Africa / Americas / Asia

Toolkit for progress toward LGBT rights in 53 countries

The Commonwealth of 53 nations, formerly the British Commonwealth, can play a positive role in improving the lives of LGBT citizens even though dozens of those countries still have anti-LGBT laws inherited from their former colonial overlords. So say the LGBT rights advocates at London-based Kaleidoscope Trust, which this week published a “toolkit” of recommendations … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Archbishop to Mugabe: Anti-gay laws are wrong

Will the worldwide Anglican Communion stop supporting the homophobic Anglican Churches of Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, since those churches endorse their countries’ anti-gay laws? That’s what would happen if the world’s various Anglican churches — all of them originally descended from the Church of England — take Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, their spiritual leader, … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

Ready to celebrate May 17 (IDAHOT) despite dangers

Activists in some of the world’s 76-plus countries with anti-LGBTI laws are preparing to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17. The event, billed as a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity, commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization officially removed homosexuality from its list of … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Proposals for new ‘gay propaganda’ laws; Europe worries

The European Parliament is keeping a worried eye on two Central Asian nations’ proposals to adopt Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” laws. The Russian law, enacted in 2013, provides for fines of up to 200,000 rubles (about US $3,000) for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” that appears where the message could reach minors, including online. The law … Continue reading

Africa

Support for imperiled LGBTI activists in Cameroon

The Cameroonian LGBTI rights group Camfaids today vowed its support for  the threatened LGBTI activists of Humanity First Cameroon and urged action to put an end of all violence against human rights defenders. This is the statement from Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for Aids), translated from French: Representatives from LGBTI rights organizations in Yaoundé, Cameroon, … Continue reading