Stories about LGBTQ+ from October, 2010
Trinidad & Tobago: LGBT Community Speaks Out
Globewriter's Weblog says: “We have had this Ex-Gay minister here for a week and apparently the LGBT community has reached a boiling point…”; gspottt confirms that the community has had it with the “lying, ducking and hiding” when it comes to young people and their sexuality.
Trinidad & Tobago: On Homophobia
Outlish suggests that homophobia “prevents us from maturing as a society, and taking responsibility for our actions, or the lack thereof”, while gspott urges readers to resist “the war on love”, here, here and here.
Lebanon: TV Shows on Homosexuality Create Buzz
"A gay killer has the passion of a woman and the aggression of a man," states Zaven Kouyoumjian, Lebanese host of Siree Wenfatahet, a program broadcast by Future TV and one of the highest rated TV shows in the Middle East. Following are reactions from the LGBT community in Lebanon on this show and others dealing with the gay community on television.
Serbia: Children Get Military Training in Russian Camps
In the prime of the newest public discussion on patriotism and the origin of violence in the Serbian society, newspaper Danas reported that two years ago Serbian children, aged 11 to 15 years old, had spent 16 days in scout camps in Russia, where they were being trained to assemble and dismantle weapons, to throw bombs, and to fire rifles. Sinisa Boljanovic translates some of the reactions to the case.
Kuwait: A Gay Following
Desert Girl on Kuwait wants to know whether she has a gay following.
Zimbabwe: Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe Support Ministry of Health
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe have released a statement supporting the call by the Ministry of Health to provide condoms to prisoners: “The danger of sexual violence in prisons is extremely increased under conditions of severe overcrowding and malnutrition such as currently prevails in Zimbabwe.Prison culture encourages men to have...
Europe: EU and LGBT Rights
Katerina Todorovska wrote [MKD] on the Macedonia in the European Union blog about EU's imperfect record on LGBT rights and its positive influence in relation to starting the debate and improving tolerance in the Western Balkans, as Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia strive to join this supranational structure.
Kenya: My Life as a Transgender Girl in Kenya
Lindsay is a transgendered woman living in Kenya who shares her life and her journey to womanhood on her blog Living Lindsay- My life as a transgender girl in Kenya. She describes herself as “I'm a normal girl with not-so-normal traits. I am transgender, or transsexual if you like.”
Brazil: It gets better
Hugo Lorenzetti Neto posts a moving open facebook note [pt] in support of the “struggle to end intolerance and violence against homosexuals, and suicide motivated simply by being different”.
Serbia: More on Belgrade Gay Pride and Riots
Posts on the gay pride and the rioting in Belgrade this past Sunday, as well as on football hooligans – at CAFÉ TURCO, Gray Falcon, A Yankee-in-Belgrade, and A Slice Of Serbian Politics.
Africa: A Roundup of LGBT News
Sokari writes a roundup of LGBTI news around Africa: “Once again the Uganda media has outed “100″ LGBTI people, including names and photos placing everyone at risk of violence in their communities. Disturbingly, some of the photos were taken from Facebook profiles…”
Serbia: Gay Pride Parade Used as Excuse for Riots
Gay Pride Parade held on October 10 2010 in Belgrade brought out the worst and the best elements of Serbian society in the open. The police had to suppress about 6000 rioters who, in a very organized manner, wrecked damage in the city center, while pro-democracy forces hailed the event as big advance for the freedoms of speech and association, guaranteed by law.
Serbia: Belgrade Pride Takes Place, Rioting Reported
Reports from the Belgrade Gay Pride – at #bgpride (SRP, ENG). Despite extremely tough security measures, some rioting did occur. “Lot of vandalised cars around the #bgpride route,” @Belgrade reports.
Serbia: Belgrade Gay Pride To Take Place Sunday
The Belgrade Gay Pride Parade is to take place in just a few hours, on Sunday, Oct. 10; the official Twitter hashtag is #bgpride. Belgraded (@Belgrade) gives “the lowdown on how things are going so far regarding the Serbian society’s reactions in the media and everyday life”: “Most of the...
Puerto Rico: Wave of Hate Crimes against LGBT community
Gay activist and blogger Pedro Julio Serrano has demanded that the Police [ES] investigate the latest case of attempted murder against a transsexual woman in Puerto Rico as a hate crime. Ten members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community have been murdered in the past 10 months in...
Kenya: Kenyan Minister Fights for Gay Rights
Fighting for gay rights from the pulpit in Kenya: “Yesterday we had a Kenyan Minister make a very sensible argument towards protecting rights of homosexuals and sex workers.”
Nigeria: Queer Till I Quench
Queer till I quench: “Hopefully, people’s attitudes towards LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) individuals, especially in the Naija community, will become more accepting and less negative. As it stands now, I can’t even envision myself going back to my motherland and living openly as I do now, for...