Burundi plan to ban gay sex dies in Senate- Rex Wockner International News #774 - 02/23/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A move to ban gay sex in the Central African nation of Burundi was
rejected by the Senate Feb. 16 after having passed the National Assembly
unanimously in November.<br><br>
"Burundi's Senate, after significant pressure and 'heated debate,' today
rejected the proposed amendment to criminalize homosexual conduct.
Victory -- for the moment," said Scott Long, head of Human Rights
Watch's LGBT Rights Division.
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China HIV: Asia Urged To Decriminalize Homosexuality - AFP - www.easybourse.com - 02/20/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
HONG KONG (AFP)--A three-day forum in Hong Kong on a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Asia ended Friday with delegates calling for countries in the region to follow China's lead in decriminalizing homosexuality.
Beijing's decision in 2001 had helped to minimize the spread of HIV/AIDS in China, Zhen Li, from the Tong Zhi awareness group, told the forum.
"Between 2005 and 2008 China made huge progress (in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS among homosexuals) in addition to working with civil society as partners," Li said.
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China: HIV rate climbs in Asia - Rex Wockner International News #774 - 02/23/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The director of China's AIDS-control center, Wu Zunyou, said amphetamine
use and Internet hookups are factors in the climbing infection rate.<br><br>
HIV now is China's deadliest infectious disease, according to a new
report from the Ministry of Health.
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Colombia: Parading Towards Equality: Transcolombia Awakes - www.choa.org - 02/23/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Sadly, such a view would be premature, and would overlook two key factors. The first is the same issue which continues to define virtually all areas of Latin American society: class. For so many reasons, the experience of being a middle or upper class lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender simply cannot be compared with the reality of being a poor one. The second factor is that society´s prejudices are disproportionately born by the ?T? of LGBT, the transgender populations of Colombia. Popularly known as ?travestis,? this population faces significant discrimination in the workplace, a situation which pushes many into the world of prostitution, leaving them vulnerable to all kinds of abuses and dangers.
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Homosexuals still feel the media's lash: Vietnamese newspapers continue to discriminate against lesbians and gay men, according to a study by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment. - www.thanhniennews.com - 02/19/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Many of the stories leant toward the point of view that the sexual practices of homosexuals should be condemned as unacceptable and debauched rather than considering them legitimate.
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Paraguay y Bolivia están entre los países sudamericanos que menos protegen a gays, lesbianas y trans.-Diario de Lima Gay-EFE-Paraguay and Bolivia are among the Southamerican countries which least protect gays, lesbians and trans -02/23/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
La falta de leyes antidiscriminatorias más rigurosas y/o específicas es uno de los principales frenos para que avance la aceptación de la comunidad LGTB en países como Bolivia, Paraguay y Chile, coincidieron dirigentes reunidos en un encuentro, titulado "Fortaleciendo capacidades", que reúne en la Biblioteca de la capital chilena a organizaciones homosexuales y transexuales de Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay y España.<br><br>Respecto de Bolivia, Alex Bernabé, de la Asociación Igualdad LGTB (lesbianas, gays, transexuales y bisexuales), declaró a Efe que la oposición de tendencia liberal es "muy conservadora" y opinó que con la nueva Constitución, aprobada el pasado 25 de enero, el gobierno de Evo Morales ha dado un paso hacia adelante y otro hacia atrás.<br><br>Las perspectivas son similares en Paraguay, donde la Constitución garantiza la no discriminación, pero para su cumplimiento se hace imprescindible una ley que proteja los derechos de las minorías sexuales, señaló a Efe Alfredo Gaora, de la Fundación Vencer.<br><br>
The lack of more rigorous and or specific anti-discriminatory laws is one of the main brakes stopping the advancement of the acceptance of the LGBT community in countries such as Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile, agreed leaders in a meeting entitled "Strengthening Capacities" which met in the library of the Chilean capital and included homosexual and transsexual organizations from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Spain.<br><br>
With respect to Bolivia, Alex Bemabé of the Equality Association LGTB (lesbians, gays, transsexuals and bisexuals), told Efe that the opposition to a liberal tendency is "very conservative" and he opined that with the new Constitution, approved last January 25th, the government of Evo Morales has taken a step forward and another backwards.<br><br>
The perspectives are similar in Paraguay, where the Constitution guarantees no discrimination, but a law which protects the rights of sexual minorities becomes
indispensable in its fulfillment, pointed out Alfredo Gaora of the "Vencer Foundation" to Efe.
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Social injustice and transsexual people in Kenya - by Audrey Mbugua - www.pambazuka.org - 02/18/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Outlining the essential differences between sex and gender, Audrey Mbugua discusses the damaging general incomprehension of transsexualism within Kenyan society. Drawing upon personal experience of prejudice in the field of work and life at large, Mbugua states that transsexual people deserve the same respect and treatment as any other member of society, and urges those uneducated about transsexuals to think before opening their mouths.<br><br>Transsexual people face deep-seated hatred and intolerance within Kenyan society. That?s not the end of their problems. The people expected to protect and serve all Kenyans (including transsexuals) are the worst human rights abusers in the world. It?s obvious I am referring to the police, a group who are so good at arresting and beating up transsexual people held within cells while sexually assaulting them.
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Toronto Sun: Gay refugees safe in Toronto:Lovers felt in danger in Iran, granted asylum in 'friendly' land -- IRQR, By Sun Media - 02/12/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Two Iranian lovers who claim they face death in their homeland because they're homosexuals touched down at Pearson airport last night after being granted refugee status in Canada.
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Risk Across Borders - Sexual Contexts and HIV Prevention Challenges among Mexican Gay and Bisexual Immigrant Men - FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE TRAYECTOS STUDY - By Héctor Carrillo, DrPH, Jorge Fontdevila, PhD, Jaweer Brown, MPH, Walter Gómez, BA - 08/30/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document can also be downloaded in <br>PDF format from:
For additional information, please contact Dr. Héctor Carrillo: email@example.com <br><br>
Table of Contents <br>
1 Introduction <br>
2 The Trayectos Study <br>
3 HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men and Individual Behavior <br>
4 The Importance of Context <br>
5 HIV Risk among Mexican Immigrant Gay and Bisexual Men <br>
6 Why leave Mexico? Sexual Migration <br>
7 Sexual Lives before Migration <br>
9 Finding Hillcrest and Gay Life in San Diego <br>
11 New Contexts, Different Assumptions <br>
11 Protecting Others <br>
12 The Meaning of HIV Infection <br>
14 Casual Sex and HIV Risk <br>
15 Trust, Intimacy, Love, and HIV Risk <br>
17 Next Steps: Addressing Contextual Challenges <br>
20 References <br>
23 The Authors
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Jamaica: Human Rights Watch letter to Prime Minister Golding - 02/19/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Dear Prime Minister Golding,<br>
Such an affirmation is urgent in the wake of recent statements, in public and on the floor of Parliament, by MP Ernest Smith, a member of your own political party. Mr. Smith has said that "homosexual activities seem to have overtaken this country " He has declared himself "concerned that homosexuals in Jamaica have become so brazen, they've formed themselves into organisations ." He has called homosexuals "abusive, violent" and claimed that "something that the Ministry of National Security must look into is why is it that so many homosexuals are licensed firearm holders." He has urged a "tightening" of the repressive "buggery" law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct which Jamaica inherited from British colonial rule-demanding that the penalty be increased to life imprisonment. Most recently, on February 16, he called for the banning of JFLAG, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, saying "They should be outlawed! How can you legitimise an organization that is formed for the purposes of committing criminal offenses?"
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Mexico: Out of the closet; Gay rights in Latin America - The Economist, U.S. Edition- 03/10/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Countries that have made the most progress, such as Brazil and Mexico, also have the highest levels of hate
crimes," says Mr Bracamonte, a historian. The more they come out of the closet, the easier targets gay people become.
In January an immigration judge in the United States who had previously denied a Mexican gay man's asylum bid, on
the ground that he could conceal his sexual orientation and was therefore not in danger of persecution as a homosexual,
reversed his decision. <br><br>
Same-sex unions face powerful opposition from conservative political parties and the Catholic church. Because of
that, campaigners have so far pushed only for civil unions, not marriage. But across the region, gay groups are slowly
becoming part of the political scene.
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Women are Victims, Men Make Choices: The Invisibility of Men and Boys in the Global Sex Trade - by Jeffery P. Dennis - [DOI 10.1007/s12147-008-9051-y] Ó Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008 - 05/20/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Abstract<br> The invisibility of men and boys in scholarly discussions of the global
sex trade was analyzed through a sample of 166 recent articles published in social
science journals. Most failed to acknowledge the existence of male sex workers at
all. When male sex workers were discussed, they were assigned considerably more
agency than female sex workers, the chief danger ascribed to them was HIV rather
than violence, and the question of their sexual orientation was always addressed,
whereas female sex workers were always assumed heterosexual. The results are
discussed in the context of world system theory, Orientalism, and heteronormativity.
Keywords Heteronormativity <br>
? Masculinity ? Prostitution ? Sex workers ?
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Homophobia - Legal Survey 2008- Transgender Rights in the EU - compilation of legal survey findings - Arranged by Justus Eisfeld 02/18/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Justus Eisfeld <br>I have done a bit of copy and pasting during the last couple of days and have compiled an overview of the legal situation that trans people face in the EU member states. I have basically copied and pasted all the paragraphs on transgender issues from the individual country reports of the recent EU Fundamental Rights Agency's Report on Homophobia and put them in one document. I did not ask the FRA for permission, but I hope they don't mind either.
The result gives a good overview of the human rights problems that trans people face throughout the whole EU. The result of this little exercise is a quite apalling outlook on the legal situation that trans people face, and sheds a light on some very severe human rights violations in the EU. I have also added a little overview of some of the findings of the country reports. I hope this will be useful in your work to advance the rights of transgender people. <br><br>Complete country reports can be accessed through:<br>
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Perú: Action Alert - Demand Investigation into Attack on Travesti - IGLHRC 02/18/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Attack on Travesti<br>
The rights violated in this case include: The right to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to be free from discrimination, the right to freedom of expression<br><br>
On January 28th, 2009, a television news report showed an incident in which neighborhood watch patrols in the city of Tarapoto, Peru, chased and caught a travesti and her companion and then physically humiliated and insulted them. Neighborhood watch members cut their victims' hair and forced them to strip before subjecting them to a series of military training exercises until they collapsed from exhaustion. Throughout the ordeal, a crowd of onlookers made fun of the victims.
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Asylum for lesbian on the run from Iran - By Robert Verkaik, Law editor, www.independent.co.uk - 02/16/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A lesbian who fled Iran after her girlfriend was arrested and sentenced to death in Tehran has won her battle to be granted asylum in Britain.<br><br>
Supporters of Pegah Emambakhsh, 41, who claimed she would be executed if she was deported back to her homeland, welcomed the Government's change of heart last night after their hard-fought, four-year campaign.
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Bolivia bans anti-gay discrimination in constitution - Rex Wockner International News # 773 - 02/16/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Bolivia's new constitution, approved by 61 percent of voters last month,
bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The
constitution took effect Feb. 7.<br><br>
According to New York-based Latino activist Andrés Duque, Article 14.II,
titled "Fundamental Rights and Guarantees," reads, "The State prohibits
and punishes all forms of discrimination founded on the basis of sex,
skin color, gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, origin,
culture, nationality, citizenship, language, religious beliefs,
ideology, political or philosophical affiliation."
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Chinese gays, lesbians step out on Valentine's Day - By Maxim Duncan, in.reuters.com - 02/14/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese gays and lesbians took to the streets on Saturday hoping Saint Valentine's Day would help them attract support for same-sex marriage in the conservative society.<br><br>
Thirty people gathered on a street in the Chinese capital, close to Tiananmen Square and its stern portrait of Mao Zedong, to hold mock wedding photo sessions. They drew gasps, smiles and an occasional scowl from passers-by. Organisers said similar events took place in three other cities.<br><br>"I see no problem. I already have a lot of friends and acquaintances like them. We shouldn't judge them, everyone has their own way of life," she said.<br>,br>
But Jia Junfeng, a legal worker, said: "I personally do not support this kind of marriage because I think it is in conflict with Chinese morality."
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Amnesty highlights ongoing violence against trans people in Honduras - By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk, www.pinknews.co.uk 01/22/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A leading human rights group has said that transgender women who work as sex workers in Honduras are frequently attacked by clients or police officers.<br><br>"Representatives of sexual diversity rights NGOs asserted that their members were killed, beaten, and subjected to other mistreatment by security authorities.<br><br>
"In cases where lesbians, gays, and transgender persons were found dead, the prosecutor often encountered serious difficulties because the victims had either concealed their identity or sexual orientation or, in many cases, were hiding from their families.
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Central American gay activists suffer institutionalised hate - By Divya Guha, www.pinknews.co.uk - 08/08/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Honduras and Guatemala are being subjected to state-sponsored harassment, death threats and other attacks.<br><br>
The attitude that they are often met with is that they 'get what they deserve.'<br><br>
Although homosexuality is legal in both countries, a new report from Amnesty International has revealed a catalogue of injustices.
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Honduras: LGBT human rights defender beaten and assaulted in police custody - www.frontlinedefenders.org - 10/22/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Donny Reyes is the Treasurer of Arcoiris, the Rainbow Association for Lesbians, Gays, Transvestites and Bisexuals in Honduras. He was arrested outside his office, taken into police custody, beaten and assaulted. No one has yet been charged.<br><br>Further Information<br>
Posted 16/11/2007 On 18 March 2007, at 03.00AM, Donny Reyes was accompanying a female colleague to a taxi outside the Arcoiris offices. Six police officers approached and demanded ID papers. Donny Reyes showed them his identity card but they ordered him into the car. He refused. They beat him saying, ?We have to clear these queers from here? and forced him into the car.
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