Bad news in Russia, Afghanistan; good news elsewhere
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Bad news in Russia, Afghanistan; good news elsewhere

A mix of good news and bad news from around the world, assembled with help from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI news. BAD NEWS The website of Russia‘s LGBT youth group Deti-404 (Children-404) has been blacklisted by the government’s media oversight group Roskomnadzor. This is not the first time Deti-404 has been found … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

LGBTI news worldwide: From hope to troubles

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. Glimmers of hope In Russia, Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of state-controlled media, unexpectedly came out in favor of same-sex civil unions, despite previously expressing extreme anti-gay sentiments. Also in Russia, senator Konstantin Dobrynin suggests … Continue reading

Asia / Oceania

LGBTI activists optimistic about new Sri Lankan leaders

LGBTI activists in Sri Lanka hope that a new group of reform-minded leaders who took office early this month will move the country closer to repeal of its ancient anti-gay law. “We are confident they will do the right thing,” said Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, executive director of the Sri Lankan LGBTI group Equal Ground. Kaleidoscope Australia … Continue reading

Commentary / Middle East / North Africa

Remember the Muslims who aren’t anti-LGBTQ

Cairo-based ophthalmologist and blogger Eman Hashim says that Muslims are more accepting of gays and lesbians than most media portrayals indicate. Muslim scholars are speaking out against homophobia, she says. In the article “Not There Yet: Inclusion, Acceptance and Support for LGBTQ Muslims,” she writes: As we can see in media stories of Muslim scholars … Continue reading


Cameroon releases Jean-Claude Roger Mbede for medical care

This blog has received two reports that Jean-Claude Roger Mbede has been released from prison, at least temporarily, for medical treatment. We are seeking confirmation of those reports. [It has been confirmed. See the exclusive interview, “Gay in Cameroon: after beatings in prison, rejection at home.”] Meanwhile, Amnesty International is continuing its campaign for his … Continue reading


«Thérapie ex-gay»: Ce que les experts de renom disent

Publié le 7 avril 2014 Recueils par Maurice Tomlinson et AIDS-Free World.  Rédaction française par Denis LeBlanc. (Also available in English) Les extraits suivants sont tirés des états d’associations de psychologues, de psychiatres et d’autres experts de plusieurs pays qui ont étudié et abouti à des conclusions sur les formes de thérapie visant à changer … Continue reading