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October 27, 2014

Opposition leader is standing trial for sodomy this week

A right-wing Malaysian newspaper has said supporting oppositon leader Anwar Ibrahim means supporting the international LGBTI rights movement ahead of his sodomy trial on Tuesday.

Anwar has been prosecuted under the country's colonial anti-gay law four times in what LGBTI groups have called a politically motivated prosecution. He is appealing his March sentence of five years in jail.

October 22, 2014

A comprehensive report by Human Rights Watch details how Jamaica’s LGBT community faces widespread discrimination and violence

A new report by the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch paints a damning portrait of the treatment of LGBT people in Jamaica.

The Human Rights Watch report – Not Safe at Home – follows five weeks of study on the Caribbean island country from April to June last year.

October 20, 2014

About 1.7 million people called in to protest the country's anti-gay law

Indian actor Aamir Khan's hit talk show Satyamev Jayate last night tackled the taboo subject of 'alternative sexualities,' with many viewers saying the program changed their perception of LGBTI people.

Guests included transgender woman Gazal Dhaliwal and her parents, popular psychologist Deepak Kashyap and LGBTI activists.

Khan listened sympathetically as his LGBTI guests told their coming out stories. Several stressed the importance of parental relationships in shaping their lives and fighting depression and suicidial thoughts.

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 16, 2014

The German man is still in hospital with severe internal bleeding and head injuries

The Serbian prime minister and members of the European parliament have condemned Saturday's attack on a German LGBTI rights activist in Belgrade.

The 27-year-old man suffered severe internal bleeding and head injuries and is still in the hospital.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said in a statement that 'the state will do everything to protect and respect the right to non-discrimination.'

The attack has also turned the spotlight on the situation for LGBTI people in the candidate EU member state.

September 11, 2014

Three groups sent an open letter to 112 universities asking for corrections to discriminatory teaching materials and gender diversity courses

Three Chinese activist groups sent an open letter to 112 universities demanding better education and protection for LGBTI students in time for yesterday's national Teachers' Day celebrations.

The letter asked universities to correct disciminatory teaching materials and offer gender diversity courses, and was jointly signed by Changsha-based China Same Sex Love (CSSL), Beijing-based LGBT Rights Advocacy China and Nanjing-based anti-discrimination group Justice for All.

August 17, 2014

The Mumbai chief of India’s ruling party, BJP, says his party is now against the misuse of section 377 and will raise the issue in Parliament

'Criminalizing the gay community by misusing section 377 of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] is not acceptable to the [ruling] BJP,' Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar told some 250 attendees at a special Independence Day event 'Acceptance Meet' On Friday. The meeting was organized by The Humsafar Trust, an NGO in Mumbai which promotes LGBTI rights, and other community organizations.

August 15, 2014

Group 'condemns all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate' against an LGBT person

At its annual meeting in Boston this week, the American Bar Association officially adopted a policy recognizing the rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as basic human rights.

A four paragraph resolution passed by the association's 560-member House of Delegates condemns laws, regulations, rules and practices that discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of their status and encourages the US government to work to end this discrimination.

August 3, 2014

The UNDP, which is known to be a supporter of LGBT rights worldwide, had provided funding for the original two committees that drafted the codes but did not monitor their outcome, Sunil Pant, Nepal's first openly gay politician, tells Gay Star News

It’s a dramatic reversal for a country whose Supreme Court ruled in 2007 to ensure broad protections for LGBTI people and whose government was looking into legalizing same-sex marriage after a Supreme Court decision in 2008.

Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country's first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email.

August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

July 29, 2014

Young LGBT Jamaicans who live in a sewer and are under constant threat of brutal attacks from locals share the alarming truths and silver linings of their distressing situation

Fans of Rihanna and looking for work, these Jamaican youth might sound like your typical teens.

Except that they’re LGBTI, and they’re living in a Kingston, Jamaica sewer under constant threat of deadly attacks.

VICE News has released a new documentary titled Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens, in which camera crews 'explore the reality of being gay in a country known for LGBT intolerance'.

July 25, 2014

Applause comes from an unlikely source as members from Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality react to the Glasgow kiss that went around the world

Gay actor and singer John Barrowman has been heaped with praise and criticism ever since he kissed a male dancer at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

But there has been one piece of applause that has come from an unlikely source.

Grace Eriyo, a coach with the Ugandan team, has praised the kiss.

She was quoted in The Times as saying: ‘Where we come from it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen.

‘To me that is so great.’

July 23, 2014

From the Queen and PM to celebrities, athletes and ordinary LGBTI people, we should use the Commonwealth Games to fight for gay rights

As the Commonwealth Games start today amid much fanfare in Glasgow, Scotland, 42 of the 53 countries competing still criminalize homosexuality.

That’s not just awkward or embarrassing. It’s shameful.

The collection of former British Empire countries, under the titular leadership of Queen Elizabeth II, is supposed to be held together by friendship, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

July 22, 2014

Over 150 human rights speakers have joined together to condemn the homophobic laws that exist in four fifths of the Commonwealth

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has demanded the Commonwealth scraps its anti-gay laws.

The politician said it was ‘shameful’ world-class athletes would not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of homophobic legislation.

Of the 53 Commonwealth states, 42 have laws that criminalize LGBTI people.

‘Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,’ Bercow said.

July 11, 2014

Football's global governing body is given an epic fail in handling of slurs hurled during World Cup

Football's global governing body is under pressure by more than two dozen LGBTI and human rights organizations to take 'concrete action' on homophobia and anti-gay chants yelled in the stands during this year's World Cup.

June 25, 2014

US Vice President has joined White House national security adviser Susan Rice in calling out countries that criminalize LGBTI people - saying human rights must be universal and not trampled over because of culture and tradition

US Vice President Joe Biden has made one of the strongest statements to date by a US official in support of the worldwide protection of the rights of LGBTI people – saying they cannot be a secondary concern in the face of cultural taboos and traditions.

Biden made the comments Tuesday to a gathering of US and international LGBTI rights advocates, saying respect for LGBTI rights was a hallmark of a civilized nation.

June 20, 2014

But nation's top diplomat acknowledges 'there’s cloud hanging over this journey right now' with anti-gay laws in Uganda, Russia and more

US Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated his country's advances in LGBT equality on Friday (20 June) but said there must be 'push back' against a global trend of rising violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.

'We can palpably feel the wave of new, growing - the trend if you will, in some places for anti-LGBT laws that are metastasizing in various places,' Kerry said at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies Pride Celebration.

May 27, 2014

David Coburn MEP, the first UKIP politician elected in Scotland, is opposed to same-sex marriage despite being in a relationship with a man for 30 years

The first UK Independence Party (UKIP) politician elected in Scotland has said gay marriage breeds homophobia.

David Coburn, a member of European Parliament, is opposed to same-sex marriage despite being in a relationship with a man for over 30 years.

He spoke to The Scotsman after he was elected Sunday night (25 May), taking UKIP’s first parliamentary seat in Scotland.

On gay rights, he said: ‘Civil partnerships should be enough.

May 15, 2014

One of the six's father rang the police complaining five men were 'recruiting' him into homosexuality

A Moroccan court has jailed six men for being gay and will exile them once they have spent several years in jail.

The defendants were convicted on Monday for homosexuality, inciting prostitution, mediating in prostitution and being drunk in public.

While the Arabian country is seen as comparatively liberal to its neighbors, Morocco is still a deeply conservative Muslim country where gay sex is illegal.

The Faqih Bensalah court, south of the capital Rabat, handed down sentences of one, two and three years to the six accused.

May 14, 2014

‘However bad the situation, we are ready to defend our human dignity and rights, to speak against violence and stand with activists all over the world’

The situation for LGBTI people in Russia is getting more and more complicated.

Human rights violations, hate crimes and speeches and state-sponsored homophobia have become a part of day-to-day life of LGBTIs and those who speak out for equal rights for everyone.

But despite this, there is defiance. We are planning various actions devoted to International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May. There will be activity in at least 11 Russian cities.

May 14, 2014

All proceeds from the song will go to the Russian LGBT Network, international LGBT campaigning charity Kaleidoscope Trust, and the youth transgender Mermaids charity

A new charity song celebrating LGBTI rights is out to warm your heart.

The song, by British lesbian group The L Project, is dedicated to ‘everyone who has suffered as a result of LGBT bullying, abuse or inequality.

All proceeds from the song will go to the Russian LGBT Network, international LGBT campaigning charity Kaleidoscope Trust, and the youth transgender Mermaids charity.

'Diversity and love is a message everyone can get behind', believes Georgey Payne, one of the project's coordinators.

May 1, 2014

We look at how LGBTI groups around the world are raising their voices against transphobia, homophobia in sport and homophobia for IDAHO

It’s 2014, and not everyone has the freedom to express themselves.

As we approach International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), commemorated around the world on 17 May, the battle for LGBTI rights and human equality continues to reach critical mass.

This year’s theme of ‘Freedom of Expression’ is a call for LGBTI people and allies raise their voices against homophobia, especially for those who live in countries where living and expressing themselves freely could be punishable by fines, imprisonment or death.

April 26, 2014

'Right now, this country is deeply divided into two Americas—one where LGBT equality is nearly a reality and the other where LGBT people lack the most fundamental measures of equal citizenship'

The Human Rights Campaign is bringing the gay equality struggle to the US South.