Stories about LGBTQ+ from July, 2009
Armenia: Homophoia and intolerance
Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on a round table held in Yerevan on homophobia and intolerance in society. The blog says that Armenia cannot afford to allow xenophobia, homophobia and intolerance towards others to go unchecked.
Trinidad & Tobago: LGBT Rights
As Emancipation Day approaches, Trinidad and Tobago blog gspottt focuses on human rights, observing that “in the Anglophone Caribbean, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender often intersect with other socio-economic conditions.”
Palestine: A Gazan Haircut
From Gaza, Erin Cunningham writes on Twitter: “just had my hair cut by a wonderfully gay Gazan stylist whose salon has been firebombed several times by extremists. resilience = good hair.”
Africa: Bloggers Discuss HIV/AIDS among gay African men
Sub-Saharan has reported high rates of HIV among gay men in Africa. Let's listen to views of LGBT African bloggers writing about the issue.
Trinidad & Tobago: Building Authenticity
Build an authentic community and “the worship thing will come”: Trinidad and Tobago's gspottt attends a talk “about faith and sexuality, pain and healing, abuse and inclusion by the Christian church.”
India: Orissa Pride
Photoblog ::MyFiveFromAnyShoot:: captured the LGBT Pride moments at Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state in India and posted some of them. “It was a small but colorful and vocal group (about a 100) – from several districts in the state,” the blog informs.
India: FAQs about the Naz Foundation Case
In a three part series (Part 1 2, 3) Vikram Raghavan of Law and Other Things discusses the ins and outs of the famous Naz Foundation case that decriminalizes consensual gay sex in India. V. Venkatesan adds some FAQs of the case in another post of the same blog.
Lithuania: View from Vilnius on anti-gay law
Lituanica raises the heated issue of the new anti-gay legislation in Lithuania, and explains that it is still some way to go before it enters into force, not least as it confronts opposition from most educated and liberally inclined Lithuanians.
Jamaica: Emmy Nomination
Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp reports that “LIVEHOPELOVE.COM, a website about living with AIDS in Jamaica, has been nominated in the United States for a prestigious Emmy award.”
Arab World: Trouble for Gay Travels in the Muslim World
The first gay book to have been ever translated into Arabic after being originally printed in English has run into problems straight off the press. Katharine Ganly reports on blogger reactions to the book Gay Travels in the Muslim World, whose translation has spurred a heated debate.
Georgia: Controversial online game
Unzipped: Gay Armenia, a ground-breaking LGBT blog in the region, comments on news from Gay Caucasus [RU] that a homophobic game, Kill the Faggots, is proving popular among children in Georgia. The blog says the game is disgusting and that the site should be shut down.
Poland: Intolerance against gays
Polandian writes about a new survey showing that 75% of Poles are opposed to same-sex marriage and 87% are against gay adoption.
Lithuania: Protest against anti-gay legislation
Dr. Sean's Diary comments on a Lithuanian legislative bill proposing criminalization of propagating homosexuality and posts a press-release from the Lithuanian Gay League protesting the bill.
Slovenia: Independence day attack on LGBT-group
Sleeping with Pengovsky reports about an extremist attack against a gay-and-lesbian literature night on Slovenia's 27 June Independence Day.
Russia: Bride against pride?
LJ user Alex Nemtsev reports about [RUS] bride parades in Kursk and other Russian cities, arguably as a nicer alternative to LGBT pride parades.
India: Counterpoints On The Judgement On IPC Section 377
Chandra at Desicritics has some counterpoints on the recent court ruling on the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code decriminalizing homosexuality.
Paraguay: The Passing of “Píter”
Peter Balbuena or also simply known as “Píter” recently passed away in Paraguay. He was a tireless advocate and activist for LGBT rights in that country. Marta Escurra of Con el Perdón de la Palabra [es] recalls her conversations with him.
Israel: Soldier Raises Gay Pride Flag
Frgdr posts a photo of an Israeli soldier carrying a rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride.
Bahrain: Congratulations, India
Gay Bahraini blogger Shams Al-Ma7aba congratulates India on decriminalising homosexuality [Ar].
India: Court Ruling Decriminalizes Gay Sex
On Thursday, 2nd of July the Delhi high court ruled that treating consensual gay sex as a crime was discriminatory and therefore a violation of fundamental rights protected by India's constitution. We hear the opinions of some Indian bloggers in this post.
India: High Court Rule Legalizes Homosexuality
Sanjukta Basu at Desicritics informs that today morning the Delhi High Court legalized homosexuality in India in a ruling in favor of a petition, which challenged the constitutionality of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code. The code criminalizes all acts of oral and anal sex between individuals irrespective of age...