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Kenya: LGBT+ refugees accuse UN of failing them

Kenya: LGBT+ refugees accuse UN of failing them

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya on Friday accused the United Nations of failing to provide adequate shelter and protection, after they were forced to flee attacks at a refugee camp, and relocated to an abandoned school on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) moved around 200 refugees – mostly from Uganda […]

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Asian countries holding elections this year must be ready to protect the rights of LGBT+ communities, ahead of a likely rise in anti-gay rhetoric by politicians, rights groups said on Tuesday. A number of countries across the region are set to go to the polls in 2019, including India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, and […]

Hong Kong: Two gay men challenge ban on same-sex marriage

Hong Kong: Two gay men challenge ban on same-sex marriage

Two gay men have launched separate legal bids to overturn Hong Kong’s ban on same-sex marriage, the first time the law has been challenged in court. The two men, an activist and a student, argue that the ban on same-sex marriage violates their right to equality under the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution. They are […]

LGBT+ migrants face abuse in Mexican border city – activists

LGBT+ migrants face abuse in Mexican border city – activists

The arrival of about 80 LGBT+ asylum seekers from Central America in the Mexican border city of Tijuana has provoked an angry backlash from local residents, rights activists said. The asylum seekers are among thousands of migrants who are making their way through Mexico towards the United States. They split from the caravan they were […]

Zanzibar: Men suspected of ‘being gay’ released on bail

Zanzibar: Men suspected of ‘being gay’ released on bail

Ten men arrested on suspicion of being gay in Zanzibar were released on bail on Thursday, said a senior police official, and their lawyer, adding that the incident was still being investigated, and the men could be charged in the future. The men were arrested late on Saturday, when police raided a party at a […]

Zimbabwe: Trans people struggle for acceptance

Zimbabwe: Trans people struggle for acceptance

Growing up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, Samantha Ndlovu’s parents expected her to behave like a typical girl. But Ndlovu felt trapped in her body. She wanted to be called Sam. Neighbours and friends laughed at her, saying she was a tomboy. But for Ndlovu now, having self-declared as male, he always knew he was […]

US: HRC Horror re Proposed Egyptian Anti-LGBTQ and Allies Legislation

US: HRC Horror re Proposed Egyptian Anti-LGBTQ and Allies Legislation

On Thursday (26th October), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, expressed horror over the news that a group of Egyptian lawmakers have proposed a broad anti-LGBTQ law criminalizing LGBTQ people and allies. “In the past two months, more than 60 LGBTQ Egyptians have been […]