Stories about LGBTQ+ from October, 2007
Japan: Life of a Homosexual Foreign Male
David Markle from Japan Probe interviewed Scott, a homosexual foreign male, about his life in Japan.
Armenia: Homophobic Advert
Blogian posts a photograph of an advertisement for a rap party in Yerevan named after a historical Armenian site in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan. Hrag Vartanian says that the advert depicting an American girl in a Stars & Stripes bikini with the words “Homosexuals and Animals Not Welcome” would...
Poland: Roman Giertych's Out of Politics
The beatroot is wondering who he is going to “write about for the next two years,” now that Roman Giertych has been forced out of politics, along with his party, the League of Polish Families, which “got a miserable 1.3 percent in Sunday’s election.”
British journalist Matthew Collin writes in a new blog from Georgia about two recent scandals which illustrate to what extent homophobia has taken hold in what is otherwise still considered to be the most liberal country in the Caucasus. On This is Tbilisi Calling he details both, the most recent...
Saudi Arabia: Dumbledore is What?
Mochness from Saudi Arabia is confused about Harry Potter's Dumbledore's sexuality and would rather come to another conclusion.
Syria: Duhumanizing Transexuals
Syrian blogger Golaniya discusses an alarming situation in which a “woman” who was undressed and videotaped by the Syrian police at the police station was a “man with woman's organs.”
Azerbaijan: Mr Gay Europe 2007
Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on the surprise entry by 19-year-old Sadikj Ragimov into the Mr Gay Europe 2007 contest. This is the first time that any contestant from the South Caucasus has entered the competition, the blogger notes, and was an amazing show of courage from someone living in a...
Caucasus: LGBT Report
After mentioning it in a previous post, Unzipped: Gay Armenia posts the text of a new report on the situation of LGBT people in Georgia and Azerbaijan. The blogger says that the comprehensive study is a “historic event” as it was conducted locally by a fact-finding mission to the South...
U.S., Russia: Aleksandr Shevchenko on Trial for Murder
Moscow Through Brown Eyes writes about Aleksandr Shevchenko the painter – and his namesake, currently on trial in Sacramento for his role in the murder of Satender Singh.
Armenia: Demise of Gay Organization
Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports that the Association of Gay and Lesbian Armenians (AGLA) in France has ceased to exist. In an exclusive interview with the Chairperson of the Diaspora-based organization, ArtMika concludes that AGLA's demise is bad news for anyone who cares about LGBT rights in Armenia.
Bahamas: Facing the Issues
“Quite clearly we are a nation of morons I think,” writes WeblogBahamas.com guest author Bruce Raine, as he details the issues he believes the country should actually be focusing on.
Guyana: No to Buju Banton
Guyana's Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination condemns an upcoming performance by Jamaican dancehall performer Buju Banton.
Uganda: Let us live in peace campaign
“SMUG (Sexual minorities of Uganda) have closed the “Let us live in peace campaign”. The campaign began 45 days ago with 8 members of the LGBTI community sharing their experiences at a press conference in Kampala,” reports Sokari Ekine.
Uganda: Of Cons, Cars And Losing a Job Because Of a Blog
This week, Ugandan Insomniac poses an always pressing question that sets the tone for much discourse, "Why are millions of Ugandans still living in abject poverty when an increasing number of people in the country can afford a brand new set of wheels and personalized number plates every year?"
India: Men and Homosexuality
Death Ends Fun on men having to hide their homosexuality.
Blogger Flees Uganda After Threats
Controversial Uganda blogger, Dennis Matanda caused a stir last month with a post on his blog under the title “How to Be Dead.” The post chronicled the radio show, ensuing threats and frightening act of vandalism leading up to his flight from Uganda, a decision met with a mixture of support, bemusement and skepticism by his fellow blogren.
Arabeyes: Moroccan Blogger Lashes Out at Gulf Arabs
Moroccan blogger Adilski lashes out at Gulf Arabs in this post, which I am translating from Arabic. Not happy with the media attention Moroccan women are getting in the Gulf, Adilski goes on to paint Gulf Arabs as lesbians and gays, living in oppressive societies and yearning for freedom.
Sri Lanka: Any lesbians here?
Equal Ground on Ahmedinejad's comments on homosexuality in Iran, and the parallels in Sri Lanka.
Uruguay: Supporting Making Abortion Legal
From Uruguay provides a recap and photos of a demonstration in Montevideo in support of making abortion legal and against sexual orientation discrimination.