Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) has released a report highlighting the urgent need for the government to address human rights violations of persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Belfast Pride attracted huge crowds on August 1 as thousands marched for the 25th year of the festival. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, the last constituent country in the United Kingdom without marriage equality.
U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband have found themselves ambassadors of Vietnam’s LGBTI rights movement. The pair, who frequently appear together at official government gatherings and media events, have become the nation’s most prominent gay couple since their arrival in December.
Panmai, the first of its kind transgender theatre group in Tamil Nadu, focuses on breaking down barriers between the transgender community and the community at large. Its first production, Color of Trans, traces the journey of three transgender people, and has received rave reviews.
Despite a constitution that explicitly declares all persons to be equal under the law, Poland’s LGBTI community remains disenfranchised. Though opinion polls reveal growing support of LGBTI rights, numerous legislative, social and religious hurdles remain.
During the three-day summit for the Young African Leaders Initiative in Washington D.C., President Obama reiterated the public remarks he made in favor of gay rights during his recent trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. Obama has called upon young African leaders to recognize LGBTI rights as human rights.
Vietnam’s annual LGBTI parade took the streets of Hanoi on August 2. Organizers counted about 400 people when the bike rally for LGBTI rights started, despite persistent rain. More joined the afterparty in downtown Hanoi. Vietnam's LGBTI movement made gains recently, including the government lifting the same-sex marriage ban this year.
Recent violence resulting in the death of two children in Israel has prompted a larger discussion. A teenager stabbed at Jerusalem's LGBTI Pride march died of her injuries on August 2 as the attack and a firebombing that killed a Palestinian infant put pressure on Israel to hold Jewish extremists responsible.
Several Russian LGBTI picketers were detained on Airborne Forces Day, a national holiday on August 2. Veterans of the Russian Airborne Forces confronted the protestors, tearing their posters and banners. Russia does not require permits for individual pickets, but its “homosexual propaganda” ban is used to outlaw LGBTI demonstrations.
Sixteen-year-old Shira Banki, who was one of six people stabbed at the July 30 Pride March in Jerusalem, died on August 2. The assailant had just been released from a ten-year prison sentence for stabbing three people at Jerusalem Pride in 2005, and had made public threats against the march.
Brighton, England's pride parade was delayed on August 1 after a suspicious object was discovered. Bomb specialists later carried out a controlled explosion. Brighton's parade draws an estimated 160,000 people and is the largest pride celebration in the country.
Three men who were held at a maximum-security prison in the Gambian capital of Banjul for nearly eight months were released on August 1. They had been charged with "aggravated homosexuality," but were found not guilty. They would have faced life in prison if found guilty.
No Strings, a series of podcasts that provide a voice for the LGBTIQ community in Nigeria, has released an episode titled "And then there was . . . depression." Nigeria’s LGBTIQ community, stigmatized for being “mentally unwell,” is at a high risk for depression.
Roskomnadzor, Russia’s state media watchdog organization, is investigating whether LGBTI-themed emojis on Facebook violate Russian laws against "promoting" homosexuality among minors. The investigation comes after a complaint from Mikhail Marchenko, a senator in Russia’s upper house of parliament.
Yishai Schlissel, a fundamentalist, ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, stabbed six people at Jerusalem’s annual LGBTI Pride Parade on July 30th. Critics of Israel's human rights record have argued that his threats were not treated as seriously as threats from a religiously motivated Muslim extremist would have been.
Repression of LGBTI people in Guyana has come under fire as part of the United Nations' review of countries' human rights records. The Guyanese government reported that discussions of repealing the laws against same-sex intimacy between men and against cross-dressing and adding an anti-discrimination law had occurred in the past year.
Angela Brown Burke, the mayor of Kingston, Jamaica, says she has “a responsibility” to represent all her city’s residents, including those who are LGBTI. Brown Burke, who is also a member of the Jamaican Senate, is scheduled to speak on August 1 at the opening ceremony of the country’s first-ever pride celebration.
Despite a number of laws giving same-sex couples the same legal status and rights as de facto couples, many Australian states continue to exclude same-sex couples from adopting children and surrogacy arrangements. Experts believe that making marriage legal will allow more couples to adopt, but it will not address same-sex couples who want children but do not want to get married.
Relocating to San Francisco, with its high housing costs and uncertain job prospects, has left many LGBTI refugees near homelessness. Churches and non-profits have offered support, but more funding and community support are needed to address growing concerns.
For the first time ever, a march symbolizing LGBTI freedom and expression will be held on Friday in West Lothian, one of Scotland’s 32 council areas. Says Counselor Angela Moohan, “We . . . hope the event will also raise awareness of the issues that can be faced by LGBT people, and promote greater understanding among the community as a whole.”
The Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan recently voided an anti-gay propaganda law on the grounds that it was too vaguely worded. However, intense homophobia and discrimination remain, leaving many to question Kazakhstan’s suitability as a potential host for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Chase Maggiano, Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., reflects on the chorus’s recent trip to Cuba, where they met with and performed for LGBT individuals and activists, many of whom were eager to begin organizing their own groups, hoping to use art and music to spread messages of equality.
Andrea Ayala of Espacio de Mujeres Lesbianas por la Diversidad, a Salvadoran advocacy group, suspects that police broke into her home after she publicly denounced the four officers responsible for the alleged attack against Alex Peña, director of the Association of Transgender Men in El Salvador late last month.
Former British Columbia Human Rights commissioner Mary Woo Sims discusses the controversial decision to ban groups from participating in this year’s Vancouver Pride unless they sign a pledge supporting transgender equality legislation. The decision has prompted one of the directors of the pride society to resign over accusations that the festival has become too partisan.
On Thursday an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed six people as they took part in a Pride march in Jerusalem. The suspect, Yishai Shlissel, was convicted of the same crime at a Pride event ten years ago, and was released from prison less than one month ago.
Writes J. Lester Feder: “Colombia’s top court held a day-long hearing on Thursday on whether it should interpret its constitution as giving marriage rights to same-sex couples — framing the debate in a wider discussion about whether international standards now dictate that marriage equality is a fundamental right.”
A committee in Mexico’s lower house of congress has voted down a proposal by President Enrique Pena Nieto to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. The measure seeking to enshrine in the constitution same-sex...