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The European Magazine | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
The European Magazine

Europe is learning to become more tolerant of LGBT people. More and more countries debate LGBT rights and equality, embracing legal recognition of LGBT families. A huge re-thinking and reevaluation of traditional values is taking place, and the concept of the family is changing rapidly.

'It's An Anti-Homosexuals Apartheid'

Agence France Presse | Yannick Pasquet | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Cameroon is suffering under an "anti-homosexuals apartheid", says lawyer Alice Nkom, who has spent a decade defending gays and lesbians in the west Af...

Why All LGBT People Should Care About Places Like Russia, Uganda and Gambia

Kevin Jennings | Posted 03.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Jennings

As barriers to legal equality seem to be falling like dominoes in the United States, it's easy for LGBT Americans and their allies to feel a sense of giddiness. But even as the momentum in the U.S. seems to be accelerating in the right direction, a disturbing countertrend has emerged.

India's Gay Community Is Taking Over! (In The Best Way Possible)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices

The Gaysi Family is a website dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community living in the South Asian subcontinent. Last...

A Response to the Law That Further Criminalizes the LGBT Community in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

The LGBT population in Nigeria is not even advocating for same-sex marriage at this point; they are simply asking that their identities be decriminalized. But passing the bill was both a symbolic act and a means to further polarize the Nigerian populace on the issue of LGBT rights.

Indian Supreme Court Endangers Human Rights -- But Public's Outrage Holds Promise for Different Future

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne B. Goldberg

If there was any question about where things are headed, the outpouring in the media makes clear that the decision of India's Supreme Court to uphold the colonial-era law that criminalizes sexual relations between same-sex partners reflects the nation's past but does not likely reflect the future.

LOOK: The AMAZING Way Facebook Users Are Supporting LGBT Indians

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Earlier this week, India reinforced its institutionalized discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals when the co...

LOOK: Straight Hunks Make Out To Fight Homophobia

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.12.2013 | Gay Voices

In an exclusive photo shoot for the January edition of German GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly, 13 straight male German stars have come together to make a b...

Sorry, Indian Supreme Court, but Queers Are Here to Stay

Sandip Roy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Sandip Roy

What the judges do not realize is that you cannot turn the clock back to 2008 any more than you can squeeze toothpaste back into the tube. This is a different India now.

Q&A with Rosanna Flamer-Caldera: Long-time Activist Talks LGBT Rights, From 1970s San Francisco to Sri Lanka Today

Elizabeth Daube | Posted 02.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Daube

LGBT people have faced extreme discrimination in Sri Lanka. For more than a century, the country has outlawed same-sex relationships under its colonial-era "gross indecency" laws.

How Western Foreign Policy Is Hurting LGBT Africans

Scott Novak | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

David Cameron's foreign-aid policy and the falsities presented by the African press only contribute to this demonization of LGBT people. If there is one thing that I have learned from activism, it is that punishing people will not get them to change their views on LGBT rights.

Putin Responds To Criticism Of Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.21.2013 | Gay Voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a growing international sentiment against Russia's anti-gay laws, claiming that the country is not attempti...

(We Are) #GayPropaganda

Kevin Dolan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Dolan

(We Are) #GayPropaganda looks to provide the international community with the tools and language needed to make their opposition to Russia's anti-LGBT oppression heard during the Winter Olympics. Our ultimate goal? To blanket social media and raise a new kind of global awareness.

Journalist Blames Gays For Russian Meteorite

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Famous Russian journalist and TV host Arkady Mamontov is coming under fire after he made some shocking claims this week, placing the blame for last wi...

Russian Children To Receive 10,000 Pro-Gay Coloring Books

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clothing and accessory company FCKH8 is launching a new campaign that will send 10,000 Russian children ...

WATCH: Protestors Torch 'Gay Rights' Rainbow Sculpture

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Polish protestors lit up the night on Nov. 11 when they torched a massive rainbow sculpture in Warsaw's Public Square during an Independence Day March...

From Bangladesh to Brooklyn: An LGBT Activist's Story

Randal Mason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

When I ask Shakhawat Hossain if it's true that he's the first openly gay Bangladeshi, he quietly demurs. "Lately more Bangladeshis are coming out to their families, and they're a lot more courageous than me."

The Kiss: Two Young Women With the Hearts of Warriors Confront Hatred and Bigotry

Trevor Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Trevor Martin

A few weeks it was reported that two young women had been manhandled, arrested, beaten up and thrown into a jail cell for engaging in a same-sex kiss at a public gospel concert in a park in Brazil. I am in touch with one of the women, who told me about what happened at the event.

Every Single Article Ever Written About Being Gay in Beirut in One Convenient Article

Raja Farah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raja Farah

Hamed Sinno, the openly gay frontman of the Lebanese band Mashrou3 Leila, is gay. His gay voice represents the entire Arab world. Through his gay songs he captures the angst of the youth, singing about things no one gay has ever sung about in a gay way.

Exclusive Interview With Davis Mac-Iyalla, the Nigerian LGBT Rights Activist Fighting to Redefine Religion

Udoka Okafor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

"The African bishops need to stop doing the talking and start listening to the LGBT people. We are not making much progress with the debate in Africa because most of our African bishops have affiliated themselves with right-wing conservative Christians from the United States."

Beyond Russia: LGBT Rights Are Human Rights Around the World

Randal Mason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

The issue of anti-LGBT violence in Russia has become a cause célèbre over the last several months, in part due to the approaching Winter Olympics in Sochi, but homophobic and transphobic violence are problems in every region of the world, including in the United States.

How to Approach the Issue of LGBT Rights in Africa

Udoka Okafor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

LGBT issues in Africa must be approached from multiple angles: political, social, legal, and cultural. Many of the things understood about the African community, even by some people within Africa itself, are understood through the lens of a culture that was redefined by the West.

'God Shot John Lennon' and Other Pearls of Wisdom From Marco Feliciano, the Anti-Gay Head of Brazil's Human Rights and Minorities Commission

Trevor Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Trevor Martin

The man ordering the arrest of two people for engaging in a gay kiss is the president of Brazil's Human Rights and Minorities Commission! Offending a self-righteous and dangerously fanatical pastor is not a crime, and the police should not have taken orders from him.

The World Is Watching

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

I realized that the PFLAG China parents were looking to us in the U.S. for signs that the world is changing. I understood that our progress is their hope for their children and their families. China is watching us closely and believing that our evolution can be their future.

Foreign Ministers Talk LGBT Rights at the UN

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

The fact that LGBT rights violations were, for the first time, the subject of a ministerial meeting was widely noticed by diplomats, the media and other observers. It's a sign of the increasing visibility of these issues, and of the political importance that many countries now attach to them.