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Easter reflections on Christians who crucify LGBT people

Easter reflections on Christians who crucify LGBT people

Excerpts from a Holy Week meditation by the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle:

Jesus imagined as Warrior King (Photo courtesy of Art4God.com)

Jesus imagined as Warrior King (Photo courtesy of Art4God.com)

The passion story will be read all over the world this weekend as the Christian community celebrates Easter, but in most of the countries where LGBT people are criminalized, there will be little connection in what religious authorities continue to do in conjunction…

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Mugabe threatens gays; LGBT Zimbabweans respond

Mugabe threatens gays; LGBT Zimbabweans respond

President Robert Mugabe lights flame at the National Sports Stadium to mark Zimbabwe's 34 years as an independent country. (Photo by Kudakwashe Hunda courtesy of The Herald)

President Robert Mugabe lights flame at the National Sports Stadium to mark Zimbabwe’s 34 years as an independent country. (Photo by Kudakwashe Hunda courtesy of The Herald)

LGBT persons in Zimbabwe have once again been reminded that they have a long way to go to win justice and fair play in their native land.

Thousands who gathered today in a Harare stadium and elsewhere to mark 34 years since…

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2 Ugandan men face trial on gay-sex charges

2 Ugandan men face trial on gay-sex charges

Two Ugandan men accused of homosexual activity are scheduled to face trial in May.  They have been held in Luzira Prison since their arrest in December.

Luzira Prison (Photo courtesy of Monitor.ug)

Luzira Prison (Photo courtesy of Monitor.ug)

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman, and Jackson Mukasa,  19, pleaded not guilty Feb. 6 in a court in Kampala, where they were accused of “living as husband and wife,” the Monitor of Uganda reported.

They…

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Anti-gay Ethiopia eases away from new crackdown

Anti-gay Ethiopia eases away from new crackdown

Flag of Ethiopia

Flag of Ethiopia

Ethiopia has backed away from the latest plans for intensifying anti-gay repression there.

Plans for a large anti-gay rally in the capital on April 26 have been cancelled, the Associated Press reports.

In addition, government spokesman Redwan Hussein said plans have been dropped for adding homosexual activity to a list of crimes ineligible for a presidential pardon.

But the…

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82 pays avec des lois anti-homosexuelles

Publié le 17 Avril 2014

Countries where homosexual activity is illegal.

Pays ou l’activité homosexuelle est illégale

L’Association internationale des lesbiennes, gays, bisexuelles, trans et intersexuels (ILGA), répertoriait 78 pays dotés de lois pénales contre l’activité sexuelle des personnes lesbiennes, gays, bisexuelles, transgenres ou intersexuels (LGBTI), mais c’est une affirmation minimale.

Le total de l’ILGA au début de 2013 serait de…

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African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

Pan Africa ILGA conference site, March 2014.

Pan Africa ILGA conference site, March 2014. (Colin Stewart photo)

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, develop strategies to combat violence and discrimination of people…

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Militants LGBTI africains s’unissent à la conférence de Nairobi

Militants LGBTI africains s’unissent à la conférence de Nairobi

Publié le 15 Avril, 2014
Par Colin Stewart.
Rédaction en français par Denis LeBlanc.
(Also published in English.)

Pan Africa ILGA conference site, March 2014.

Vue du site de la conférence Pan Africa ILGA en Mars 2014. (Photo de Colin Stewart)

Environ 150 militants de toute l’Afrique ont relancé l’organisation des droits des LGBTI du continent africain le mois dernier lors d’une conférence qui à Nairobi au Kenya.

La conférence du Pan Africa…

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India Supreme Court opens a path toward LGBTI rights

India Supreme Court opens a path toward LGBTI rights

BuzzFeed reports:

Supreme Court of India

Supreme Court of India

A victory for transgender rights in India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday [April 15] may have rescued the country’s LGBTI movement from the brink of legal disaster.

For the past 12 years, the Indian LGBTI rights movement had pinned its hope to a challenge to the country’s colonial-era sodomy law, known as Section 377. In December, a two-judge panel of the…

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Muslim-ruled Brunei OKs stoning for gay sex

Muslim-ruled Brunei OKs stoning for gay sex

Location of Brunei (on the island of Borneo)

Location of Brunei (on the island of Borneo)

The predominantly Muslim nation of Brunei has adopted a new penal code that calls for death by stoning for sexual crimes, including gay sex, adultery, rape and extramarital sexual relations, and for declaring oneself to be non-Muslim.

The United Nations human rights office appealed to Bruneito hold off enforcement of the new penal code, scheduled to…

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Will UN goals exclude gays, lesbians and transsexuals?

Will UN goals exclude gays, lesbians and transsexuals?

English: Ban Ki-moon, South Korean politician

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Advocates for women, LGBTI people and other disadvantaged people worldwide have launched a campaign to persuade the United Nations to ensure the inclusion of human rights and justice as it makes plans for post-2015 development.

Are gays, lesbians and transsexuals again going to be left out as the world is setting its priorities? So far…

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