Tag Archive | homophobia

Uganda: LGBT+ find hope and despair on election day

Uganda: LGBT+ find hope and despair on election day

Despite a presidential campaign marked by homophobic rhetoric, LGBT+ Ugandans turned out to vote on Thursday, with many hoping for change, and finding unexpected camaraderie. In the capital, Kampala, a ballot officer asked 30-year-old transgender lawyer, Noah, whether he was male or female when he handed over his identity documents, but fellow voters spoke out […]

Uganda: Anti-LGBT rhetoric ahead of polls

Uganda: Anti-LGBT rhetoric ahead of polls

Homophobic comments by Uganda’s president and other politicians are making some LGBT+ Ugandans too scared to vote, in elections scheduled for January 14, gay rights campaigners have said. LGBT+ people face widespread persecution in the east African nation, where gay sex is punishable by life imprisonment, and gay activists fear that politicians exploiting homophobic sentiment […]

Roberts slams Australian sports for failing to curb homophobia

Roberts slams Australian sports for failing to curb homophobia

(Reuters) – Ian Roberts, the first elite rugby league player to come out as gay, said Australian sport had not done enough to stop homophobia, as studies on Wednesday highlighted the level of discrimination faced by young LGBT+ athletes. Two Monash University studies found most LGB athletes were unwilling to reveal their sexuality to team […]

England: Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils feel unsafe at school – Survey

England: Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils feel unsafe at school – Survey

Almost half of LGBT+ pupils in England do not feel safe at school, with more than a third saying homophobic and transphobic bullying is common, a study showed on Wednesday, raising concerns about the possible impact on students’ mental health. Gay, bisexual and transgender secondary school students were twice as likely (42%) to report such […]

Hungary proposes gay adoption ban as COVID-19 worsens

Hungary proposes gay adoption ban as COVID-19 worsens

( Reuters) – Hungary’s right-wing government has drafted legislation that would practically ban adoption by same-sex couples, in what rights groups said was an attack on the LGBTQ community when COVID-19 meant they could not protest. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government also proposed a constitutional amendment requiring children to be raised with a Christian interpretation of […]

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

When Marlon Landolfo kissed his date on a night out, onlookers started heckling, a fight broke out, and his friend ended up in hospital – the latest in a series of anti-gay attacks in Italy, where plans to combat homophobic violence are hotly contested. “They hurled insults at us,” said Landolfo, 22, describing how he […]

Lawmakers criticise hosting of 2023 Games in Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

Lawmakers criticise hosting of 2023 Games in Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

European lawmakers criticised on Thursday a decision to hold the 2023 European Games in a Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’, in the latest international rebuke over the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country. Organisers of the regional Olympic event chose the city of Krakow, and the surrounding Malopolska region, last year to host the event, but […]

Georgian police abused LGBT+ activists with strip searches, court rules

Georgian police abused LGBT+ activists with strip searches, court rules

Europe’s top rights court said on Thursday that Georgian police had deliberately humiliated LGBT+ activists, by strip-searching them during a raid, a ruling campaigners hope will help change attitudes towards gay people among local authorities. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found the ex-Soviet republic had breached its international obligations, by failing to protect […]

Rights group denounces Central America anti-LGBT violence & US

Rights group denounces Central America anti-LGBT violence & US

(Reuters) – Human Rights Watch has criticised Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, for failing to stop violence against LGBT people, in a new report published on Wednesday, which also denounced the United States for denying these LGBT asylum seekers safe haven. “LGBT people in the Northern Triangle face high levels of violence that their own […]

US: USL’s San Diego Loyal protest over homophobic slur

US: USL’s San Diego Loyal protest over homophobic slur

(Reuters) – San Diego Loyal walked off the field halfway through their USL Championship match against Phoenix Rising, after an alleged homophobic slur was directed at their openly-gay midfielder, Collin Martin. The incident occurred at the end of the first half, with Loyal leading 3-1, resulting in a heated argument between the managers of the […]