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Botswana follows Bhutan in striking down anti-gay laws
6 months ago

Botswana follows Bhutan in striking down anti-gay laws

HIGH court judges in Botswana today (Monday) ruled that laws criminalising same-sex relations are unconstitutional and should be struck down. This follows a similar decision in Bhutan last week.


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In a first, Muslim groups unite against Birmingham homophobia
6 months ago

In a first, Muslim groups unite against Birmingham homophobia

THE controversy in Birmingham over the teaching of relationship lessons took a remarkable turn at the weekend when the city’s Pride festival, which attracted tens of thousands of people, was …
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Mexican activist guns for archbishop over rampant homophobia
6 months ago

Mexican activist guns for archbishop over rampant homophobia

CHURCH leaders take note: the days when you could spout anti-gay rhetoric are fast disappearing.

The latest example of a Catholic leader coming under fire for hate speech comes from …
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Ex-Muslims will target Brunei’s London Embassy over Sharia law
7 months ago

Ex-Muslims will target Brunei’s London Embassy over Sharia law

DESPITE the fact that the Sultan of Brunei – Hassanal Bolkiah, above – has done a u-turn on his  plan to use newly-introduced Sharia laws to execute homosexuals in …
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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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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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Protesters tell Nigerian Government to ditch anti-gay laws
8 years ago

Protesters tell Nigerian Government to ditch anti-gay laws

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Nigerian protest

Reacting to Nigeria’s rampant homophobia, Nigerian LGBTIs gathered in London on Novermber 15 to demand the repeal of all anti same-sex laws in that country, and to protest against the anti same-sex marriage Bill.

The protesters, who gathered outside Nigeria House, were joined by international supporters including notable UK Human rights activist, Peter Tatchell.

The protesters carried placards with a variety of slogans: “Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Goodbye!” “Proudly Gay, Proudly Nigerian!” “Some Nigerians are Gay, Get over it!” “Sodomy law is a colonial relic, repeal it now!” “Kiss Anti Same Sex marriage bill and Sodomy laws Goodbye!” and “Stop turning us into refugees, Repeal Sodomy laws Now!”.

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