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Barbara Castle (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the SOUTH AFRICA country page on 20/04/2014 tagged with at the work place, health, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation, religion +5
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My story is the form of a book published recently entitled FINDING MY OWN WAY...to happy & gay. And it is exactly the book for these times, for gay & straight people ... no matter which country they live in.
Should you be lucky enough to have a friend, a child, a sister, an aunt or a colleague who is gay this book answers many of the questions you'd never dare ask. And should you be on your way out of the closet and into the world be assured this book will keep you company all the way to being happy and gay!
Visit the website http://happyandgay.yolasite.com/ to find out more and to order a copy online.
You owe it to yourself...and to all people who are different.
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Mrs Vera (user currently living in NIGERIA) posted for straight readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 05/04/2014 tagged with health
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niroshan (user currently living in SRI LANKA) posted for bisexual readers to the SRI LANKA country page on 02/04/2014 tagged with health +5
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im niroshan i want friend with ladies my email niroshan23@yahoo.com
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Gayan (user currently living in SRI LANKA) posted for lesbian bisexual intersex straight readers to the SRI LANKA country page on 03/02/2014 tagged with tourism, intersex, at the work place, health, sexual orientation +5
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(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 01/02/2014 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights, laws and leadership
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Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

- Dr. Lorraine Day on Riley's THE POWER HOUR (09/12): "...HIV-Negative AIDS cases falsely reported and treated as CFS cases may be one of the biggest cover-ups we have seen."

- In 1992 "...Newsweek made an even more shocking announcement: …CFS patients who had the same immune system deficiencies as the NON-HIV AIDS cases..."

- Dr. Judy Mikovits stated on In Short Order (11/12) about CFS & Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME): "…consider this as NON HIV AIDS."

My case goes up through the NIH, CDC, White House, WHO, to the UN. I testified federally in Washington-DC, and am published 23 times on 4 continents (including PEOPLE’S VOICE, PFLAG, BEST GAY NEWS, & FUSE GAY AND BLACK MEN'S MAGAZINES).

E.g., www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.html

I hope that you will spread-the-news too.

My life with NON HIV AIDS (including my federal testimony):

www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com

or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"
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AMBROSE BARIGYE (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers to the UGANDA country page on 30/01/2014 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights +5
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LIFE AS BOTH A GAY MAN AND AN LGBTIQ ACTIVIST IN HOMOPHOBIC UGANDA:

life of an LGBTIQ person in Uganda can be one of the hardest things to cope up with. i was born in a family of 14 children and am the 9th born hailing from the western district of mbarara. born 2nd Oct 1984. i have lived a life of confusion and deeper thoughts bout what I am but all this came to an end in 2005 when i started interacting with people born like me. it took me time to accept the reality basing on the fact that i was raised form a typical catholic family which always talked ill about same sex relations.i would feel confused especially life as a primary school kid when my other male peers would be chasing after girls in hide and seek games, i would prefer to have company of fellow boys.all this was such horrific to my growing up as a typical mukiga(my tribe) since it was an abomination to have feelings for the same sex especially men who are taken as masters of the clan.its long but i can say life through primary to secondary was a bit confusing not until when i joined A-level i would get a chance to Google all things about same sex attractions which gave me hope for a new life.this also helped me to meet and interact with fellow gay men and lesbian sisters through social media friendships. indeed this marked anew beginning for my life.

MY LIFE AS A GAY ACTIVIST:
if some names that have worked tirelessly but not ever mentioned and received a global award as per fighting for LGBTI equality in Uganda, i must confess that i cant fail to appear among the top personalities that have worked for the Ugandan lgbtiq movement with great enthusiasm but left untalented about beyond the Ugandan borders. i joined the Ugandan lgbtiq struggle in 2009 but i can say within these few years i have faced the worst and best of my life. life as a gay activist in Uganda is sacrificing your life for the sake of others, i have been disowned by my family, i have been threatened to get beheaded with many strange scaring messages, i have lost most of my straight friends , i have lost jobs from the straight fraternity,i have been evicted from many houses, i have been attacked in many social places like bars, i have been outed in the media, i have and am still suffering with life due to lack of support from either sides especially problems of rent and upkeep but i vowed never to back down. Ambrose has been at a fore front of many projects for the betterment of Ugandan lgbti members ranging from health, capacity building program, income generating programs, advocacy campaigns to fight the anti-homosexuality bill and many more, remarkable of all i was the lead mobilizer for the first gay pride in Uganda the beach pride Uganda 2012 which will always be historical..i am happy to have been part of the first ever seven committee members for having organized this first gay pride in 2012 and again we did it in 2013.all in all i can say that life after 20th December 2013 when the bill was passed has scared me much and am scared to talk much of it.many arrests, living in fear,police invading peoples homes and all this is horrific. i conclude saying that our allies keep the support on, keep praying for lgbti Uganda since the situation has worsened.
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Ambrose Barigye
twitter; @ambrosebarigye
tel:+256771613781(whats app)
email: ambrose.barigye20@gmail.com
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Dubai Dames (user currently living in UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) posted for straight readers to the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES country page on 28/01/2014 tagged with tourism, health, sexual orientation
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Khristina Levins (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for transgender readers to the GHANA country page on 20/01/2014 tagged with health, gender identity +5
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There is some one in southafrica thats wants marriage from me im trangender and in united state ive been diagnose gender dysfroria and I take hormones can the marriage be more legal in united state or Ghana south Africa
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Hi everyone.

My name is Christian Martinez from Canada and I live in the Dominican Republic. I am known as Canada Inc, a movie and video producer. I have been helping youths here for the last 8 years record their music for free and promoting them through web tools we have developped over the years. 3 years ago, a young transvestite (I am not gay and not a professional in the terms so excuse my ignorance but he is a young boy who likes to dress as a girl. Looks very good. Anyway point is this boy comes and starts recording a style we had never heard of. Litterally GAY Reggaeton. We are in a country where police still beat gays just for being gay in the streets where Haitians are being denationalized and where the possibility for a human being to be treated properly when he or she is admitedly gay is almost 0. Somehow, in the middle of this homofobic and racist environment, his/her songs actually became popular. His face is starting to be recognized (20 million views in youtube last 2 years) and he has been a tremendous embassador for the gay movement. I am asking you all to please visit youtube and view his/her videos. Their great and colorfull but most of all their historical. We are in a country where the president took hours deciding if he would go to the inoguration of the new american embassador because he is gay. Please help us make this kid a international star so Dominicans can start seeing their gay comunity as people and worth being proud of. I have grow up with a gay mother in Canada and I have seen what hatred can do. In the 70s it was truely not easy. I remember how it changed and acceptance came through famous people everyone loved. Or so I remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeiO_d74ubA
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In the U.S context, prominent domestic organizations sought to establish LGBT normalcy and inclusion as a means of assimilating into the heterosexual mainstream in order to change the minds and hearts of heterosexuals, pressuring local LBGT communities and individuals to give up their own sense of self and experience. I think its important to remember that stressing that " LGBTI people" are as normal as heterosexuals and deserve acceptance precisely because we are like every one else (aka straight people) was a political strategy. We need to remember what is normal and natural in society is constructed, our understandings of these categories are made up by mainstream society and politics. We should take pride in our difference and our queerness, we should not feel that we must make ourselves normal for others in order to feel good or enough or deserving of rights. there is no normal
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Bushra (user currently living in BANGLADESH) posted for lesbian readers to the BANGLADESH country page on 24/12/2013 tagged with intersex, at the work place, lgbt families, health, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation +5
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Hey there. This is Bushra from Bangladesh. I currently live in Dhaka and I'm 19 years old. I've been working with some Bangladeshi organisations that deal with sexual minorities in Bangladesh. I myself am trying to build up an organisation that deal with only lesbians and bisexual women in Bangladesh. Our aim is to reach out to as many women we can to invite them to this group so that they can be themselves. Homosexual people are still very discriminated in this country. We are providing them a space to open themselves up, talk it out and do some social work as safely as possible.

I hope ILGA and other Bangladeshi fellows will appreciate our/my work and maybe a part of it.
Take good care all.

If you wanna contact me then mail me at cosmicrayotc@yahoo.com
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ali (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers to the YEMEN country page on 18/12/2013 tagged with intersex, at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, sexual orientation, illegality of male to male relationships
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I am a gay I am 25 years
from yemen

i cant walk or talk with any one ,
In my community and my family want me sanish
I can not get any chance to work .. I can not walk in the street
my community treats me racist
My family want to get rid of me
Dealing with the community and my family is very difficult
I was working Internet Marketing But my brother made them package me He does not want me get the money
Two years ago, I went to another city , I worked in a hotel receptionist , the work was good .
Two months later, a man from my city ,He told them about me.
I can not continue because of harassment from employees and management.
I Quit
if i want go to the market , everyone look up and down at me ,, i can not stay 5 minutes in the market or Any public place.
,Always thinking Run away to anywhere no one knows me
They want me to commit suicide .. But I do not want .. Also I can not live
in the home They do not let me sleep and They tortured me psychological torture
In fact, I do not feel I am a human ,They look to me as a metamorphosis or a freak
my family treat me As a person stinking and some time as a slave
I'm scared to death , from my family , every day i thinking what they will do in the next day.
they torment me
I suffer from psychological problems.
i want runaway
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Hi,

I'm really sorry to ear that things from a human.
Not because you're gay, but because your family is really egoist and stupid, ignorant in front of the fact that you love someone of your same-sex. I know (if I don't know wrong) in YEMEN it's illegal and it's punish with the death to have an "act against nature".

Really, I don't know what you're feeling in this moment, but don't realize the dream of your family. Don't kill yourself. You're beatiful and law, family or parents can't make you worst. You are a person, a beatiful persone like anyone else. Move to another country and fight for yours, because in YEMEN I think it's impossibile to... fight, or something else. I don't know, but don' kill yourself, continue to hope, and think positive. You can make the difference. You can move foward in all of these negative thing. YOU ARE BETTER THAN THEM. Don't do they're crazy suggesting crap.

Bye, It gets Better,
Giorgio
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Giorgio (user currently living in ITALY) posted for gay readers to the ITALY country page on 16/12/2013 tagged with tourism, hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, laws and leadership , illegality of female to female relationships, illegality of male to male relationships +5
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Hi everyone!

Today I'm not here for review the situation of LGBTQI law in Italy, or prejudice, or discrimination. I'm here only for give you some information about the crap of the actual law process.

At the Governament, we approved a racist and homophic law, when we discuss about an anti-homopobhic law! That's crazy! Only for tutelate an ipotetic "opinion", for our 21 code of the Costitution.
Anyway, nobody want this law, because it's eterophobic too, so that will never pass to the next step of the organization of the law in Italy. I'm sure of that.

I'm 15 and I fight every day for our rights. Human rights. I think that's important a law, but it's important to change the human minds. The human rights it's not an opinion and it isn't an expression or something. It's a crime. A human crime. A crime about the entire world. Because I'm impressed to see about the country with the "mortal law". WHAT?! You kill someone because it's different to you and because he love someone? You are juest crazy!

So, I hope India won't come back to up 148 years. And I hope Russia will improve the intelligence of it's Premier (Putin) and will be a better place for every human in this planet.

I hope. I hope everything. I wish one day, in the world, there will not be enough ignorant and racist people to construct a culture around hate and dicrimination. I wish, one day, the entire world will be just more human, and less criminal.

Bye,
Giorgio, Turin; Italy
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Ozz (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers to the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES country page on 03/11/2013 tagged with health, sexual orientation
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I am a 34 yr old Lesbian who is currently deployed and serving onboard one of our US Navy vessels. On my recent visit to the U.A.E I experienced no signs of harassment while touring the city of Dubai as part of a scheduled port call. Am a proud butch and LGBT member who wears baggy clothing and a short military fade haircut but other than a curious Bangladeshi man who knew not what a Lesbian was about, had a great time. Dubai is a bustling metropolis would seem like which brings in millions every year, who come in for Sun, fun and shopping well as a touch of the exotic, and Dubai delivers.
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ben (user currently living in NIGERIA) posted for straight readers to the NIGERIA country page on 13/08/2013 tagged with at the work place, health +4
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My personal opinion is that same sex affair is a health sickness that need medical research on ways to correct it. This is the fact no animal is no to pratice it. It is a simple logic.Rather promote it, i would suggest we direct our efforts on medical research on ways to address this cronic diseses and terrible disese.Thank you.
ben.
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Of course sexuality issues are very controversial in Colombia as in any other country. Of course religious groups and some conservative parties speak against same-sex relationships. Nevertheless, the law protects lgbt people from discrimination in Colombia, they are allowed in the military, couples can get married since June 2013, and there are even transgender people in relevant positions in the academy, politics and media. Gay life is vibrant in big cities and Bogota has the biggest Gay Nightclub in Latin America. I lived in the UK and although people are more open to the subject culturally, I didn't feel much more protection from the institutions, except from the obvious European-welfare practicalities that apply to all population. In fact, when I was in London, it was not legal in either country for same-sex couples to marry, there are common issues at the level of prostitution and informal surgery, and I was surprised to see there is no sexual education in British schools (Parliament is to blame) and some teenagers don't even know condoms prevent HIV (I volunteered at a very relevant NGO and researched about protection for LGBT minors in the UK). That being said, of course gay life is more prolific, stylish and fun in London than in Bogotรก, but we are far from what is happening in Russia at least.
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Making LemonAIDS Foundation (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 25/07/2013 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights, armed forces +4
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HIV-Negative AIDS: Is it CFS, GWS, or AIDS?

Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

- Chapter 33 of Hillary Johnson's: Osler's Web: Inside the Labyrinth of the CFS Epidemic is "HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS."

- Neenyah Ostrom's book "America's Biggest Cover-up: 50 More Things...CFS & Its Link To AIDS" cites: "Some CFS Patients May Be Non-HIV AIDS Cases."

- Dr. Lorraine Day was on Riley's THE POWER HOUR (9/24/12): "...HIV-Negative AIDS cases falsely reported and treated as CFS cases may be one of the biggest cover-ups we have seen."

- In 1992 "...Newsweek made an even more shocking announcement: that CFS researcher Dr. Paul Cheney had in his practice 20 CFS patients who had the same immune system deficiencies as the NON-HIV AIDS cases revealed at the Amsterdam conference."

- Dr. Judy Mikovits stated on In Short Order Interview (11/04/12) about CFS & Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME): "â&euro;Śconsider this as NON HIV AIDS."

- NON HIV AIDS has been censored from mainstream media since 1992 (i.e., suspiciously, the same year that the *very mysterious* Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) started to present).

Will GWS, CFS or AIDS ever make any progress unless we acknowledge these horrific facts?

My case goes up through the NIH, CDC, White House, WHO, to the UN. I testified federally in Washington-DC, and am published 16 times on 4 continents (including BEST GAY NEWS, PFLAG, & FUSE MAGAZINE).

E.g., www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.html

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too (e.g., write a story, add to your e*Newsletter and/or post on Facebook/Twitter).

In the fight for humanity,
k


My life with NON HIV AIDS (including my federal testimony):

www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com


Or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"
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lemonfoundation (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 15/07/2013 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights, armed forces
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HIV-Negative AIDS: Is it CFS, GWS, or AIDS?

Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

- Chapter 33 of Hillary Johnson's: Osler's Web: Inside the Labyrinth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Epidemic is "HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS."

- Neenyah Ostrom's book "America's Biggest Cover-up: 50 More Things...CFS & Its Link To AIDS" cites: "Some CFS Patients May Be Non-HIV AIDS Cases."

- Dr. Lorraine Day was on Joyce Riley's THE POWER HOUR news segment (9/24/12) entitled: "...HIV-Negative AIDS cases falsely reported and treated as CFS cases may be one of the biggest cover-ups we have seen."

- In 1992 "...Newsweek made an even more shocking announcement: that CFS researcher Dr. Paul Cheney had in his practice 20 CFS patients who had the same immune system deficiencies as the NON-HIV AIDS cases revealed at the Amsterdam conference."

- Dr. Judy Mikovits stated on the In Short Order Radio Interview (11/04/12) about CFS & Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME): "You could consider this as NON HIV AIDS."

- The topic of NON HIV AIDS has been censored from mainstream media since 1992 (i.e., suspiciously enough, the same year that the *very mysterious* Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) started to present itself).

Will GWS, CFS or AIDS ever make any progress unless we acknowledge these horrific facts?

My case goes up through the White House, NIH, CDC, WHO, to the United Nations. I recently testified federally in Washington-DC, and have been published 16 times on 4 continents.

For example:

http://www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.html

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too (e.g., write a story, add to your e*Newsletter and/or post on Facebook/Twitter).

In the fight for humanity,
k


My life with NON HIV AIDS (including my federal testimony):

www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com


Or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"
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Helge (user currently living in NORWAY) posted for gay transgender readers to the NORWAY country page on 26/05/2013 tagged with health
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Yes -I've been exposed to terrible discrimination and violence in Norway !In fact for several years.Even if this goes way back (2- 3-4-5-decades), IT has ruined much of my life.Violence from gangs in the street, from police, from the educational system etc etc. IT WAS HELL !!!
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lemonfoundation (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the SWEDEN country page on 08/05/2013 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights, laws and leadership , armed forces +5
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Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

My case goes up through the White House, NIH, CDC, WHO, to the United Nations. I recently testified on a federal-level in Washington, DC, and have been published 12 times on 4 continents.

UK PROGRESSIVE published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS. This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992 (i.e., circa Gulf War I).

www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.html

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too (e.g., write a story, add to your e*Newsletter and/or post on Facebook/Twitter).

In the fight for humanity,
k



My life with NON HIV AIDS (including my federal testimony):

www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com


Or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"
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Rainbow Ethiopia LGBTI Human Rights, Outreach HIV/AIDS and Psycho-social Support Services (user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the ETHIOPIA country page on 28/04/2013 tagged with intersex, hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , gender identity, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships, illegality of male to male relationships +4
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Ethiopian LGBTs need help to halt abuses

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Rainbow Ethiopia

Ethiopia has one of the world’s most restrictive laws governing attempts to protect the rights and health of women, children, LGBT people, the sick and the disabled.

As a result, those people’s rights and health are endangered, and too little is being done to change that.

A law called the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) 621/2009 bans any advocacy and human rights work seeking to end violence against women and children or to promote the rights of people with disabilities, people living with HIV, or other marginalized populations.

Further, grassroots organizations and front-line activists working for the rights and sexual health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ethiopia are in danger both because of CSP 621/2009 and because of anti-homosexuality Proclamation No. 414/2004.2012, which provides for prison sentences of up to 15 years for consensual same-sex sexual activity.

As a result, little progress has been made in suppressing violence against LGBT individuals, which is inflicted both by police and by mobs. LGBT people tend to keep their sexual orientation a secret to avoid arrest and social stigma. LGBT activists fear for their safety, because a number of them have been detained, interrogated and tortured.

The U.S. and other countries don’t do enough to push for an end to such violations. Although they know that change is needed, they don’t make it a priority. Every year the U.S. State Department copies and pastes the same two paragraphs in its Ethiopian Human Rights Report under the heading “Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” This is the wording from the newly released 2012 report:

Consensual same-sex sexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment under the law. There were some reports of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals; reporting was limited due to fear of retribution, discrimination, or stigmatization. Persons did not identify themselves as LGBT persons due to severe societal stigma and the illegality of consensual same-sex sexual activity. Activists in the LGBT community stated they were followed and at times feared for their safety. There were periodic detainments of some in the LGBT community, combined with interrogation and alleged physical abuse.

The AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa reported the majority of self-identified gay and lesbian callers, the majority of whom were male, requested assistance in changing their behavior to avoid discrimination. Many gay men reported anxiety, confusion, identity crises, depression, self-ostracism, religious conflict, and suicide attempts.


Ethiopia’s location in East Africa

A first step toward would be for the U.S. embassy and U.S. human rights missions in the country to work closely with local LGBT activists and community leaders to flesh out the 2013 report. It’s important to record the specifics about the degrading and so-far-unreported human rights violations that Ethiopian people experience on the basis of their sexual identity and gender orientation.

A similar shortcoming applies to the U.K.’s 2012 Human Rights and Democracy Report, which mentions nothing about the human rights abuses targeted at LGBT people in Ethiopia.

Along the same lines, a conference of African Union health ministers is being held this week in Addis Ababa to discuss ways to combat the continent’s diseases. The pressing issue of LGBT people and HIV in Africa is not in their agenda.

It’s not because the foreign governments don’t know what’s going on. HIV activists and LGBT human right workers continually report incidents of social justice and human rights abuses to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The hope is that international organizations such as those will investigate and work with the Ethiopian government to address the issue.

For more information visit our website:

http://www.rainbow-ethiopia.org/
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Rainbow Ethiopia LGBTI Human Rights, Outreach HIV/AIDS and Psycho-social Support Services (user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the ETHIOPIA country page on 28/04/2013 tagged with intersex, hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , gender identity, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships, illegality of male to male relationships +0
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Ethiopian LGBTs need help to halt abuses

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Rainbow Ethiopia

Ethiopia has one of the world’s most restrictive laws governing attempts to protect the rights and health of women, children, LGBT people, the sick and the disabled.

As a result, those people’s rights and health are endangered, and too little is being done to change that.

A law called the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) 621/2009 bans any advocacy and human rights work seeking to end violence against women and children or to promote the rights of people with disabilities, people living with HIV, or other marginalized populations.

Further, grassroots organizations and front-line activists working for the rights and sexual health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ethiopia are in danger both because of CSP 621/2009 and because of anti-homosexuality Proclamation No. 414/2004.2012, which provides for prison sentences of up to 15 years for consensual same-sex sexual activity.

As a result, little progress has been made in suppressing violence against LGBT individuals, which is inflicted both by police and by mobs. LGBT people tend to keep their sexual orientation a secret to avoid arrest and social stigma. LGBT activists fear for their safety, because a number of them have been detained, interrogated and tortured.

The U.S. and other countries don’t do enough to push for an end to such violations. Although they know that change is needed, they don’t make it a priority. Every year the U.S. State Department copies and pastes the same two paragraphs in its Ethiopian Human Rights Report under the heading “Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” This is the wording from the newly released 2012 report:

Consensual same-sex sexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment under the law. There were some reports of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals; reporting was limited due to fear of retribution, discrimination, or stigmatization. Persons did not identify themselves as LGBT persons due to severe societal stigma and the illegality of consensual same-sex sexual activity. Activists in the LGBT community stated they were followed and at times feared for their safety. There were periodic detainments of some in the LGBT community, combined with interrogation and alleged physical abuse.

The AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa reported the majority of self-identified gay and lesbian callers, the majority of whom were male, requested assistance in changing their behavior to avoid discrimination. Many gay men reported anxiety, confusion, identity crises, depression, self-ostracism, religious conflict, and suicide attempts.


Ethiopia’s location in East Africa

A first step toward would be for the U.S. embassy and U.S. human rights missions in the country to work closely with local LGBT activists and community leaders to flesh out the 2013 report. It’s important to record the specifics about the degrading and so-far-unreported human rights violations that Ethiopian people experience on the basis of their sexual identity and gender orientation.

A similar shortcoming applies to the U.K.’s 2012 Human Rights and Democracy Report, which mentions nothing about the human rights abuses targeted at LGBT people in Ethiopia.

Along the same lines, a conference of African Union health ministers is being held this week in Addis Ababa to discuss ways to combat the continent’s diseases. The pressing issue of LGBT people and HIV in Africa is not in their agenda.

It’s not because the foreign governments don’t know what’s going on. HIV activists and LGBT human right workers continually report incidents of social justice and human rights abuses to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The hope is that international organizations such as those will investigate and work with the Ethiopian government to address the issue.

For more information visit our website:

http://www.rainbow-ethiopia.org/
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lemonfoundation (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 26/04/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, armed forces
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Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

My case goes up through the White House, NIH, CDC, WHO, to the United Nations. I recently testified on a federal-level in Washington, DC, and have been published 12 times on 4 continents.

UK PROGRESSIVE published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS. This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992 (i.e., circa Gulf War I).

www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.html

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too (e.g., write a story, add to your e*Newsletter and/or post on Facebook/Twitter).

In the fight for humanity,
k


My life with NON HIV AIDS (including my federal testimony):

www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com

Or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"


My federal testimony about NON HIV AIDS from a recent CFS/ME advisory committee meeting (Washington, DC via conference call) posted (5 minutes):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubjGm5dILpY&list;=PL600CB038194B4593&index;=11&feature;=plpp_video
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Moira Anne MacLachlan (user currently living in CANADA) posted for intersex readers to the CANADA country page on 24/03/2013 tagged with intersex, lgbt families, hate crime and violence prevention, health, gender identity, human rights
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I am in process of sorting out some rather complicated info about my past, I came across some records (surgical) of mine that refer to some info that is typical to males, I am female (though these surgeries where when I was very young) and a mother of one (biological was pregnant and carried to term) Both myself and my daughter have some pretty big health issues in terms of my pelvic formation and my daughter has some issues that appear to have started in utero as a result of my shape, I delivered naturally (with epidural freezing) and the birth was quite traumatic for both of us, we have had very little success with doctors, and family disclosing information or solutions. I am feeling like we need to have the support of a community of people that not only understand more on this subject, but can offer suggestions of where to find good people who can and will help, with legal, medical advocacy.
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non hiv aids? (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 02/03/2013 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights, armed forces
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HIV-Negative AIDS: CFIDS or AIDS?

Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

BEST GAY NEWS published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS.

This marked itâ&euro;&trade;s 12th publication on 4 continents. This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992.

www.bestgaynewsmagazine.com/2013/02/17/hiv-negative-aids-disease-vs-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.aspx?ref=rss

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too (e.g., write a story, add to your e*Newsletter and/or post on Facebook/Twitter).

In the fight for humanity,
k


Or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"
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ILGA is an education in homofascism. ILGA discriminates against people based on sexual orientation - the ultimate hypocrisy. ILGA sucks.
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Akber Rizvi (user currently living in PAKISTAN) posted for gay transgender bisexual readers to the BRAZIL country page in response to this story on 27/01/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids
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please let me know more if i can apply for asylum anywhere as soon as possible. me and my boyfriend and my colleague are not safe. pls email me on akber_rizvi@yahoo.com
we are working here in MSM-CBO (those male who have sex with male-community based organization, for HIV/AIDS and STIs prevention with GFATM.
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Dominic Davies (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UNITED KINGDOM country page on 23/01/2013 tagged with lgbt families, health, gender identity, sexual orientation
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International Summer School
In July 2013, We are going to be running for the 4th year, our International Summer School 8-13th July 2013. In previous years we've had people from Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Eire, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, USA.

The five day non-residential course will be held in central London and is aimed at counsellors and psychologists and others engaged in mental health support work across the world who wish to update themselves in contemporary thinking around work with LGBT people.

Places are strictly limited and early application is advised as we expect this course to be filled up quickly. We welcome people of all genders and sexual orientations from across the World.

Full details are on our website http://www.pinktherapy.com/Training/tabid/82/ctl/ViewCourse/mid/422/CourseId/118/language/en-GB/Default.aspx

Pink Therapy is the UK's largest independent specialist therapy training organisation and has been running for 14 years. Our website hosts the Directory of Pink Therapists an online database of LGBT friendly counsellors/psychotherapists. We welcome therapists overseas who wish to list their practices advertising with us. We also have an extensive KNOWLEDGE base of recommended books and articles. and an International Library of some of our most recent papers have been translated by a team of volunteers into most of the world's major languages and you can download them for free here:
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Diana (user currently living in ZIMBABWE) posted for lesbian readers to the ZIMBABWE country page on 14/01/2013 tagged with lgbt families, hate crime and violence prevention, health, sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships
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Though law does not expressly condone same sex marriage and/or relationships between women, it does expressly make it illegal for men and have also been used on a couple of occasions to harass lesbians in Zimbabwe. It is usually used as a political campaigning tool by politicians, despite the fact that a lot of politicians are in fact gay. a number of times people have been victimised for being lesbians and deemed worse that commercial sex workers. Families force women into marriage because they fear being in turn victimised by society for harbouring gay people or merely being related to lesbians. A number of women have been displaced from home and have often been left stranded by families who have found out about their sexuality and unfortunately some have turned into sex workers for survival. a lot have not been trained, educated or supported by family and the society at large for being gay and some even lost their jobs. Because there is no law protecting lesbians, there is no protection against such harassment and person embarassment. i was arrested, beaten, lost my job, and family threw me out after finding out about my sexuality.
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Sara (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for straight readers to the SAUDI ARABIA country page in response to this story on 01/01/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, marriage / civil unions +0
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COULD GAYS snd LESBIANS MARRY EACHOTHER? they could fool everyone this way but still get to live their lives. It is not fair for gays and lesbians that just quietly want to live their lives. If marriage must be forced, could a gay man make an arrangement with a lesbian to get married and tell his family they will marry. Then the husband and wife can openly allow their gay and lesbian 'friends' come and stay at their home. This seems like a nice solution to get the constraints of society off their backs.
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Sorry for my bad English. There are violations of LGBT rights in Serbia. Anti-Discrimination law are fictitious. LGBT people suffer psyche violence in their family in school, college,university, job. Psychiatrist not accept a fact that homosexuality is no longer considered a form of mental illness. Students at the university (university of psychology, sociology, law) books learn that homosexuals are delinquents, disrupted, sick. Academic professor they have "Doctor of Science" title, lecture their students that homosexuality IS MENTAL ILL.
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(user currently living in PAKISTAN) posted for readers to the PAKISTAN country page on 24/11/2012 tagged with health +24
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My Sexuality Dilema: Your Opinion And Advice Sought!!

I'm 34 years old. Since the age of 11 or 12, I have had a rather peculiar condition as regards my sexuality:



Instead of feeling sexually attracted toward the women, I feel attraction toward men aged a lot higher than myself. My desire is always to feel and explore their body--bosom and genitalia --, exchanging hugs and kisses and sharing their bed, BUT I NEVER FEEL ANY URGE FOR ANAL SEX -- whether be acting as top or bottom, nor do I have any lust for nudity. All I seek is a close contact with an aged person of my erotic liking, and that causes me to ejaculate.



In almost all of my sexual fantacies and dreams, I find myself enjoying an expereince of this sort or being wishful of being such and such a person's wife, or female sexual partner.



I once even had sex with a women so as to give myself the taste of the feeling so I could get my sexuality straightened. but the condition still remains despite that and the fact that I don't have -- and haven't had -- any male companion to cater to my desire.



I'm nowadays studying at a university, in an open and free co-education environment, where the males and the females freely intermingle, but, while I do enjoy talking to my female peers here, the only sexual urge I have ever felt during my three year stay here has been toward the male aged people that I have come into contact with -- among them three faculty members (with ages nearly 63, 66, and 77, respectively), the directors of hostels and of messing (both aged around 60), and a hostel caretaker (aged 61), for instance.


Last year in May, I had my first-ever free encounter with an aged person, a 63-year-old New Yorker gay, which I really enjoyed, but have never had any such opportunity despite many attempts on my part.



Since then, I've been visiting the most senior and aged professor of mine, who lives on campus all alone, his family being settled in Australia. I've tried many times to tacitly invite him to indulge in erotic acts and have noticed that he although he's taken the hints and perhaps would even like to accept the offer, but for fear of his repute!!



In the past, I've tried with several other aged people to entice them into the amorous activity, but have had very little success. The other person would sometimes not take the hint at all; sometimes tacitly ignore or even indulge; and once or twice even explicitly rebuke me.



In the above paragraph I've tried my best to describe accurately and to the point my actual situation. Please feel free, however, to ask any questions to enable you to get to the heart of the matter. I hope you could give me some good and well-thought-out advice on how best I can cope with my condition.


I would be really grateful if you can help me overcome this condition and be able to lead a normal sexually straight life.



Regards.

Saaqib Mahmood

Abbottabad,

Pakistan
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boston (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 15/11/2012 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights, laws and leadership
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BEST GAY NEWS Magazine published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS. This marks itâ&euro;&trade;s 7th publication. This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992.

www.bestgaynewsmagazine.com/2012/03/03/hiv-negative-aids----what-is-it.aspx

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too.

In the fight for humanity,
k

My life with NON HIV AIDS (including my 5-minute federal testimony):

www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com


Or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"
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Roland (user currently living in GUYANA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual straight readers to the GUYANA country page on 12/11/2012 tagged with at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, sexual orientation, religion
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well i dont tell long stories im 28yrs.got in a Fight with my boss becaiuse she wanted to pay me ne to nothing coz according to her gay people should be glad they getting a job. i cant go to the police for that. 2. trying to access public tranport. wow. ive been pleted with bottles many times and recently as well just for being at the park to catch the buss to go home and the moile police outpost is right their and the guy the police man just came out and close his door. i figure coz he realize im gay being the people are ccreaming our burn battiman. 3. its rediculas to get health care in guyana when u r gay. first they dont want to look at you and then when you turns comes which is way after they arrast you. 4.human rights is not even a issue in guyana when it should be.5. im a gay male and Guyana had scuccesslly made me know that im a outcast. thanks Guyana.6. I was a christian un till i was trown out o my church they should e somthing that monitors that coz it has had a real impack on my social life. who is to e heald responcible? but then again im gay, its my fault
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(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 03/11/2012 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights
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BEST GAY NEWS Magazine published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS.

This marks itâ&euro;&trade;s 7th publication.

This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992.

http://bestgaynewsmagazine.com/2012/03/03/hiv-negative-aids----what-is-it.aspx

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too.

In the fight for humanity,
k
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amigo (user currently living in LEBANON) posted for readers to the LEBANON country page on 02/11/2012 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights, religion
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i am palestinian gay guy who live in lebanon beirut and looking for orgnization in lebanon or out of lebanon for lgbt rights i have healthy case hiv+ and cant get any ealth insurance or any help and my parents they dont know about that cuz i will be in bad stiuation if anybody have idea for help plz conact me at this email amigo_ss_23@hotmail.com
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Speaker Kadaga promises to revive shelved gay Bill

The Speaker’s promise follows her experience in Canada, where foreign officials asked her to block the bill.


Entebbe

Days after her defence against a Canadian minister’s attacks on Uganda over homosexuality, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has promised to expedite the debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Ms Kadaga made the assurance while addressing religious leaders and journalists at Entebbe International Airport on Monday. “They said I should stop the debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill but I assured them there is no way I can block a private members Bill,” she said.

At the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Quebec, Canada, Ms Kadaga was involved in an altercation with that country’s Foreign Affairs minister, Mr John Baird, after the latter accused Uganda of trampling on human rights.

The accusation saw Ms Kadaga tell the minister to stick to the day’s theme and respect Uganda’s sovereignty. “I will not accept to be intimidated or directed by any government in the world on matters of homosexuality,” she said, adding that she was not aware she was speaking for many people in the world, some of whom were in the conference.

“I was surprised when colleagues came and thanked me saying that’s what they have always wanted to say but they had never gotten the courage to. That when it came to me that I had spoken for the whole of Africa, for the Arab world and Asians,” she said.

The welcome ceremony and press briefing was organised by religious leaders, former Ethics and Integrity Minister Nsaba Buturo and the mover of the Bill, Mr David Bahati, all of whom are pushing for the enactment of the anti-homosexuality Bill.

A large procession comprising members of different Pentecostal churches, Makerere University students and boda boda cyclists camped at the airport from 10am to after midnight when Ms Kadaga emerged to greet them as they ululated and waved placards appreciating her boldness in Canada.

“You are our saviour, we want the bill now,” one of the placards read.
Pastor Michael Were, who spoke on behalf of the religious leaders, called on other national leaders to follow Ms Kadaga’s footsteps for the sake of the country’s culture and traditions.

Asked whether she was not mindful of Uganda being denied aid and her being denied entry visas to pro-gay countries, Ms Kadaga said such countries were welcome to keep their aid and visas.
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Sara (user currently living in KUWAIT) posted for lesbian readers to the KUWAIT country page on 23/10/2012 tagged with lgbt families, health, human rights, laws and leadership , religion, illegality of female to female relationships, illegality of male to male relationships
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i wish that the LGBT community come to our country (Kuwait) bec. we really need help and we need some people to understand us bec. we're being hated by our friends and family and goverment and everyone when we tell them the truth and we can't show our love relationship to the people that's why we're keep hiding our true feeling so we can live a nice life with people around us !
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My name is Yangfa, & I've put together a collection of real-life stories from LGBT people in Singapore.

It's called "I Will Survive: Personal gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender stories in Singapore".

I'd like to invite you to know a bit more about Singapore and the stories of some of the LGBT communities here, through the website:

http://iwillsurvivesg.wordpress.com/

Take care,
LEOW Yangfa
Editor, I Will Survive
Singapore
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Cleo Xulaye (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for transgender intersex readers to the UGANDA country page on 29/07/2012 tagged with health, gender identity, sexual orientation
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This Sunday, a burning concern from urs trully: It’s so depressing having to live behind the smoke screen of another person, seein’ him take over your physical features bit by bit till you are completely lost and cannot see yourself any more. Growing up, I had many a suicidal thoughts, as every moment that passed I came to see, more and more these hard masculine features of this pubescent boy…while the tender supple skin, curvaceous body and beautiful face of the gurl in me, receded behind the curtains only to arise and shine over tones of make-up..I curse the day I told ma mom about ma boobs, stupidly thinking it was cancer, and I was gonna die..i wish I knew then, like I know now that the hormones they were giving me were actually testosterone and they would destroy Cleo….the gurl in me…Am sorry Cleo..sorry for the ignorance in me, sorry that I did not know a better way, sorry that I did not try had enough to save you…It’s a miracle that you have survived this all, scars and wounds notwithstanding, it’s a miracle that you still smile and giggle when you come…But even then, I cannot say that for all my trans brothers and sisters still locked up in bodies of other people….they walk around taunted by the thought of what could have been if only they could let that gurl or boy out…Working with the Trans Supporrt Initiative Uganda I’ve seen many trans people, lost, depressed, praying that, that beard won’t come, that those boobs would just disappear…..it’s a painful reality. That some of us will actually make it, we are surely uncertain of….But having lived through this nightmare and survived it with the few feminine features lurking, am worried, that even those will disappear. Ma heart goes out to all ma trans bro’s and sisters who
are struggling to unmask that gurl or boy in them, ma heart bleeds even more for ma teenage trans brother and sisters who right now are probably having suicidal thoughts, and hating themselves, and ignorant of the other way...a better way…a solution that even if they knew of they may be wouldn’t afford. Heed the words of my cry if you may…Our brother and sisters in Uganda need hormonal replacement therapy, so that they can live better lives... lives with confidence, self esteem, and vitality to face the ever growing transphobia around them…Heed this cry if you may….understand us…save us..we need you..for now we are here, we do not know for how long? But as long if you hear my cry from this deep abyss...answer this our prayer...
follow me on ma facebook cleo xulaye if you are interested in helping out
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Mykl (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual straight readers to the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA country page on 15/06/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion +4
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From September 2001 to July 2005, I lived in Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) working for an international organization. I lived in both Sarajevo and Banja Luka. I traveled throughout Bosnia Herzegovina as well as to other parts of the former Yugoslavia -- Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.
In Sarajevo I worked with the local LGBT group.
LGBTs in BiH are very closeted because society is very homophobic regardless of religion (atheist, Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, etc). All of the LGBTs I knew/know in BiH fear that if their family finds out about their sexual orientation/behavior that they will be disowned. Some lesbians are more open than others (gays, bisexuals, transgender).
A male homosexual I know has been repeatedly physically attacked in Banja Luka because he is suspected of being gay. The police will not assist or protect him or punish the perpetrators.
Discrimination against LGBTs is prevalent, widespread, and accepted. Any laws regarding prohibiting discrimination against LGBTs exist only on paper in order to impress the international community, and are not respected or enforced.
I have been told that many (most?) gay men in BiH do not use condoms because they cannot afford to buy condoms.
LGBTs in BiH live a very limited and precarious existence. Given the prevalence of violence and discrimination, LGBTs from BiH should be allowed asylum in other countries. LGBTs cannot live a normal, safe, productive, full life in BiH.
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LaG (user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for gay readers to the ETHIOPIA country page on 11/05/2012 tagged with health, hiv/aids , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +15
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Ethiopia is one of the 38 African countries where Homosexuality is illegal. According to the 2007 Global attitude research done by Pew Research Center Project, 97percent of Ethiopians strongly consider Homosexuality as a serious of violation of morality. According to article 629 of the criminal code

"whoever perform with another person of the same sex a homosexuality act or any other indecent act, is punishable with simple imprisonment".

According to this article homosexuality is punishable even it is done by two parties with consent or agreement.The penalties for being engaged in homosexual act ranges from 3 years up to 15 years imprisonment.







Beside our criminal law that bans us, we always face stigma and discrimination from the society and often discouraged and being marginalized from getting different services. As a result we are vulnerable than other part of society because of discouragement we face from health workers and society to get health services and existence of conservative social values.





In Ethiopia the fundamental human rights that are inherent, universal and acquired by virtue of humanity are being violated because of our sexual orientation that was personal. Right to access health services, right to speech, work, association and basic human rights are still denied.





Their is no single organization that is engaged to provide human right and HIV prevention information to us. Different governmental and non governmental organizations are trying to create awareness on HIV and STI but none of them are working to the very at risk and vulnerable community of LGTB. They are extremely or totally ignoring us from any health services.





Why we hide it?



Stigma : Social stigma and discrimination driven homosexuality in to virtue of hiding. For fear of social discrimination and arrest, members avoid who they are. They hide their sexual orientation even to their parents in fear of exclusions from their family and neighborhood. Most of the time, older gays have large families, to be perceived as a straight in the view of the rest society.



Homosexuality is a taboo and most of the citizens perceived it as un existed. Coming out and expressing our selves as LGTB has its own social consequences, from a little threat and discrimination to death.





On January 27/2009, there was a call from religious leaders, including Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, Protestants and Islam, to force the government to adopt a more strong law against LGTB’s. They are seeking to ban and end homosexuality, which they think “an evil of westerns” and “immoral/ abnormal act”, by amending harsh rule.





On the meeting Abuna Paulos-The head for Orthodox Church of Ethiopia as well as the world-said"This is something very strange in Ethiopia, the Bible condemns this very strongly. For people to act in this manner they have to be dumb, stupid like animals," he continued "We strongly condemn this behavior. They have to be disciplined and their acts must be discriminated, they have to be given a lesson."





There was a high public violence against the 16th ICASA conference held in Ethiopia. AMSHeR meetings were disrupted when a group of religious leaders called for a press conference to denounce the purported ‘gay meetings’ that was planned at Jupiter hotel. The AMSHeR meeting is altered from Jupiter hotel to the UN conference hall as a result of the public violence happened in Addis Ababa.





Fear of LAW: - as stated earlier the criminal law of Ethiopia bans homosexuality. The criminalization of homosexuality by the law of the land prohibits the community from getting different health services which increases their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other STI. Peoples are leading bleak indeed life.
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(user currently living in PUERTO RICO) posted for gay transgender readers to the PUERTO RICO country page on 30/04/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, gender identity, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation
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SOPHIA ISABEL
LEY vs POLITICA
Ponencia preparada para una de las reuniones del Comité Anti Discrimen, Departamento de Justicia, PR.

"Las agresiones en contra de personas Trans van desde las sicológicas: desprecio, rechazo, bromas, hasta las violentas: agresiones verbales/físicas, golpes, heridas y en los casos más violentos la muerte. Pero lo mas sorprendente son las “no agresiones” que reciben de las estructuras sociales y gubernamentales".

En un intento fútil y apresurado. Luego de haber realizado una rápida lectura sobre Crímenes de Odio. Me detuve a organizar mis pensamientos y comencé a meditar sobre los argumentos del Estado para no aplicar el agravante de Crímenes de Odio. En el caso de Alejandro Torres Torres, hombre homosexual de 30 años apuñalado en Ponce. El Capitán Pérez descarta el ángulo de Crimen de Odio, por entender que el simple hecho de que este individuo dormía ocasionalmente en la residencia de la víctima, es indicio suficiente para determinar que entre ellos existía una amistad, obviando el hecho de que una relación ocasional y casual entre dos personas no necesariamente implica una amistad. Más preocupante son las implicaciones de que este tipo de relaciones no contengan ningún tipo de prejuicio en contra de la víctima. Esas expresiones podrían considerarse una motivación de prejuicio en contra de la víctima por parte de este funcionario público. En este caso, el hecho de que el agresor se hubiese marchado con varias pertenecías de la victima fue la posible motivación de este horrendo crimen. Algo similar sucedió en el caso de la mujer trans Ashley Ocasio Santiago, sin tomar en consideración que aparentemente Ashley estuvo de rodillas en el momento en que recibe el único impacto de bala que la causo la muerte instantánea. La intensidad de la agresión, la forma en que se infligen las heridas y/o los lugares particulares donde impactan las balas, penetran las armas blancas y/o se dan los golpes con objetos contundentes, tales como bates, palos de Golf, entre otros, tampoco son suficientes para que estos incidentes violentes, agresiones o asesinatos, puedan ser considerados como incidentes motivados por el prejuicio en contra de las víctimas.
En el caso del último asesinato reportado en la pda. 18 de una mujer trans, los impactos de bala fueron dos, uno en el pecho y a quema ropa prácticamente. La razón para descartar el ángulo de un posible incidente motivado por el prejuicio en este caso, es que la víctima se estaba prostituyendo, como si la orientación sexual, identidad de género o la actividad “Inmoral” fuesen suficientes para matar a cualquiera. Eso fue lo que no le permitió a la fiscal Carrasquillo, someter el agravante de Crimen de Odio en el caso de la muerte de Jorge Steven López Mercado. Para esta fiscal no fue suficiente la forma en infligieron las heridas de Arma Blanca. No fue suficiente la forma en que intentaron quemar su cuerpo. No fue suficiente la forma en que descuartizaron su cuerpo. Ni muchos menos la forma en que distribuyeron perfectamente sus pedazos al momento de dejarlos abandonados en el paraje solitario de Guavate. La precisión con que se descuartizo su cuerpo, según la fiscal, se debió a la destreza de carnicero del asesino, ya que este en algún momento de su vida trabajo en una carnicería, como si fuese similar, el descuartizar un ser humano que un animal. Claro en este caso ese Ser humano era una joven Trans que fue recogido en un área de trabajo sexual en Caguas. La forma en que fue distribuido el cuerpo descuartizado de este joven Trans, parecían más una Oda al cuerpo descuartizado, que un abandono apresurado de aquel que comete un crimen en defensa propia y trata de huir del acto atroz motivado por la respuesta al instinto básico de la supervivencia. La quema del cuerpo fue una reacción desmedida del victimario motivado por la desesperación, provocada por la necesidad de desaparecer el cuerpo. Jamás se tomo el tiempo de analizar concienzudamente ninguna de estos elementos, que a la luz de la consciencia social eran más que suficiente para considerar este y todos los casos anteriormente expuestos, como incidentes motivados por el prejuicio.
La forma en que estos agresores logran acceso a la vida intima de sus víctimas, es el primer indicador de un posible incidente motivado por el prejuicio. La intensidad de la agresión, es el segundo indicador de este tipo de crímenes. La forma en que se infligen las heridas, y lo meticuloso de la agresión, es el tercer indicador en estos casos. Estos individuos entienden que para sus víctimas fue un honor el haber compartido sexualmente con ellos y ese honor tiene que ser pagado. En ocasiones, el pago es demasiado alto para la víctima y es en ese momento, en el que la víctima no puede o no quiere cumplir con los pagos exigidos por su agresor, que se dan este tipo de incidentes. Claro es un perfil que no responde a los perfiles incluidos en las Guías Federales, pues estas no tienen pertinencia cultural con Puerto Rico. Las motivaciones en Estados Unidos de este tipo de incidentes son totalmente diferentes a las motivaciones que se dan en Puerto Rico.
Si, reconocemos la labor de la policía que en ocasiones se ve empañada por expresiones similares a la del Capitán Pérez, en el caso del asesinato de Ponce. La continuidad con que escuchamos este tipo de expresiones por parte de miembros de la policía, en diferentes instancias, es lo que nos preocupas, pues refleja no tan solo la falta de guías y, en caso de que existan guías, refleja la falta de continuidad en los procesos de educación y sensibilización, vitales en este tipo de intervención, pues minimizan el impacto del proceso de re-victimización, lo que a su vez se convierte en un obstáculo, no tan solo de la investigación, sino de la radicación y a su vez del proceso judicial. Es una reacción en cadena que perjudica el caso que pudiese estarse llevando a cabo y los futuros casos. Es más que evidente la cooperación que las autoridades pertinentes han recibido en un sin número de ocasiones por parte de la comunidad. Pero también es evidente que cada vez es más difícil acudir a la comunidad para obtener algún tipo de información que conduzca al arresto y convicción de este tipo de agresores. Esta es la forma en que funcionarios públicos se expresan ante la prensa y muchas ocasiones antes l@s posibles testigos y/o familiares. Estas expresiones tienen un efecto dual. El primero es en las comunidades afectadas por este tipo de incidentes motivados por el prejuicio. Es con este tipo de expresiones que se desata la reacción en cadena del proceso de re-victimización y a su vez incapacita l@s posibles testigos de acercarse a las autoridades pertinentes. Estas expresiones, muy sutilmente, justifican este tipo de agresión. Claro es mucho más fácil llevar una investigación a la luz de una relación que ni la sociedad ni el Gobierno reconocen como correctas. La sociedad prejuicia, al no reconocer ninguna aportación social positiva a este tipo de relaciones y el Gobierno la invalida despojándola y/o privándola de cualquier tipo de protección legal. El efecto es aún mayor cuando el Gobierno, que posee dos herramientas jurídicas para trabajar este tipo de incidentes, no ha creado la infraestructura necesaria para implementar eficientemente ambas herramientas. El asunto es aun más grave para el Departamento de Justicia, pues no ha tenido la capacidad de utilizar estas herramientas eficientemente y no ha tenido la capacidad de proteger los derechos de sus víctimas. Las victimas tienes derechos protegidos, no tan solo por ley en Puerto Rico, sino también por la ley Federal. De hecho existe una Oficina de Asistencia a Víctimas. Claro el fraccionamiento burocrático ha provocado que esta oficina carezca de recursos para poder cumplir con su función. Entendemos los efectos de la Ley 7, entendemos la crisis fiscal que vive el país y reconocemos el trabajo que se ha hecho. Lo que no entendemos es como este tipo de actitudes y/o expresiones continúan siendo la normativa en este tipo de casos. Estas expresiones intensifican el impacto de este tipo de incidentes y al mismo tiempo ínsita al resto de la sociedad a continuar con este patrón de conducta considerándolo como correcto por el simple hecho de quien hace la expresión.
Los Crímenes de Odio deben ser considerados como la expresión criminal más compleja que hayamos enfrentado. El hecho de que son motivados por un prejuicio, no es la única característica en la que debería estar basado su procesamiento legal y es más un concepto que una definición legal. Este tipo de crímenes comprenden dos elementos. Una ofensa criminal cometida por prejuicio y este representa el primer elemento. El acto criminal de por sí; acecho físico y/o sicológico, acoso físico y/o sicológico, maltrato físico y/o sicológico, agresión verbal, física y/o sicológica, alteración a la paz, daño y/o invasión a la propiedad, amenazas y muerte, es considerado como la base del delito. No existe Crimen de Odio sin una base del delito. El segundo elemento es el prejuicio en contra de su víctima. Su único objetivo es dejar claro que la víctima, quien es elegida por lo que representa y no por quien es, no es bien vista. La opresión social, causada por la inequidad legal, es lo que propicia la exclusión, que le brinda a este tipo de agresores los elementos necesarios para identificar a sus víctimas. El grado de vulnerabilidad en el que se ven inmersas sus víctimas, determina la intensidad con que se llevan a cabo sus acciones. Es un tipo de influencia que tiene como objetivo cambiar la percepción o el comportamiento de otros a través de tácticas abusivas que pudiesen ser solapadas y engañosas, cuyo único propósito es promover los intereses del agresor a costa de su víctima. Esos métodos podrían ser considerados explotadores, abusivos, tortuosos, y/o engañoso. Es generalmente percibida como inofensiva, cuando pretende respetar el derecho de sus víctimas a través de la aceptación o el rechazo, y no es excesivamente coercitiva. Según el contexto y las motivaciones, las expresiones pueden constituir una motivación, pero no deberían determinar el crimen por si solas. El resentimiento, los celos o la simple necesidad de ser aceptados por sus pares, la repulsión u hostilidad en contra de un grupo en particular, la repulsión que le provoca la atracción hacia una persona que pertenece a un grupo excluido socialmente o simple y llanamente lo que representa socialmente su víctima son suficiente motivación para clasificar dichas acciones como Crímenes de Odio, en tanto, ambos elementos estén presentes. El Odio no es una motivación de por sí. La percepción del agresor de que su víctima no es parte de su composición social es un elemento presente no solo en sus acciones, sino también en sus expresiones. El agresor justifica sus actos basado en el patrón social de exclusión determinado por las acciones del Estado al no poseer la capacidad de demostrar lo que sustenta en la redacción e implementación de sus leyes. Esto puede verse claramente manifestado, cuando el Estado no le da validez a las declaraciones de las victimas y/o testigos y el no investigar adecuadamente la motivación por prejuicio. En casos donde la investigación es evidentemente inapropiada, los fiscales minimizan el delito a la hora de elegir los cargos y los tribunales fallan al no aplicar sentencias cónsonas con el delito y paralelamente, son síntomas de un sistema incapaz de manejar este tipo de crímenes.

“Los Crímenes de Odio son el efecto de una sociedad intolerante. Cuando el crimen es contra una víctima que pertenece a un grupo estigmatizado, la investigación se considera viciada en el momento en un representante del estado le considera culpable de la agresión. Por tanto, el Estado tiene la responsabilidad de entender la complejidad que representa este tipo de crímenes y procurar que dichas herramientas no afectan la identidad e independencia de los sectores social afectados” (Burstein, 1991).

“Evidentemente la discriminación es el problema y la misma vez la motivación. Esta dicotomía es vista como la causa, y los episodios ocasionales de violencia como un síntoma” (West, 1993).

La mera legislación no puede ser considerada como la solución, ante la complejidad que comprenden los Crímenes de Odio. Su implementación debe estar acompañada de adiestramientos dirigidos a desarrollar habilidades y aumentar el conocimiento de policías, fiscales y jueces. La recopilación de datos específicos es necesaria para poder asignar correctamente los recursos e identificar las aéreas que deberán ser reforzadas. Por lo tanto, la legislación provee una mayor conciencia y permite un mejor control, y a su vez conduce a una implementación más eficaz y mejores relaciones entre la policía y la comunidad. Esto lleva a que las comunidades participen brindando mayor información y de paso obtienen, una mejor investigación, una radicación de cargos más efectiva y un procesamiento adecuado de este tipo de crímenes. Las penas deberán ser más severas por que el impacto de este crimen afecta a toda una comunidad y no debería implicar un beneficio en particular sino más bien un rechazo total por parte de toda la sociedad. Por tanto, es el Estado quien, con sus acciones, reivindicara aquellos sectores excluidos socialmente. Los Crímenes de Odio son un asunto de Ley y no de Política.
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vreer (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for transgender intersex readers to the NETHERLANDS country page on 20/04/2012 tagged with at the work place, health, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation
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About one or two weeks ago a Dutch court decided that hermaphrodites (persons with a certain intersex condition) do not have to undergo medical procedures in order to get their preferred sex registration recognised. Anticipating the new gender recognition law and political statements of government,a general registral mistake law can indeed be used for this aim and not the (currently) archaic gender recognition law that requires sterilisation.
We have been instrumental in both the political statement and in the pointing the lawyer to the right grounds on which to act.
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damon (user currently living in CHINA) posted for gay readers to the CHINA country page on 13/04/2012 tagged with health
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Dear ILGA staff,

I am really glad and excited to write you this email, and really thanks for your doing for LGBT issues. I believe gay, lesbian,transgender,bisexual must live a happy life under your effort and help for them.

I am damon, 28 years old, from China, i am a gay too. There are many many things i wanna talk with you, but here i will briefly explain my situation.

I was born in a farmer family located in Eastern China, i was brought up by my grandmother, i lived in my mom's mother and stayed with my uncle until i was taken back in 7 years old to go to school.

1. During the elementary school, i liked to play with girls , and do games with girls, i was chosen to perform with the female classmates on a public stage during International Children's Day, i don't like my male classmate's rude behaviors and therefore i dont like to play and stay with them, they call me " false lady", its quite a insulting name for me.

2. During the middle school, i began to play with boys to show that i am not a faggoty, but i still don't like playing basketball, football, these violent games. During this period, i found that i like to stare at boys and teachers of good looking, and i also imagined their sexual organs sometimes. At the same time, when i was in grade 3, i had oral sex with a male classmate when we lived in the dorm, i was excited when doing it. When i was in grade 4, i slept with another classmate and kissed each other on the bed ,no oral sex.

3. When i entered the senior high school, there was no special happened during that period, but i still paid attention to good looking boys.

4. During my 1st grade of university, i began to touch the internet, and once time i roaming on the internet and found a website of gay and then i realized i liked man not girls and since then i began to get more information about gay. I have good relationships with my female classmate on campus, i came out to 3 of my female friends, but i am not feminine.

5. Now i have worked for 3 years, and you may dont know in China, the biggest thing for a people is get married and have a baby, if you dont get married after 30 years old, people around you and your family will be curious the reason why you still be single. Although china has opened to the word for more than 30 years old, but Chinese people are still very conservative , even if parents have accepted higher education, they still may not understand why you are a gay, they may think you are sick and will take you to hospital for consultation. If people know you are a gay, you will be labeled by abnormal,ill, and people may keep away from you. In China, there are 98% gay choose to marry a girl and live as a normal man, but in their deep heart, they can not accept his wife and his life , but there is no other way.

6. I am 28 years old now, every time i go back home, relatives will ask me why i still don't take my girlfriend home , i always tell them i am still young and i should focus on my career, my parents now are worried about me and under pressure, my contemporary all had babies now. I ever thought whether i should come out to my parents, but they have no much education and i am afraid they cant understand what is gay and this will lead them to bigger sorrow.....

The aim i write you this email is i know you must experienced many this kind issues like me. Hope i can get some suggestions from you.

Wish you happy every day.

Thank you very much...

Yours sincerely

Damon

13,April,2012 in China
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Kini Cosma (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers to the UNITED STATES country page on 22/02/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, sexual orientation, illegality of female to female relationships
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Kini Cosma (541)880-4534 P.O. Box 7918 Klamath Falls, Oregon 97602

MEMORANDUM OF UPDATED FACTS

TO: HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES, CASE NO.: P-878-09:
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
FROM: KINI COSMA
DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 2012
REGARDING: UNLAWFUL EVICTION AND EXCESSIVE HARASSMENT

I was profiled as a lesbian and arbitrarily arrested excessively since 1989-1995 (approx 40 times-landing in prison on July 4th, arrested on Martin Luther King Day, arrested 1st business day of 2011, sent to a mental institution on March 1, 2011: my birthday). When I was wrongfully convicted of "stalking", the status was enhanced to include a "sex offense" after I was sent to prison. Branded a “sex offender,” I lost custody of my two sons. The officer has since been charged with excessive force by another attorney.

All legal activities others are entitled to have become illegal for me. All my business ventures were deliberately destroyed and frustrated and they have left me to languish resulting in loss of liberty, civil rights, productive lifestyles, financial and personal ruin, mental anguish, social condemnation and personal and family embarrassment.

I have appealed to the Federal courts since 1995 and ALL of my cases were dismissed without review. All of the difficult and dedicated work I've done was ignored while federal judges demanded that I complete more work. Even though Federal judges know I am not the “Betty Crocker” type girl, they have become obsessed with “curative rape” by forcing their disregard on me making me an object of ridicule and scorn in order that I submit to and service their American Men.

As a result of my legal battles against the U.S. Government, I have become an extremely unfavorable person subjected to and having to suffer severe retaliation. I noticed my $100k rightfully inherited trust fund was wrongfully pilfered/seized after I asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend the powers of the trustee. I also noticed that at least two attempts to entrap me in illegal ponzi schemes occurred while I was suffering brutality at the hands of the Lassen County community in California.
I have also lost other real property and vehicles wrongfully seized and confiscated by the states of California and Oregon authorities.

The state and federal courts, in both California and Oregon, deliberately set me up to fail refusing to grant me asylum or protection from persecution and using me as a human battering instrument for others in the community to abuse, physically and emotionally. Those in the community banter me because they just want me to shut up and go away and endure the sexual harassment. Because of the selfish reasons of those who conspired for my false imprisonment, other malicious prosecutions and judicial injustice has taken place. Impropriety, prosecution for the sake of prosecution, lack of funds for legal aid to prove my innocence and/or other errors of one kind or another, has occurred.

All of the excessive government entanglement running afoul of civil and human rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution without legal support has deeply affected my health. Even though I have brought separate §1983 and §2254 actions against the police and other officials on the grounds that labeling me as a sex offender based upon a policy enacted after my criminal conviction violated my constitutional rights. And, the infringements of the Due Process and Ex Post Facto Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and is in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

The U.S. Government endorsed this cruel and unusual punishment by continuing to identify me as a sex offender, allowing me to be defined as someone who has been convicted, at any time, of any sex offense or [who] engaged in sexual misconduct during the course of an offense. They have continued to recommend that I receive disparate treatment making it their constitutional duty to inculcate cruel and unusual punishment by portraying me to the public that “sexual assault is a heinous crime committed by Offenders with deviant behavior patterns that cannot be controlled by incarceration alone.”

Still no remedies available for these violations or the disparate treatment set forth under Title VII while retaliating and conspiring against my rights under 18 USC §241, there is now substantiated evidence that I am being been tortured to premeditate my murder using their power of abuse to maliciously disintegrate my health.

Just recently throughout August and September 2011, I diligently sought housing. Finally relying on the verbal agreement made by manager's Christopher John and Ericka Little of Wiseman's Mobile Home Park at 6800 South 6th Street in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Previously managers Christopher John and Ericka Little declared to me that they made a visual inspection of my residential travel trailer at another location and approved thereof, preserving the certain space for me to move into on October 3, 2011. Relying on said verbal agreement, I halted any other effort to seek housing else before the winter's debilitating freeze that caused my health breakdown (including hearing loss) the previous season.

I paid the rent and moved my residential trailer in. When I relocated my residential travel trailer to Wiseman's Mobile Home Park at 6800 South 6th Street in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on October 3, 2011, said management used bantering and forcible hostilities1 against me to unlawfully evict me without proper legal notice making the excuse that my trailer was not in compliance to their standards. Said management had a limited contractors license that definitely did not include having the authority to inspect the electrical components in my trailer.

Coincidently, the Klamath County Sheriff's department was right there to assist in these civil matters2 by forcibly running me out of the mobile home park regardless that rent was paid. As a result, I have been housed in an illegal concentration camp type setting with barbed wire all around while staff of the Klamath County Sheriff's Department are, coincidentally, tenants in the immediate vicinity asking me to secure their property.

These actions also have interfered with all of my legitimate home office based businesses. (disconnecting electrical utilities, forcing me to spend money to seek resources the government will block, excessive late fines and fees) The pattern of abuse goes on and on with constant patterns for propensities of humiliation always setting me up in an illegal manner to justify their means for, yet, another malicious prosecution. Having to urinate in buckets and defecate on newspapers prove their successful effort for making me live like an animal unworthy of attention or exposure to their pattern of consistent horrific human right violations.

Regardless of the well-founded fears of persecution on the grounds of my being a member in a particular social group demonstrating my political opinions... I remain ignored and undefined as an disenfranchised, elderly, sex offending-stalker, Caucasian, Jewish, lesbian, woman vulnerable to U.S. Government abuse and oppression suffering their prevailing patterns of consistent years and years of physical and emotional abuse in both California and in Oregon.

While others qualify as refugees to be granted asylum or protection somewhere in the United States, the harm feared is being inflicted by the this government...and by persons and organizations that the government is unable or unwilling to control. I have contacted 1000's of agencies connected only in the legal industries relying on those agencies for answers. While they were asleep, I was sent to mental institution for several months on bogus charges, again, my civil rights were violated. Anonymous people are coming out of the woodwork who I do not know, nor should have any information regarding my civil and human right violations in the communities I am transient in. So, why are they hostile and derogatory using such efforts to intimidate and harass me?

I, Kini Cosma, hereby declare under penalty of perjury that all of the foregoing statements, records on file with this case is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

Kini Cosma Dated: February 21, 2012
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Most at risk populations' Society In Uganda (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UGANDA country page on 08/02/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , human rights
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In a democracy, one has to allow room and space to listen to the other side arguing their case. Much the same way is expected for one to be listened to. The Anti Homosexuality Bill, 2009 as well as 2 other stigmatizing and discriminating bills (The HIV Bill and Equal Opportunities Bill)will continue to find their way on the floor of parliament. Even as a practicing physician, the volunteer spirit to treat the "gay" will be stepped upon! There is a fear of repercussions for such reaching out. As long as the HIV Bill,2009 is still mentioned ( like yesterday, 07/02/2012) morale, motivation and effort to roll back HIV/STIs will also die!!
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Thomas Muyunga (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay transgender bisexual intersex straight readers to the UGANDA country page on 05/02/2012 tagged with health
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MICROBICIDE INFORMATION CENTER IN UGANDA, LAUNCHED IN UGANDA ON 04 FEBRUARY 2012


BACKGROUND:

MARPS IN UGANDA is involved at various spaces sharing on; Capacity building, organisation development, Sexuality, orientation, gender, identity, microbicides, HIV, cancer, Female genital mutilation and other issues. Calls for repeat sessions on such subjects like; microbicides continue coming in. Today, after activities during the World cancer-day in Uganda we have decided to launch our "microbicide information center".

6P’s make up our concept: Understanding Policy, intensifying Programmes, identifying all Players, Providing education and enabling Participation to Popularise microbicides in Uganda.

We hope to reach 800 key leaders with the lubes, condom and microbicide messages by December 2012. These in turn will reach many others. We hope to popularise acceptability in a network with 350 persons by December 2012 if all goes well. Microbicides, especially rectal microbicides are anti-HIV decision-support tools in the hands of marginalised.

UNDERSTANDING A MICROBICIDE:
Microbicide /mi•cro•bi•cide/ (mi-kro´bĭ-sīd):
1. a substance that destroys microbes.
2. a substance that destroys infectious agents, including also viruses; sometimes used specifically for that used to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

HOW MICROBICIDE INFORMATION HAS BEEN POPULARISED:
1. We have used meetings (e.g., National consultative meetings) to share information on microbicides. This has been possible because MARPS IN UGANDA is part of the large CSO Network in Uganda. It takes lead on MSM. WSW, TG, Substance users and PLHIV. It as well takes lead on providing evidence in form of reports on all most at risk populations (MARPs) in Uganda. These include but not limited to: fisher-folk, sex-workers, truckers, discordant couples, persons in long term relations, PLHIV, MSM and Uniformed services Personnel. Given the vast networks within which we work, we have also interacted with: mobile communities, displaced persons, disabled persons, young persons, men and women.
2. We work with school and non-school going communities and with these we did design schedules on talks around: sexual and reproductive health. We use these spaces to introduce topics such as, microbicides.
3. We are a lead organisation promoting the eradication of violence, violations, abuse, discrimination and stigma in communities due to for instance: sexuality, orientation, gender and identity. Through these spaces we share on microbicides.
4. We link with various organisations under the capacity building contracts. While we train, we also introduce issues around Microbicides.
OUTCOMES: We have become a lead organisation, voluntarily providing information on microbicides in Uganda.
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