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  • Glossary of Arabic Terms - by Bassam,, on 07/31/03: (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    "The Arabic language does not have positive words to express the emotional or sexual relations between two people of the same gender. The known expressions in formal or classical Arabic are negative and degrading: "shouzouz jinsi" (unnatural or abnormal sexuality), "loowat" (the homosexual act among men, in reference to the story of Prophet Lot in the Bible or Lut in the Koran), and "sihaq" (the homosexual act among women). However, during the last years of the twentieth century, some sociologists, psychologists, and journalists whose professional conscience was alive, started to use the positive expression of "junusiya misliya", which is an accurate translation for homosexuality -- a word that was first used in the European languages around 100 years ago."  Added: Jul 13 2010
  • Evaluating the treatment of homosexuals across Africa -February 9, 2010 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    Media attention has recently focused on the Ugandan government?s consideration of legislation that would make homosexual behavior punishable with the death penalty. For a wider look at the issue of gay rights in Africa, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Heflin, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Intersex Rights Initiative at the Open Society Institute.  Added: Jun 24 2010
  • Lebanon: "Helem and La CD-Theque publish first Arabic-language book on homophobia" - by Helem on 11/24/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    This book has been a long time coming. Enough invisibility, enough denial. Homophobia is something that permeates every aspect of our lives, sometimes in ways too subtle to detect, and other times with overt violence. "Homophobia: Views and Positions" is a book that breaks the silence around this social ill, claiming loudly that it is not homosexuals that are deviant and in need of treatment, but homophobes themselves.  Added: Jun 22 2010
  • 2009 Human Rights Report: Jamaica / Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    J-FLAG members also suffered attacks on their property and home intrusions, as people demanded to know the number of persons and beds in a home. In one instance, a fire bombing at the home of two men left one of them with burns on more than 60 percent of his body. In addition such persons faced death and arson threats, with some of these directed at the J-FLAG offices. J-FLAG did not publicize its location due to such threats, and its officials reported feeling unsafe having meetings with clients at the organization's office.  Added: Jun 8 2010
  • Pakistan jails couple over gay marriage allegation By Reza Sayah, CNN June 2, 2010 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    "Peshawar police Chief Shoukat Ali disagrees. Officials say they have photographs and a wedding dress to prove it. <br><br> "Our investigation shows this man likes these people more than women," Ali said. "He admitted it. This is a psychological disease when men are attracted to men and not attracted to women.""  Added: Jun 2 2010
  • Transsexuals in iran Part 1 through 6 [Written Directed and Produced by Tanaz Eshaghian ] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    Be Like Others (also known as Transsexual in Iran) is a 2008 documentary film written and directed by Tanaz Eshaghian about transsexuals in Iran. It explores issues of gender and sexuality while following the personal stories of some of the patients at a Tehran clinic. The film played at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, winning three awards.<br>The Following is a link to a 6 section video on transgenders' situation in Iran. Added: 26 Apr 2010 <br><br> Part 2/6 <br> <br> Part 3/6<br> <br> Part 4/6 <br> <br> Part 5/6<br> <br> Part 6/6 <br> <br><br>  Added: May 28 2010
  • Intergroup on LGBT Rights (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    The work of the Intergroup consists in monitoring the work of the European Union; monitoring the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in EU Member States and beyond; and liaising with civil society groups to relay their concerns at the European level.  Added: May 5 2010
  • 2009 Human Rights Reports: Nigeria- Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010: (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    No action was taken against persons who in 2008 stoned and beat members of the House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church, an LGBT-friendly church in Lagos. The attacks occurred after four newspapers published photographs, names, and addresses of church members.  Added: Apr 28 2010
  • US State Department 2009 Human Rights Reports: Uzbekistan (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    Homosexual activity is punishable by up to three years' imprisonment. There were no known lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations. There was no known perpetrated or condoned violence against the LGBT community. There were no known reports of official or societal discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, statelessness, or access to education or health care, but this may be attributed to the social taboo against discussing homosexual activity rather than to equality in such matters.  Added: Apr 21 2010
  • El Salvador: US State Department- 2009 Country Report on Human Rights Practices (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    By year's end Entre Amigos reported the killings of 23 persons from the LGBT community, compared with 11 during 2008. Entre Amigos alleged that many of the victims' bodies showed signs of torture.<br><br> Entre Amigos reported that the PNC did not investigate a July attempted break-in to the group's offices by unknown actors. At year's end there was no information regarding any investigation of the incident.  Added: Apr 16 2010
  • Brazil: US State Department:- 2009 Human Righs Report (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    Between January and September, the NGO Bahia Gay Group received 115 reports of killings in the country based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a decrease from 186 during the same period in 2008. Gay men were the most affected group, followed by transvestites and lesbians. During the year Parana State had the most cases of killings of gay men (19), followed by the states of Bahia (18) and Sao Paulo (10). Activist groups claimed that violence against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and, in particular, transvestites was underreported (see also section 1.a.). Boys perceived to be effeminate were trafficked within the country and abroad to work as transvestite prostitutes. Police routinely harassed transvestite prostitutes.  Added: Apr 13 2010
  • UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.  Added: Apr 7 2010
  • LGBT Asylum News (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    This website was established in January 2008 to help save 19yo gay Iranian Mehdi Kazemi from deportation to execution by the British government. He was saved but many other LGBT asylum seekers face appalling treatment at the hands of the UK government.<br.<br> We document the situations in countries from which LGBT people are fleeing to the UK hoping for a safe haven and the problems they can face from the UK asylum system.  Added: Mar 29 2010
  • 2009 Human Rights Reports: Guatemala Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Guatemala- 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity <br> Homosexual rights support groups alleged that members of the police regularly waited outside clubs and bars frequented by sexual minorities and demanded that persons engaged in commercial sexual activities provide protection money. A lack of trust in the judicial system and a fear of further persecution or social recrimination discouraged victims from filing complaints. There was general societal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in employment, the workplace, and housing.  Added: Mar 26 2010
  • 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices- 03/11/2010 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)  Added: Mar 11 2010
  • Pukaar [Publication] - Naz Foundation International (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    The Naz Foundation International (NFI) is an international non-governmental organisation, thats primary aim is to improve the sexual health and human rights of marginalised males who have sex with males, their partners and families in South Asia and else where. <br><br> Pukaar is the Naz Foundation International's quarterly journal focusing on Asia male-male sexualities and well-being.<br> Editions prior to 2003 are available by contacting our Knowledge Centre. Contact Javed Abbas on at the NFI Knowledge Centre.  Added: Feb 26 2010
  • RFSL - Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas och transpersoners rättigheter -(RFSL) The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    RFSL is a non-profit organization that works with and for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT). It is non-partisan and not affiliated with any religious organization. <br><br> The federation operates counseling centers for both women and men in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. The counseling is intended for people who need to talk about coming out, sex, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, and relationships, as well as who need assistance in their contact with the authorities and healthcare institutions, or who require legal assistance with, for example, asylum and wills.  Added: Feb 22 2010
  • Diario de Lima Gay (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)  Added: Feb 12 2010
  • ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    ORAM is a California-based not-for-profit assisting refugees and migrants battling especially compelling survival issues. These include persons escaping sexual and gender-based violence, lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered, the elderly, the ill and those with disabilities. ORAM conducts education and advocacy, provides practical and legal counseling and facilitates representation for these highly vulnerable refugees and migrants in their search for security and safe haven.  Added: Feb 8 2010
  • ASWAT (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
    Who We Are<br> We are a group of Arab gay women and home to all lesbians, inter-sex, queers, transsexual, transgender, questioning and bisexual women.<br><br> our mission<br> Is to raise our voices to echo in the corridors of our society, promote our existence to raise public awareness, and create a safe environment for gay Arab women within our Arab and Palestinian society.  Added: Jan 27 2010
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