of those rights is unusual. Such advocacy is mostly underground, online or abroad for Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Syria … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Oceania

News in brief: Some bright spots, some trouble ahead

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. Trouble ahead: Brunei, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia Human rights activists in Brunei have expressed their concern over reports that the government is committed to implementing the second phase of the … Continue reading

Africa / Europe / Middle East / North Africa

3 nations crack down on same-sex couples

In Nigeria, police broke up an alleged same-sex wedding and arrested the participants. Under a 2013 law, same-sex marriages are illegal in Nigeria, not just unrecognized. In Lithuania, which is considering adopting a Russia-style ban on “gay propaganda,” the Interior Ministry refused to grant the husband of a Lithuanian man a temporary residency permit after … Continue reading