Twenty-year-old Bing Feng was a victim of violence at school for years. Words such as "queer", "hermaphrodite" and "sissy" were hurled at him right up to high school. Bing is not an isolated case. In April, Aibai Culture and Education Center, and Guangzhou's Associated Gay/Les Campus (AGLC) launched an online survey on school bullying related to sexual orientation and gender identity. >>>
An ordinance backed by 26 councilors and approved on final reading on Monday called for the extension of medical, legal or psychological assistance to members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders) community who fall victim to abuses, harassment and discrimination, through an existing crisis center for battered women and maltreated children.
Many Africans are opening up about their sexuality nowadays. The fact that many African countries criminalise same-sex unions means that in most instances, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) people have had to migrate to environments that accept them. This partly explains why in Southern Africa, LGBTI people have migrated to South Africa, whose progressive constitution allows same sex marriages. However, they have not been easily accepted due to xenophobia. >>>
South Africa is the first African country to openly support LGBTQ civil rights. In 2004 its Supreme Court ruled that the common-law definition of marriage included same-sex unions. And in 2005, South Africa’s Constitutional Court “made any inferior status imposed on same-sex partners unconstitutional.”nBut South Africa has a serious problem with its LGBTQ population, and especially with lesbians >>>
Gay and lesbian activists in KwaZulu Natal Province have launched an awareness programme to curb attacks on LGBTI people in the region. The launch of the programme comes 14 months after the brutal murder of Ncumisa Mzamelo in a north Durban Inanda informal settlement. >>>
On Friday, 9 December 2011 OUT, represented by Webber Wentzel Attorneys, was successfully admitted as amicus curiae in the sentencing phase of a hate crimes trial in the Germiston Magistrates Court. >>>
This is part one of a feature that seeks to present 12 in-depth reports from key locations at this pivotal time in history, telling highly personal, often overlooked stories from the fight that gays and lesbians and trans people in Africa are engaged in. Here, we begin with South Africa. >>>
The Philippine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Hate Watch has released a study calling out Mindanao as the deadliest place in the country for lesbians. Since 1996, half of all fatal hate crimes against queer women have occurred in the easternmost island, the nation’s second-largest city. That’s 6 out of 12 deaths, so we’re talking small numbers to begin with, but LGBT hate crimes, fatal or otherwise, are often under-reported.