Americas / Middle East / North Africa

Activists urge U.S. to accept 500 LGBT Syrian refugees

The U.S.-based LGBTI asylum and refugee organization ORAM is pleading for the United States to reserve spaces for 500 LGBT refugees from Syria, since their lives are at high risk if they are forced to remain in their embattled country, beset by the murderously homophobic Islamic State.  The United States plans to accept 10,000 refugees … Continue reading


LGBTI news from the UN, UK, Russia, Tunisia, Algeria

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 and elsewhere: UN agencies seek LGBTI protections Twelve United Nations agencies last month released a historic joint statement urging member nations to end violence and discrimination against all people on the basis of their … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

U.N. session on LGBTI killings by ISIS — ‘historic’ or mistake?

The U.N. Security Council today held “a historic meeting” — “the first Security Council meeting on LGBT rights,” in the words of Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The goal: to publicize and develop strategies against anti-LGBTI violence perpetrated in Syria and Iraq by the troops of the Islamist State, also known as ISIS, … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Obama in Kenya: ‘Treat people equally under the law’

The Washington Blade reports: President Obama [today] discussed LGBT rights during a press conference in Nairobi with his Kenyan counterpart. “With respect to the rights of gays and lesbians, I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this,” said Obama in response to a question from Reuters reporter Jeff Mason about Kenya’s LGBT rights record. “I … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Progress in Jamaica toward ‘world as it should be’

Jamaican lesbian activist Angeline Jackson, executive director of Quality Citizenship Jamaica (QCJ), sees signs of progress in the fight against homophobia in Jamaica, as she explained in a commentary for Time magazine. See below for excerpts from the commentary, titled “Is ‘The Most Homophobic Place on Earth’ Turning Around?”   Attitudes toward civil rights in Jamaica … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia

LGBTI news briefs: Russia, Jamaica, Egypt, Nigeria, India, more

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: The UN Human Rights Committee has recommended to Russia that it consider the “hate motive” when investigating crimes of possible homophobic or transphobic nature. Lawyer Kseniya Kirichenko said this is of “truly historical significance” as the recommendation acknowledges LGBT people as … Continue reading


Panama summit concludes as LGBTI struggles continue

We re-publish here the news release issued by Coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Travesti, Transgender, Transsexual and Intersex Organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean (LGBTTTI Coalition), at the conclusion of the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama City as this touches upon the entire region of the Americas.  Released on behalf of the Coalition by Marcelo … Continue reading