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Global Lgbt Rights

An Open Letter to America

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

I want to counteract the hate, silencing and fear with love. I want love to be the face of the equal rights movement for the LGBTQ community. I want to fill the world with love. Imagine what that could look like.

A Flicker of Hope in the Middle East Is Extinguished

Marten Weber | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

After an Omani newspaper published an article that suggested that Oman was more sympathetic to homosexuals than most countries in the region, the initial euphoria among LGBT activists was quickly muzzled when The Week not only retracted the article but published an apology.

Russian Gay Activist's Plea: 'Get Us the Hell Out of Here'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Masha Gessen believes that it's time for Russian LGBT people to flee the country to escape what she says has now become "all-out war" against LGBT people in Russia. And she's calling on the United States to allow political asylum for LGBT Russians.

Exclusive Interview With Rashidi Williams

Udoka Okafor | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

"[W]e can compel the Nigerian public to sit back and ask questions themselves as to the normality of heterosexuality and what makes homosexuality deviant, but that starts with LGBT people accepting themselves. I do not force people to come out, but I am a huge fan of coming out."

What's So Special About Russia?

Marten Weber | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Anti-gay violence has to stop in every country around the globe. We cannot protest against Russia and ignore the hanging and stoning of gay teenagers in Iran or Saudi Arabia simply because we respect their religion. Where religion violates human rights, religion has to change.

What We See in Russia: Blood and Sacrifice

David Gudelunas | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
David Gudelunas

Think seeing a lot of red equal signs is powerful? Try looking at images of soldiers brutally beating a gay kid. Talking about the horrific acts is one thing, but seeing them is a far more powerful thing that even the most distracted among us cannot avoid.

African Pride: A Look at LGBT Life in South Africa

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

Laura Fletcher recorded over 120 hours of footage for her documentary African Pride, which takes a look at life for LGBT people in South Africa. As Laura explains, it was a difficult challenge, as South Africa's stance on gay rights is an unusual one.

The International Impact of Russia's Anti-Gay Laws: The Olympics and Beyond

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

LGBTQ issues are very prolific in our contemporary society, and it is not farfetched to presume that the international community or the UN Security Council might want to propose a resolution to address the LGBTQ issues. What then? What happens when Russia vetoes this resolution?

How Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Could Affect Foreign Media

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- NBC is assuring its gay and lesbian employees who may cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi that it will do everything possible to keep them ...

Growing Up Gay in Russia

Wes Hurley | Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Wes Hurley

Realizing I was gay in Russia felt like a terminal disease diagnosis. There I was, a secret pedik, one of the monsters I'd heard about so much yet knew so little about. Convinced that I was the only real gay person in Russia, I felt completely alienated from the human race.

All Out Delivers Petition to the International Olympic Committee (VIDEO)

Joe Mirabella | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

This global call urged the IOC to condemn Russia's anti-gay law before the Olympic Games and urge Russia to ensure the security of all visitors, athletes and Russian people before, during, and after the Games.

Human Rights Abuses Not a Concern in the Ivy League

Andrew Longhi | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Longhi

My college has appointed James Tengatenga, the diocesan bishop of southern Malawi, to a leadership position as "the moral spokesperson of the College." However, it is clear that the welfare of LGBT people is not a view that he holds.

#DumpStoli Is Bullshit

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan J. Davis

A boycott of Russian vodka (specifically Stoli) won't do anything to stop Russia's crackdown on LGBT people. It's this kind of fake activism, all tactics with no strategy, that hurt progressive causes in the long run. People feel like they've done something of value when they haven't.

Boycott Russia? Here's a Better Idea

Gabe Zichermann | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Gabe Zichermann

Though our best intentions -- and the classic protest playbook -- tell us that a boycott and international pressure is the best approach, Russia's economic and political insularity effectively shields them from any fallout. So what can be done?

UN Launches Unprecedented Global Campaign for LGBT Equality

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

With the Free & Equal campaign, the UN hopes to accelerate a change in attitudes toward LGBT people by provoking -- and helping to inform -- millions of conversations around the world, to dispel common misconceptions and negative stereotypes.

Exclusive Interview With Adebisi Alimi, Gay Rights Activist in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

"The reward of what I do is to see issues we are afraid of talking about being mainstreamed. I can boldly say that today in Nigeria we talk about homosexuality so openly because Funmi [Iyanda] and I decided to pay the price and break the ice. It was a very dangerous thing to do."

LGBT Warriors in the Caribbean

Nhojj | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Nhojj

It began in 2003 with about 10 university students responding to an injustice: In Guyana's constitution, there is no legal protection for LGBT people. Now SASOD is awaiting judgment in a suit filed against the state for unconstitutional violations of four transgender individuals' rights.

Love Is Traditional, Russia: Fighting Hatred and Promoting Acceptance

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Even if I weren't bisexual, I'd find Russia's anti-gay policies incomprehensible. I don't understand how promoting or showing love of any sort can be wrong. I don't understand how raising children to be open, accepting, and loving of their fellow human beings can be wrong.

7 Ways to Work With LGBT Communities in International Development

Randal Mason | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

As the vulnerability of LGBT people around the world has been well-documented, four LGBT experts -- Dr. Chloe Schwenke, Urooj Arshad, Victor Mukasa, and Ryan Ubuntu Olson -- offered key recommendations for those working with LGBT groups abroad.

Homophobia, Jamaica's 'Abominable Crime' And The Coming Storm

Pulitzer Center | Micah Fink | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

By Micah Fink for The Pulitzer Center The repeal of Jamaica’s long-outdated sodomy law, a relic of British imperialism that defines homosexual a...

Born This Way: Getting to Know the LGBT Underground in Cameroon

Shaun Kadlec | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaun Kadlec

If we had showed up with a plan to document "the struggle for LGBT equality in Cameroon," we're not sure we would have seen what was really there. It's hard to say. Right now, the movement in Cameroon exists almost entirely inside the hearts of those involved.

SASOD at 10: Coming Full Circle

Joel Earl Simpson | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Joel Earl Simpson

SASOD just marked its 10th anniversary on June 7 (it was June 7, 2003, when then Students Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination entered the public sphere in Guyana), so it seems an opportune time to reflect on where we are in achieving human rights and equality for all Guyanese.

The Culture of Homophobia in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

No one ever spoke about gay issues in Nigeria; it was simply an accepted fact that homosexuality was an aberration from morality, and gay people were therefore treated as second-class citizens. My high school was simply a microcosm of this homophobic culture.

The Global LGBT Rights Kaleidoscope (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

The improvement in the human rights situation of LGBT people is real, but millions have yet to feel its touch. Extending the reach of progress and guaranteeing the rights of every LGBT individual, no matter where they live, is emerging as a vital, if contested, objective of human rights activism.

'The Other' and LGBT Rights in Turkey

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

Dr. Toprak and her colleagues in parliament are great allies of the LGBT movement in Turkey. Their political fight for equal treatment of all citizens is a source of inspiration for human rights activists in Turkey who have been advocating for equal rights and protection of LGBT individuals.