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International Lgbt Rights

Citing Mental Illness, Russia Outlaws Driving for Transgender People, Amputees

Sarah Toce | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

As of Tuesday, January 6, it is now illegal for transgender and transsexual people to drive vehicles in Russia. The bill, originally signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on December 29, bans any person demonstrating "mental disorders" such as fetishism, exhibitionism , voyeurism, and pathological gambling from driving.

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.

Pinkwashing a Despot

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

When asked earlier this week by CBS network news if he condemned the sultan's appalling policies, Cowdray said that he had "no opinion whatsoever," while maintaining in the same breath support for the hotel's employees. Excuse me?

The One, Two Punch of Being Anti-Gay

Deena Fidas | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Deena Fidas

First a reputation stain, then the pocketbook strains. That's what lawmakers the world over learned to expect recently when efforts to penalize LGBT people move forward.

International Gay Rights Foes: If You Can't Beat Them, Beat Them Up

Wayne Besen | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

By now it should be evident that the LGBT movement always wins when it is allowed to make its case. Sure, progress comes in fits and starts, and it mi...

Being Gay in Tel Aviv, the Manhattan of the Middle East

Justine Borer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Borer

Tel Aviv is vaunted as a bastion of liberalism, and that liberalism ostensibly extends to acceptance of gay people. The anecdotal evidence I have collected in my conversations with Israeli friends has given me the impression that, in the aggregate, "macho" Israeli guys tend to be more accepting of gay men than are "macho" American guys.

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.

Guyana: The Children Are Our Future

Joel Earl Simpson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Joel Earl Simpson

As we commemorate IDAHO this year, we should reflect on how homophobic and transphobic discrimination affects Guyanese children, robbing them of their innocence and dignity and damaging the next generation. But we can, and we must, change that.

South Koreans Sing Against Homophobia (VIDEO)

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

A few weeks ago I was invited to watch the taping of a video for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Seoul. More and more Koreans are stepping forward in support of LGBT rights, and over 100 Koreans (some gay, most straight) were involved in this production.

Celebrate Equality! Work Like Hell for Justice! International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

IDAHO is a day to remember that there are countries throughout the world where well-meaning people are being told that LGBT people should be rejected by their families, given shock treatment, converted to fundamentalism, imprisoned or even executed. There is work to do!

UN Speaks Out For LGBT People In Cameroon Before Critical Hearings

Joe Mirabella | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights came out strongly in support of LGBT people facing abuse and imprisonment in Cameroon under the law. The statement came just days before three individuals convicted under the anti-gay law will have appeal hearings.

Celebrating Pride... Beyond The White House

Jessica Stern | Posted 08.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Jessica Stern

To improve the lives of LGBT people outside the U.S., rather than dictating a prepackaged governmental agenda or engaging in government-to-government negotiations, the Obama administration should offer assistance within the framework of existing community action.

Occupy Queer Rights Around the Globe!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Lives will be wasted if we do not push forward. Let us be in conversation with those who would persecute us and claim some kind of religious exemption from the love and respect for humanity that is required in every religious tradition.

Gay Rights Across the Globe

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Some academics' critique is that by using terms like "gay" and "LGBT" globally, we inappropriately apply Western terms and ideas that bias our understanding of sexual orientation in non-Western regions of the world. I disagree with this critique.