Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

8 answers to 8 pointed questions gay men often hear

After a recent screening of “The Abominable Crime” film in Mandeville, Jamaica, an ally asked the following questions that I have had to answer repeatedly. You may have heard them yourself: Q. If you call Tom your “husband,” what does he call you? A. “Husband,” “partner” or “Maurice.” It depends. Q.  Why don’t you both … Continue reading

Asia / Europe / Faith and religion

Pope: Christians must apologize to gays, women and more

The National Catholic Reporter reports: The Catholic church and other Christian communities must apologize to gay people and to many groups they have let down or offended throughout history, Pope Francis has said [aboard a plane flying him to Rome]. In a press conference Sunday on the flight back to Rome after his weekend trip … Continue reading

Africa / Europe / Faith and religion

End anti-LGBTI religious bias, London Pride marchers say

The London Pride 2016 march was led by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim; Matthew Barzun, U.S. ambassador to the U.K.; and other dignitaries and celebrities. A group of African gay people living in the United Kingdom marched in London Pride yesterday to call on people of religion to unite against persecution of gay people … Continue reading


Nigerian police extort money from man they claim is gay

Ikechukwu, a young Nigerian man, was harassed, threatened and accused of homosexuality by officers of the Nigerian police force, who later extorted money from him. The incident demonstrates that Nigerian police have interpreted the country’s anti-gay law as an authorization to extort money from innocent Nigerian citizens. The victim told the NoStrings podcast that, about … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Sodom, Gomorrah and 2 faiths’ fear of same-sex love

Pernicious traditional interpretations of the Biblical and Quranic story of Sodom and Gomorrah underlie much of the world’s homophobia. Brian Whitaker, former Middle East editor of the Guardian, gives a brief explanation in the valuable Guardian article “Everything you need to know about being gay in Muslim countries”: ‘It’s about attempted male rape and the … Continue reading


Moldova might adopt a ‘gay propaganda’ ban after all

Human Rights Watch issued this update on the latest proposal for a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law. HRW urged Moldova, a former Soviet republic, to reject the bill, much as it did in 2013: Moldova: Reject ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Bill to ‘Protect’ Children Would Violate Their Rights (Berlin, June 21, 2016) – The Moldovan parliament should … Continue reading