Stories about LGBTQ+ from May, 2010
Russia: Bloggers Cover Moscow Gay Pride Parade
LJ-user Zyalt published [RUS] pictures from Moscow gay pride parade [EN] that took place despite it the ban by Moscow authorities. The event organizers had to change its location several times. Other pictures of the parade, which was just a few minutes long, can be found here, here and here.
Zimbabwe: Police raid house of Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe
After the arrest of two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on the 21st May 2010, the police have gone further to search the house of Chesterfield Samba, the Director of GALZ, Sokwanele reports.
Zimbabwe: Members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe tortured
The two staff members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) who were arrested on Friday have been tortured by the police in their holding cells, Amanda Atwood reports.
Zimbabwe: Employees of Gay and Lesbian of Zimbabwe detained
Sokari writes about the arrest of two employees of Gay and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) by officers from the Central Intelligent Department.
Armenia: LGBT rights abroad, homophobia at home
Posting news of a Armenian LGBT conference in the U.S., Unzipped: Gay Armenia also posts a photograph and comments on homophobic leaflets and posters from an ultra-nationalist group appearing in Yerevan, the Armenian capital.
Trinidad & Tobago: Right & Wrong
“Clearly something has gone terribly wrong. Who are these people who feel they can just start lecturing us on how to live our lives? We pay THEM. They should be listening to US”: Tattoo vents about the methods being used by the government to jockey for votes in the upcoming...
Trinidad & Tobago: Politics
gspottt looks at the two main political parties’ stance on “same-sex unions, homosexuality [and] sexual orientation”, while KnowTnT.com asks: “Does the PNM led by Mr Patrick Manning morally deserve to be re-elected on 24 May 2010?”
Malawi: The world reacts after sentencing of gay couple
A day after the world marked International Day against Homophobia, a court in Malawi sentenced Malawi gay couple to jail for fourteen years.
MENA: International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated
May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is still a region for concern according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (IGLA), as homosexual acts are still legally punishable in all MENA countries with the exception of Israel. Despite this, there are associations in the region which openly and passionately celebrated IDAHO; Katharine Ganly takes a look at some of the major events in the region.
Russia: RT's Gay Pride Coverage
Julia Ioffe writes at True/Slant about RT's coverage of the upcoming gay pride parade in Moscow.
Belarus: State sanctioned homophobia
Andrei Khrapavitsky of Belarusan American Blog compares homophobia in Belarus with that in Lithuania after an LGBT-march was quashed in Minsk last weekend while being allowed in Vilnius.
Trinidad & Tobago: LGBT Issues
gspottt notes that “of the almost 100 candidates [in the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago general election]…the People’s Partnership candidate for St. Ann’s East…is the only one to date to make positive references to sexual orientation on a campaign platform.”
Africa: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia comes to Africa
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)) is a day is recognized by people joining together to speak out against homophobia, its effects and results focusing on ways to change how people perceive homosexuality and promote equality. The day is held on May 17 every year. The focus this year is on three Africa countries: Kenya, Uganda and Malawi.
Puerto Rico: 99 Years
Repeating Islands posts that “Juan Martínez Matos pleaded guilty yesterday in a Puerto Rican court to last year’s murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado” and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Zimbabwe: Gender and homosexuality cloud constitution making process
On the constitution making process in Zimbabwe: “According to Arkmore Kori, a Kubatana subscriber, our Constitution making awareness programme is focusing on unimportant issues. He suggests that issues such as homosexuality and gender are clouding more major concerns relating to governance and leadership.”
Africa: Homophobia exists in Africa
“Homophobia exists in Africa, as does influenza,” argues blogger Gukira: “This comparison is only partly gratuitous as I am interested in scales of virulence. We know that African bees are the deadliest; the sun in Africa is hotter than anywhere else in the world; viruses from Africa are the most...
Singapore: Transgender women campaign vs discrimination
Transgender women in Singapore have launched a campaign to end discrimination against their community.
Uganda: Reports from the Call Uganda meetings
Sokari links to published reports on the Call Uganda prayer meetings: “The rhetoric was as expected and The Call founder, Lou Engles’ press release last week that he was not anti-homosexual were simply untrue. Behind the Mask reported on Engle’s who claimed the West were using “Ugandan NGO’s to promote...