Tag Archive | Discrimination

Tanzania: US concerned by rising attacks on human rights, incl. LGBT+ rights

Tanzania: US concerned by rising attacks on human rights, incl. LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – The United States has spoken out against Tanzanian moves to cut back human rights and civil liberties, including arrests and harassment of ‘marginalised’ people such as homosexuals. President John Magufuli’s government has been criticised by opposition politicians and international rights groups, for what they say is growing authoritarianism and intolerance of dissent. The […]

Mexico: LGBT+ rights take centre stage in new Congress

Mexico: LGBT+ rights take centre stage in new Congress

A bill passed this week in Mexico’s Senate, granting same-sex couples equal social security benefits as heterosexuals, now moves to the Chamber of Deputies, where advocates expect it will be voted into law. The vote in the country’s recently sworn-in upper house was unanimous. The amendment also included motions granting gay and lesbian couples the […]

Scotland: Schools to teach LGBT+ issues in ‘world first’

Scotland: Schools to teach LGBT+ issues in ‘world first’

Scotland is making it mandatory for government schools to teach LGBT+ issues in a move aimed at tackling homophobia and discrimination that it says is a global first. The government said schools would be required to adopt an “LGBT+ inclusive” curriculum, including tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and promoting awareness of the history of LGBT+ […]

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 […]

UK: ‘Wake-up call’ as medics push LGBT towards conversion therapy

UK: ‘Wake-up call’ as medics push LGBT towards conversion therapy

One in 20 British LGBT+ people have been pressured to undergo conversion therapy while getting healthcare, rising to one in five among transgender people, a charity said on Thursday. LGBT+ patients experience “shockingly high level of hostility and unfair treatment”, with many avoiding medical care as a result, Stonewall said in a report based on […]

US: LGBT+ candidates make gains in mid-term elections

US: LGBT+ candidates make gains in mid-term elections

More LGBT+ candidates won in the US midterm elections than ever before – and gender or sexual orientation was less of an issue than ever before, too, experts said. Six new gay legislators joined the US House of Representatives taking the total to seven; Jared Polis became the nation’s first openly-gay governor in Colorado, and […]

UN rapporteur: Egypt’s LGBT+ face horrific discrimination in housing

UN rapporteur: Egypt’s LGBT+ face horrific discrimination in housing

Gay Egyptians face “horrific” discrimination and harassment when looking for somewhere to live, a UN special rapporteur said, urging the government to give LGBT+ people better protection. At the end of a visit to Egypt this week, Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, said LGBT+ people were being evicted, denied […]