North African activists in 7 countries seek justice
Middle East / North Africa

North African activists in 7 countries seek justice

  Human rights groups and LGBTI rights organizations from the seven countries of North Africa have joined forces today to seek recognition for the human rights of LGBTI people on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

Ready to celebrate May 17 (IDAHOT) despite dangers

Activists in some of the world’s 76-plus countries with anti-LGBTI laws are preparing to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17. The event, billed as a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity, commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization officially removed homosexuality from its list of … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Tunisian LGBT rights group under attack

Ahmed Zarrouk, secretary general of the Tunisian government, has called for the Tunisian LGBT rights group Shams to be disbanded, even though it just recently won official recognition. Shams, which was officially registered on May 18, one day after the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, advocates the repeal of Section 230 of the Tunisian … Continue reading

Americas / Europe

LGBTI news briefs 1: Belize, Russia, Sweden

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. (This is the first of two posts. The second one reports on news from India, Gambia, Kenya and Lebanon.) IDAHOT celebrations May 17th marked the 11th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Jamaicans need to condemn attacks on LGBTI youth

Did Jamaica ignore violence against LGBTI youth on IDAHOT-B? On Sunday, May 17, there was a public march in Kingston, Jamaica, to condemn an upsurge in violence against the nation’s children. That date was also the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT-B), and coincidentally this year, the focus was on LGBTI youth. Regrettably, … Continue reading


Hundreds gather for peaceful IDAHOT pride in Uganda

Ugandan LGBT and sex worker communities gathered on Saturday (May 16) for their second annual peaceful Pride celebration, sponsored by the grassroots anti-HIV, pro-LGBT Youth on Rock Foundation. The event was  scheduled to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). It brought together 240 Ugandan LGBT and sex workers from a variety … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Tweeting today really can help LGBTI Egyptians

Activist/analyst Scott Long explains the importance of social media support for LGBTI Egyptians in a commentary published today on his A Paper Bird blog. Excerpts below: Tweet for Egypt on IDAHOT: Why it’s important It’s the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT, for short). Here’s one important thing you can do. Tweet, or post on … Continue reading


Largest LGBT rights rally in Russia, with police support

Today’s 250-strong celebration in St. Petersburg of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was Russia’s largest LGBT rally ever, according to Queer Russia and Coming Out. The event was peaceful, benefiting from growing support from the police. As Coming Out activist Polina Andrianova said, “If last year the police did their job but their … Continue reading


Human rights complaint: Russia ignores anti-gay attacks

The Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights yesterday, accusing the Russian government of routinely ignoring homophobic attacks on LGBT rights protesters. This is the group’s press release: “Coming Out” Files Complaint to ECHR against Homohobic Hate Crime On August 11, “Coming Out” lawyers filed … Continue reading