India: Transgenders press for land- by Anasuya Menon, www.hinduonnet.com- 08/17/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
COIMBATORE: The transgender community in Coimbatore has urged the Government to provide them land. This is following the demand to the State Government to ensure equal rights to this marginalised community. M.Sangeetha, president of the community in the district, told The Hindu that the district administration had not acted upon the community members? requests to allot at least two cents of land to 100 members.<br><br>?The greatest problem faced by transgenders is finding accommodation. Since most of us are ostracised by our families, we have nowhere to go,? Sangeetha added. She has been asked to vacate her rented house in Saibaba Colony, which she shares with other community members.
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Arsham Parsi's Speech text in Toronto Gala 2006-PGLO.net-06/14/06 (Iran)
Our main objective in the PGLO is to bring about a safe environment for all LGBT's in Iran whether it be at home, work, school, or in public; Freedom from harassment, torture, imprisonment, and religious intolerance.
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Dominican Republic- Homosexuality- By Leuvis Olivero - dr1.com- 07/31/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Driving the homophobic feelings on the island is the conservative background of the
Dominican society, and the machismo driven rhetoric of the male population. Structuring
the conservative mindset of Dominican culture is the strong presence of the Catholic
Church. For many years a key ?gure in politics, society, and culture, the Church has
played a hand in creating the conservative atmosphere that is subtly opposed to
homosexuality, in any form, on the island.
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Finding Solidarity in Haiti- First Gay Rights Group Outside the Capital Is Formed- www.thebody.com 07/18/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
On June 27, a million people turned out for New York City Gay Pride. The rural town of St. Marc, Haiti, has no gay pride parade; coincidentally, however, on that same June day, 18 gay men gathered in solidarity and shared their experiences of gay Haitian life.<br><br>The group, which has yet to be named, is the first gay rights organization in Haiti outside of the capital of Port au Prince. At the June gathering, the members shared stories of discrimination and outright violence. One man spoke of having stones hurled at him as he walked down the street. Another talked of his family banishing him from his town.
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Gay Haiti- Globalgayz.com- 07/31/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Intro: Probably the most immediate and visual source of knowledge about the LGBT life in Haiti is the 2001 film 'Of Men and Gods' which documents the discreet world of gays and transvestites in this country where homosexuality is legal but not tolerated by the mostly Christian culture. Eighty percent of the country is Catholic and another fifteen percent are Protestant; needless to say, the Biblical curse is heavily upon gays here. Yet more than half the population also indulge in voodoo beliefs and rituals where it's the spirit that matters, not the gender or orientation.
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Gay Iran News and Reports 2005-GlobalGayz.com-12/31/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
1 Changing Sex in Iran 1/05
1 a One woman's courage in appealing to the late Ayatollah Khomeini has made Tehran the sex change capital 7/05
2 Gay Iranian Kills Himself After UK Asylum Appeal Denied 4/05
3 Iran Executes 2 Gay Teenagers 7/05
4 Laureate Condemns Hanging of Iranian Boys 7/05
5 International anger grows over gay executions 7/05
6 An interview with gay activists in Iran7/05
7 The Controversy over the 'Gay' Hangings--Commentary 7/05
8 EU criticizes Iran for executing gay teens 7/05
9 Don?t believe Iran--rights groups naïve to believe Iranian teens hanged for forcible sodomy 8/05
10 Worldwide protests over Iran hangings, plus new reports doubt validity of 'rape' charge, plus history of repression against gays in Iran in new book 8/05
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Haiti: The Intersection of Race, Poverty and HIV- By Keith R. Green, www.thebody.com/c-10/31/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"The number one mode of transmission for HIV in Haiti is reported as heterosexual contact," he explains. "In my own private practice, largely due to our culture, not many people would admit to being gay or to having sex with anyone of the same sex. Homosexuality is completely taboo in Haiti." <br><br>
Although the people of Haiti live in great denial and silence about the existence of homosexual behavior, the exact opposite is true for Haitians about their HIV status.
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Holding Iran Accountable for Violating Human Rights by Paula Ettlebrick-IGLHRC-09/20/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A well-accepted principle of international law is that sodomy, even when criminalized, is not a crime appropriate for the death penalty. But the fear of punishment or death for gay men in Iran is so great that at least two Iranians who claimed to be gay and were denied asylum in the UK killed themselves.
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Iran continues to execute minors and juvenile offenders-Amnesty International-07/22/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In the wake of the execution of three persons for crimes committed when they were children (under 18), Including one who is still a child, in less than a week, Amnesty International today urges the Iranian government to put a final stop to these executions.
On 19 July 2005, an 18-year-old, identified onlay as A.M. and a minor Mahmoud A, were publicly hanged...
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LGBT rights in Haiti- en.wikipedia.org- 06/02/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Homosexuality is legal in Haiti, however homosexuals often face persecution and discrimination similar to most of Latin America and the Caribbean. Although homosexuality is technically legal, there are no laws in Haiti protecting LGBT people from these types of mistreatment.
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More about the two sentenced gays in Arak by Roberto Rodriquez-IGLA.org-08/15/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
...there is another theory: Islamic republic want to show the international pressure is not going to help and they are going ot start killing homosexuals as they did in 1979...
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Next time you will be executed: A young gay Iranian torture victim speaks out by Doug Ireland-direland.typepad.com-09/20/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Amir...provided a terrifying, first-hand account of the Islamic Republic of Iran's intense and excessive anti-gay.....
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Sweden Reviewing Asylum Policy for Gay Iranians-GayWired.com-08/08/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Following the execution of two Iranian teenagers on charges of involvement in homosexual acts, immigration authorities in Sweden say the country is reviewing its asylum policy.
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Witnesses to an Execution by Richard Kim-The Nation-08/07/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
On July 19 in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Iran, two teenagers, Ayaz Marhoni and Mahmoud Asgari, were put to death for a crime involving homosexual intercourse. Asgari, at least, was underage at the time of the offense. Before the execution Marhoni and Asgari were detained for approximately fourteen months and received 228 lashes each for drinking, disturbing the peace and theft. Despite appeals from the defendants' lawyers and protests by Iranian human rights activists such as Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the verdict and sentence, which was carried out by public hanging.
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Chile: CIDH admite caso de jueza lesbiana que lucha por la custodia de sus hijas- The Human Rights Interamerican Commision accepts case of lesbian judge who is fighting for the custory of her daughters- www.elcomercio.com.pe- 08/13/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
a chilena Karen Atala Raffo asegura que la justicia de su país le quitó la potestad de las pequeñas al admitir su opción sexual tras divorciarse<br><br>Washington (EFE).- La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) de la OEA admitió el caso de una jueza lesbiana chilena que alega se le quitó la custodia de sus hijas tras divorciarse por admitir que era lesbiana, informó hoy el organismo.
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Gambia: No Room for Gays -By Alhagie Jobe-allafrica.com/- 05/19/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
President Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, on Thursday, gave less than 24 hours (until last week Friday) ultimatum to homosexuals, drug dealers, thieves and other criminals, to leave The Gambia or face serious consequences if caught.
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Gay Nigerian men face being stoned to death- www.mg.co.za/ 07/13/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Two Nigerian men appeared in court on Wednesday charged with committing sodomy and could now face being stoned to death after they were caught together in a toilet in this northern Muslim city.
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Mauritania: Homosexuality- www.mask.org.za- 08/14/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
status of homosexuality: illegal
age of consent: NA
laws covering homosexual activity: Sub-Article 331.3 of the Penal Code of the Federation of French West Africa, of which Mauritania was part before independence in 1960, allowed a maximum imprisonment of three years and a fine of one million francs for sexual acts with a person of the same sex under the age of 21. This Code was enacted in 1947 and retained under Article 60 of the Mauritanian Constitution. (Arno Schmitt and Jehoeda Sofer - "Sexuality and Eroticism Among Males in Moslem Societies") [Presumably this is superceded by the application of Sharia law] ILGA
Some sources say that the death penalty applies if sodomy is committed<br><br>
background information and government attitudes: It appears that Shari'a law has been introduced. "Even in smaller countries like Yemen and Mauritania, homosexual behavior has become an offense punishable by death" (West & Green - Sociolegal Control of Homosexuality)
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Panama: Treatment of homosexuals, by the police in particular; state protection provided to homosexuals (2002-2005)- Publisher Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada-Refworld- www.unhcr.org/- 04/15/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Sources report that the Catholic church in Panama declared its opposition to non-governmental organizations' efforts to have same-sex civil unions recognized in Panama (EFE Central America 6 Sept. 2004; see also AP 14 June 2004).<br><br>
According to the Latinobarómetro study, made public in August 2004, Panamanians are second only to Salvadoreans among Latin Americans in their hostility toward homosexuals (ANSA 15 August 2004).
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Jamaica: Man injured in firebombing-by Dwight Nelson, Star Writer-www.jamaica-star.com/ 07/12/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The police are theorising that they were targeted because residents were questioning their sexual preference.
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