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Chechnya renews persecution of LGBTs, activists say

Chechnya renews persecution of LGBTs, activists say

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 16, 2019

LGBT activists sounded the alarm that Chechen authorities have renewed their crackdown on LGBTs in Chechnya, detaining several gay men and women.

Brazil's new president revokes LGBT rights

Brazil's new president revokes LGBT rights

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 9, 2019

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, didn't waste any time attacking the country's minority communities, including LGBTs, when, hours after his inauguration, he signed a slew of executive orders removing some rights.

LGBT rights buoyed by highs and lows in 2018

LGBT rights buoyed by highs and lows in 2018

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jan 2, 2019

In a year that celebrated the United Nation's 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights, particularly LGBT rights, were profoundly under attack in 2018, according to leading human rights organizations.

Vallejo LGBTs discuss Tanzanian crackdown

Vallejo LGBTs discuss Tanzanian crackdown

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Dec 19, 2018

Vallejo LGBT activists and leaders of its sister city commission and association came together earlier this month to figure out responses to November's crackdown on the African country's LGBT community.

Tanzania gay activists vow to fight back

Tanzania gay activists vow to fight back

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Dec 12, 2018

A little more than a month after the latest anti-gay crackdown, LGBT Tanzanians are living underground or have fled the East African country out of fear.

Pope: Gay priests, nuns need not apply

Pope: Gay priests, nuns need not apply

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Dec 5, 2018

Pope Francis clarified his stance on gay priests and nuns serving as Catholic clergy with the release of his new book, "The Strength of a Vocation: Consecrated Life Today."

Taiwanese voters cast a blow against marriage equality

Taiwanese voters cast a blow against marriage equality

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Nov 28, 2018

Taiwan voters struck a harsh blow to the Southeast Asian country's LGBT community last weekend when voters rejected referendums on same-sex marriage and LGBT curriculum in schools.

Costa Rica poised to legalize same-sex marriage

Costa Rica poised to legalize same-sex marriage

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Nov 20, 2018

Costa Rica is poised to become the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage.

LGBT migrant caravan arrives in Tijuana

LGBT migrant caravan arrives in Tijuana

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Nov 14, 2018

A migrant caravan of nearly 80 people, many identifying as LGBT, arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego, November 11, surprising local community organizations.

After outcry, Tanzania backs away from LGBT crackdown

After outcry, Tanzania backs away from LGBT crackdown

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Nov 7, 2018

On the eve of expected mass arrests of LGBTs, the Tanzania government publicly backtracked after intense international pressure.

Brazil elects homophobic president, fuels LGBT fears

Brazil elects homophobic president, fuels LGBT fears

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Oct 31, 2018

Called the "Trump of the Tropics," Jair Bolsonaro captured 55 percent of the vote against left-wing opponent Fernando Haddad in Brazil's presidential runoff election October 28.

Zurich mayor celebrates 15 years as SF sister city

Zurich mayor celebrates 15 years as SF sister city

  • by Alex Madison
  • Oct 24, 2018

The lesbian mayor of Zurich, Switzerland is in town this week to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the sister city relationship between her city and San Francisco.

Parliament group nixes discussion of LGBT issues

Parliament group nixes discussion of LGBT issues

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Oct 24, 2018

Uganda and Lebanon's parliamentary speakers Rebecca Kadaga and Nabih Berri declared victory after leading the charge October 18 to ban discussions about LGBT issues at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ugandan lesbian activist speaks about troubled times and her faith

Ugandan lesbian activist speaks about troubled times and her faith

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Oct 17, 2018

Ugandan LGBT activists have been on edge this year.