Welcome to the inaugural Alturi newsletter! This weekly digest will include current news and stories on the issues facing LGBT people globally, as well as updates from Alturi and our partner organizations. We look forward to keeping you connected.
Recent polls indicate that 78% of Ireland's registered voters are in favor of passing the May 22 marriage amendment. If passed, Ireland will become the first country in the world to successfully have its electorate vote on whether to establish marriage equality.
Ugandan gay rights activist Tony Kitara offers his insight on the status of gay rights in the world's most homophobic societies. Despite numerous advances around the world, Kitara worries that African leaders and the general population are becoming more homophobic in response to deeply religious, anti-gay groups that have emerged across the continent.
After speaking with individuals working in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the UAE, Gay Star Business has reported that while most LGBTI individuals do not experience overt discrimination, discretion is the key to living and working in the Middle East, where homosexuality is criminalized.
Dayanara, a woman from Nicaragua, came out to her family as transgender when she was a teenager. Ostracized by her parents and siblings, and thrown out of her home, Dayanara became a sex worker to support herself financially.
May 21st is Give OUT Day and this year Alturi is excited to participate. For 24 hours, the LGBTQ community and our allies will come together to raise critically needed funds to support the diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofits including community centers, arts groups, organizers, clinics, student clubs, sports leagues and more.