Tag Archive | anti-gay law

Bucharest: Thousands march in LGBTQ pride parade

Bucharest: Thousands march in LGBTQ pride parade

(Reuters) – Thousands of people joined an LGBTQ pride march in Bucharest on Saturday, for the first time since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, ahead of planned legislation that would chip away at minority rights. Socially conservative Romania, which decriminalised homosexuality in 2001, still bars marriage and civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

Ghana: LGBT+ bill would threaten progress on HIV/AIDS

Ghana: LGBT+ bill would threaten progress on HIV/AIDS

A proposal to criminalise LGBT+ people in Ghana is “a gross violation” of human rights, and could set back a decade of progress fighting HIV/AIDS in the West African nation, according to the United Nations. The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, received a first reading in parliament on […]

Ghana: Bill seeks to criminalise LGBT+

Ghana: Bill seeks to criminalise LGBT+

A bill in Ghana that would make it a crime to be gay, bisexual or transgender has shocked the local LGBT+ community and raised fears over a possible surge in discrimination and violence against sexual minorities in the West African country. […] homophobic persecution is widespread, but the draft law would go much further – […]

Hungary: Parliament passes anti-LGBT law

Hungary: Parliament passes anti-LGBT law

(Reuters) – Hungary’s parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that bans the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties. Hardline nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who faces an election next year, has grown increasingly radical on social policy, railing against LGBT […]

Hungary: Fidesz proposes anti-LGBT law

Hungary: Fidesz proposes anti-LGBT law

(Reuters) – Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has proposed legislation that bans disseminating what it calls content promoting gender change, or homosexuality, in schools, a move which activists said resembled Russia’s 2013 ‘gay propaganda’ law. Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which faces elections in early 2022 and promotes a strongly Christian-conservative agenda, has moved further […]

Malaysia: Man wins challenge against anti-gay ban

Malaysia: Man wins challenge against anti-gay ban

A Malaysian man on Thursday won a landmark court challenge against an Islamic ban on sex ‘against the order of nature’, raising hopes for greater acceptance of gay rights in the mostly Muslim country. The Muslim man, in his 30s – whose name has been withheld by his lawyer to protect his privacy – filed the […]

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

“Them fe dead long time.” When a gay man or transgender woman is killed in Jamaica, a police officer or other law official will utter those words in patois. The phase translates as: “Someone should’ve killed them a long time ago.” As a gay Jamaican and an LGBT+ activist, I’ve seen at close range how […]

Bhutan: Parliament decriminalises homosexuality

Bhutan: Parliament decriminalises homosexuality

(Reuters) – A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday to legalise [homosexuality] making the tiny Himalayan kingdom the latest Asian nation to take steps towards easing restrictions on same-sex relationships. Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalised [homosexuality].

Singapore: Doctor in new bid to end anti-gay ban

Singapore: Doctor in new bid to end anti-gay ban

A retired doctor has filed a fresh legal challenge to force the Singaporean government to either fully enforce or introduce legislation to scrap a colonial-era [anti-gay law]. Tan Seng Kee, 62, a prominent LGBT+ advocate better known as Roy Tan, launched his legal bid in Singapore’s High Court this week, to target a section of the […]

Nigeria: 47 men – judge throws out anti-LGBT case

Nigeria: 47 men – judge throws out anti-LGBT case

(Reuters) – A judge in a Nigerian court on Tuesday threw out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of same sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country’s laws banning homosexual relationships. The Nigerian law banning gay marriage, punishable by up to 14 […]