7515 documents found
Uganda: Exporting Homophobia - by Cary Johnson IGLHRC on 05/23/09 on: http://www.commondreams.org/print/42489 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Emboldened by the Americans' vilification of gay people, the seminar's Ugandan host organization, Family Life Network, immediately instigated a witch-hunt. The group mobilized "ex-gays" to appear on television and radio and announce the names, addresses and places of employment of supposed gays and lesbians in Uganda. The effects have been immediate and devastating. At least five people have been arrested and charged with "having carnal knowledge against the order of nature." Violent attacks of anyone suspected of being gay are occurring on the streets of Kampala with more frequency and intensity. Local tabloids, such as The Red Pepper have jumped into the fray by printing lists of men and women accused of being gay and lesbian."
(PDF - 53 Kb) Document Date: 23 May 2009 (Downloads: 188)
Uganda: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2008 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 02/24/09 : http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/af/119030.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Academic Freedom and Cultural Events<br><br>
In May the Media Council blocked the screening of two films--Watermelon Woman and Rag Tag--at a film festival in Kampala for perceived promotion of homosexuality.<br><br>
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination<br><br>
Homosexuals faced discrimination and legal restrictions. It is illegal for homosexuals to engage in sexual acts, based on a legal provision that criminalizes "carnal acts against the order of nature" with a penalty of life imprisonment, although no homosexual has been charged under the law. Public resentment of homosexuality sparked significant public debate during the year. The government took a strong position against the practice. The local NGO SMUG protested alleged police harassment of several members for their vocal stand against sexual discrimination."
(PDF - 138 Kb) Document Date: 25 Feb 2009 (Downloads: 319)
Colombia: Desde la clandestinidad emite emisora de la comunidad LGBT tras amenazas contra su director - LGBT community radio station goes on the air in hiding due to threats against it's director.- by www.eltiempo.com on: http://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/bogota/ARTICULO-PRINTER_FRIENDLY-PLANTILLA_PRINTER_FRIENDL-5248190.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Grupos homofóbicos obligaron a Carlos Serrano, a exiliarse. El miércoles, 'Radio Diversia' emitió' por última vez desde la que hasta ahora era su oficina en Bogotá. <br><br> Las amenazas a la radio se suman a una serie de crímenes contra dirigentes de la comunidad homosexual, especialmente en la ciudad de Cali (suroeste). <br><br> La Oficina en Bogotá del Alto Comisionado de la ONU para Derechos Humanos además advirtió, en un comunicado, que "esta violación limita el ejercicio de la libertad de expresión y opinión de los integrantes del colectivo LGBT y la emisora".<br><br>
"Homophobic groups forced Carlos Serrano to go into hiding. On Wednesday, Radio Diversa broadcast for the last time from what until now has been its office in Bogotá.<br><br>
The threats to the radio include a series of crimes against leaders of the gay community, especially in the city of Cali (in the southeast).<br><br>
The Office of the High Commissioner of the UN for Human Rights in Bogotá also announced, in a communique, that this violation limits the exercise of liberty of expression and opinion of the members of the LGBT community and the radio station."
(PDF - 64 Kb) Document Date: 21 May 2009 (Downloads: 235)
Cuba: Expulsado de la policía por homosexual - Fired from the Police for being a homosexual - by www.cubamatinal.com on 05/21/09 on : http://www.cubamatinal.com/Noticia.cfm?NoticiaID=11761 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"La Habana, 21 de mayo/ SDP/ Suárez Mainoldi, que ingresó en la policía desde que terminó el servicio militar obligatorio, dijo que le cerraron su contrato como oficial de la PNR, cuando reconoció en una reunión, ser homosexual."<br><br>
"Havana, May 21/SDP/Suárez Manioldi, who joined the police after he finished his obligatory military service, said that they terminated his contract as a police official of the PNR when it was recognized in a meeting, that he was gay."
(PDF - 159 Kb) Document Date: 21 May 2009 (Downloads: 270)
HIV & AIDS in Latin America - by www.avert.org on 03/19/09 : http://www.avert.org/aidslatinamerica.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
[waiting to confirm publication actual publication date]<br><br>Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua<br><br>
Latin American countries have been affected by HIV/AIDS in different ways, and to different extents. Responses have varied, with some countries displaying weak political leadership and others ? most notably Brazil ? forming strong and positive responses. Despite many differences between the epidemics of individual countries, high levels of poverty, migration, homophobia and HIV-related discrimination are apparent throughout the region, and these factors present common barriers to overcoming the crisis.2<br><br>
In this page, we use the term Latin America to refer to the countries of South and Central America, excluding Suriname, Guyana, French Guyana and the Caribbean islands, which we discuss in our HIV & AIDS in the Caribbean page. AVERT.org also has an individual country page about AIDS in Brazil.
(PDF - 1,081 Kb) Document Date: 31 Dec 2008 (Downloads: 189)
In macho culture, gays find acceptance in Mexico City district - by Mairys Joaquin | McClatchy Newspapers, on 05/21/09 on:http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/68607.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Herrera said that machismo and discrimination against homosexuals were difficult to escape in Mexican culture, even in areas such as La Zona.<br><br>
"Yes, the laws have improved for Mexico City, but that doesn't change people's attitudes or dissolve the predominance of machismo within our culture," Herrera said."<br><br>
"The truth is, despite advancements, homosexuals in Mexico are not yet free," he said. "Those who maintain themselves in the same safe circle of friends may feel free, but the moment they begin to branch out, they'd begin to see the discrimination that still exists ... even in Mexico City. ... Not everyone wants to deal with that."
(PDF - 91 Kb) Document Date: 21 May 2009 (Downloads: 278)
Africa: Homophobia fuelling the spread of HIV - by UN Integrated Regional Information Network on 07/23/08 on: http://www.aegis.com/news/IRIN/2008/IR080734.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"LIMBÉ, 23 July 2008 (IRIN) - The persistent and increasing outbreaks of violence against members of the gay community in Africa are jeopardising efforts undertaken to combat HIV, both within this group and across the population as a whole, AIDS activists warned at a recent meeting in Limbé, Cameroon. <br><br>
The extreme vulnerability of members of the gay community to HIV on the continent was highlighted during the meeting, initiated by the French non-governmental organisation, AIDES, and its partners, which took place at the beginning of July in the south west of Cameroon and brought together many AIDS activists from Francophone African countries."
(PDF - 145 Kb) Document Date: 23 Jul 2008 (Downloads: 282)
Homosexuality now debated all over Africa - by Afrol News on 11/22/06 : http://www.afrol.com/articles/22926 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document was provided by Immigration Equality. <br><br>
"afrol News, 24 November - The South
African decision to legalise same-sex
marriages has caught much of Africa by
surprise. Being seen as a leading star in the
continent's development by many
intellectuals, South Africa's acceptance of
gays and lesbians causes a discovery of
national sexual minorities all over Africa. The
debate - that coul- has just begun. <br><br>
For the growing number of gay activists around Africa, this relatively positive
?rst-ever presentation of homosexuality in their national media caused by the South
African example seems a God-given gift. In the few countries where a national debon homosexuality had started before the pro-gay example of South Africa, hateful messages of "non-African practices" and "unnatural, perverse behaviour" had dominated. This was the case in most of English-spoken Southern and East Africa,
and in Cameroon."
(PDF - 588 Kb) Document Date: 22 Nov 2006 (Downloads: 326)
Honduras: Homosexuales protestan contra crímenes - Homosexuals protest against crimes - vy firstname.lastname@example.org on 05/15/09 on: http://www.laprensahn.com/index.php/layout/set/print/content/view/print/199874 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Los manifestantes denunciaron la violencia policial que sufren y los crímenes de odio. "Alto a la represión contra la comunidad Lgtb por parte de la policía", rezaba un cartel. <br><br> Aseguró que los homosexuales y lesbianas son maltratados y acosados por la policía, y son discriminados en los trabajos.
"En el mundo el homosexualismo es considerado un crimen perseguido penalmente", dijeron los organizadores de la manifestación en un comunicado."<br><br>
Protestors denounced police violence which they suffer as well as hate crimes. "Stop the repression against the LGBT Community on the part of the police," read one poster.<br><br>
It assured that homosexuals and lesbians are mistreated and harassed by the police, and that they are discriminated against in their jobs. "In the world, homosexuality is considered to be a crime which is persecuted punitively" said the organizers of the protest in a communiqué.
(PDF - 92 Kb) Document Date: 17 May 2009 (Downloads: 329)
Liberia still backwards in gay rights - by Scott Zawko (Daily Texan Columnist), on 07/03/03 and updated on 01/06/09 on: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/opinion/liberia-still-backwards-in-gay-rights-1.1255406 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Liberia may have been founded by freed slaves, but it's no paradise for minorities. Just walk a mile in the shoes of a gay Liberian. It's bad enough that Liberians must hide their political orientations for fear of torture and beatings. It's worse still that some Liberians must also hide their sexual orientations for fear of ostracism, ridicule and possibly imprisonment. Yet even with the looming threat of punishment there is an underground gay society in the country's cities. Bravely, the hidden denizens of this underground community satisfy the sexual desires that could land them in jail. <br><br> Some day, hopefully, Liberian gays will enjoy all the fruits of equal opportunity. But until then the gay movement proceeds in baby steps rather than giant leaps. With some tough public relations work ahead of them, they may even climb to the level of acceptance of the mentally ill, a slightly less stigmatized minority. "
(PDF - 131 Kb) Document Date: 3 Jul 2003 (Downloads: 310)
Mexico: Auto de formal prisión para maestro discriminado en el Edomex - Indictment for discriminated teacher in Edomex - by Redacción Anodi, email@example.com - on 04/14/09 on: http://anodis.com/imprimir.asp?id=14088 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"México, DF.- La juez tercera penal de Toluca, Verónica Contreras, dictó auto de formal prisión para el maestro Agustín Estrada, quien denunció discriminación por parte de las autoridades mexiquenses, bajo los cargos de obstrucción de las vías públicas.<br><br> "Al primer que tomaron fue a mí. Me rompieron los lentes, me golpeaban. No me tomaron declaración me dieron vueltas intimidándome", comentó López Vela y agregó que después lo llevaron al Palacio de Justica de Toluca donde se le imputaron cargos por el delito de obtrucción de las vias de comunicación."<br><br>
The judge of the third division of Toluca, Verónica Contreras, handed down an indictment for the teacher Agustin Estrada, who declared discrimination on the part of Mexico City authorities, under the charge of obstruction of the public roads.<br><br>
The first one they grabbed was me. They broke my glasses, they hit me. They didn't take any statement, they had me going in circles intimidating me," commented López Vela and he added that afterwards they took him to the Courthouse in Toluca where they accused him of the crime of obstruction of the roadways.<br><br>
(PDF - 84 Kb) Document Date: 14 May 2009 (Downloads: 267)
Moscow police break up gay pride rally - By DAVID NOWAK (AP) on 05/16/0-9 on www.google.com : http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jhcRjyymhm_fzqzblWdA9Cnj8qOgD987DFGG0 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"MOSCOW (AP) ? Riot police broke up several gay rights demonstrations in Moscow on Saturday, hauling away scores of protesters hours before the capital hosted a major international pop music competition. <br><br> City officials had warned they would not tolerate marches or rallies supporting the rights of gays and lesbians. Activists had targeted Moscow, which was holding the finals of the Eurovision song contest, to press their claims that Russia officially sanctions homophobia." <br><br> Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has drawn international criticism by describing homosexuality as "satanic" and seeking to justify official discrimination against gay people in Russia by claiming they help spread the AIDS virus. Luzhkov has banned gay pride rallies in recent years, and attempted marches by gay activists have typically ended in detentions and attacks by nationalist groups."
(PDF - 185 Kb) Document Date: 16 May 2009 (Downloads: 221)
No gay police in Peru: homosexuals barred from the police force - by www.peruviantimes.com on 05/15/09 : http://www.peruviantimes.com/no-gay-police-in-peru-homosexuals-barred-from-the-police-force/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"To improve the wilting image of Peru?s National Police, Interior Minister Mercedes Cabanillas put forward a set of new regulations that contain a provision designed to ban homosexuals from the police force. <br><br> Cabanillas? anti-gay sanctions echo the longstanding Military Code of Justice, which continues to define homosexuality as a crime, in violation of a 2004 ruling by Peru?s highest court, the Constitutional Tribunal, that deemed military discrimination based on sexual orientation as unconstitutional. <br><br>
According to GaysinPeru, although there are no longer any laws explicitly prohibiting sexual activity between civilians of the same sex in Peru, authorities frequently invoke vague laws aiming to uphold ?public morality? as a tool to repress sexual ?deviance.? Penalties range from 20 days to 20 years in jail for ?dishonorable acts of carnal knowledge against the order of nature."
(PDF - 275 Kb) Document Date: 17 May 2009 (Downloads: 222)
Seis de cada diez hombres infectados de sida en México son homosexuales - Six of every 10 men infected with HIV in Mexico are homosexuals -by EFE on www.adn.es on 05/17/09 on: http://www.adn.es/printVersion/ADNNWS20090517_1416/604 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Seis de cada diez hombres infectados en México por el VIH/sida son homosexuales, los cuales son objeto de estigma y discriminación por la homofobia imperante y se encuentran alejados de la atención médica oportuna, informó hoy el Gobierno. <br><br> La homofobia y el machismo, dijo, causan la segregación de homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales y transgéneros y los hacen víctimas frecuentes de extorsión, humillación y expulsión de sus comunidades y familias o incluso de lesiones y asesinatos."<br><br>
"Six of every ten men infected by HIV/AIDS in Mexico are homosexual, they are stigmatized and discriminated against due to prevailing homophobia and they find themselves distanced from the appropriate medical attention", the Government informed today.<br><br>
"Homophobia and machismo," they said, "cause the segregation of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders and makes them frequent victims of extortion, humiliation and expulsion from their communities and families or even bodily harm and murder."
(PDF - 58 Kb) Document Date: 17 May 2009 (Downloads: 224)
SENEGAL: HIV-positive gays face double stigma - by PlusNews on 02/17/06 on www.irinnews.org : http://www.irinnews.org/PrintReport.aspx?ReportId=39349# (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Stuck and immobilized at home with his family, he realised that they would never accept his sexual orientation. "My half brothers and half sisters kicked me out of the house while I was still struggling with crutches ... I could not bear their verbal daily abuse." <br><br> According to Doudou, homosexual men find it difficult to get jobs, because "when people realize we are MSM, they will not employ us or make sure we are sacked from the job we have."
(PDF - 88 Kb) Document Date: 17 Feb 2006 (Downloads: 314)
El Salvador: Homosexuales piden respeto y comprensión - Homosexuals ask for respect and understanding - by Leonor Cárdenas, Redacción Diario Co Latino, on 05/19/09 : http://www.diariocolatino.com/es/20090519/nacionales/66955/?tpl=71 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Full translation provided by The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley, CA <br><br> "Han habido crímenes de odio hacia la comunidad gay, porque la homofobia es odio y estos crímenes han quedado en la impunidad, del 98 a la fecha hemos documentado más de 50 casos de violencia en los que las personas ha aparecido amarrados de pies y manos, desmembrados, lo cual demuestra el odio que existe hacia la comunidad homosexual", agregó Cáceres.<br><br>
Por su parte, el director de "Entre Amigos", Ive Mártir, aseguró que el no esclarecimiento de los casos de violencia hacia las personas transexuales, transgénero y homosexual, se debe a la falta de interés por parte de las autoridades "quienes aducen, que estos hechos son crímenes pasionales, a pesar de que entrar en muchos de los casos características de violencia ejercida por homofobia".<br><br>
"There have been hate crimes against the gay community, because homophobia is hate and these crimes have gone without punishment, from 98 until today we have documented more than 50 cases of violence in which people have been tied up by the hands and feet, dismembered, which goes to show the hate which exists towards the gay community" added Cáceres.<br><br>
As far as he is concerned, the director of "Between Friends," Ive Mártir, assured that the explanation of the cases of violence towards transsexual, transgender and homosexual people, is due to the lack of interest on the part of the authorities "who allege that these crimes are crimes of passion, in spite of the fact that characteristics of violence resulting from homophobia enter into the picture."
(PDF - 49 Kb) Document Date: 19 May 2009 (Downloads: 310)
Mexico: Homofobia, causa de mil asesinatos en Edomex - Homophobia, the cause of one thousand murders in the State of Mexico- by Ma. Teresa Montaño Corresponsal , published on 05/08/09 , El Universal: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/ciudad/vi_95430.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
TOLUCA, Méx. Un estudio realizado por la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos del Estado de México (Codhem), permitió ubicar al menos mil crímenes homofóbicos en una década, lo que denota que la comunidad lésbico, gay, bisexual y transgénero (LGBT) sigue siendo un sector discriminado, extorsionado y humillado, concluyó el organismo.<br><br>
De acuerdo con la comisión, se trata de crímenes que en muchos casos siguen impunes y denotan el grado de intolerancia hacia la diversidad, que todavía se observa en algunos ámbitos de la sociedad mexicana.<br><br>
El estudio se basa en un análisis de medios impresos y publicados entre 1995 y 2003, lo que permitió ubicar al menos mil asesinatos con evidentes rasgos homofóbicos, entre cuyas víctimas lo mismo hay hombres que mujeres."<br><br>
A study carried out by the Commission of Human Rights of the State of Mexico (Codhem),was able to find at least 1,000 homophobic crimes in a decade, which shows that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continues to be a group which is discriminated against, prejudiced against and humiliated, concluded the organization.<br><br>
According to the commission, this deals with crimes which in many cases go unpunished and they show the level of intolerance towards diversity which is still seen in some circles of Mexican society.<br><br>
The study is based on an analysis of printed materials and publications between 1995 and 2003, which helped locate at least 1,000 murders with evidence of homophobic features, among the victims being men as well as women."
(PDF - 53 Kb) Document Date: 18 May 2009 (Downloads: 227)
Mexico: Lesbianas buscan visibilidad para que respeten sus derechos - Lesbians look for visibility so their rights can be respected. By Sofía Noriega/corresponsal, Rotativo on 05/18/09 : http://rotativo.com.mx/nacionales/lesbianas_buscan_visibilidad_para_que_respeten_sus_derechos/564,33,14314,html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Saltillo, Coah, 18 mayo 09 (CIMAC).- Hay diferencias exponenciales
entre ser hombre y ser mujer homosexual: éstas últimas son doblemente
estigmatizadas, por ello es más difícil que salgan del "closet",
señaló Verónica Morales Towns, presidenta de la Comunidad Lésbica
Soles en Saltillo.
<br><br>Al señalar que sigue la lucha en el Día Nacional contra la Homofobia,
que se conmemoró ayer en el mundo, Morales comentó que "en muchos
casos, sobre todo en el ámbito laboral, tienen que esconder sus
preferencias, por eso se dice que están detrás de las puertas del
closet, si sales te expones a ser agredida, herida y minimizada".<br><br>
There are exponential differences between being a gay man and being a gay woman: the latter are doubly stigmatized because for them it is more difficult to come out of the "closet," pointed out Verónica Morales Towns, president of the Lesbian Community in Satillo.<br><br>
On pointing out that the fight continues on the National Day Against Homophobia, which was celebrated yesterday around the world. Morales commented that "in many cases, especially in the workplace, they have to hide their preferences,and that is why it is said that they are behind the closet doors, if you leave you expose yourself to being attacked, wounded and minimized."
(PDF - 342 Kb) Document Date: 18 May 2009 (Downloads: 265)
Mexico: Maestro mexiquense libra batalla de dos años contra homofobia y discriminación - Mexican teacher fights a two year battle against homophobia and discrimination- by Victor Ballinas, on La Jornada on 05/19/09: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2009/05/19/index.php?section=sociedad&article=038n1soc (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Dio cuenta que el 16 de febrero de este año, al tratar de reintegrarse a sus labores, "me fue negado por la Secretaría de Educación estatal, lo que motivó una protesta de niños, madres y padres de familia ante el gobierno de Ecatepec, el cual respondió con represión; incluso en presencia de funcionarios de la Comisión Estatal de Derechos Humanos (CEDH), algunos menores fueron agredidos por policías, quienes brincaron sobre los cuerpos de niños, lo que les provocó convulsiones a varios y no recibieron atención médica."<br><br>
It was made known that on February 16 of this year, upon trying to reintegrate himself to his work, "I was denied by the State Secretary of Education, which caused a protest by children, mothers and fathers before the government of Ecatepec, which responded with repression; even in the presence of officials of the State Commission of Human Rights (CEDH), some youth were attacked by police, they jumped on the bodies of the children, which caused several of them to have convulsions and they didn't receive medical attention."
(PDF - 254 Kb) Document Date: 19 May 2009 (Downloads: 193)
ONU rechaza amenazas contra director de radio colombiana para homosexuales - The United Nations [UN] rejects threats against Colombian gay radio director- By EFE, published on 05/15/09 on www.laverdad.com : http://www.laverdad.com/detavance.php?CodAvance=16286 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Según medios locales, un grupo que se hace llamar "La Organización" envió un correo electrónico amenazante a Radio Diversia, que transmite por Internet, en el que advertía que si Serrano, no se iba de Colombia, le iban a colocar una bomba.<br><br>
Serrano, según el diario El Espectador, de Bogotá, abandonó hace días la ciudad ante las amenazas."<br><br>
According to local media, a group which is called "The Organization" sent a threatening electronic message to Radio Diversia, which transmits over the Internet,which warned that if Serrano didn't leave colombia, they were going to place a bomb for him.<br><br>
Serrano, according to the daily El Espectator of Bogotá, left the city days ago in the face of the threats.
(PDF - 140 Kb) Document Date: 15 May 2009 (Downloads: 244)