The woman who would be Turkey's first transgender_intersex_issues
person elected to national office is both a target for threats and
ridicule, but also a symbol of hope.
Noting that she is a devout follower of Islam who prays five times a
day and observes Ramadan, she rebuffs claims that being transgender_intersex_issues is
contrary to the teachings of the prophet, Muhammad.
The new report issued Monday
is the first to tackle LGBTI rights since Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al
Hussein was named U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Hussein stopped short of recommending countries to call those
protections “marriage,” but the report suggested that whatever these
partnerships are called, they should make all the same protections
available to same-sex couples.
The new rules were approved Friday by the state of
Rio de Janeiro's department of prisons.
"It is treatment with dignity. It shows respect for this
population," the head of the state prison system, Colonel Erir Ribeiro
was quoted in Brazilian newspaper O Globo. The new measures drew praise
from gay rights advocacy organization Rio Without Homophobia.
Matthew*, a gay Liberian seeking asylum in the United States,
has been battling homophobia in Liberia for over a decade. In Liberia –
where religious leaders have most recently proclaimed Ebola is
punishment from God for homosexual activity – being gay is punishable
by seven to fourteen years in prison. The social repercussions
may last a lifetime.