Faith and religion

Malawi leader: My plan to repeal anti-gay laws is stymied

The people of Malawi apparently aren’t ready to repeal the country’s laws against homosexual activity, says President Joyce Banda, who has vowed to seek to overturn them. Current law in Malawi provides for imprisonment for up to five years for “indecent practices between males” and up to 14 years for “unnatural offenses” such as same-sex … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Romney and the religious right’s anti-LGBT foreign policy

This is an except from commentary by the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle that appeared in the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. In it, Ogle describes and analyzes this week’s Clinton Global Initiative 2012 conference in New York, including a speech by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Foreign policy under Romney – the role of … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Iraq has become a death trap for gay men

The BBC has directed a renewed spotlight on the extreme peril that gay and transgender people face in Iraq. Its report by Natalia Antelava, titled “Witch-hunt in Iraq,” builds on previous accounts of death squads, unopposed by the Iraqi government, that repeatedly attack Iraqis who either are gay or have adopted a goth-like “emo” style.  … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Europe / Middle East / North Africa

Anti-LGBT win at UN for Russia and ‘traditional values’

The U.N.Human Rights Council today adopted a Russian resolution supporting “traditional values,” which LGBT activists fear will be used to deny human rights to women and to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 25-15, with seven abstentions. It endorses “the important role of the family” and seeks … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Iran’s stern, bizarre anti-homosexuality message

In Iran, where homosexual activity is punishable by death, political and religious leaders use a mix of old misunderstandings and new misconceptions as reasons to oppose basic human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The two most recent Iranian denunciations of homosexuality came from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and from Ali Akbar Velayati, … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Do you have advice for LGBT rights activists in Belize?

What strategy should an LGBT rights group pursue when homophobic religious leaders launch a counterattack? That’s what Caleb Orozco, executive president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement, wants to know. He is hoping that experienced LGBT activists and others around the world will make suggestions in the comments section below. Earlier this month, the country’s … Continue reading


Jamaica’s deadly homophobia also kills heterosexuals

Jamaica’s deadly homophobia also kills heterosexuals, LGBT rights activist Maurice Tomlinson observes. Specifically, just yesterday: “On Monday, September 24, 2012 a family’s home was firebombed, an innocent man was hacked to death and his daughter severely chopped by a machete-wielding mob when reports surfaced that two boys were found drowned after allegedly being sodomized and … Continue reading