Americas / Asia / Europe

Study urges multi-nationals to boost LGBT rights

Multi-national corporations could and should, but often don’t, help improve the lives of LGBT people in countries with anti-LGBT laws, according to a study by the Center for Talent Innovation. In a press release, the organization stated: Study Maps Challenges and Opportunities for Pro-LGBT Companies Operating in Anti-LGBT Markets Study shows multi-national corporations how to … Continue reading


On LGBTI rights in Asia, a picture of diversity amid intolerance

Thirteen countries in Asia have one thing in common: Each one has a law that prohibits same-sex intimacy. But otherwise they are remarkably diverse, ranging from tiny Maldives (population 350,000) to huge India (population 1.3 billion) with societies displaying a wide range of attitudes toward their LGBTI citizens. In some countries, such as India, many … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

Ready to celebrate May 17 (IDAHOT) despite dangers

Activists in some of the world’s 76-plus countries with anti-LGBTI laws are preparing to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17. The event, billed as a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity, commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization officially removed homosexuality from its list of … Continue reading

Africa / Asia

LGBTI news from Middle East, Africa, Singapore

LGBTI news in brief from  Iran, Iraq,  Kenya, Nigeria, Singapore and Uganda — all of them countries that have anti-LGBTI policies or have considered adopting them. These items are excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS Equal Eyes recaps of the world’s LGBTI-related news: The UK’s Human Dignity Trust and the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association warned that the … Continue reading

Asia / Commentary

How LGBT Burmese see themselves; plus Singapore, Indonesia

Discussions of anti-LGBTI attitudes and laws in Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma) are a focus of the latest edition of the online Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, which has as its theme “Queer in Southeast Asia.” The review also presents similar articles about Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, which are not included in the world’s 76+ countries … Continue reading

Americas / Asia

New U.S. strategies for combating anti-gay laws

United States officials are pushing two relatively new strategies for promoting the human rights of LGBTI people worldwide. Over the opposition of Global South politicians and others who complain of neo-colonialism whenever the U.S. tries to dissuade homophobic nations from persecuting their sexual minorities, LGBTI advocates are promoting these two endeavors: 1. Using free-trade pacts … Continue reading