Living Dangerously: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Iran

The following article was originally published in Vocativ. It is reproduced  here entirely without any editing, other than to fit our format.  We acknowledge and thank Vocative as well as the author Sune Engel Rasmussen for their excellent journalism. It is possible to be gay and live under a repressive regime that is always threatening to … Continue reading


STATUS UNKNOWN: Rejected in Kenya: Held captive, beaten, hacked. Dead.

THIS ARTICLE WAS BASED ON ACCOUNTS FROM FRED ODINGA, WHOSE REPORTING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE UNRELIABLE AND OFTEN FRAUDULENT. Odinda (who used the pseudonym “Joseph Odero” in his reporting) was not the only witness concerned with the death of Muhadh Ishmael, so the article has been labeled “STATUS UNKNOWN.” — Colin Stewart, editor/publisher of … Continue reading


770 LGBT killings and major assaults in the Americas

A press release issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on December 17, 2014 reported the pervasiveness of violence including murders and violent assaults against LGBT’s in the Americas.  This article is an edited version of that news release with added data and information from the OAS’ Registry of Violence on those nations … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Update: Mona Iraqi fired by shnit film festivals

shnit PLAYGROUND Cairo 2015, organizers of International short film festivals, announced today on their website: “As of its annual Council meeting on December 22th in Bern, the Board of Trustees of the shnit FOUNDATION, in accordance with Festival Director, has decided to exclute Mona Iraqi from the shnit International Shortfilmfestival immediately. shnit International Shortfilmfestival completely … Continue reading


Anti-gay politician undercuts Zambia’s principles

Zambian human rights defender Chalwe Charles Mwansa sees anti-gay statements by presidential candidate Edgar Lungu as straying from Zambia’s founding principles. By Chalwe Charles Mwansa In Africa, homosexuality remains largely feared, misunderstood, illegal and heavily punishable. Yet Africa is made up of thousands of ethnic groups with rich and diverse cultures and sexualities. Recently, Zambia’s … Continue reading