Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan
Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe

Anti-gay nations exclude LGBT communities from U.N. cities plan

  LONDON – A group of up to 17 countries led by Belarus has blocked a plan to include the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender communities in a new urban strategy drawn up by the United Nations, according to sources close to negotiations. Thompson Reuters Foundation published the story Oct. 11-12. The headline was: … Continue reading


Belarus weighs Russia-style anti-‘gay propaganda’ law

The U.S.-based advocacy organization Human Rights First warns of threatened restrictions on the human rights of LGBT people in Belarus. In a commentary titled, “Homophobic Legislation Threatens LGBT Community in Belarus”, Belarus activist Slava Bortnik writes: Homophobic Legislation Threatens LGBT Community in Belarus Belarus, my home country, is toying with a Russian-style “anti-propaganda” bill, potentially … Continue reading


​On third try, Ukraine passes law against anti-LGBTI bias

Kyiv Post reports: ​ Ukraine finally passes anti-bias law, a prerequisite for visa-free travel to EU In its third attempt, Ukraine’s parliament passed amendments to the Labor Code on Nov. 12 that will end lingering Soviet-era workplace discrimination over sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs. The law, which received the support of 234 lawmakers, was … Continue reading


Ukraine activists, ambivalent allies seek ban on anti-LGBTI bias

LGBTI rights activists have vowed to keep pushing for passage of a Ukrainian law against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. They fell short this week in the Ukrainian parliament, although they amassed more votes than in the previous attempt. Olena Shevchenko, chair of the LGBTI advocacy organization Insight, explains here … Continue reading


African Commission to promote LGBTI interests

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recently adopted a historic multilateral agreement, along with 25 nations, the EU, UNAIDS and the UNDP. Owing to its importance for Africa in particular, we are publishing the entire communique.  This could well serve African and other LGBTI advocates well and be one more instrument to persuade their own … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Iran’s top judge denies executions for being gay

The head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has disputed the accuracy of frequent reports that Iran executes people for being gay. That accusation by Western human rights activists “is no more than a lie,” Larijani told a convention of Iran’s diplomatic corps in Tehran on Aug. 12, according to The Iran Project, a pro-Iran … Continue reading


Europe targets anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria

The European Parliament today called for action against new anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria, the parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights reported. Those actions include redirecting aid away from the governments of Uganda and Nigeria and toward civil society organization there. The parliament also urged consideration of refusing to issue visas for Ugandan and Nigerian … Continue reading

Americas / Europe / Faith and religion

Outside protests flop; Nigerians embrace anti-gay law

[Update: “March 7 protests to focus on Nigeria’s anti-gay law.”] International protests against Nigeria’s new anti-gay law have met with the type of rejections that by now are standard — that they are irrelevant because they come from outside Africa and/or from homosexuals. “Gays all over the world are mobilising for actions against Nigeria over … Continue reading