Category Archives: LGBT rights

  1. Kenyan ex-pat (and IRMA Steering Committee Member) aims to help gay countrymen

    [We are so proud of IRMA Steering Committee Larry Misedah – shown on the left in the pic below. His compelling story is a must-read. Of note, Larry will be joining a group of IRMA members in Addis Ababa this December for Project ARM – Africa for Rectal Microbicides organizing and strategizing activities taking place in advance Read More >>

    activists, Africa, homophobia, human rights, IRMA, Kenya, Larry Misedah, LGBT rights
  2. David Kato Vision and Voice Award

    via David Kato – human rights activist, friend, and colleague – was murdered in his home in Kampala, Uganda on 26 January 2011. In recognition of his life and courage, and the continued struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals around the world, partners committed to eliminating violence, stigma and discrimination have established Read More >>

    Africa, David Kato, Gay, HIV, lesbians, LGBT rights, Uganda
  3. Homophobia stymies HIV fight in Islamic countries

    Via New Scientist, by Andy Coghlan. Stigma and homophobia against gay men is hampering efforts to manage a growing epidemic of HIV in Islamic countries, warn epidemiologists this week. “The stigma is a barrier to HIV prevention services,” says Laith Abu-Raddad of the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar in Doha. He heads up a team that is assembling, Read More >>

    HIV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, human rights, Islam, LGBT rights, MSM, Pakistan
  4. Narrow Window To Avert HIV Epidemics Among MSM in Middle East and North Africa

    Via AIDSMap, by Michael Carter. HIV epidemics are emerging among men who have sex with men (MSM) in a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries, an international team of investigators report in the online journal PLoSMedicine. Prevalence of HIV was as high as 28% among some populations of MSM in Pakistan, and in 2008 over Read More >>

    discrimination, Egypt, HIV, LGBT rights, Middle East, MSM, Northern Africa, Pakistan, prevalence, risk, sexual behavior
  5. Former Ex-Gay Ugandan Man Now Regrets Past Homophobic Comments

    Via Behind the Mask. A man who in 2009 renounced homosexuality at a public forum in Kampala has now told Behind the Mask that he regrets his previous actions and would like to be forgiven by the LGBTI community. Saying that he felt “there is a fire in the belly saying gay is really who you are,” Read More >>

    Anti-Homosexuality Bill, ex-gay, George Oundo, homophobia, human rights, Kampala, lgbt community, LGBT rights, Uganda
  6. U.S. to Take Another Look at Gay Blood Donation Ban

    Via the National Journal, by Maggie Fox. A policy that bars gay men from donating blood for life is “suboptimal,” advisers to the Health and Human Services Department said on Tuesday, and needs another look. HHS asked a committee of experts on blood and tissue donations to reexamine the policy and see if there is a way Read More >>

    blood ban, FDA, Health and Human Services, HIV/AIDS policy, human rights, LGBT rights, USA
  7. Homophobia in Ghana

    Understanding the Drivers of Homophobia in Ghana Via PlusNews. Recent condemnation of homosexuality by religious and political leaders in Ghana has led to a climate of fear preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from accessing vital health services, say local NGOs. The minister of Ghana’s Western Region, Paul Evans Aidoo, publicly described homosexuality as “detestable Read More >>

    Africa, discrimination, Gay, Ghana, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, human rights, LGBT rights, MSM, prevention
  8. Building the momentum to prevent HIV in MSM

    Via The Lancet, by Thomas J Coates. Larry Kramer, on accepting the Tony Award last month from the Theatre Guild-American Theatrical Society for The Normal Heart as Best Revival of a Play said: “To gay people everywhere, whom I love so dearly…we are a very special people, an exceptional people, and…our day will come.” My day came Read More >>

    anal sex, CAPRISA, circumcision, gay men, HIV, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, HPTN052, human rights, iPrEx, LGBT rights, MSM, PrEP, prevention

    Via Mamba Online. A member of parliament in Uganda says that the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill is likely to be made law within two months. MP Otto Odonga, a member of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee in the country’s new parliament, told US professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton via Skype that the bill’s author, David Bahati, will Read More >>

    Africa, Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Gay, human rights, LGBT rights, Uganda
  10. Gay Pride Rally in St. Petersburg Banned, Participants Arrested: Blog Updates

    Via UK Gay News. Saturday, June 25, 2011 10:35: Nice weather over St. Petersburg today. The city is enjoying what is called white nights. During this time of the year, there is light until very late at night. 12:45: A witness reports a lot of police near the monument to Peter the Great in central St. Petersburg. Read More >>

    Gay, human rights, LGBT rights, March, MSM, Russia, Slavic Pride, St. Petersburg, transgendered