Tag Archive | homophobia

‘Moffie’ director Hermanus on racism and homophobia

‘Moffie’ director Hermanus on racism and homophobia

(Reuters) – South African director Oliver Hermanus says he wants to outrage audiences with his BAFTA-nominated film ‘Moffie’, to help them understand the nature of racism [and homophobia]. Set in 1981 South Africa, Moffie, a derogatory slang term for being gay, depicts the brutal military service young white men had to complete during apartheid.

Global same-sex marriage 20 years after Dutch first

[20 years ago yesterday] one lesbian couple and three gay couples tied the knot in Amsterdam’s city hall,  making history, as the Netherlands became the first country to allow same-sex marriage, a step since followed by nearly 30 other nations. During the two decades since the law took effect, thousands of gay and lesbian couples […]

Ghana: MPs plan law banning LGBT+ advocacy

Ghana: MPs plan law banning LGBT+ advocacy

A group of lawmakers in Ghana want to criminalise the promotion of LGBT+ rights, a move that comes weeks after a community centre for sexual minorities was shut down, following strong opposition from politicians and church organisations. Parliamentarian Samuel Nartey George from the opposition National Democratic Congress said he and seven other MPs hoped their […]

Albania: Little compassion for same-sex relationships

Albania: Little compassion for same-sex relationships

(Reuters) – Sara, a 26-year-old woman from Tirana, is reluctant to talk about her love life with friends and family, as they cannot understand her attraction to people of the same sex. Like other Balkan countries aiming to become members of the European Union, Albania must demonstrate its readiness to protect human rights, and has […]

Kenya: LGBT+ refugees call on UN for safe space after camp attacks

Kenya: LGBT+ refugees call on UN for safe space after camp attacks

LGBT+ people living in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya urged UN officials on Friday to move them to a safer area, following a series of homophobic attacks by other residents and locals. The refugees, who come from countries including Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, said a section of the Kakuma camp, […]

Cameroon: LGBT+ groups on alert after attacks, arrests

Cameroon: LGBT+ groups on alert after attacks, arrests

Three murders, and more than 20 arrests targeting LGBT+ people in Cameroon this month, have raised fears of an upswing in homophobic persecution in the Central African country, rights campaigners and lawyers said on Friday. Same-sex relationships are illegal across much of Africa, but few countries are as assiduous in applying penalties as Cameroon, where […]

Israel: Homophobia soars amid COVID lockdowns

Israel: Homophobia soars amid COVID lockdowns

Homophobia and transphobia surged by 27% in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic, as lockdowns trapped gay and transgender people at home with abusive families, one of the country’s oldest LGBT+ rights groups said. The Aguda received a record 2,696 reports in 2020 – up from 2,125 the previous year – with sharp increases among people […]

Ghana: Anti-gay uproar closes first LGBT+ centre

Ghana: Anti-gay uproar closes first LGBT+ centre

Anti-gay outcry has forced Ghana’s first LGBT+ community centre to temporarily close to protect its staff and visitors, three weeks after it opened, its founder said on Tuesday. Church groups, politicians, and anti-gay rights organisations have called on the government to shut down the centre, run by local charity LGBT+ Rights Ghana, and arrest and […]

Poland: Hate crime, violence feared in ‘LGBT-free zones’

Poland: Hate crime, violence feared in ‘LGBT-free zones’

Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’ – nearly 100 regions, towns, and cities that have passed anti-gay resolutions – could encourage hate crime and spur violence, according to a European human rights body. The European Union has also criticised the zones, which began appearing in 2019, when Poland’s nationalist government started campaigning against the rights of LGBT people.

Turkey dismisses criticism of response to university protests

Turkey dismisses criticism of response to university protests

(Reuters) – Turkey’s foreign ministry on Thursday dismissed international criticism of its response to the month-long protests at one of the country’s top universities, warning that such criticism could encourage what it called illegal acts. Students and teachers at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have protested President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu, an academic and former […]