Self-described LGBTI rights activist/journalist Fred Odinga of Kenya has apparently defrauded supporters out of thousands of dollars’ worth of contributions they made in response to his appeals for protection against violent alleged enemies. Victims of his apparent scam have included dozens of individual donors, this Erasing 76 Crimes blog, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters …
Modestly edited items from ILGA’s LGBulleTIn and UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes news summaries:
Anti-LGBT repression in Indonesia and Nigeria is impeding the battle against HIV/AIDS. Meanwhile, in Kenya, Lebanon and Malawi, HIV researchers are seeking new insights into the epidemic and how to combat it.
Last month’s Pride Walk in Amsterdam focused attention on victims of the anti-LGBT repression in 73 countries with anti-LGBT laws. The Erasing 76 Crimes blog helped with preparations for the July 29 march, in which protesters wore “Erasing 76 Crimes” T-shirts.
Pride Amsterdam organizers are making plans for a July 29 march in support of activists and other people at risk in the 76+ countries with anti-LGBTI laws. This blog is helping with fact-checking and other information.
The latest “Equal Eyes” compilation of LGBTI news briefs from UNAIDS includes some slight signs of progress in Indonesia, India and Malaysia, which have laws against same-sex intimacy, and in Lithuania, which has an anti-“gay propaganda” law.
Which country will repeal its anti-gay law next? Why do your blog’s writers use pseudonyms? Were you attacked? Here are my answers to questions posed by a Brazilian journalist writing about LGBTI rights and the Erasing 76 Crimes blog.
The Commonwealth of Nations, most of them former British colonies, has granted legal recognition to an LGBTI group for the first time. Overall, the group has a poor record on LGBTI rights — of the 52 countries in the Commonwealth, 36 have laws against consensual same-sex intimacy.
Fourteen nations and regions with large Muslim populations have laws providing for the death penalty for same-sex activity or otherwise allow such executions. Many fewer countries actually impose the death sentence — by this blog’s count, probably five of them.
LGBTI rights supporters have raised $300,000 or more to help Chechens whose lives are in danger because a homophobic crackdown in Chechnya. The next fundraiser will be in Hong Kong.