Washington Blade - Vatican Radio reported that Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Archdiocese of Accra said countries need “time to deal with” homosexuality and other “issues from our own cultural perspectives.” Other coverage on Palmer-Buckle at Reuters and 76Crimes.
Ghanaweb - Many African Initiated Churches are establishing branches in western countries where they propagate what they call 'Africanized Christianity', a gospel niche which they could use to teach doctrines that are literally against the laws and human rights provisions in these countries such as the human rights of homosexuals. Ghanaweb also reported on reverse missionaries earlier this year.
Huffington Post - The Philippines has one of worst records of violence against the trans community. The murders of 29 transgender people have been documented in the Philippines since 2008, according to the TvT project, which monitors and analyzes cases of transphobia worldwide. This is the highest number in the Southeast Asian region, and the second highest in Asia -- though activists say that many murders of trans people go unreported in the country, so the number is likely much higher.
Malay Mail Online - For almost a year, the Muslim transgender community in Malaysia gained respite after the Court of Appeal ruled that an anti-crossdressing Shariah law in Negri Sembilan was deemed unconstitutional and void. The relief might be short-lived, however, if the Federal Court decides to overturn the decision, with the community fearing backlash and “retaliation” from Islamic enforcers whose pursuit of the group could again become lawful. Learn more about transgender rights in Malaysia here and here.
Sun Times Network - “China’s Gay Shock Therapy” shows footage of undercover patients being offered electroshock therapy and other treatments in order to cure them of their sexuality. The Guardian and Radio Times contribute additional reporting.
BuzzFeed - On Jan. 4, Madhu Kinnar made history by becoming India’s first transgender mayor in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh Municipal Corporation and in May, Manabi Bandopadhyay was appointed the principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in West Bengal, making her the first transgender principal in India.
Washington Blade - More than 100 people on Thursday gathered in the Honduran capital to discuss ways to expand the country’s LGBTI rights movement. Advocates from throughout Latin America attended the conference at the Hotel Plaza del Libertador in Tegucigalpa that Honduran LGBTI rights advocates organized. The Blade also reported on U.S. support for LGBTI rights in Honduras.
Moscow Times - More than half of Russians think that gay people should be either "liquidated" or isolated from society, according to a poll published Friday that showed a hardening of attitudes toward many minority groups in Russia in recent years. Read Human Rights Watch's report on anti-LGBTI violence in Russia.
The Economist - With her eyes ablaze under a mop of boyish hair, Yoalli Lora sums up the lessons she has learned from years battling Mexican authority. “In Mexico the laws don’t work unless you create a scandal.” She says this forcefully enough to turn heads at the genteel Sanborns restaurant in Mexico City where she is tucking into enchiladas. Her mother flinches, but not because of the attention. “Oh my love,” she says. “You are only 14, yet you already know this.” Spanish language coverage of Yoalli's story can be found at Chilango and Milenio.
Medicine Hat News - It started earlier this year when a seven-year-old transgender girl wanted to use the girl’s washroom in her Catholic school. She was no longer identifying as a boy and didn’t want to stand out by having to use a new, gender-neutral washroom.
Intersex Australia - OII Australia recently joined with the National LGBTI Health Alliance, A Gender Agenda, Transformative and Transgender Victoria to agree to a joint submission to the federal Attorney General’s Department on non-binary recognition in the federal sex and gender recognition guidelines. Here's background on the original court ruling last year.
Huffington Post - Giowana Cambrone, a transgender woman, LGBTI activist, lawyer, and professor of family law, who recently participated in the coordination of the Rio de Janeiro branch of Sustainability Network (Rede Sustentabilidade), shares her personal story, her view on the Brazilian society and LGBTI rights, and the Sustainability Network’s views on sexual minorities. Additional coverage of Giowana's efforts at Brasileiros.