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

Europe / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

Focus on anti-LGBTI stance of Kuwait, Kiribati

During the past year, Kuwait and tiny Kiribati were urged to improve their treatment of LGBTI citizens. That advice came when each of those countries’ human rights records came in for review by other United Nations members. Such reviews focus on dozens of countries each year as part of the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) … Continue reading


U.N. members to Grenada: Repeal anti-gay law

Discrimination against LGBTI people in Grenada came under fire from abroad as part of the past year’s United Nations review of countries’ human rights records. The past year’s reviews focused on dozens of countries as part of the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, which eventually scrutinizes each country’s human rights record in turn. This … Continue reading

Faith and religion

Finding LGBTI allies among Muslims, Catholics and more

Not all religions are opposed to LGBTI rights, although the volume and intensity of some anti-gay fundamentalists may create that impression. In fact, many faith-based efforts are under way at the United Nations in the quest for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people, according to a recent study by human rights consultant Sheherezade … Continue reading