Each year, the six-day Spirit or “Nat” celebration takes place in Taungbyone, Burma, drawing thousands of participants who seek karmic reward. Many well-regarded mediums are LGBTI. LGBTI sexuality is criminalized by colonial-era law, and although it is not strictly enforced, activists say authorities use the law to discriminate and extort.
The voices of LGBTI Christians from Western Africa are often missing from conversations about them. A report based on interviews with LGBTI Catholics in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, and Benin shows that despite exclusion and discrimination, LGBTI Catholics do not want to walk away from the Catholic Church.
The latest edition of the online Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia centers on the theme “Queer in Southeast Asia: Cultural Recognition, Social Respect, Legal Legitimacy.” Five articles by Southeast Asian and foreign authors explore how LGBTI people in the region define their identities and fight for their rights.
Ukraine's LGBTI community was attacked twice on August 30. The first attack occurred in the early morning when twenty masked men burst into a café where a small party of LGBTI activists had gathered. The attackers assaulted the activists. That evening, attackers destroyed the Queer Home Kryvbass community center.
2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the passage of which marked a significant shift in policy from the quota system—which excluded Asians and Africans—to a system that focused on immigrants’ skillsets and family ties with United States citizens or residents. Though the implementation of the INA opened the door for many, it simultaneously created new barriers for the LGBTI community.