Uganda’s parliament adjourned without acting on a criticized anti-gay bill that would mandate the death sentence in some cases, drawing praise from an advocacy group that said parliament’s failure to act was a “victory for all Ugandans.” Speaker of Parliament Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said Friday there is no time to take up the bill this session, which ends Wednesday, leaving the bill’s future uncertain. Kiwanuk adjourned the parliament Friday and set no date for the body to return.
A gay rights coalition hoping to legalize same-sex marriage in New York has been getting an infusion of cash from a surprising source: Republican business titans.
Cubans have held a short but colorful parade celebrating sexual diversity to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has denied that lawmaker pressure helped abruptly reverse a policy allowing chaplains to perform same-sex unions if the Pentagon recognizes openly gay military service later this year.
A once unimaginable movement is emerging from within Israel’s insular Orthodox Jewish community: homosexuals demanding to be accepted and embraced, no matter what the Bible says. Living alongside a secular majority that has largely embraced the Western gay rights movement, Israel’s religious gays are increasingly rejecting age-old dictates to ignore their attraction, abstain from sex or undergo therapy that supposedly will make them straight.
As a Christian human rights activist in Iraq, Ban Jamil Yousef Katto lived in fear. Her priest and friends were killed in a church massacre and nearby explosions twice destroyed her apartment in Baghdad. A gay doctor said he fled Iraq for Jordan the day he faced an honor killing by his uncles. He said he later fled to another country, where he was arrested, jailed, tortured and raped, and fled back to Jordan to avoid a penalty of 700 floggings in public.
NBA Joins GLSEN and Ad Council as First Professional Sports League to Address Anti-Gay Language among Teens
New TV Spot featuring Phoenix Suns’ Grant Hill and Jared Dudley Premieres during NBA Conference Finals The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Ad Council joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) to debut a series of public service advertisements (PSA) featuring Phoenix Suns stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley designed to address the use of anti-gay language among teens. The campaign includes new television, radio, print and Web ads and the TV spot will debut Sunday and air during the NBA Conference Finals on ABC, TNT, and ESPN. The PSAs are an extension of the award-winning Think Before You Speak campaign and GLSEN’s “Changing the Game” initiative.
(Kampala, May 12, 2011) – The Ugandan parliament’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has regrettably recommended passage of the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, including retaining the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” Human Rights Watch said today. The committee’s report, as seen by Human Rights Watch, recommends amendments deleting some provisions but adding criminal penalties for “conduct[ing] a marriage ceremony between persons of the same sex.”
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The Houston GLBT Community Center board of directors has announced the formation of a new Spanish-language support group for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Centro Grupo Latino now meets on the second Saturday of every month beginning at 4 p.m. at The Center (Historic Dow School, 1900 Kane – Silver Street entrance).