Success at Ugandan LGBTQ fundraiser; more help needed

Ugandan anthropologist and social science researcher Stella Nyanzi here reviews the March 28 event that raised money to help beleaguered Ugandan LGBTQ asylum seekers in Kenya, but also notes that more money is needed. By Stella Nyanzi Community support and unity is priceless, particularly in struggles against diverse forms of oppression. I want to celebrate … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Suspended priest’s Palm Sunday greeting for refugees

The Rev. Anthony Musaala remains active as a spiritual guide for refugees from Uganda, including LGBT people fleeing threats of violence in their homeland. He continues to support his dispersed flock, even though the church suspended him from priestly duties in 2013 after  he wrote a letter to his archbishop criticizing sexual abuses and sexual … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Pressure on Kyrgyzstan to derail Russia-style anti-LGBTI bill

Human rights activists are putting pressure on Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev to reject a proposed anti-“gay propaganda” law during his travels in Europe this week and next. Human Rights Watch urged leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise three human rights concerns during their conversations with him, seeking promises to: Block passage of a bill which … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Shared plight of lesbian, straight women goes unheard?

Excerpts from a March 20 commentary that the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle wrote at the conclusion of recent meetings of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York: Three thousand women are returning home from the UN after a unique opportunity to share insights and listen to one another. The question … Continue reading