11/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Senegal’s New Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba has ruled out legalising homosexuality in the country despite previously being a gay rights supporter and activist.
Kaba, who was previously the head of the International Federation for Human Rights, told reporters on Friday [Sept. 6] that he had dropped his opposition to the persecution of gay and lesbian people.
He said: ”I am a minister of justice who works in the context of a government and who expresses his views through those of the head of state which apply to all those who serve under him.” >>>
The United States is not united in its position on same-sex marriage. However, several recent developments indicate growing support for LGBT legal equality. In fact, on May 9, 2012, President Barack Obama became the first United States President to endorse same-sex marriage when he said, “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” >>>
José Vasconcelos Calderon wrote “The Cosmic Race. Mission of the Iberoamerican Race” in 1925. He described the Latin American population as the first “race of synthesis in the globe” having thus the power to transform the world. >>>
“Asia these days” takes a look at how Asia is slowly becoming more LGBTI friendly. Professor Sanders discusses the development of Pride events across Asia and how they are leading to more and more LGBTI people being visible in the main stream. >>>
17 May 2012 - 78 countries out of 193 still have legislation criminalising same-sex consensual acts between adults. Punishments range from a number of lashes (e.g. Iran), two months of prison (e.g. Algeria) to life sentence (e.g. Bangladesh) or even death (Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen). Among the 113 countries where homosexuality is legal, 55 have legislation against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation at the work place, in 10 gays and lesbians enjoy full equal marriage rights, in 12 they can adopt children. >>>
The St. Paul Foundation for International Reconciliation, a LGBT organisation based in San Diego, California, is organising a conference to take place along side the WORLD AIDS conference in Washington in July 2012. The St. Paul Foundation is gathering LGBT activists that work on HIV issues in countries that still criminalise homosexuality. They will be opening registration shortly and would like to have a strong Asian presence at their conference. >>>
The St. Paul Foundation for International Reconciliation, a LGBT organisation based in San Diego, California, is organising a conference to take place along side the WORLD AIDS conference in Washington in July 2012. The St. Paul Foundation is gathering LGBT activist that work on HIV issues in countries that still criminalise homosexuality. They will be opening registration shortly and would like to have a strong Asian presence at their conference. >>>
Video: Persecution of gay people in Sri Lanka. "Saman" is a graduate student in Sri Lanka who was doing research on 'safer sex' for his thesis. He told me that while he was working in the southern city of Galle, the local police detained and tortured him assuming he was gay. >>>
Decriminalization of same-sex sexual acts between consenting adults remains a necessary precondition for the fight against homophobia, just as application of equal rights and social benefits for LGBTI individuals, couples and communities indicate the road to trod in those countries where decriminalization has been achieved. ILGA’s State Sponsored Homophobia Report, authored and edited by Eddy Bruce Jones and Lucas Itaborahy, is an excellent tool for activists, journalists, scholars and plain interested people alike to get a clear image... >>>
(New York, 13 May 2011) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission joins colleagues in Uganda in welcoming today's closing of the current Ugandan Parliament without adoption of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. >>>