Why would a community call itself queer? The term "queer", a symbol of identity for sexual minorities, is a word which the dictionary alludes to as 'odd' or 'strange.' The community says it has appropriated the word much the way the word 'Dalit' or 'Negro' have been used by persecuted communities to represent themselves.
A. Revathi, a vivacious transsexual woman, whose prose and poetry has been translated into Kannada, English and Hindi, shares: “I was originally a boy named Doraisamy. Although my parents accepted my sexuality privately, they discouraged me from dressing as a woman in public. I could not find a job and depended on them, financially.” >>>
Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has slammed the 2 May prayer crusade by Ugandan religious leaders, aiming to fight what they call “vices eating away our society”, among others, homosexuality, witchcraft and human sacrifice. >>>
Lesbian Group Kontra and Iskorak – Group for Promotion and Protection of Different Sexual Orientations, has published the 2009 Annual Report on the Status of Human Rights of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Croazia. >>>