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Uganda, don’t pray to ‘heal’ gays (or blacks or women)

Uganda, don’t pray to ‘heal’ gays (or blacks or women)

Stella Nyanzi

Stella Nyanzi

In this brief commentary, Stella Nyanzi — an anthropologist, social science researcher and resident of Uganda, where Pentecostal churches are popular — speaks out against some anti-LGBT religious leaders’ practice of attempting to “pray away the gay.” After her commentary appeared on Facebook, it attracted a flood of readers’ comments, some of which are published below.  

Healing…

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Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is ‘foreign agent’

Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is ‘foreign agent’

Cover of report on anti-LGBT discrimination in Russia, published by Coming Out.

Cover of report on anti-LGBT discrimination in Russia, published by Coming Out.

A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday ruled that the Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out is a “foreign agent,” a category that limits its ability to communicate with Russian citizens and subjects it to extra government scrutiny. Coming Out issued the following statement immediately after the ruling:

Today,…

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U.S. money keeps supporting anti-gay programs

U.S. money keeps supporting anti-gay programs

Despite President Obama’s promise to stop funding ineffective, discredited faith-based programs claiming to reduce HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies, U.S. taxpayers’ dollars are still bankrolling them.

Freelance investigative journalist Andy Kopsa has uncovered the institutional bias toward those programs, run by anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups at home and abroad at a…

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Uganda drops charges against trans woman

Uganda drops charges against trans woman

Luzira Prison (Photo courtesy of Monitor.ug)

Luzira Prison, where Emma Bbosa was held. (Photo courtesy of Monitor.ug)

Charges have been dropped against Emma Bbosa, a Ugandan trans woman.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum — Uganda (HRAPF), reports:

“Emma Bossa’s case was today dismissed for want of prosecution by the Grade ! Magistrate of Mwanga II Court. The state had for five consecutive times…

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Kyrgyzstan plea: Please help oppose anti-gay bill

Kyrgyzstan plea: Please help oppose anti-gay bill

As reported in June, Kyrgyzstan has moved to the verge of aligning itself more closely with Russia by making it a crime to say anything positive about homosexuality. The Kyrgyz bill is harsher than Russia’s law, because it would apply to all types of communication, not just statements made in the presence of minors.

Now, activists from Kyrgyzstan have launched a call to action.  They ask…

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Seeking to save the eyesight of battered trans Ugandan

Seeking to save the eyesight of battered trans Ugandan

Hush ("Mich") Ainebyona

Hush (“Mich”) Ainebyona

A group of friends, activists and journalists is seeking contributions to help save the eyesight of a Ugandan trans woman whose eyes have been failing since she suffered a transphobic attack two years ago in Kampala, Uganda.

The story of that attack on Hush (also known as Mich or Mish) appeared in this blog in 2012 in the article “For assaulted LGBT, Uganda medical care…

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Appeal to Cameroon: Stop anti-LGBTI violence

Appeal to Cameroon: Stop anti-LGBTI violence

Logo of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Logo of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Activists in Cameroon are preparing an appeal to the government of Cameroon, seeking an end to violence against LGBTI people and those who defend their human rights.

That appeal, which follows an investigation of anti-gay repression in Cameroon, is scheduled to be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September.

The activists urge the government of…

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Au Cameroun: Cessez les violences contre les LGBTI

Au Cameroun: Cessez les violences contre les LGBTI

Logo of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Logo of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Publié le 18 juillet 2014

Des militants au Cameroun ont envoyé un appel au gouvernement camerounais pour faire cesser les violences contre les personnes LGBTI et ceux qui défendent leurs droits.

Cet appel, qui résulte d’une enquête de la répression anti-gay au Cameroun, devrait être présenté au Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies en Septembre…

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Turkey: To say that gays are ‘perverts’ is hate speech

Turkey: To say that gays are ‘perverts’ is hate speech

Sinem Hun

Sinem Hun

A court ruling in Turkey could buoy the spirits of human rights activists in the Third World who seek fair treatment for sexual minorities but cannot cite the examples of Western nations without being shunned as agents of Western cultural imperialism.

Today’s court ruling endorsing respectful treatment for LGBTI people comes from a largely non-European country at the continent’s…

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In homophobic Iran, a policy that bans homophobia?

In homophobic Iran, a policy that bans homophobia?

Image from Press TV website. Readers posted homophobic comments about this story, despite the website's policy against such comments. (Click the image to read the article and the comments.)

Readers posted homophobic comments about this story on the Press TV website, despite its policy against such comments. (Click the image to read the article and the comments.)

On the heels of a short-lived LGBT-friendly commentary on Iran’s popular Nameh News website, an Iranian government-supported website has published rules against its readers posting comments that are homophobic.

It’s not…

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