Middle East / North Africa

Lebanon appeal: LGBT sexuality isn’t ‘against nature’

An appeal for an end to persecution and marginalization of LGBT people in Lebanon comes with a useful twist: It argues that because “homosexuality is a natural variation of human sexuality,” it therefore should be exempt from Lebanon’s law against sexual intercourse “against nature.”  The wording “against nature” is a common euphemism that many nations … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Commentary / Middle East / North Africa

Forced anti-gay anal tests face legal challenge in Kenya

Human Rights Watch issued this press release today: Kenya: Court to Hear Forced Anal Testing Case Invalidated Homosexuality “Test” Violates International Law (Nairobi, May 3, 2016) – A Kenyan court will hear a constitutional petition challenging the use of forced anal examinations of men accused of homosexuality on May 4, 2016, Human Rights Watch said … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

LGBTI rights activism: Mostly hidden in Middle East, N. Africa

Public recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people remains rare in the many Middle Eastern and North African countries that still have laws against same-sex intimacy. In most of those countries, even advocacy of those rights is unusual. Such advocacy is mostly underground, online or abroad for Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Syria … Continue reading

Africa / Asia

Mix of good news and bad: Uganda, Egypt, Iraq

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. GOOD NEWS In Uganda, former prime minister and current presidential candidate Amama Mbazazi surprised many, stating he is against homophobia and that “homosexuality is not something new.” In Egypt, Omar Sharif Jr. talked on … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

LGBTI news briefs 2: India, Gambia, Kenya, Lebanon

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 second of two posts. The first one reported on news from Belize, Russia and Sweden.)   Mother gets ‘Groom Wanted’ ad for her son Fulfilling his mother’s wishes, an Indian gay … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews for 27 of the many countries where LGBTI people struggle for respect and equal rights. … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are the latest tallies in this blog’s updated list of victims of 76-plus countries’ repression of … Continue reading

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’76 Crimes’ on radio: The latest battles for LGBTI justice

  The Erasing 76 Crimes blog and the anti-gay laws of 76-plus countries moved to center stage last weekend during a 15-minute interview of editor/publisher Colin Stewart on the radio show/podcast “State of Belief.” The show’s host, the Rev. Welton Gaddy, called the blog “an invaluable resource” and then asked about: Why LGBT rights were … Continue reading