Nepalese gays face new persecution- by Tony Grew- Pinknews.co.uk- 1/5/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Gangs of Maoist militants have launched a campaign in Nepal against the country's gay and lesbian population.<br>
The country's only gay rights organisation, Blue Diamond, reports that this new oppression is sanctioned by Prime Minister, Girija Prasad Koirala. <br>
Gays and lesbians in the Himalayan kingdom previously suffered persistent persecution from security forces during the absolutist rule of King Gyanendra.
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OHCHR-Nepal- Lena Sundh 1/9/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights<br>
Address at the Blue Diamond Society Talk Programme on âNepalâs New Constitution and the rights of minorities (based on sexual orientation and gender identities): experience from South Africaâ<br>
9 January 2007<br><br>
The peace process in Nepal is significant not just because it brings to an end 11 years of violent conflict, which is an historic achievement in itself, but also because it carries with it the hopes of millions of Nepalese people for a better, fairer society in which they can finally claim their rights as equal members of this society. The foundation of lasting peace, the future protection of human rights, and the capacity for development and prosperity will be greatly strengthened if these hopes are realised. The voices of lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people (metis), are often among the most marginalized in society due to deep-seated norms, prejudice and discrimination which has often led to profound social exclusion. Many LGBT people in Nepal are also from groups that suffer other longstanding discrimination such as Madhesis, indigenous people, Dalits or persons living with disabilities â they suffer double and sometimes multiple discrimination.
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Plight Worsens For Nepal's LGBT Community- 365gay.com 1/5/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
(Katmandu) When the government of King Gyanendra entered into a peace agreement with Maoist rebels Nepal's gay community thought a new constitution and promises of civil rights would end years of torment at the hands of police. Now they find the situation has actually worsened as roaming bands of communists round up gays and transsexuals as part of a so-called cleansing of "social pollutants".
For gays it is the ultimate in betrayal after having supported the new government.<br>
Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's only LGBT civil rights organization, had participated in the demonstrations against the regime of King Gyanendra that helped usher in an elected government but the group says now that the new government is no better than the old one.
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Souh Africa/Nepal: Nepal's New Constitution and the Fundamental Rights of Minorities 1/8/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Nepal's New Constitution and the Fundamental Rights of Minorities (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) - Experience from South Africa <br><br>
4. So including the words "sexual orientation" in the equality clause of South Africa's first democratic Constitution was an extraordinary and dramatic event. It has inspired constitution-writers and reformers all over the world, and it may be that in Nepal you could also find it an appropriate basis for reflection in your constitution-making.
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Cuba concentra campaña de prevención del VIH en hombres-Sentidogay.com - 1/16/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Según datos de la Dirección Nacional de Estadísticas del ministerio de Salud Pública (MINSAP), del 81 por ciento de los hombres contagiados con el VIH/Sida, un 86 por ciento son homo o bisexuales.<br>
Esa cifra ha impulsado a las autoridades de salud de Cuba a centrar sus estrategias de prevenciÃ³n en ese segmento considerado de mayor riesgo de infecciÃ³n.<br>
El coordinador del grupo, RaÃºl Regueiro, explica que uno de los objetivos de sus acciones es educar y orientar a estas personas para disminuir su vulnerabilidad biolÃ³gica, social, psicolÃ³gica y epidemiolÃ³gica.
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Cuba Libre? Guess Again -Gay City News- By Henry E. Scott -Sodomy Laws 1/17/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
âThe local activists want this interaction very much,â he said. âThe last thing they say, over and over again, they want or need is more isolation. The more international contacts, the less repression. This is also what I was told the folks who participated in the last [Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network] trip to Cuba learned.â
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Cuba- Socomy Laws- 3/8/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Article 303a, which punishes "publicly manifested" homosexuality, appears to have been repealed in 1997. -Bob<br>
From the International Lesbian and Gay Association may be out of date.<br>
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Cuba- US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices- 2005 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.<br>
March 8, 2006<br>
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination<br>
Societal discrimination against homosexuals persisted, as police occasionally conducted sweeps in areas where homosexuals congregated, particularly along sections of Havana's waterfront.<br><br>
The government restricted persons found to be HIV-positive to sanatoriums for treatment and therapy before conditionally releasing them into the community. Even after their release, some persons with HIV/AIDS said the government monitored their movements with a de-facto chaperone to prevent the spread of the illness. HIV/AIDS sufferers also asserted that state medical professionals frequently failed to respect confidentiality, with the result that their condition was known widely throughout their neighborhoods. Some persons with HIV/AIDS said the government only offered them jobs incompatible with their medical condition.
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Cuba: gay rights: how much has changed? - Eduardo Jimanez Garcia- 3/3/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
By the 1970s, reforms to the penal code excluded the classification of homosexuals as a criminals [because of their sexual orientation]; any word that discriminated against homosexuals was modified. However, that is not enough because I think our laws should better reflect the respect that homosexuals deserve.
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Cuba: Treason Against Civilization- Fidel Torres - Gay City News - 2/19/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
To take advantage of gays in need in Cuba, of their inferior conditions of living, is as decadent and reproachable as the Castro regime itself. Because it fulfills the minds of Cuba the underlay premise of communist ideology that the West will surrender to morally superior truth.
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Cuban state TV airs gay soap opera- Rex Wockner Internationa # 635 6/26/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Some gay Cubans told gay media it is unfortunate that the series suggests AIDS is a punishment for engaging in gay sex.
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Gay Cuba 2003- GlobalGayz.com 02/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Intro: This story is part two of a pair of stories about gay Cuba on this web site. The first, Gay Cuba 1997-02, is a compilation of reports, stories and news that I stitched together from numerous sources before I visited Cuba. I suggest you peruse that story before reading this part, It will give you a broad idea about how controversial homosexuality is in Cuba under socialism. This Gay Cuba 2003 story is the result of my visit. I saw that gay life is certainly alive in this humming and repressed country. Not surprisingly, lesbigay folks dance a careful line between relative freedom and relative risk.
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Gay Cuba News and Reports 2003- 2006 GlobalGays.com (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
1 Cuba Libre? Guess Again! (A Criticism of Travel to Cuba) 1/03<br>
2 Sleeping With the Enemy? Tourism and Gay Cuba's Changing Face (A Trip to Cuba) 2/03<br>
3 Gays struggling to find a place in macho Cuba: intolerance a fact of life despite recent progress 8/02<br>
4 Homosexuals in Cuba: Invisible no more 3/03<br>
5 Cuba's Transsexuals Get Powerful New Friend 9/04<br>
6 ILGA representative reports from Cuba 12/04<br>
6a No Turning Back on Gay Rights in Cuba - Sexual Diversity Cinema Week held in Pinar del RÃo in western Cuba 12/05<br>
7 Helping Cubans realize `what it means to be gay' 6/06<br>
8 Cuban soap's gay story starts dialogue 6/06<br>
9 Castro niece fights for new revolution 6/06<br>
10 Cuban soap operas with gay story lines draws to an end; some see show as increased acceptance 11/06<br>
11 Enroute to the forbidden country: Cuba 12/06
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Gay Rights in Cuba- Wikipedia updated 12/27/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Sexual relations between same-sex consenting adults sixteen and over have been legal in Cuba since 1992, although same-sex relationships are not presently recognised by the state. In Cuba, people's organisations and public assembly must be state-approved, and LGBT associations and events are not permitted.
Public antipathy towards LGBT people is high, reflecting regional norms. This has eased somewhat since the 1990s. Educational campaigns on LGBT issues are currently implemented by the National Center for Sex Education, headed by Mariela Castro.
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Helping Cubans realize "what it means to be gay"- Gary Marx Chicago Tribune 5/28/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
While Cuba's socialist government portrays itself as being dedicated to equality and justice, its leaders often have displayed little tolerance for those who do not fit their definition of a proper revolutionary.<br>
Authorities viewed homosexuality as deviant, and openly gay men and women were barred from top political positions and other jobs. Some were sent to rehabilitation camps.
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Lesbians and Gays Cuba- GayTimes.co.uk 2005 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Cuba is not known for its policies of social liberalism. For the Cuban GLBT community life has been hard with on going repression, including the continuing raiding and closing down of bars and clubs frequented by gays, arbitrary enforcement of Article 303a and closing down of gay groups. The Cuban Association of Gays and Lesbians, which formed in 1994, was squashed and its members taken into custody from their places of employment. There is a small out door gay scene in the Verdado district of Havana centred around Cine Yara and the nearby Malecon sea front. Bars and clubs catering for gays frequently change due to police repression so if you are visiting Havana head for the Cine Yara. In the streets around the cinema you will see gays hanging out so just ask around. Gay repression seems to happen in fits and starts so the number of obvious gays will depend on the prevailing political climate. On our recent visits to Cuba we found the people charming and just loved the Cuban music! However, the the barmy political system and the official homophobia is very waring. Nonetheless it is a totally different destination and has the feel of going back in time. Incidentally, whilst local gays are harassed and discriminated against, gay visitors appear to be left well alone
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Mexican state near Texas passes gay union law- Reuters 1/11/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The northern state of Coahuila, a mining and ranching region south of Texas, approved gay civil union on Thursday, becoming the second area in Mexico to give legal status to homosexual partnerships. Legislators in the state Congress voted 20-13 for a bill that gives gays greater rights than a similar law backed by Mexico City last November."It is more like a civil marriage," said Silvia Solis, a gay rights activist in the capital. She said Coahuila would grant social security benefits to both members of a homosexual union, an important demand of gay campaigners.
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Otra visión sobre los homosexuales en Cuba-Gilberto Ruiz - CubaNuestra Digital 3/28/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
hace lo que les place con los gays ( un dia les permite salir vestidos de mujer para alagar a algun " intelectual extranjero" y al otro dia los encierra y jamas les permite la oportunidad de ser maestros, ni jueces, ni medicos ni politicos y mucho menos salir y entrar del pais no importa donde fuesen.
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Sobrina de Castro promueve tolerancia sexual en Cuba- Esteban Israel- Reuters 6/25/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
La sobrina del presidente cubano promoviÃ³ desde la direcciÃ³n del Centro Nacional de EducaciÃ³n Sexual una telenovela sobre la bisexualidad, que escandalizÃ³ este aÃ±o a muchos cubanos.<br>
Ahora impulsa un proyecto de ley para reconocer los derechos de los transexuales, que, de aprobarse, convertirÃa a Cuba en el paÃs mÃ¡s avanzado de AmÃ©rica Latina en cuestiones de gÃ©nero.<br>
Su objetivo, dijo en una reciente entrevista con Reuters, es llevar al terreno de la sexualidad la revoluciÃ³n que su tÃo y su padre, el vicepresidente RaÃºl Castro, hicieron hace 47 aÃ±os con el fusil en la mano.<br>
"Es hacer realidad la revoluciÃ³n en estos aspectos de la vida que no se han tocado por histÃ³ricos prejuicios y que, poquito a poco, se estÃ¡n abordando," dijo la sexÃ³loga de 43 aÃ±os.
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Aplauden película sobre "gays" en Cuba- El Universal online- 12/11/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Applause for movie about gays in Cuba-<br>
LA HABANA (EFE Y DPA).- Como parte del ciclo de pelÃculas espaÃ±olas que se exhibe en el 27 Festival Internacional del
Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana, se estrenÃ³ con una gran acogida del pÃºblico cubano el filme Reinas, del director Manuel GÃ³mez Pereira.
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