A Chinese gay rights activist has sued the Ministry of Education for textbook descriptions of homosexuality as a “psychological disorder.” Among other things, the books recommend “aversion therapy,” which includes electrical shock, to rid an individual of his or her “homosexual attachment.”
Minister of Parliament Warren Entsch has introduced a cross-party marriage equality bill to Australia's House of Representatives with a plea that LGBTI relationships should no longer be officially legislated as being of a lesser worth. However, Entsch’s bill is likely to fail if it ever comes to a vote.
A campaign launched by Pastor Jide Macauley to combat the violent homophobia of Doya Dondu has resulted in the cancellation of Dundu’s facebook page, which had been used to lure gay men and transgender women. Dondu is accused of using social media to contact his victims, meet with them, “strip them naked, assault them with sticks and leather, beat and humiliate them publicly and then post the video online.”
Though a complaint has been filed with the Ethics Committee, right-wing MP Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party has refused to apologize after referring to a Pride event as an “abomination parade.”
While our work at home is not over, supporting each other also means showing up for our LGBTI family beyond our borders. LGBTI people elsewhere face many of the same struggles as us, but some of their challenges are more serious than most of us here have had to face.