Religion and culture cannot justify discrimination against gays and lesbians, Ban warns

Pledging that “we must right these wrongs,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today denounced discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and declared that religion, culture and tradition can never be a justification for denying them their basic rights. “Governments have a legal duty to protect everyone,” he said in a video message to the […]

Statement against the Second Reading and Passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2011

Queer Alliance issues this statement on behalf of those we represent to present and voice our concerns against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2011 We like to note that the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is built on one principle – secularism and not religious indoctrination. The contents of the bill […]

The Bishop of Leicester speaks passionately in a Lords’ debate about the “Treatment of Homosexual Men and Women in the Developing World”

The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, speaking in the House of Lords

The House of Lords held a debate on Thursday 25 October on a question posed by Lord Lexden. He asked  Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world. Changing Attitude’s interest in the debate is twofold. Firstly, members of our groups in Nigeria […]

World Health Organization releases groundbreaking report condemning ’conversion’ therapies

Services that purport to “cure” people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in a position statement launched on 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia. The statement calls on governments, academic institutions, professional associations […]

Ugandan gay activists make final submissions for United Nations report

Gay rights activists in Uganda have made final submissions on the UN report on Uganda’s progress in combating the HIV/Aids pandemic with a renewed call for the inclusion of homosexuals in national HIV programmes. The call comes just a week after government released new figures suggesting that the HIV incidence in the country had risen […]

Towards a progressive culture in South Africa

In the last few weeks South African representatives have launched an extraordinary human rights offensive at the United Nations, within the context of a growing global debate about the rights of sexual minorities. European, North American and Latin American states are moving increasingly towards guaranteeing full rights — including same-sex marriage — for sexual minorities […]

Philippinos react to UN chief’s condemnation of gay ‘bullying’ as grave human rights abuse

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stepped into the growing social phenomenon of “homophobic bullying” by denouncing sustained verbal abuse, taunting, and serious physical attacks against children as young as 11 “because of their presumed sexual orientation or gender identity.” “This is a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights, and a […]

Britain’s Cameron urged to back Obama in global campaign for gay and lesbian rights

The Kaleidoscope Trust yesterday called on David Cameron to back a new global initiative to combat human rights abuses against LGBT people launched by President Obama on Wednesday. The US government strategy to protect the rights of gay and lesbian people around the world and combat the criminalisation of homosexuality was set out in a […]

A lone activist crusades for change in Cameroon

Alice Nkom, Cameroon LGBT civil rights attorney

Civil rights attorney Alice Nkom is in an isolated fight for the west central African nation’s vulnerable gay community. Alice Nkom is accustomed to polarized public opinion about her civil rights work on behalf of Cameroon’s marginalized LGBT community. The defense attorney is highly praised by international human rights groups, yet vociferously denounced by many […]

Free representation in Caribbean for persons facing discrimination

Gay men, sex workers and HIV-positive persons will be among Caribbean nationals who will qualify for free legal representation under the newly established Caribbean Social Justice Coalition, if they believe they are being discriminated against, reports the Caribbean Observer. Already the foundation of the international apparel company Levi Strauss Company has stepped forward to become […]