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August 12, 2013

Anti-gay violence is 'out of control' in Haiti as a gay couple's private event was ruined by a gang wielding rocks and molotov cocktails

A mob wielding petrol bombs and rocks ruined a British man and his Haitian partner’s engagement ceremony.

Several people were injured, two cars were set on fire and windows were smashed in at the venue in Port-au-Prince on Saturday (10 August).

As reported by the AFP, inspector Patrick Rosarion said police arrived just in time to prevent any one being killed.

Charlot Jeudy, an activist from Haiti gay rights group Kouraj (Courage), said the attack was a clear example of homophobia.

July 31, 2013

Spiraling violence against LGBT men in Haiti began when anti-gay Christians marched against fictional same-sex marriage bill

Dozens of gay men were beaten by gangs with knives, machetes, cement blocks, sticks and iron bars in Haiti, GSN can reveal.

Human rights campaigners in the Caribbean nation say they know of 47 assaults in just one week (17 to 24 July), though attacks have slowed in recent days following government intervention.

Some have had their lives threatened or had their houses have been burned down or looted.

The series of attacks follows a march by anti-gay Christians in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti on 19 July.

July 31, 2013

Spiraling violence against LGBT men in Haiti began when anti-gay Christians marched against fictional same-sex marriage bill

Dozens of gay men were beaten by gangs with knives, machetes, cement blocks, sticks and iron bars in Haiti, GSN can reveal.

Human rights campaigners in the Caribbean nation say they know of 47 assaults in just one week (17 to 24 July), though attacks have slowed in recent days following government intervention.

Some have had their lives threatened or had their houses have been burned down or looted.

The series of attacks follows a march by anti-gay Christians in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti on 19 July.

July 20, 2013

Two presumed homosexual men were beaten to death in Haiti by hundreds of protestors demonstrating against proposed marriage equality legislation

A gay hate march in Haiti attracted over 1,000 anti-gay demonstrators, and left two presumed homosexuals beaten to death.

Video footage from four different sources shows angry and sometimes violent protestors demonstrating against a marriage equality proposal that could legalize same-sex marriage in the Caribbean island.

The hundreds of people were a mix of men, women and children, as well as individuals from different religious groups including Muslims and Protestants, all chanting and carrying signs that threatened homosexuals in the country.

July 20, 2013

Two presumed homosexual men were beaten to death in Haiti by hundreds of protestors demonstrating against proposed marriage equality legislation

A gay hate march in Haiti attracted over 1,000 anti-gay demonstrators, and left two presumed homosexuals beaten to death.

Video footage from four different sources shows angry and sometimes violent protestors demonstrating against a marriage equality proposal that could legalize same-sex marriage in the Caribbean island.

The hundreds of people were a mix of men, women and children, as well as individuals from different religious groups including Muslims and Protestants, all chanting and carrying signs that threatened homosexuals in the country.

February 8, 2013

As the US marks Black History Month, we learn how Voodoo can give freedom to LGBT Haitians

As I celebrate Black History Month I’d like to recognize one of my indigenous West African ancestral religions that's not homophobic – even if some of the practitioners are.

To the disbelief of many – it's Voodoo (also sometimes called Vodou, Vodoun or Vodun).

Haitian Voodoo is an ancestral folk religion whose tenets have always been queer-friendly, accepting people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions.

December 24, 2012

'We've got it all going on in our household - two moms and a black daughter'

When NBC's weight loss show The Biggest Loser begins its new season on 6 January, professional trainer Jillian Michaels will be back on the show after more than a year away.

During her hiatus, Michaels appeared on the cover of People magazine talking, for the first time, about her girlfriend Heidi Rhodes and their two children. They have a 2-year-old daughter named Lukensia who was adopted from Haiti, and a 7-month-old son named Pheonix.

May 11, 2012

Activists think a LGBT rally in the current political climate in Malaysia would be unwise

LGBT rights activists in Malaysia say they will not be holding a IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - event next week because of ‘security concerns’.

May 3, 2012

Countries across the world back International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia to fight school bullying

Countries around the world will stand united in a landmark event to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in two weeks’ time.

Fighting homo/transphobia through education will be the theme of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) which will be commemorated by almost 40 countries on 17 May.

More countries are joining a list which already includes Burma, Fiji and Haiti who have never taken part before.