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LGBT+ rights

In America, the backlash has begun with a vengeance

CHRIS COATES reports on reaction to the Trump administration’s ‘religious liberties’ directive

Conservative evangelicals, reported The Daily Beast earlier this month, “handed Trump the presidency when they collectively, and organisationally, …
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No stopping the march towards equality

Seventy-two countries still criminalise same-sex relations and there is an anti-LGBT backlash in about 20 countries. But liberation cannot be halted forever. Queer freedom is an unstoppable global trend. It …
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Brickbats and bouquets as UK celebrates the decriminalisation of homosexuality
2 years ago

Brickbats and bouquets as UK celebrates the decriminalisation of homosexuality

EARLIER this year the BBC announced that it was launching season of programming to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that …
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Islamists oppose Lebanon’s first gay rights celebration
2 years ago

Islamists oppose Lebanon’s first gay rights celebration

BACK in 2014, human rights campaigners celebrated a landmark legal ruling in the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon, where a judge struck down a law that criminalised gay sex and …
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Homosexuality remains illegal in India, but  encouraging moves towards equality are surfacing
2 years ago

Homosexuality remains illegal in India, but encouraging moves towards equality are surfacing

IN 2009 there was jubilation among LGBT communities in India when Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which made same-sex relationships punishable by law, was declared unconstitutional by the …
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Pink Humanist editor Barry Duke receives a Lifetime Achievement award
2 years ago

Pink Humanist editor Barry Duke receives a Lifetime Achievement award

GEORGE BROADHEAD, Secretary of the UK LGBT charity the Pink Triangle Trust – publisher of The Pink Humanist – reports on the National Secular Society’s award in March 2017 to …
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Born of Mary
7 years ago

Born of Mary

IN 1999 the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association celebrated its twentieth anniversary. This milestone, at the time, put GALHA in the league of one of the longest established national lesbian …
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Sad plight of Russian gays
8 years ago

Sad plight of Russian gays

Nikolai Alekseev. Image via YouTube

AFTER Ryazan in 2006 and Arkhangelsk, this autumn the regional parliament of St Petersburg passed a law banning “propaganda of homosexuality, transsexuality and paedophilia” at the Bill’s first reading in mid-November.

This was the first step towards St Petersburg entering the Hall of Shame of the Russian regions which limit a fundamental human right of an individual, the right to freedom of expression.

Introduced by Vladimir Putin’s “United Russia” Party, the Bill had already passed the Parliament’s Legislative Committee, and there is now little chance that anything can stop it. Of course, this bullet against LGBT people is motivated by electoral consideration and must be appreciated in the context of next December’s Parliamentary elections in the country.

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Leo Igwe, brave Nigerian
8 years ago

Leo Igwe, brave Nigerian

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IT’S a challenge keeping up with Leo Igwe, who was, until recently the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s (IHEU) Representative for Western and Southern Africa.

This one-man human rights dynamo has championed causes that few would dare touch, and in doing so has earned the admiration of thousands around the world, and the hatred of many others who regard his efforts – including his championing of gay rights – as unacceptable meddling in religion and politics.

Igwe, who recently left IHEU in order to research African witchcraft at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, last month returned from a two-day conference on a problem endemic in Nigeria and other parts of Africa: the branding of children as witches, something which is also occurring in the UK.

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