A Russian national TV report shows Alexander Ermoshkin and other LGBTI activists releasing rainbow-colored balloons in a public park. It calls him a “well-known provocateur.” Hidden camera footage shows him at a “secret meeting” at a Moscow cafe with two unnamed people the program claims are American intelligence agents.
Simón Cazal, the first LGBT activist to be invited to a public meeting with Pope Francis, left the encounter Saturday afternoon in Paraguay feeling that the pope had issued a strong call for the country’s church to be more inclusive.
“Diversity is the way that societies get better,” Cazal quoted the pope as saying during a “roundtable” including 1,600 leaders from civil society held in the stadium in Paraguay’s capital, Asunción.
"One in every two [transgender_intersex_issues] sex workers has experienced police violence," says LGBTI rights activist Kemal Ördek. "Fifty percent of all perpetrators are police officers. Access to justice is very limited, [so we] need to execute legal support projects."
Only 25% of sex workers who were targeted with physical violence appealed to the legal processes.
An Ethiopian LGBTI activist and leader who runs multiple Facebook groups for LGBTI Ethiopians has had his account blocked by Facebook for not using his real name. Facebook does not allow the use of fake names, even when pseudonyms are necessary to shield their owners from violence.
The East African country considers homosexuality a crime and those convicted of same-sex relations can face 15 years in prison. For that reason, many LGBT citizens use an alias to interact with others online.
Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied Wednesday that any homosexuals have been arrested in his Russian Caucasus republic, dismissing media reports about alleged abuse of gays. "Provocative articles about Chechnya (have) reported...