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Come out if you can, but don't judge those who can't

October 11, is National Coming Out Day.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day. Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people choose this day to announce their sexual orientation or gender identity. The basic idea is that homophobia can grow in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance.

Visibility certainly helps people to understand that society is diverse and combat deeply ingrained prejudices.

UNAIDS urges inquiry into death of Cameroon gay activist

“It is unacceptable that in many countries people are subject to violence or the threat of violence because of their sexual orientation or perceived HIV status. Respect for human rights is essential in ensuring that all people have access to HIV services.”

Watchdog: Tanzania police abuse, torture impede HIV services

Tanzanians who are most at risk of HIV face widespread police abuse and often can’t get help when they are victims of crime, Human Rights Watch and the Wake Up and Step Forward Coalition say in a new report.

Cameroon enforces harsh anti-homosexuality laws | VIDEO

Most cases are marked by grave human rights violations, including torture, forced confessions, denial of access to legal counsel, and discriminatory treatment by law enforcement and judicial officials.

Report from Syria: Men, women and children sexually assaulted in detention, raids

Syrian government forces have used sexual violence to torture men, women, and boys detained during the current conflict. Witnesses and victims also told Human Rights Watch that soldiers and pro-government armed militias have sexually abused women and girls as young as 12 during home raids and military sweeps of residential areas.