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Zimbabwe official: We won’t allow gay rights

Zimbabwe’s justice minister told a visiting U.N. human rights chief that his country won’t grant human rights to gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgender people. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, is in Zimbabwe to assess its compliance with international standards for human rights. She is scheduled to meet with government officials and … Continue reading

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‘Good, bad, ugly’ of gay rights 2012

Chile, Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, Jamaica, Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia, Iran, the United States, the United Nations, the Council of Europe. Those are some of the primary contributors to a recent mix of progress and setbacks in the worldwide struggle for equal rights for LGBT people, says John Bercow, a longtime gay-rights advocate who is the Speaker … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe official’s plan: Expel gays, seize their land

A new round of verbal attacks on LBGT people has been triggered by a dispute over whether language in a proposed new constitution for Zimbabwe might protect LGBT people from discrimination. On May 11, local government minister Ignatius Chombo urged traditional chiefs to expel homosexuals from their communities and seize their land. Despite evidence to … Continue reading

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To fight HIV/AIDS, doctors must battle their homophobia

To be successful, the fight against HIV / AIDS depends on a combination of strategies, including reduction of homophobia. That was the message delivered last month in Yaoundé, Cameroon, to a training session attended by 33 health professionals and psychological social workers from Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso and Togo. Among the … Continue reading