LGBT Ugandans seeking asylum at the Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya have reported being stoned and poisoned by fellow refugees. Thus far, the administrators and police in and around Kakuma have been slow to investigate these crimes.
In China, where traditional notions of family have great cultural value, being gay is often thought of as "shameless," and families have been known to completely sever ties with their LGBT children. This was the reality faced by Fang Chao; however, in a video released in February, Chao's parents joined others in sending a message to the Chinese LGBT community that they are loved regardless of their sexual orientation.
Every year hundreds of individuals from the Middle East apply for resettlement because of violence and discrimination against their sexuality or gender identity. Photojournalist Bradley Secker has been documenting the lives of gay Iraqi refugees in Syria and Turkey since 2010.
Australian national depression initiative BeyondBlue say one-in-three teenage boys in Australia still wouldn’t want to have a gay person in their friendship group, while nearly two thirds say they have witnessed homophobic bullying firsthand.
Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were accused of fatally injuring Warren Batchelor, 48, after they caught him having sex with another man in a disabled toilet in November 2013. Both men denied the charges but a jury found them guilty after five hours of deliberation.
In a video from the "Quorum: Global LGBT voices" series, Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian-born gay rights activist, has taken a strong stance against efforts to victimize him and other LGBT people. Alimi calls on other members of the LGBT community to "be a champion or be a victim."
Natasha and Lyudmila aren’t different than any two other women in love; they fight, they break up, they make up. They struggle. “This is our struggle as people in love, or people who remember love, or people waiting for love’s return,” reads the introduction to documentary photographer Misha Friedman’s latest book, Lyudmila and Natasha: Russian Lives. “That is why we recognize ourselves in Lyudmila and Natasha, two ordinary women in love, remembering love, waiting for each other’s return.” What’s different for Natasha and Lyudmila, however, is the legality of their love: They live in Russia, where a single federal paragraph marks their relationship as perversion.
A schoolgirl struggling with her sexuality is suspended for kissing her classmate. A woman and her partner dream of fleeing home as angry mobs gather to oust gays. A young man walks past a gay bar and says "I could burn them". These personal accounts from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Kenya inspired the anthology film "Stories Of Our Lives", a centrepiece screening at LGBT film festival BFI Flare, which wraps up on Sunday in London.
Prosecutors contend that Pemberton murdered Jennifer Laude, 26, after meeting at an Olongapo City nightclub on Oct. 11, 2014, while the USS Peleliu was docked at the nearby Subic Bay Freeport on the Philippines’ main island of Luzon. Laude’s naked body was later found in a motel bathroom.
Thailand's cabinet has approved a bill that would ban LGBTI people from entering the Buddhist monkhood. The bill would allow officials to punish anyone - both LGBTI monks and those who ordain them - who 'harms and disgraces' Buddhism.
The Vancouver Park Board has launched a pubic awareness campaign designed to make its facilities, including twenty-four community centers as well as numerous sports facilities, more friendly to Transgender people. The campaign is a result of a 2013 decision in which the Board vowed to create a gender-inclusive community devoid of the barriers that transgender citizens face in using parks and recreation facilities.
In his latest work, acclaimed filmmaker Parvez Sharma invites his audience into a world forbidden to the majority of the world’s population. Mecca, one of the two most sacred cities in Islam, is where the prophet Muhammad was born, and it is home to the Grand Mosque, a site visited by millions of muslims every year during the annual pilgrimage of the Hajj. It is a city closed off to non-muslims, a place where recording devices are prohibited. Nonetheless, it is where Sharma—an openly gay muslim who has been publicly labeled an infidel for claiming that Islam and homosexuality are compatible—has chosen to bravely focus his documentary, A Sinner In Mecca.
Cameroonian lawyer Alice Nkom says her country will never get on top of its HIV epidemic if it continues to prevent gay citizens from accessing healthcare through repressive laws. The campaigner told PinkNews it was a “key issue” in Cameroon because “you violate the human rights of people to access health, medicines and treatment”.
The Multi-Party Women's Caucus has emphasized that the South African society needs to be rid of homophobia. A culture of equality must also be promoted. The Committee heard that government intended to introduce the concept of hate crimes into the criminal law. One of the key motivations for the proposed changes to the law, included in a draft policy framework, was the violent targeting of LGBTI persons based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, the so-called "corrective rapes" and murder of lesbian women and transgender men, especially in townships. Other motivators included a number of recent racist attacks, violence against foreign nationals as well as vandalism targeting religious institutions.
Nenad Mihailovic flouts Serbian taboo. He's openly gay in a notoriously macho culture. He uses a wheelchair in a society that shows little sympathy for the disabled. And he's a voice of liberal thinking in a nation where strong leaders have a tendency to quash dissent. So it's perhaps surprising that Mihailovic has attracted tens of thousands of viewers to his independent talk show - in which he grills politicians, actors, pop stars and activists on such hot-button themes as gay adoption, same-sex marriages, government corruption and relations with Russia.
Despite its international reputation as an LGBT-friendly destination, homophobia, violence and discrimination in South Africa have continued at alarming rates. According to Dikgang Moseneke, Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, the nation must increase its efforts to reshape public opinion on notions of patriarchy, gender roles and sexuality.
In Late 2014 the Indonesian Ulema Council issued a fatwa (Islamic edict) recommending severe punishment for LGBT persons and urging the government not to allow the LGBT community to organize. On March 16 'Coming Out', a book addressing the issue of being gay in Indonesia, was released in response to growing misconceptions about homosexuality and sexuality in general.
Serbian Minister of the Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic has reported that, following the adoption of an action plan in February of 2014, there were only twelve verbal and seven physical assaults on members of the LGBT community in 2014. According to Stefanovic, the police will not allow any minority to feel unsafe in Serbia.
Kaylo Glover, a twenty-six-year-old woman from Swaziland was murdered with an axe on March 15 for being a lesbian. Under Swaziland law, female homosexuality is legal while male homosexuality is punishable by death.
As homosexuality becomes more mainstream and open in the United States and Europe, there has been a range of reactions in Muslim-majority societies. In some places, like Lebanon and Palestine, the tolerance for members of the LGBT community to express themselves has opened up somewhat. But elsewhere, as in Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, and Malaysia, the reaction among conservative Muslims has been to vilify homosexuals.
Two Turkish cartoonists have escaped jail for suggesting President Tayyip Erdogan is gay. They published a cartoon in the satirical magazine Penguen in which the President greets an official, who is making a hand gesture used to mock gay people in Turkey. The case was brought against them after a reader complained the cartoon was against the country’s moral values. Lawyers representing President Erdogan pushed for a conviction for “insulting a public official”.
Britain's Liberal Democrat party has proposed legislation that would give British embassies around the world the power to perform same-sex marriages even if one partner was not a British citizen. The new policy would authorize the Foreign Office to use its diplomatic network to push for decriminalization of homosexuality in countries where it is illegal.
Gay marriage advocates yesterday protested the registration rules of the Taipei United Marriage Ceremony event, as the city moved to establish a new, separate ceremony open to gay couples. “Homosexuals desiring to marry should not be viewed as something to be quarantined and given ‘special treatment’ — they should be treated as members of society and as part of everyday life,” Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) chief executive officer and attorney Victoria Hsu said.
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Vancouver police must develop better policies in how it identifies and treats transgender people. The Tribunal ordered the Vancouver Police Board to pay Angela Dawson $15,000 for injuries to her dignity, feelings and self-respect after they repeatedly referred to her with male pronouns and failed to provide post-surgery care in jail.
3,000 participants constituted the largest LGBT pride parade in Haifa's decade-long history of hosting them; supported by the municipality this year, the parade was attended by Haifa's mayor; said a...