25 Trans Women detained in Athens

Greek and International trans activists are demanding to know why 25 trans women were detained and subjected to AIDS tests on the night of August the 9th in Athens. The 25 were allegedly taken in without explanation, detained at the Central Athens Police Station, and forced to undergo an AIDS test administered by the Centre for Disease Control. After they were all …

Life Better for LGBT people in India after Decriminalisation

A Indian survey shows there has been greater societal acceptance and decrease in police harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after the Delhi High Court’s landmark verdict of banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.   The study by Haryana-based Jindal Global Law School, the first of its kind after the High Court’s verdict, has found …

If Ever You Feel Down…

While we shed tears of joy, jubilation and frustration over the Olympics, let’s save some emotion for the fantastic courage and indefatigability of those who organised Pride in Uganda. Despite new draconian laws and a mid-pride police raid, the event went ahead and people came with their children to be entertained by the songs and displays. To read the full article and …

St. Petersburg: We're Unspeakable

SAINT PETERSBURG: The governor of Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg signed a new law against “homosexual propaganda”, in defiance of protests that it discriminates against gays, the city said Sunday. Saint Petersburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko signed the law — which promises fines for anyone found to have spread gay propaganda among minors — after it was adopted by the local legislature. …

Ecuador Closes Gay and Lesbian "Conversion" Centres

LGBT campaigners in Ecuador and beyond are celebrating a volte-face by President Rafael Correa, in which he closed down the state’s notorious anti-gay ‘reparative’ centres and made a well-known lesbian campaigner the new minister for Health. Following a world-wide campaign by human rights groups, the reparative therapy centres throughout the South American nation have become infamous for their use of mental and physical abuse. …

Martin Luther King born January 15th, 1929

Human rights martyr Martin Luther King would have been 83 today, January 15th, had he not been assassinated because of racism in 1968. In the UK in 2012 his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech seems as apposite as ever, with the ongoing battle for justice for Stephen Lawrence and the issues it has raised and the ongoing battle for human rights …

I Support Equality, Says Jamaican PM

The newly elected Prime Minister of Jamaica has come out in favour of respecting the human rights of “gays”. Portia Simpson Miller spoke in a live TV debate and said that Jamaica should support equality for gay people. When pushed on the issue of whether she would have a gay in her cabinet she said the only criteria for a cabinet position were, ‘capacity’, …

Human Rights Watch: Netherlands violates transgender rights

Dutch civil law violates the human rights of transgender people. That is the conclusion of a report published by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday. The Dutch government is urged to change the law without delay. Article 28 of the Dutch civil code requires transgender people to take hormones and undergo surgery to alter their bodies and be permanently and irreversibly sterilized …