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When Coming Out Is a Death Sentence: The Rising Tide of Violence Against LGBT Iraqis

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

For two years the IGLHRC, jointly with Iraqi and international NGOs, has supported humanitarian assistance to vulnerable LGBT individuals and worked to raise awareness about their desperate plight. Out of this work comes two briefings that expose the depth of suffering and violence perpetrated against LGBT people across different levels of society.

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court of India

Nish Gera | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Nish Gera

When, in a decade or two from now, people look back at which side of history you stood on, and for how long, will you have a good enough answer?

Faces Of Faith: What Do Religious Leaders In Uganda Really Think About LGBT Rights?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.04.2014 | Gay Voices

When we talk about the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Uganda, it tends to always be in terms of religion-bas...

David McCabe

New House Bill Seeks To Make Securing LGBT Rights A State Department Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Wednesday would bolster the State Department's ability to fight discrimination against...

Is America's Global Gay Rights Push Too 'Colonial'?

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 08.28.2014 | Gay Voices

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world to promote a...

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.

Round Two: India's LGBT Community Tries Again To Strike Anti-Gay Law

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear pleas against the controversial sodomy law that recently re-criminalized gay sex. In July 2009, the Delh...

Positive Side Effects

The European Magazine | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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 05.16.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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.