Tag Archive | homophobia

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will chair on Friday an urgent meeting of Spain’s commission against hate crimes, amid an uproar over a suspected homophobic assault on a 20-year-old Spaniard in central Madrid. The young man was returning home on Sunday afternoon, when eight people wearing hoods managed to surround him in his building’s […]

LGBT+ family wants normal life after fleeing Russia

LGBT+ family wants normal life after fleeing Russia

A family that fled Russia after receiving homophobic rape and death threats, for appearing in a supermarket advert, has said the experience was “like a nightmare”, and demanded the right to a normal life. Yuma Yuma, 49, left Moscow for Barcelona last week, with her two adult daughters and her eight-year-old granddaughter, after receiving online […]

Ghana: Court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

Ghana: Court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

(Reuters) – A court in Ghana dismissed a case against 21 Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) activists on Thursday, ruling there was not enough evidence to prove they had gathered unlawfully, a prosecutor in the case said. “What this means is that they cannot be brought back to court on the same charges. So […]

Spain: Court remands three over killing of gay man

Spain: Court remands three over killing of gay man

(Reuters) – A Spanish court remanded three people in custody on Friday on suspicion of beating a man to death last weekend in a presumed homophobic attack that caused mass protests across Spain. Six people have been arrested so far in connection with the killing of 24-year-old nursing assistant Samuel Luiz outside a nightclub in […]

Hungary: Clash with EU over LGBT rights deepens

Hungary: Clash with EU over LGBT rights deepens

(Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vowed on Thursday he would not give in to EU pressure to repeal a new law, banning schools from using materials seen as promoting homosexuality, as the bloc’s lawmakers called for penalties over the legislation. The law, which came into force on Thursday, has set Orban on a […]

Spain: LGBT fear after gay man beaten to death

Spain: LGBT fear after gay man beaten to death

Alejandra Aguado has started to think twice about what to wear when she goes out in Spain, for fear of being attacked for being a transgender woman, amid rising violence against LGBT+ people. “I’ve changed the way I dress and wear make-up. I’m less suggestive, less flamboyant,” the 23-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from […]

Georgia: LGBT+ call off pride march after attack

Georgia: LGBT+ call off pride march after attack

(Reuters) – LGBT+ campaigners in Georgia called off a pride march on Monday, after violent groups opposed to the event stormed and ransacked their office in the capital, Tbilisi, and targeted activists and journalists. Activists launched five days of LGBT+ Pride celebrations last Thursday, and had planned a ‘March for Dignity’ on Monday in central […]

Hungary: EU to take steps over anti-LGBT bill

Hungary: EU to take steps over anti-LGBT bill

(Reuters) – The European Commission will take action against Hungary over planned new restrictions on LGBT rights, the head of the bloc’s executive announced on Wednesday, saying they violated fundamental EU values. Hungary’s parliament last week approved a bill, that bans the dissemination of material in schools deemed to promote homosexuality or gender change, despite […]

Namibia considers scrapping anti-gay law

Namibia considers scrapping anti-gay law

Namibia could soon scrap a colonial-era law that criminalises homosexuality, the justice minister said on Friday, calling the legislation “outdated and discriminatory”. The law is rarely enforced in the Southern African country, and is among several dozen laws that the government will consider abolishing, following recommendations by a reform commission. “The LGBTQI community are human […]

Ghana: Police arrest 21 LGBT+ activists

Ghana: Police arrest 21 LGBT+ activists

(Reuters) – Ghanaian police on Friday said they had detained 21 people they suspected of promoting an LGBT+ agenda, at an unlawful assembly in the southeastern city of Ho. LGBT+ people face widespread persecution in the West African nation, where [homosexuality] is punishable with up to three years imprisonment.