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 / Asia / Europe / Middle East / North Africa

Recount: 75 (or 79) nations where homosexuality is illegal

The number of countries with anti-homosexuality laws is currently 75, according to the latest tally from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. That’s down one from earlier this month, when the African nation of Chad was incorrectly included in the list. This blog now lists a total of 79, including four … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Ivory Coast activists join push for U.N. rights resolution

Human rights defenders in Ivory Coast today urged their country to support a  U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution seeking action against discrimination and violence targeting people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). The resolution, proposed by Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, calls on the High Commissioner of the UNHRC to … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Europe / Middle East / North Africa

‘Good, bad, ugly’ of gay rights 2012

Chile, Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, Jamaica, Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia, Iran, the United States, the United Nations, the Council of Europe. Those are some of the primary contributors to a recent mix of progress and setbacks in the worldwide struggle for equal rights for LGBT people, says John Bercow, a longtime gay-rights advocate who is the Speaker … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Vargas Llosa: South America’s homophobia killed Zamudio

COMMENTARY Last month’s murder of Chilean gay activist Daniel Zamudio gave a boost to a bill to prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians in Chile, but Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru says what’s really needed is a massive change in South America’s sexist, homophobic culture. Vargas Llosa analyzed the deep roots of … Continue reading