Americas

Proposal for Antigua officials: Repeal anti-gay law

The Caribbean nation of Antigua will soon repeal its law against same-sex intimacy, if the Antiguan minister of social transformation has her way. Minister Samantha Marshall told the local newspaper, the Antigua Observer,  that she’s willing to make such a recommendation to the Cabinet. “I have no difficulty in making [such a recommendation],” she said. … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Group calls Iran’s UNHCR response hypocritical, irresponsible

Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO), an organization supporting the Iranian LGBTI community, requested we share with our readers their summary review of Iran’s response to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations’s  Human Rights Council (UNHRC). We provide IRQO’s statement here, very slightly edited. IRQO regards Iran’s response to the UPR recommendations hypocritical and irresponsible Iran’s response … Continue reading

Americas

Much talk, a little action on LGBT rights worldwide

Much discussion and a little action on LGBT rights occurred during last month’s meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  These are excerpts from the report on the session by the advocacy group ARC International, particularly the sections related to countries with anti-gay laws. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human … Continue reading