Tag Archive | anti-gay law

Indonesian city plans to fine residents for “LGBT behaviour”

Indonesian city plans to fine residents for “LGBT behaviour”

(Reuters) – An Indonesian city has approved a bye-law to fine gay or transgender people up to 1 million rupiah [€61.55] ($70) for behaviour that could “disturb public order” or be considered immoral, the city’s deputy mayor said on Friday. The regulation is the latest example of a rise in government and public hostility towards […]

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 […]