Africa / Americas / Asia / Europe

Progress and persecution from Jamaica to Myanmar

Many signs of progress, but also many instances of ongoing persecution of LGBTI people, are contained in the following round-up of the world’s recent LGBTI-related news, most of which was excerpted with slight modifications from the UNAIDS publication Equal Eyes: Human rights Activists in Odessa, Ukraine, convinced authorities to reconsider a last-minute ban that would … Continue reading


On LGBTI rights in Asia, a picture of diversity amid intolerance

Thirteen countries in Asia have one thing in common: Each one has a law that prohibits same-sex intimacy. But otherwise they are remarkably diverse, ranging from tiny Maldives (population 350,000) to huge India (population 1.3 billion) with societies displaying a wide range of attitudes toward their LGBTI citizens. In some countries, such as India, many … 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


Burmese official seeks arrest of gays; HRW protests

Press release from Human Rights Watch: Burma: Protect, Not Target, Gay People Condemn Official’s Anti-Gay Statements (New York, September 3, 2015) – Burma’s government should publicly condemn grossly discriminatory remarks by a regional official about gay men and transgender women, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to senior Burmese officials. The Burmese government … Continue reading

Asia / Commentary

How LGBT Burmese see themselves; plus Singapore, Indonesia

Discussions of anti-LGBTI attitudes and laws in Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma) are a focus of the latest edition of the online Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, which has as its theme “Queer in Southeast Asia.” The review also presents similar articles about Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, which are not included in the world’s 76+ countries … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

IDAHOT anti-hate campaign: Even in 20 anti-gay nations

LGBT rights activists and supporters — even those in 20 nations where homosexuality is illegal — will celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Saturday, May 17. The day is billed as a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity. Erasing 76 Crimes has been tracking IDAHOT activities in  nations where LGBT activities … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

Campagne anti-haine IDAHOT : Même dans 20 pays homophobes

Publié le 16 mai 2014   par Denis LeBlanc (Also published in English) Les militants et sympathisants des droits des LGBT – même ceux dans 20 des pays où l’homosexualité est illégale – célébreront la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie et la transphobie (IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) le samedi 17 mai. Le jour … Continue reading