Tag Archive | anti-gay law

Guyana strikes down law against ‘improper’ cross-dressing

Guyana strikes down law against ‘improper’ cross-dressing

Transgender campaigners in Guyana celebrated on Wednesday after a Victorian-era law banning cross-dressing in public “for an improper purpose” was struck down by the South American country’s highest court. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) said the vaguely-worded law was unconstitutional and violated transgender citizens’ right to equality and non-discrimination. In a judgment delivered on […]

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesian officials should uphold the rights of LGBT people in the face of renewed anti-LGBT statements and discriminatory policy proposals, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Governor Ridwan Kamil of West Java province. Throughout October 2018, government officials in various regencies of West Java province have publicly called for policies that would target […]

Kenya: LGBT hope for court win after India drops anti-gay law

Kenya: LGBT hope for court win after India drops anti-gay law

A battle in Kenya’s courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalising gay sex has been reinvigorated, after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week, LGBT rights campaigners said yesterday, Wednesday 12th September. Homosexuality is taboo in the east African nation, and the persecution of sexual minorities is rife. Under sections […]

Singapore: Survey shows majority still support anti-gay law

Singapore: Survey shows majority still support anti-gay law

(Reuters) – A slim majority of Singaporeans still support a law that bans gay sex, an online survey showed on Monday, amid renewed debate on whether the city-state should follow India’s footsteps, and scrap similar British colonial-era legislation. Previous legal challenges to overturn the ban failed, but a prominent Singapore diplomat called on the gay […]

Russia: Minor appeals ‘gay propaganda’ law fine

Russia: Minor appeals ‘gay propaganda’ law fine

The first Russian minor to be fined under the law against so-called gay propaganda for posting pictures of shirtless men embracing has filed an appeal, his lawyer said on Monday. Maxim Neverov, 16, was fined 50,000 rubles ($760) this month, after a commission on juvenile affairs found him guilty of “promoting non-traditional sexual relationship among […]

India: Supreme Court To Re-examine Validity Of Anti-gay Law (Section 377)

India: Supreme Court To Re-examine Validity Of Anti-gay Law (Section 377)

India’s Supreme Court on Monday agreed to reconsider a 2013 decision, which had criminalised consensual sexual relations between same-sex adults. This is seen as  a victory for equal rights campaigners. Lawyer Anand Grover, who appeared for five members of the LGBT community who had petitioned the court seeking a review of the ban, told the […]

Belize Supreme Court Overturns Anti-gay Law

Belize Supreme Court Overturns Anti-gay Law

In a greatly anticipated Supreme Court oral decision delivered on Wednesday, August 10, the Honorable Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin, ruled that section 53 of the Criminal Code, which outlaws homosexual relations, is inconsistent with the Constitution of Belize. His decision, which has been applauded by the LGBT and human rights community in Belize […]