LGBT rights

Human rights groups urge Cameroon to end anti-gay laws

The Cameroonian authorities must end the persecution of gays and lesbians and repeal laws that criminalize consensual same-sex relations, five human rights organizations said today in an open letter to Paul Biya, the president of Cameroon.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch joined the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), L’Association pour la Défense des Droits des Homosexuel(le)s (ADEFHO) and Alternatives Cameroun in urging the government to release all individuals detained under the discriminatory law.

Gay Africans react to Obama's UN comments in support of global LGBT rights

Gay African activists have reacted positively to President Obama's inclusion of LGBT human rights in his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly - a first for an American President.

Obama said:

Straight Olympian will swim for equality this weekend

MALIBU, Calif. -- This weekend, straight ally and ten-time Olympian swimmer Gary Hall Jr. will swim to raise awareness for LGBT Equality, advocacy organization Equality California announced today.

The swim, which takes place Saturday, Sept 24, 2011, starting at 9 am, is a 1.7 mile open-water swim, and Hall will join 30 other swimmers as they make their way through the surf from Malibu's Tower 1 to the Zuma Lifeguard Headquarters.

Each swimmer or team has committed to raising a minimum of $2000 per person to benefit Equality California.

President Obama at UN: "We must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere"

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama forcefully spoke out for global LGBT rights during a speech today at the United Nations.

“No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere,” Obama said in the speech, which he used to address his opposition to Palestine's UN bid for statehood.

Active duty officer at helm of OutServe magazine reveals his identity at long last

WASHINGTON — Finding out that 1st Lt. Josh Seefried is gay won’t be a shock to most of his co-workers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. He has already come out to some of them, and dropped not-so-subtle hints for others.

But now that the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" law barring openly gay troops from serving in the military has been repealed, even some close friends who know Seefried’s personal life will be stunned to find out that he has an even bigger secret.

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New group vows to fight for global gay rights

A new international LGBT human rights organization based in the UK has launched today, Sept. 13.

The Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust has been endorsed by all three major British party political leaders and its Honorary President is the Speaker of the British House of Commons, John Bercow MP.

In his endorsement the British Prime Minister David Cameron said:

Why is Mexico persecuting gay lawyer Jaime López Vela?

A Mexican lawyer and gay activist is facing 14 months in prison for defending a victim of homophobia. In 2009 Jaime López Vela was physically assaulted and then arrested and charged with "insult to police and obstruction on the road" by police in the State of Mexico (in South-Central Mexico) on the orders of State authorities.

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WikiLeaks bombshell! Uganda's first lady is behind "Kill The Gays" bill

The wife of the President of Uganda, Janet Musceveni, "is ultimately behind" the Anti-Homosexuality (AHB, “Kill The Gays”) Bill,
according to a newly released US diplomatic cable.

The cable is among those newly released unredacted by WikiLeaks. It is signed by the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier.

Activist's murder underlines fears of local LGBT people in Kenya

The murder of a gay activist in Kisumu, Kenya's third largest city in Western Kenya, underlines the climate of threat and hostility in which local LGBT exist, activists say.

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COMMENTARY: The Pit buries 150 years of homophobic atrocities

Imagine a deep dark trench, dug at the height of the European colonial age stretching further than the eye can see. Although it is present in many countries, it still lies dangerously open in 76 countries.

Some countries realize how dangerous the Pit has been to innocent citizens and are filling the grave-like trench with dirt or planting flowers in memory of fallen ones like Matthew Shepard or Harvey Milk. However, the Pit remains deep in some places in the world, and forever holds the secrets of countless forgotten victims of 150 years of warfare against LGBT people across the planet.