Terminology traps: LGBTI, LGBT, or perhaps just LGB?

In its latest report on violence against sexual minorities in Kenya, Human Rights Watch tackles the terminology troubles that come with the territory when trying to write respectfully, accurately and inclusively about people and groups that use a variety of labels for gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. A Note on Terminology Selecting appropriate, accurate, … Continue reading


Challenging the criminalisation of LGBT people

This is a Policy Brief, issued by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reprinted here with permission, with some reformatting.  The Alliance is one among many advocacy organisations that are challenging the criminalisation of LGBT persons.: Policy Brief – Challenging the criminalisation of LGBT people: Recommendations for governments, multilaterals, companies and NGOs “The criminalisation of sex between men will remain … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Jamaica: Inching towards legal equality

In Jamaica, government employees have more protection from discrimination than the general public whom they serve. In 2004, the Staff Orders for the Jamaican Civil Service (which have the force of law) were revised.  Quietly and without fanfare, this update from the 1976 document expanded the protections of public servants to include the right to … Continue reading


Sri Lanka: 10 years of work for LGBTIQ rights and health

By Rosanna Flamer-Caldera and Denis LeBlanc The Sri Lankan LGBTIQ group Equal Ground celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 10 with a special event at the Goethe Institute in Colombo. The organization works to overcome the challenges that the LGBTIQ community faces — criminalization of same-sex relationships, cultural and social stigma, discrimination, marginalization, violence, mental health … Continue reading


Anti-gay Uganda today (1): Activist due in court

This blog’s reports about Uganda on June 18: Anti-gay Uganda today (1): Activist due in court Anti-gay Uganda today (2): Warning about HIV bill Anti-gay Uganda today (3): A goof that won’t go away Anti-gay Uganda today (4): Excluding gays from HIV care Uganda continues its campaign against the local LGBTI community: LGBTI rights activist on trial Court action … Continue reading


ILGA honors UN human rights chief Pillay, issues report and new map

ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, today awarded UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay “LGBTI Friend of the Year 2014” in a ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.  Pillay’s term as UN High Commissioner comes to an end this year.  Pillay will no doubt be remembered for … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Activist: Cheers, fears over historic African resolution

Much work needs to be done throughout Africa to follow up on an African Commission resolution opposing violence and human rights violations against sexual minorities, says Juliet Mphande, a human rights, media and peace activist from Zambia. In this commentary, Mphande  describes the message the resolution  sends to African governments and  its meaning to African human … Continue reading