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Transgender Individuals Sued after Groundless Custody Three activists of the Pink Life LGBT Association are sued for alleged resistance against the police. They had refused to be taken to the police station without a concrete reason. The complaining police officers failed to appear at any of the hearings - Burçin BELGE firstname.lastname@example.org Ankara - B?A News Center 25 February 2011, Friday: http://www.bianet.org/english/minorities/128175-transgender-individuals-sued (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Criminal complaint of Pink Life members not considered" <br>
The Pink Life Association criticized in an announcement that trials against defenders of transgender people's rights were being continued while criminal complaints filed by transgender activist who were exposed to violence did not advance at all. <br> <br>
"Transgender individuals are in the focus of violence every day. They remain even more defenceless in the aspect of the negative attitude of the judiciary against transgender individuals and regarding the impassiveness towards arbitrary custodies or applications of violence by the police".
(PDF - 64 Kb) Document Date: 25 Feb 2011 (Downloads: 61)
Belarus president told German foreign minister to turn straight-Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS #879 February 28, 2011 by Rex Wockner (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Last November in Minsk, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko
suggested to German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle that he
should cease being gay. <br><br>
Lukashenko recently acknowledged the incident, telling reporters that he
dislikes "faggots" and confirming he told Westerwelle "it is necessary to
live a normal life."
(PDF - 21 Kb) Document Date: 28 Feb 2011 (Downloads: 49)
Jamaican gay bar raided - Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS #879 February 28, 2011 by Rex Wockner (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police raided the only gay bar on the touristy Hip Strip in Montego Bay,
Jamaica, on Feb. 20, according to the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians,
All-Sexuals and Gays, or J-FLAG. <br><br>
Around 20 officers kicked in doors, shouted anti-gay slurs, beat and
pistol-whipped patrons and made everyone leave, J-FLAG said. <br><br>
As the customers fled, patrons of nearby straight clubs pelted them with
bottles and rocks, J-FLAG said. <br><br>
Ten of the raid's victims sought medical treatment for injuries sustained
in the attack, according to J-FLAG. <br><br>
There was a similar raid in early February at a gay club in Kingston, the
(PDF - 24 Kb) Document Date: 28 Feb 2011 (Downloads: 55)
Trinidad and Tobago debates same-sex unions- Rex Wockner INTERNATIONAL NEWS #879 February 28, 2011 by Rex Wockner (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The local group Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual
Orientation said it was surprised by the political debate and had not
considered proposing recognition of same-sex unions at this juncture,
given that local LGBT people have more basic concerns. <br><br>
The organization suggested that the government decriminalize gay sex,
address anti-gay discrimination, deal with hate crimes and homelessness,
train homophobic police officers, and make schools safer for LGBT people
(PDF - 22 Kb) Document Date: 28 Feb 2011 (Downloads: 61)
Bahamas Court Upholds Lenient Sentence in Gay Murder Case on June 10, 2010: http://www.bahamasb2b.com/news/story.php?title=bahamas-court-upholds-lenient-sentence-in-gay-murder-case (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In defending the asinine ruling on behalf of the court, Sawyer added that the senior judges rejected the AG's appeal because there was "no dispute by the Crown that there was a homosexual advance to (Jones) shortly before he shot (Wilson) and that it was not the only such advance." <br><br>
"It was pointed out to (attorneys representing the Attorney General's Office) that had (Jones) killed (Wilson) immediately, that would be a case of self defence, because one is entitled to use whatever force is necessary to prevent one's self being the victim of a homosexual act," stated Sawyer.
(PDF - 15 Kb) Document Date: 10 Jun 2010 (Downloads: 64)
Bahamas police accused of harassing gay tourists by Joe Roberts 19 October 2007: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-5804.html/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police and immigration officials say they were called by an employee of Hard Rock who falsely reported naked men being present. <br><br>
They arrived at 1am in riot gear with video cameras and closed the party down. <br><br>
Although organisers presented their licence to hold a private party, police said a female entertainer dancing in a flesh-coloured bikini did not have a necessary work permit. <br><br>
Organisers claim police failed to identify themselves, intimidated guests by threatening to arrest them, refused to let the female performer put her clothes and called her a "whore" and "prostitute."
(PDF - 100 Kb) Document Date: 19 Oct 2007 (Downloads: 60)
Cuba Goes Both Ways on Gay Rights United Nations vote opens room for dissent By Achy Obejas on 01/21/11: http://www.inthesetimes.com/main/print/6843/ (Afghanistan)
But, unofficially, there's still plenty of police harassment of LGBT people (documented by both pro- and anti-government bloggers, mostly for foreign readers), and no recognition of LGBT citizens and their families, which effectively frustrates, if not denies, access to housing, certain medical services, adoption and travel. <br><br>
Last month, in an unusual press release, Mariela Castro parted company with the party line on Cuba's first U.N. amendment vote: "Even though in [the approved version of] the amendment, our nation expresses support for condemning [these executions]...in practice we have voted alongside those countries whose laws view homosexuality as a crime, five of which apply the death sentence." (Of the 79 countries that voted in favor of the language change, 76 criminalize homosexuality.) She reminded Cuba's U.N. diplomats that the island is a signatory to the 2008 General Assembly declaration of rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Cuba Goes Both Ways on Gay Rights United Nations vote opens room for dissent By Achy Obejas on 01/21/11: http://www.inthesetimes.com/main/print/6843/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
But, unofficially, there's still plenty of police harassment of LGBT people (documented by both pro- and anti-government bloggers, mostly for foreign readers), and no recognition of LGBT citizens and their families, which effectively frustrates, if not denies, access to housing, certain medical services, adoption and travel.<br><br>
Last month, in an unusual press release, Mariela Castro parted company with the party line on Cuba's first U.N. amendment vote: "Even though in [the approved version of] the amendment, our nation expresses support for condemning [these executions]...in practice we have voted alongside those countries whose laws view homosexuality as a crime, five of which apply the death sentence." (Of the 79 countries that voted in favor of the language change, 76 criminalize homosexuality.) She reminded Cuba's U.N. diplomats that the island is a signatory to the 2008 General Assembly declaration of rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity
(PDF - 22 Kb) Document Date: 21 Jan 2011 (Downloads: 48)
Gays bash Govt on same-sex marriage by Gail Alexander on 02/17/11: http://www.asylumlaw.org/docs/sexualminorities/TrinidadandT062609.pdf (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A leading local gay advocacy group has criticised Government's position on same-sex marriage which emerged in Tuesday's Senate debate. The Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) yesterday also turned down Government's call for debate on the issue and criticised comments by Government Senator Subhas Panday on the situation in the Senate. During Tuesday's Senate debate, Gender Affairs Minister Mary King said debate on same-sex marriage must begin and be taken throughout T&T.
(PDF - 136 Kb) Document Date: 17 Feb 2011 (Downloads: 56)
Guyana Group Demands End to Cross-Dressing Ban by Bert Wilkinson, Associated Press on 03/01/10: http://www.southfloridagaynews.com/news/world-news/715-guyana-cross-dressing-ban.html (Guyana)
A group representing gays and lesbians in the conservative South American country of Guyana is demanding the government remove a colonial-era law that bans cross-dressing in public. <br><br>
In an affidavit filed late Monday, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination said the law is no longer relevant and violates people?s rights. <br><br>
?These laws are unconstitutional and discriminatory against a social minority,?? spokesman Joel Simpson said Tuesday. ?We are seeing a pattern of more and more abuses by police.??
(PDF - 85 Kb) Document Date: 1 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 59)
Guyana Group Demands End to Cross-Dressing Ban by Bert Wilkinson, Associated Press on 03/01/10: http://www.southfloridagaynews.com/news/world-news/715-guyana-cross-dressing-ban.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A group representing gays and lesbians in the conservative South American country of Guyana is demanding the government remove a colonial-era law that bans cross-dressing in public.<br><br>
In an affidavit filed late Monday, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination said the law is no longer relevant and violates people's rights. <br><br>
"These laws are unconstitutional and discriminatory against a social minority," spokesman Joel Simpson said Tuesday. "We are seeing a pattern of more and more abuses by police."
(PDF - 85 Kb) Document Date: 1 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 50)
Jamaica: Commonwealth of Hate by: Cliff Dunn on 05/10/10: http://www.southfloridagaynews.com/editorial/political-editorial/1376-jamaica-commonwealth-of-hate.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In November 2004, the international watchdog group Human Rights Watch issued a devastating report that cited Jamaica as the most virulently anti-gay bigoted nation in the Western Hemisphere. <br><br>
The report, aptly and grimly titled "Hated to Death," exposed the pervasive homophobia that both drives and permeates the former British crown colony - including the country's popular culture, law enforcement apparatus, and much of its health care system.<br><br>
That bias has for generations put at further risk some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens; setting up barriers both external and internal to seeking medical care, and in the process making it extremely difficult to acquire condoms and other items that would help LGBT persons combat the spread of STDs. <br><br>
(PDF - 129 Kb) Document Date: 10 May 2010 (Downloads: 49)
Lesbians demand fair treatment from health providers By Dalia Acosta on 11/29/10: http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/cuba_news/51363.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"We want to be treated as women, and we want to be able to openly tell the doctor who we are, explain to the doctor whether or not we have sex with intercourse, and tell the doctor about our fears," Argelia Felloue, the facilitator of the Oremi group, an initiative supported by the governmental National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), told IPS. <br><br>
The main target of their demand is gynaecology, because lesbians and heterosexual women have different needs.<br><br>
But fear of the speculum or of insensitivity and discrimination from health care providers can make lesbians especially vulnerable to cervical cancer, because of the resulting reluctance to have regular Pap smears. <br><br>
"There are lesbians who have never had a Pap smear, and who develop cervical uterine cancer," said Lázaro, who has carried out research in the field of psychology on the broad spectrum of lesbian sexuality. <br><br>
(PDF - 34 Kb) Document Date: 29 Nov 2010 (Downloads: 49)
Nassau man freed after using gay panic defense at murder trial by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk 2 on 02/02/09: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-10991.html/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Green-Neely was acquited of murder last week.<br><br>
The case is an example of the "gay panic defence," which allows a person charged with murder to claim that they were driven into a state of violent temporary insanity by a sexual advance from the victim.
(PDF - 104 Kb) Document Date: 2 Feb 2009 (Downloads: 53)
On World AIDS Day 2009, sexual minorities are still criminals in the Caribbean by Antillean, Advocacy Desk on 12/01/09: http://www.antillean.org/2009/12/01/on-world-aids-day-2009-sexual-minorities-are-still-criminals-in-the-caribbean/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
While decriminalizing homosexuality will not in itself end discrimination, the process cannot begin with the laws against homosexuality still in place. Crimes against gays are tacitly legitimized by laws which brand gays as criminals, as well as the religious and irrational justifications used to support the laws' continued existence. Legislatively protecting gays from hate crimes - another key step in ending discrimination - is also at odds with anti-gay legislation. In addition, legislated discrimination against gays further entrenches the downlow culture within the gay community - another key driver in the spread of HIV/AIDS.
(PDF - 151 Kb) Document Date: 1 Dec 2009 (Downloads: 52)
The gay uprising in the Caribbean by The Gleaner on 10/12/08: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20081012/news/news4.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Among those who agree that a change in attitude is needed at the highest levels of society is former Barbados attorney general and present opposition Leader Mia Mottley. <br><br>
"A government in a pluralistic society must accommodate and respect the human rights and dignity of each individual. <br><br>
"To that extent, a law, which seeks to discriminate in a society whose history has been scarred with the cancer of discrimination, has in fact, to be reformed." <br><br>
It is against this background that the call for the decriminalisation of homosexuality was made, which, advocates believe, would allow homosexuals to come out and receive testing and counselling.
(PDF - 29 Kb) Document Date: 12 Oct 2008 (Downloads: 53)
India: Lesbian couple hounded in Delhi Ambika Pandit, TNN, The Times of India, Feb 20, 2011; http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Lesbian-couple-hounded-in-Delhi/articleshow/7531247.cms#ixzz1EhoqvGiO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The police asked the staff of the NGO and the director of Naz Foundation, Anjali Gopalan, to get out of the way so that they could do their duty. Gopalan told TOI that despite repeated pleas, the police refused to show any documents. Later, she was told that Rhea was to be arrested for robbery as a complaint had been registered by her family that she had stolen valuables from their house in Mumbai before running away. "What shocks me is that first the police tries to enter a house where women are living alone. In fact, initially they came with gas cylinders, a crowbar and a hammer to break open the door which was locked from inside as the two women were petrified," Gopalan added.
Confronted by activists who highlighted many rules to reinforce that this was no way to execute an arrest, police finally said they would make the arrest in the morning. While the police and Rhea's relatives waited outside, Sangini's members were inside consoling the two women.<br><br>
Read more: Lesbian couple hounded in Delhi - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Lesbian-couple-hounded-in-Delhi/articleshow/7531247.cms#ixzz1EhpY8e7P
(PDF - 118 Kb) Document Date: 20 Feb 2011 (Downloads: 55)
Gay Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi shares his compelling story - by LGBT Asylum News on 08/10/10: http://sdgln.com/news/2010/08/10/bisi-alimis-gay-nigerian-story (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Homosexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, the conservative influences of the Muslim faith in the north and a large Christian presence in the south. It is punishable by death by stoning in all 12 states, or being sentenced up to 14 years of imprisonment. There is no legal protection against discrimination for LGBT Nigerians. Very few are out, and violence against those in the LGBT community is frequent. Legislation is pending to criminalize same-sex marriage throughout Nigeria. <br><br>
Alimi was expelled from university in 2004, before he was able to receive his degree.
Later that year, he was selected to be the Nigerian face of homosexuality at the fourth National Conference on HIV/AIDS in Abuja. Also that year, he was brought onto Funmi Iyanda's New Dawn talk show on the Nigerian Television Authority and it was here that he publicly came out before the nation and asked for acceptance from the public. Almost immediately, there were repercussions for both Alimi and the interviewer. Almini received both love letters and death threats, and lost his home and his job. The New Dawn talk show's Friday edition was canceled and further interviewees on the show were were screened by the NTA in a country where censorship against homosexuality is already tight."
(PDF - 104 Kb) Document Date: 10 Aug 2010 (Downloads: 51)
In Zambia, 'witch hunt' of LGBT meets "eerie silence" - by Paul Canning, www.madikazemi.blogspot.com, on 01/10/11: http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2011/01/in-zambia-witch-hunt-of-lgbt-meets.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Zambia's leadership has been accused of using homosexuality as a wedge issue in that country's 2011 general election. And growing anti-gay activity by church leaders is leading to increased attacks on LGBT people, say local gay leaders, risking Zambia becoming 'another Uganda or Senegal.' <br><br>
As in Kenya, the drafting of a new constitution has seen pressure from religious leaders to ensure that it does not offer any protections to LGBTI people. The National Constitutional Conference (NCC) ? the official body tasked with driving the reform process and rewriting the constitution ? has included a clause that forbids marriage between people of the same sex in the draft constitution as a result. The draft also includes a clause declaring Zambia a 'Christian nation'. The new constitution is expected to be passed this year. <br><br>
Formerly a colony of the British Empire, Zambia inherited the laws and legal system of its colonial master upon independence in 1964. Laws concerning homosexuality have largely remained unchanged since then, and homosexuality is covered by sodomy laws that also proscribe bestiality."
(PDF - 202 Kb) Document Date: 10 Jan 2011 (Downloads: 56)
In Zambia, opposition forced to position itself on homosexuality - by Paul Canning, www.madikazemi.blogspot.com, on 01/23/11: http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2011/01/in-zambia-opposition-forced-to-position.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SaveMehdiKazemi+%28LGBT+asylum+news%29 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Zambia's opposition leader Michael Sata has been attacked by government and religious leaders and in local media during the 2011 general election as pro-gay because his party has refused to state its position. <br><br>
'The point is, the constitution of Zambia does not accept lesbianism or homosexuality, those are the laws of the country which we must obey. So as a Christian nation why should we even be talking about those things because Christianity does not allow sex by man to man.' <br><br>
A 2010 survey revealed that only 2% of Zambians find homosexuality to be morally acceptable; nine points below the figure recorded in Uganda (11% acceptance)."
(PDF - 168 Kb) Document Date: 23 Jan 2011 (Downloads: 62)