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· July, 2007

Stories about LGBTQ+ from July, 2007

South Africa: Is blogosphere a decent place?

  31 July 2007

Anne writes about a very interesting case for bloggers and net activists, “The 39-year-old man suspected of posing as the male prostitute who blogged about having sex with prominent South Africans has appeared in a magistrate's court in Cape Town on charges of theft and crimen injuria*. The crimen injuria...

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Japan: A Historic Election Defeat

  31 July 2007

The overwhelming defeat of the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan's upper house elections on Sunday, historic in its scale, brought about a drastic shift in the Japanese political landscape and sent a clear message to prime minister Abe Shinzo and his government. While media across the world analyze political fallout of the political shift, bloggers are echoing the message and demanding change.

Czech Rebublic: Same-Sex Partnerships

Belatedly, a link to the post on the first anniversary of legalization of same-sex partnerships in the Czech Republic – at NvB: Bored in Brno?: “[…] 346 same-sex couples were united during the year. Of that number, at least two of the pairs have already divorced.”

South Africa: two lesbian activists tortured, murdered

  16 July 2007

Black Looks writes about the brutal murder of two South African lesbian activists: “Last Sunday two more South African lesbians were brutally raped and murdered in Medowlands, Soweto. Sizakele Sigasa, lesbian activist and outreach worker with the Positive Women’s Network (PWN), and her friend, Salome Masooa, were first tortured and...

Cuba: Gay Rights

  12 July 2007

“Following Fidel Castro’s…Cuban revolution, LGBT people were persecuted and imprisoned. Now the Communist Party is set to bring forward a law which would legalise same-sex unions, grant adoption rights to same-sex couples and give lesbians access to reproduction services.” Gay Blog Ruffian reports on the rights of gays in Cuba.

Jamaica: The Reggae Compassionate Act

  3 July 2007

Jamaican Veiw reports that while some high-profile dancehall artistes “have signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, which renounces homophobia and violence against lesbians and gays”, others are refusing to support the initiative.

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