From Nigeria to Russia to Iran, indeed in some 80 countries the world over, LGBT communities face discriminatory laws and practices that attack their basic human dignity and undermine their safety.
We are seeing new laws like the Anti-Homosexuality Bill enacted by Uganda and signed into law by President Museveni earlier this week, which not only makes criminals of people for who they are, but punishes those who defend the human rights that are our universal birthright.
These laws contribute to a global trend of rising violence and discrimination against LGBT persons and their supporters, and they are an affront to every reasonable conscience, and the United States will continue to stand with our LGBT brothers and sisters as we stand up for freedom, for justice, for equal rights for all people around the world.
— Secretary of State John Kerry in the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Snaps. (via The Advocate)
Groups demand that congress pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill to protect the rights of LGBT people
1,500 people marched for LGBT rights in Manila on Saturday at the 18th Metro Manila Pride parade in the Philippines’ capital.
Ricky Martin habla en las Naciones Unidas - Parte 1 (11.12.2012) (by SariChile)
“For many years I lived on fear,” he said. “I was living in fear because I was hating myself because I grew up listening to a very crooked concept: ‘You’re gay. You belong in hell.’
“It took me a minute to come out but when I did — it felt incredible. I wish I could do it again. And I wish I could stand in front of the cameras and talk to people that are struggling with their identity and let them know that it’s just beautiful.”
Good interview with Lynette Chua, assistant professor of law at the National University of Singapore on the advancement of LGBT rights in Singapore.
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