Stories about LGBTQ+ from December, 2009
South Asia: Looking Back At 2009
The year 2009 is ending and its time to retrospect how the year has been for the South Asian region. In a two-part review we will look back at some of the major events which took place this year in the South Asian countries seen through the eyes of the citizen journalists.
Jamaica: Over Hills and Valleys
Trinidadian diaspora blogger Afrobella blogs about reggae superstar Buju Banton at his best and worst, prompting Jamaican Annie Paul to respond: “Just as you…have pointed out the good and bad sides of Buju…it's necessary also to nuance what homosexuality represents in cultures such as Jamaica, that homosexuality too has its...
India: Surviving Child Abuse
Mumbai based creative professional Harish Iyer, who blogs at The Pregnant Thoughts, discusses how he was subjected to child sex abuse in his teens and how it changed his life.
Cambodia: Gay novels on blogs
GK Network Blog shares links of Cambodian blogs which upload gay novels on their blogs
Cambodia: First Gay Blog
GK Network Blog is described as Cambodia's first gay blog. The site aims to raise awareness of straight people about gays and their rights.
Uganda: President Says He Will Block Anti-Gay Bill
Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 still awaits a final decision by the country's Parliament, but the country's Daily Monitor newspaper reported Wednesday that President Yoweri Museveni has "assured the US State Department of his willingness to block the Bill."
Mexico: Marriage and Adoption for Gay Couples in the Capital
Both gay marriage and adoption for gay couples are now legal in Mexico City after approval by the Legislative Assembly on December 21. The community celebrates, but remains skeptical about the effectiveness of the changes.
Jamaica: Shock Over Buju
Annie Paul republishes a Facebook post by Sarah Manley about why Buju Banton is Jamaica: “After reading this you will hopefully understand better why this country is reeling with shock in the aftermath of Buju's imprisonment in the United States.”
Uganda: Could Pastor Warren stop anti-gay legislation in Uganda?
Could Rick Warren be the man to stop pending anti-gay legislation in Uganda?, asks Ethan Zuckerman after Pastor Warren has released a video condemning the Ugandan anti-gay legislation.
Philippines: Poll body rejects election bid of “immoral” LGBT group
For promoting same sex relationship which is contrary to religious beliefs, the Philippine poll body has rejected the petition of an LGBT group to be recognized as a party that can run in the 2010 elections. Many bloggers are not happy over the ruling.
Yaoi in the Philippines
The View from the Fence blogs about the popularity of Yaoi, “female-oriented fictional media that focus on homoerotic or homoromantic male relationships,” among the Filipino youth.
Lebanon: Queer Parenting
Lily, a guest writer at queer Arab magazine bekhsoos explores queer parenting in Lebanon.
Rwanda: Move by parliament to criminalise LGBTI people
“The latest move to criminalise LGBTI people comes from Rwanda,” Sokari reports.
Uganda: Updates on the pending anti-gay bill
The impending anti- gay bill 2009 in Uganda that plans on criminalizing homosexuality and locking gays in prison or killing them has raised concerns all over the world. Chances that the bill will pass are very high.
Why does homosexuality need an etiology?
Pakistani blogger buttersisonlymyname pens her thoughts at Bazm-e-Rindaan, on the various ongoing discussions trying to explain homosexuality. According to her, ‘trying to ‘explain’ homosexuality is a heteronormative, and even sometimes a homophobic thing to do’.
Uganda: Homosexuality is not our biggest problem
Don discusses Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: “Our government is so resolute in passing this legislation, that it has told donors to keep their aid if they will tamper with our pet project.”
Argentina: Gay Pride Parade 2009
Blogger Nimphie shares photos from the Gay Pride Parade [em] of Buenos Aires of past November. Note: Some photos may not be suitable for all audiences.
Trinidad & Tobago: The Importance of Human Rights
Trinidad and Tobago bloggers Tattoo and gspottt are critical of the Prime Minister's comments on human rights issues in his capacity as incoming Commonwealth Chair.
Uganda: Discussing the “terrible” bill
Gay Ugandan discusses Uganda's anti-gay bill: “So, if I get this terrible bill and present it to Rick Warren, and he then goes ahead to wash his hands of the bills author without any other action, I am disappointed. Of course, my disappointment is kind of a compliment. I realise...
Uganda: How to stop anti-gay bill
Rebekah discusses anti-gay bill in Uganda: “I’ve been keeping shamefully silent on Ugandan MP David Bahati’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill, which would not only provide harsher penalties for gay and lesbian sex but would also criminalize blogging about homosexuality…”
Trinidad & Tobago: Gay Issues at CHOGM
gspottt says that “for the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting…in Trinidad & Tobago, there was significant representation of GLBTQ (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer) activists among civil society participants, and a concerted effort to highlight issues of sexual citizenship and rights.”