Trump ‘gag rule’ hurts AIDS battle in Kenya, Uganda
Africa / Americas

Trump ‘gag rule’ hurts AIDS battle in Kenya, Uganda

The fight against AIDS in Uganda and Kenya is suffering from U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Global Gag Rule,” which cuts off U.S. aid from any organization that even mentions abortions as an option for unwanted pregnancies, Human Rights Watch says. Organizations serving sex workers — an occupation that some LGBT people adopt after being excluded … Continue reading

Tanzania’s anti-gay effort raises risk of HIV rebound
Africa

Tanzania’s anti-gay effort raises risk of HIV rebound

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown is starting to harm anti-HIV efforts, as  predicted. The Washington Post reports: Last month, the minister of health announced that Tanzania will ban HIV/AIDS outreach projects aimed at gay men, pending a review. That forced the closure, at least temporarily, of U.S.-funded programs that provide testing, condoms and medical care to gays. About 30 percent … Continue reading

Africa / Asia

U.N. vs. anti-LGBTI laws; plus news in brief

In brief, here is recent news from countries with anti-LGBTI laws. These items are excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news:   UNAIDS released a new five year strategy to end the AIDS epidemic that calls for the removal of  76+ countries’ laws against same-sex sexual relations. The new … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Europe

LGBTI briefs: Stigma and HIV in Africa, India, Russia

News briefs about LGBTI-related health issues in countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI news. Involving LGBTI people in the fight against Aids In South Africa, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV brought together health workers, government officials, and advocates to discuss HIV needs … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Will Christian leaders replace anti-AIDS funding they blocked?

This is an expanded version of a letter to the editor of the Jamaica Observer by Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson. The additions, by Tomlinson and blog editor Colin Stewart, are  italicized and in brackets. “[In Jamaica] dogma trumps everything, including public health.” This borrowed statement pretty much sums up the current situation with regard to … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

U.S. money keeps supporting anti-gay programs

Despite President Obama’s promise to stop funding ineffective, discredited faith-based programs claiming to reduce HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies, U.S. taxpayers’ dollars are still bankrolling them. Freelance investigative journalist Andy Kopsa has uncovered the institutional bias toward those programs, run by anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups at home and abroad at a time when anti-AIDS … Continue reading