Russia to Madonna: Show up for ‘gay propaganda’ trial

Pop entertainer Madonna has been ordered to appear in a Russian court on charges of violating the St. Petersburg law against “gay propaganda.” According to the news website Russia Today, anti-gay activists sent a legal summons to Madonna’s home address in New York. Russia Today said: The pro-Kremlin group Trade Union of Russian Citizens wants … Continue reading

Commentary / Middle East / North Africa

Remember the Muslims who aren’t anti-LGBTQ

Cairo-based ophthalmologist and blogger Eman Hashim says that Muslims are more accepting of gays and lesbians than most media portrayals indicate. Muslim scholars are speaking out against homophobia, she says. In the article “Not There Yet: Inclusion, Acceptance and Support for LGBTQ Muslims,” she writes: As we can see in media stories of Muslim scholars … Continue reading


Pressure grows on Cameroon to drop anti-gay law

Cameroon faces growing international pressure to end its repression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  The pressure is coming from the United States, the European Union, and from international human rights organizations. The United States ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson, said: [Gays and lesbians] are human beings, and I refer to this issue … Continue reading