Americas

Caribbean: Anti-gay law is ripe for reversal, Antigua says

If LGBTI rights activists in the Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda mount a legal challenge, the courts there would likely nullify that nation’s ban on sexual relations between men, according to Antigua’s cabinet. But the Antiguan government won’t take such action on its own. As Antigua’s Daily Observer reported: The government has said an … Continue reading

Americas

Belize fundamentalists hope to appeal sodomy ruling

In the Belize court system, the last word hasn’t yet arrived regarding the Aug. 10 victory by LGBT rights activist Caleb Orozco, who, with support from his United Belize Advocacy Movement (Unibam), successfully challenged the country’s anti-sodomy law. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled that the sodomy provisions of Section 53 of the criminal code were … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Zimbabwe prisons, Pakistan arrests, Belize delay

In Zimbabwe, National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda told Parliament that homosexuality in prisons should no longer be ignored as it spreads HIV and TB. He said that Zimbabweans are “too shy” to talk about the high rate of homosexuality in the country’s prisons, which are overcrowded and a breeding ground for diseases like tuberculosis.  He … Continue reading

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

Americas

Belize activist: ‘I’ve sacrificed my life to this work’

For insight into the difficult life of an LGBTI activist in a former British colony that still suffers under a colonial-era anti-sodomy law, read The New York Times Magazine’s story about activist Caleb Orozco. It’s titled “The Lonely Fight Against Belize’s Antigay Laws: Can one challenge to a statute criminalizing sodomy create a domino effect … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

An LGBT victory in Belize

September 21, 2013 marked Belize’s 32nd independence day and, in an unprecedented move, the country’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, used the opportunity to support the right to equality for LGBT citizens. In his message to mark the day the PM said: “Government will therefore fully respect the right of the churches to propagate their understanding … Continue reading