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Russian QueerFest: Success despite attacks, threats

Russian QueerFest: Success despite attacks, threats

QueerFest scene (Photo courtesy of GLAAD)

QueerFest scene (Photo courtesy of GLAAD)

The organizers of QueerFest in St. Petersburg, Russia, say the 10-day event was a success, despite interference and threats of violence from police and anti-gay extremists. This is their account:

Saturday, September 27, Russian “QueerFest” closed with a discussion on art and civil citizenship, and a final concert “St. Petersburg against Homophobia”,…

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Ugandan viewpoint: ‘a dead activist is not a good activist’

Ugandan viewpoint: ‘a dead activist is not a good activist’

Clare Byarugaba (Photo courtesy of Colby Magazine)

Clare Byarugaba (Photo courtesy of Colby Magazine)

Perseverance. Fear. Difficulties. Threats. Tolerance. Leadership.  Those are some of the themes of an interview with Clare Byarugaba, who until this summer was co-leader of Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which led the opposition to that country’s now-overturned Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Byarugaba was…

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Canon Ogle on the move; ‘lot of work to do’ on LGBTI rights

Canon Ogle on the move; ‘lot of work to do’ on LGBTI rights

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle

The St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports local LGBTI rights groups in many countries with anti-gay laws, is preparing to open a new office on the East Coast of the United States.

The move will occur as the foundation’s president and founder, the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, leaves California after 32 years of ministry there.

Ogle is…

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Indonesian region OKs whipping for gay sex, adultery

Indonesian region OKs whipping for gay sex, adultery

Indonesia map shows Aceh province. (Map courtesy of PBS.org)

Indonesia map shows Aceh province at the northwest tip of Sumatra. (Map courtesy of PBS.org)

The Indonesian province of Aceh on Sept. 27 approved a bill that converts  strict Islamic Sharia rules on morality into the province’s criminal law, including a punishment of 100 lashes for homosexuality and extramarital sex, Australia’s SBS News and BuzzFeed reported.

The law, which also applies to…

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$64 fine settles 1st court case citing Burundi’s anti-gay law

$64 fine settles 1st court case citing Burundi’s anti-gay law

Location du Burundi en Afrique.

Location of Burundi in Africa.

A Vietnamese telecommunications worker has been released after paying a fine to settle changes that he engaged in illegal “homosexual practices,” according to the Burundian human rights organization MOLI (Movement for Individual Liberties).

The man, whose name was not disclosed, was released Sept. 19 after paying a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs (US $64), MOLI…

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Ugandan straight ally: ‘Drastic fallout’ remains from anti-gay bill

Ugandan straight ally: ‘Drastic fallout’ remains from anti-gay bill

In an interview, Roman Catholic health and human rights activist Maxensia Nakibuuka of Uganda tells what life has been like in Uganda since the passage of the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill there last December.  She is interviewed here by the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle of San Diego, California, USA, with whom she has been working  for the past three years.

Maxensia Nakibuuka (seated), leader of a gay/straight health coalition in Uganda and new leader of the AIDS program for the Roman Catholic diocese of Kampala, chats after her presentation at the Sixth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Yaounde. (Photo courtesy of Maxensia Nakibuuka)

Maxensia Nakibuuka (seated), leader of a…

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Supporters chip in to save sight of battered trans Ugandan

Supporters chip in to save sight of battered trans Ugandan

Hush ("Mich") Ainebyona

Hush (“Mich”) Ainebyona

With support from a group of friends, activists and journalists, a Ugandan trans woman is scheduled for surgery tomorrow (Sept. 29) to treat her eyesight, which has 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…

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Arrestation pour ‘pratiques homosexuelles’ au Burundi

Arrestation pour ‘pratiques homosexuelles’ au Burundi

Publié le 26 septembre 2014

Location du Burundi en Afrique.

Location du Burundi en Afrique.

Un Vietnamien travaillant dans les télécommunications vietnamien a été arrêté le 16 septembre dans le nord du Burundi sur des accusations de «pratiques homosexuelles», selon l’Agence France-Presse et d’autres médias.

Au Burundi, l’intimité homosexuelle peut être puni de trois mois à deux ans de prison et/ou une amende de 50.000 à 100.000…

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U.N. keeps focus on anti-LGBTI violence; Africa divided

U.N. keeps focus on anti-LGBTI violence; Africa divided

Display shows U.N. Human Rights Council votes on the SOGI resolution.

Display shows U.N. Human Rights Council votes on the SOGI resolution.

The U.N. Human Rights Council today passed a resolution opposing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Contrary to some predictions, the proposal, pushed by Latin American countries, did not face united opposition either from all African nations or all countries with anti-gay laws.

The…

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New in Burundi: An arrest for ‘homosexual practices’

New in Burundi: An arrest for ‘homosexual practices’

Location du Burundi en Afrique.

Location of Burundi in Africa.

A Vietnamese telecommunications worker was arrested Sept. 16 in northern Burundi on charges of “homosexual practices,” according to Agence France-Presse and other media accounts.

Under a Burundian law, passed in 2009, homosexual intimacy is punishable by three months to two years in prison and/or a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 Burundian francs (US $32 to $64).  At…

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