Tag Archive | homophobia

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scrap a colonial-era law that criminalises homosexuality, the justice minister said on Friday, calling the legislation “outdated and discriminatory”.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.

Germany: Lawmakers back compensation for gay soldiers

(Reuters) – German lawmakers voted for legislation on Thursday to rehabilitate soldiers, who for decades faced discrimination, discharge, or convictions, on the basis of their sexual orientation. Until the year 2000, Germany’s military considered that homosexuals posed a threat to the discipline of the troops, and were not suitable as superior officers.

IDAHOT 2021: EU Declaration

IDAHOT 2021: EU Declaration

Everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights. On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the European Union reaffirms its strong commitment to respect, protect and promote the full and equal enjoyment of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. Around the world, individuals continue to […]

LGBT+ South Africans resist ‘war on LGBT’

LGBT+ South Africans resist ‘war on LGBT’

Members of the Sebokeng LGBT+ community outside a magistrates court in South Africa. May 7, 2021 – Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Kim Harrisberg Three months ago, Chippa Mohanoe’s fiancée was stabbed in the neck and killed, in front of their neighbours, in South Africa’s Sebokeng township. Every day since, Mohanoe had to push past his fear […]