In its Equal Eyes recaps of the world’s LGBTI news, UNAIDS reports: In Russia, the head of the Russian Federal AIDS Center, Vadim Pokrovskiy, is calling attention to Russia’s escalating AIDS epidemic that saw over 100,000 new infections in 2016. Pokrovsky and other experts say homophobia, a “negative view” of drug users, and a refusal by officials to …
The latest “Equal Eyes” compilation of LGBTI news briefs from UNAIDS includes some slight signs of progress in Indonesia, India and Malaysia, which have laws against same-sex intimacy, and in Lithuania, which has an anti-“gay propaganda” law.
Which country will repeal its anti-gay law next? Why do your blog’s writers use pseudonyms? Were you attacked? Here are my answers to questions posed by a Brazilian journalist writing about LGBTI rights and the Erasing 76 Crimes blog.
In Malaysia, a video competition on adolescent sexual and reproductive health from the Ministry of Health sparked outrage among human rights activists, who understood it as homophobic and transphobic.
News media need to learn how to report respectfully and accurately about trans people, so the Malaysian trans advocacy group Justice for Sisters analyzed media coverage of the February 2017 murder of the Malaysian trans woman Sameera.
An Anglican archbishop in the Caribbean calls for justice for LGBTI people. An annual LGBTQ film festival is held for the fifth time in Botswana. Tanzania backs off a proposal to publish the names of gay Tanzanians. Those items and other less encouraging news come from the latest edition of UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of …
Human Rights Watch has appealed for Malaysian authorities to seek to regain the trans community’s trust by thoroughly investigating and then prosecuting the murderers of a trans woman on Feb. 23.
A Malaysian appeals court has overturned a High Court ruling that would have allowed a trans man to change the name and gender on his national identity card. The trans advocacy group Justice for Sisters called the decision ignorant and appalling.
Setbacks, ongoing arrests and anti-gay violence marred 2016, despite substantial advances for LGBT rights in several countries.
A total of 47 countries have repealed their anti-LGBT laws since 1982, leaving a total of 73 countries with such laws in place, according to a new publication from United Nations human rights specialists.