Aswat- Palestinian Gay Women was recently invited to attend a reception hosted by the US Embassy in honor of the LGBTQI community in Israel, planned for Thursday 16th May. Enquiring about speakers at the event, Aswat learned that no Palestinian LGBTQI activists had been approached to speak, and that only Jewish Israeli campaigners were invited to speak. Despite requests on our part to be included in the list of speakers, the Embassy repeatedly made the excuse that arrangements had been finalized and that there had not been room to include us in the list >>>
Committed, passionate, inspiring, nurturing, visionary. Shivananda Khan was all of these, as he forged a pioneering path across the decades in helping achieve rights and equality for LGBT individuals and communities in diverse geographies and sociocultural environments from Europe to Asia and the Pacific. His death on May 20, 2013, in Lucknow, India, has robbed his organisation Naz Foundation International (NFI) of its charismatic leader, and has deeply shaken the many other organisations he helped nurture over the years, including the APCOM. >>>
Cyber-Homophobia or the practice of bullying members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community on cyber-space and social networking sites is on the rise and organisations supporting the rights of this community face a stiff challenge in creating an inclusive environment on the web.
Cambodian law prohibits same-sex marriage, but that did not stop Ros Ravuth from marrying her long-time partner, Sinuon. Ravuth, 52, has lived with Sinuon*, 38, in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district for 20 years, ever since the couple obtained the permission – if not the blessing – of local authorities to marry. >>>
Korean Gay Men's Human Rights Group Chingusai organized the recording of You Make me Proud, a song created by Sydney Gay and Lesbian choir to mark IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in 2012.
Unprotected. Anal. Sex. That is what is driving the rate of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the Philippines. It is not “gay sex” that is driving the HIV epidemic because anal sex is not synonymous to gay sex. To use the term gay sex as a euphemism, substitute or synonym implies that only gay men have anal sex and by correlation, only gay men are vulnerable to being infected by HIV. Both are not true. Let’s break this down into smaller parts. >>>
It was bound to happen and finally did. A basketball player in the NBA came out and said he is gay. Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first active professional athlete in a major American sport to admit to being gay. His declaration has roiled the sporting world, but most of the reaction has been understanding and supportive.
In a three-year project, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission partnered with activists in five Asian countries to document and analyze violence against LBT people. Three of the researchers, Azusa (Japan), Jay (Sri Lanka) and Thilaga (Malaysia) presented preliminary findings of their research and discussed their experience working on the project at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women. >>>
As the only international network working on sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies, CSBR has succeeded in creating an alternative discourse and progressive spaces in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The CSBR Sexuality Institute brings together leading sexual and reproductive rights activists, academics and researchers. >>>
On the International Day Against Homophobia, we remember and remind others that we continue to challenge the marginalization, confront violence and abuse because of our sexual orientation and we live with a question mark on our sexual orientation rights. >>>
If you are used to working in a team and looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity with a community-based LGBTQ refugee support organization, the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees's Board of Directors is currently seeking new Board Members. >>>