Paul Canning

Year-end review: World powers push for decriminalization of homosexuality and anti-discrimination

We saw an increased impact in 2011 of the work of the UN Human Rights Council, particularly its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of interrogating country's human rights records, and other long-term work by activists starting to bear fruit in other parts of the United Nations and other international bodies as well.

Year-end review: Counting the growth of LGBT international projects

The May 17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), initiated by the black gay French leader Louis-Georges Tin, exploded this year with events from Lebanon to Fiji - in all over 70 countries took part.

One highlight amongst many: the presence, the voice of Burmese LGBT at events in Thailand. The spread of participation also highlighted the

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Year-end review: Marriage equality makes gains around the world

What stood out on the international LGBT human rights front in 2011? A lot. But let’s go out on a limb and pick three things.

  • The repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the ban on lesbians and gays in the U.S. military, in September.
  • The appearance of LGBT organizing, at some level, in most African countries. (See, for example, what's happening in Mozambique in a post from January).

VIDEO: In Jamaica, opposition leader backs LGBT rights in "historic" moment

In moment described as “historic” by activists, the Jamaican opposition leader has come out for LGBT rights during an election debate.

Jamaicans will go to the polls on December 29 and People’s National Party leader Portia Simpson-Miller made the positive comments during an election debate yesterday with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

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Widely discredited "ex-gay" movement exported from U.S. to Caribbean

The widely discredited “ex-gay” religious movement has expanded beyond its American origins throughout the world.

Report: Gay and bisexual Kenyan men trafficked as sex slaves to Gulf states

A Kenyan gay magazine has exposed male sex trafficking between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Identity magazine says that gay and bisexual Kenyans are being lured from universities with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves.

The prestigious Kenyatta University is being particularly targeted, the magazine found. The men are often desperate as Kenya suffers from high unemployment.

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MILESTONE: Northern Cyprus becomes last place in Europe to decriminalize homosexuality

(Editor's note: For an understanding of the complicated situation in Northern Cyprus, which is a self-declared state that calls itself the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, click HERE.)

Turkish Cypriot leaders have bowed to pressure from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and agreed to repeal a law outlawing homosexuality.

Norway to gay Iraqi seeking asylum: "Go home and be discrete"

(Editor's note: This story has been corrected by LGBT Asylum News to reflect new information that another Iraqi Kurdish asylum seeker, whose story had strong similarities and had also been reported in the Norwegian media, was in fact a different person. That Iraqi has been granted asylum. His name and picture have been removed from this story at his request.)

A gay Iraqi has been refused Norwegian asylum and told to “go home and be discrete.”

EU official vows to confront Putin over Russian's anti-gay laws

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, told activists today that she would raise the discriminatory laws at the EU-Russia summit.

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COMMENTARY: Lawsuit details appalling treatment of transgender asylum seeker in U.S. detention

The appalling treatment of a transgender asylum seeker held in U.S. detention has drawn a lawsuit from the ACLU.

The suit is against the federal government, local government and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and charges that they failed to protect Tanya Guzman-Martinez from sexual violence, assault and other mistreatment.