Jun 192012
Uganda - Police raid gay rights meeting

Ugandan police on Monday raided a gay rights workshop in Kampala and questioned activists attending the gathering, rights campaigners said. East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, the organisation behind the workshop, said that police interrupted the meeting and began questioning participants at the event, including activists from Canada, Kenya and Rwanda. The [...]

Jun 182012
USA - THE NORMAL HEART a 'flawless, anguish-filled revival' (Washington Post)

In the final 40 minutes of the flawless Arena Stage revival of “The Normal Heart,” one harrowing meltdown seems to incite another — a cascade of anguish as a terrifyingly unknowable killer bears down on a great metropolis. It starts with Michael Berresse’s shattering speech as Mickey, a gay city-health employee, crumbling under the weight [...]

Jun 182012
Sri Lanka - Gay rights group launches petition to repeal gay sex laws

With Colombo Pride in full swing, Sri Lanka gay rights group Equal Ground has started a drive to petition the government to repeal the country’s colonial-era laws that are used to criminalise same-sex sexual relations. But unlike other former British colonies such as Singapore and Malaysia, Sri Lanka’s laws also specifically prohibit lesbian sex. Under [...]

Jun 142012
Canada - Homosexuality no longer classed as ‘mental illness’ in Alberta billing code

The province has rewritten controversial billing codes that treated sexual minorities as people with mental disorders akin to bestiality and pedophilia. After more than 15 years of pressure from advocacy groups, the Progressive Conservatives have replaced the offending section with modern language that says gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer Albertans are not suffering from [...]

Jun 122012
USA - No mention of ‘bisexual,’ ‘transgender’ under Romney, blocked publication of antibullying guide

Former governor Mitt Romney’s administration in 2006 blocked publication of a state antibullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender’’ in passages about protecting certain students from harassment, according to state records and interviews with current and former state officials. Romney aides said publicly at the [...]

Jun 092012
Vietnam - Transgender community makes slow progress

The restaurant Thuy Linh sits by one of Saigon’s black, soupy canals at the edge of District Three. Though operating in an area already full of restaurants and cafes it doesn’t struggle for business. Waitresses squeeze between plastic tables occupied by families and friends, continually dodging toddlers running in circles and screaming over the music. [...]

Jun 062012
India - 'The third gender does not deserve third rate treatment'

Raveena Bariha, the fire brand graduate tribal hijra activist from Chhattisgarh (a relatively backward state of India) is lovingly called the chhota bomb and chhota rocket. At the recently concluded National Hijra Habba Consultation and Cultural Event, which was organized by Pehch?n project, in association with India HIV/AIDS Alliance in Delhi, her diminutive frame dressed [...]