African Commission backs LGBT rights

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights recently adopted  a ground-breaking resolution against violence and other human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).  BuzzFeed reported: “It is a big deal,” said Monica Tabengwa, a longtime lesbian activist from Botswana who now works for Human … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

AIDS program ousts leader who embraces anti-gay laws

A prominent Jamaican AIDS fighter lost his job this week because he did not recognize that anti-gay laws limit the access of LGBT people to health care and increase HIV infection rates by pushing  the HIV epidemic underground. Homosexuality opponent Prof. Brendan Bain of Jamaica was ousted as director of a Caribbean anti-AIDS training program … Continue reading


Russian police protect some LGBT activists, harass others

Police in Russia harassed or arrested several LGBT rights activists in connection with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, the Russian LGBT Network reported. But most of the IDAHOT events in 16 Russian cities occurred without disruption. Many of the celebrations were organized as “Rainbow flashmobs” without a public announcement of … Continue reading


Ivory Coast LGBT celebrate IDAHO at post-attack HQ

Report by Jean Marc Yao. English version by Denis LeBlanc. (Aussi publié en français)   Alternative Cote d’Ivoire celebrated International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in its new official headquarters in Abidjan, in the Angré-Djibi neighborhood. The LGBT rights anti-AIDS organization needed the new location because its former offices had been ransacked in January … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

‘God Loves Uganda’ on TV, DVD today in U.S., Canada

The award-winning documentary “God Loves Uganda” will be shown nationwide in the United States tonight  on PBS stations as part of the show “Independent Lens.” The 83-minute documentary  looks at the role played by American missionaries in shaping views on social issues, especially homosexuality, in the East African nation. describes the 2013  film as “a … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Gay-friendly voice in Iran: Homophobia is un-Islamic

The head of the Iranian Social Workers Association, Dr. Mostafa Eghlima, recently spoke against homophobia in an article in Iran’s popular online Nameh News. Several excerpts are reprinted below, as translated by Hossein Alizadeh, the Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Don’t take this article as … Continue reading