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Russian LGBT activists protest in Moscow’s Red Square

Friday, January 20, 2012
A small group of LGBT Russians have taken their protest against laws intended to silence their movement to every region — and on Wednesday night they produced images of their protesting arrest in front of the Kremlin. [ Read more → ]

Groundbreaking: Turkish parents of gay children make video (Video)

Friday, January 13, 2012
More positive change in Turkey with the news this week that the High Court of Appeals has ordered a newspaper to pay compensation for calling gay people “perverts” in a headline it printed in 2008. [ Read more → ]
Anna Grodzka

2011 marks advances in rights, visibility of transgender and intersex people

Friday, December 30, 2011
Continuing a series of posts on the significant developments in the LGBT community in 2011, there were numerous advances around the world in the rights and visibility of transgender and intersex people. [ Read more → ]

Human rights activists make progress in decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide

Friday, December 30, 2011
Continuing a series of posts on the significant developments in the LGBT community in 2011, we saw an increased impact of the work of the UN Human Rights Council, particularly its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of interrogating country’s human rights records, and other long term work by activists starting to bear fruit in other parts of the United Nations and other international bodies as well. [ Read more → ]
Dancer at New Delhi Pride

Growth of international projects helps evolve gay rights, visibility in 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Continuing a series of posts on the significant developments in the LGBT community in 2011, the growth of activism and international projects help shape the continuing evolution of gay rights and visibility around the world. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex marriage was a leading international concern throughout 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
In terms of the news -- international reporting -- this was the year of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage (or 'marriage equality' or 'gay marriage') was a leading international concern -- whether in the West or raised as a chimeric threat, particularly in Africa. [ Read more → ]

Jamaican opposition leader backs LGBT rights in ‘historic’ moment

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
In moment described as “historic” by activists, the Jamaican opposition leader has come out for LGBT rights during an election debate. Jamaicans will go to the polls on December 29 and People’s National Party leader Portia Simpson-Miller made the positive comments during an election debate yesterday with Prime Minister Andrew Holness. [ Read more → ]

Report: Kenyan gay men trafficked as sex slaves to Gulf countries

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A Kenyan gay magazine has exposed male sex trafficking between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Identity magazine says that gay and bisexual Kenyans are being lured from universities with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves. [ Read more → ]

‘Ex-Gay’ myth hits Caribbean: Newspaper ad declares ‘truth’ about gays

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The ‘ex-gay’ religious movement has expanded beyond its American origins throughout the world. Now the same lies pushed by the same American "ex-gay" propagandists are finding an audience in the Caribbean. [ Read more → ]

Northern Cyprus to decriminalize homosexuality

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Turkish Cypriot leaders have bowed to pressure from Members of the European Parliament (MEP), and have agreed to repeal a law outlawing homosexuality. Dervis Eroglu, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot government in the northern part of Cyprus said he would sign a repeal of the ban into law. [ Read more → ]
Irshad Manji

Islamic extremists call for lesbian’s death

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
An Islamist group called for a Muslim lesbian author to be killed and invaded a discussion on Islam in Amsterdam last week. The mob threw eggs and called for Irshad Manji’s neck to be broken. [ Read more → ]
Picture of Alekseev's one man protest in Arkhangelsk. Banner reads: “Children have a right to know that great people too, are gay. Homosexuality is natural and normal. Tchaikovsky, Nureyev and others are names of great stories of gay people in Russia”.

Russian Prime Minister Putin to be quizzed by EU over anti-gay laws

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is to be quizzed directly tomorrow over anti-gay laws. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, told activists on Tuesday that she would raise the discriminatory laws at the EU-Russia summit. [ Read more → ]

Norway refuses gay Iraqi asylum, says ‘go home, be discreet’

Monday, December 12, 2011
A gay Iraqi has been refused Norwegian asylum and told to “go home and be discreet.” The High Court accepted that Azad Hassan Rasol was gay and that gay men in Iraq are at risk, including at risk of being killed, but it ruled that Rasol ‘must comply with Iraq’s socio-cultural norms’. [ Read more → ]
Tony Briffa

Australia town believed to have elected world’s first intersex mayor

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Believed to be the world’s first intersex mayor, Councillor Tony Briffa has been elected in Australia., winning in the City of Hobsons Bay in the suburbs of Melbourne at the end of November. [ Read more → ]

Malawi government says it’s reviewing ‘bad’ laws, including sodomy law

Friday, December 9, 2011
Malawi's government announced Thursday that it was reviewing a number of laws, including its anti-gay and anti-lesbian laws. The announcement led to the headline 'Malawi makes U-turn on disputed laws on media, gays' in local newspaper. [ Read more → ]
Elio Di Rupo

Belgium selects world’s second openly gay leader

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Belgium has become the second country in the world to select an openly gay leader. Elio Di Rupo will lead a government, ending 540 days of post- election brinksmanship between the parties of the Dutch-speaking north and French south. [ Read more → ]

Vote on Nigeria’s proposed anti-gay law scheduled for next week

Saturday, November 26, 2011
A vote on Nigeria's proposed anti-gay law is scheduled for next week, according to the group Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws. [ Read more → ]

Legislative assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia approves anti-gay law

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Russia’s second city has passed a law banning so-called “gay propaganda.” The law, which has been rushed through the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, prohibits so-called propaganda of “sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors.” [ Read more → ]

Beware! Peruvian mayor warns tap water causes homosexuality

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Mayor of a small town on Peru’s coast is blaming the presence of the metal strontium in its water as the basis for increased homosexuality in his town. [ Read more → ]

South Africa denies Congolese albino gay man asylum

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A gay, albino Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugee has been refused asylum in South Africa in what advocates say is an increasing pattern of refusals for LGBT asylum seekers. [ Read more → ]
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