The U.N. Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution on “traditional values of humankind” as a vehicle for “promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.” It sounds innocuous, but its implications are ominous. Indeed, it is an immediate threat to the rights of many vulnerable groups – including women and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people. And it flies in the face of the founding principles of universality and indivisibility enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Standing in the courtyard at RR Campus in Kathmandu, Roshan Mahato looks relaxed and proud. This, just 7 years ago was the spot where he was teased and harassed so badly by his peers that he transferred to another college. Today, the president of Nepal's LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) Student Forum, Mahato is a familiar face on campuses around the country. The change, he says, took time and patience – with others and with himself.
From 2G to LGBT might seem like quite a jump, but it is one that Justice G S Singhvi seems to have made with equanimity. The judge was recently part of the Supreme Court bench which delivered the controversial 2G verdict.
Newt Gingrich told the Des Moines Register’s editorial board this morning that gay people have a “significant range of choice within a genetic pattern” and can choose to be straight just like someone can “choose to be celibate.” >>>
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's ban on 1,600 words deemed "pornographic or offensive to Islam" has flabbergasted much of the international media. Now, many global gay rights advocates are drawing attention to the number of LGBT-related words on the black list.
Two Malaysian states are set to change their Islamic laws to punish Muslims who engage in homosexuality, increasing the prospect of gay Muslims being punished under both federal and state religious laws and adding to concerns about rising intolerance. >>>
Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam wants to amend Syariah laws to deal with gay men and lesbians although Malacca's Syariah laws already criminalise "intentional anal sex," "attempted intentional anal sex" and “sexual relations... against the order of nature.” >>>
The world is just waking up to a horrific situation. Right now, hundreds of illegal clinics in Ecuador
are holding young women captive to be raped, tortured, starved and beaten by so-called "health
care professionals". Why? The clinics claim that lesbians are "sick" and they offer a brutal cure. >>>
Michael W. Fitzgerald, an out gay judicial nominee proposed by President Barack Obama for the Central District of California, was favorably reported out of the Judiciary Committee on November 3 on a unanimous voice vote. >>>
The Michigan Senate passed an anti-bullying bill Wednesday over strong objections from Democrats and even the father of the bullying victim after whom the bill is named. Matt's Safe School Law" passed 26-11 with all Democrats voting against it. The bill is named for Matt Eppling, an East Lansing 14-year-old who committed suicide after being bullied by classmates in 2002. >>>
Of about 80 countries that still criminalise same-sex, adult, private, consensual conduct, more than half (41) are members of the Commonwealth. Given that there are 54 Commonwealth countries, that means three-quarters of them still impose criminal penalties on gay people. The fact that such laws exist leads to stigma, discrimination, violence and an awful lot of personal misery. >>>
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced that the committee today reported the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011 -- a mark-up that did not contain either of two anti-bullying bills pushed by LGBT advocates. >>>
Activists and civil libertarians are concerned about proposed legislation from a Republican lawmaker that would gut local non-discrimination ordinances that offer protections to groups not covered by the state’s civil rights law. >>>
Five nations still outlaw homosexuality and carry out executions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, according to a recent report by the U.S. group Human Rights First. Currently, the nations that prescribe capital punishment for homosexuals are Iran, Mauritania, the Republic of Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
A research on Sexual Orientation Discrimination on Women in Hong Kong (2010) carried out by Women Coalition HKSAR found that 53% participated has been discriminated, as compared to 39% in 2005, by a similar research that was carried out in 2005, The situation has worsened severely.