LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon. A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwoman – accused of having a “same sex relationship with a man” – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is “not unnatural.” Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts “contradicting the laws of nature.” >>>
Even Martin Luther King Jr., the man the U.S. honors today, had his blind spots. The circle of human rights he gave his life to expand didn't include everyone. Left out, for instance, were gay men and lesbians. One of King's most laudable attributes, however, was his ability to evolve and grow, and so we imagine that were he alive today he would endorse the efforts of the Obama administration to help bring basic freedoms and protections to gay people the world over. >>>
As a Nigerian citizen, and a public health advocate, I call upon you to stop the draconian, anti-human rights, anti- HIV/AIDS prevention and un-democratic legislation just passed by the national Senate. >>>
Last month, Bradford Wells, who is severely ill with AIDS, faced losing his primary caregiver and loving partner of 19 years, Anthony John Makk. Wells, an American, and Makk, an Australian, are legally married in Massachusetts but the federal government does not recognize their marriage and ordered Makk to leave the country. >>>
A new study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that millennials, individuals between the ages of 18 and 29, are significantly more progressive than previous generations when it comes to gay and lesbian rights.
Equality Works has launched the One Anchorage Campaign, a ballot initiative campaign to place an initiative on the April 2012 municipal ballot in Anchorage to add sexual orientation and transgender identity to Anchorage’s equal rights code. This follows on an equal rights ordinance which passed the Anchorage Assembly in 2009 by a vote of 7–4, only to be vetoed by Mayor Dan Sullivan.
Terry Angel Mason, author of "Love Won't Let Me Be Silent," talks against homophobia and discrimination. "I am tired of being attacked, robbed, and denied equal rights by heterosexual religious zealots who blame same-gender-loving people for their failed marriages." >>>
UNAIDS has announced the appointment of Dr. George Ayala as one of two delegates representing North America on the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB). Currently serving as the Executive Officer of the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), Dr. Ayala will bring 20 years of experience working on issues of HIV, sexual health among men who have sex with men (MSM) and ethnic minorities to the UNAIDS PCB. >>>