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Latin America’s LGBTI Movement Celebrates Triumphs, Sets New Goals

By Ivet González VARADERO, Cuba , May 10 2014 (IPS) - Although it might not seem to be, Latin America is the most active region in the world when it comes to the defence of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. That is due to the maturity and intelligent strategies that the LGBTI movement has come up with in a number of the region’s 33 countries, where the level of r ...

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Turkey’s Ruling Party Has Its LGBTI Supporters, As Well

AK Party LGBT: Of course, as LGBT people, we do not endorse the Justice and Development Party’s (Turkey’s ruling party, AKP or AK Party- AK means “white, clean”) attitude towards LGBT people. We started the AK LGBT group to make AKP authorities and those who vote for AKP say, “there are LGBT people who support AKP”, “LGBT people can have various political views outside of parties like the Republican People’ ...

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Sacked for being gay in the Turkish Police Force

Osman (28) was a senior policeman who has recently been expelled from his position due to his sexual orientation. He served with the police for 6 years. Now he has filed a lawsuit to get his job back. He is looking forward to the trial day. “I am a devout Muslim. I do my daily prayers. The fact that I am homosexual doesn’t mean that I will live without my religion. If a heterosexual couple can live within t ...

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Zambia urged to release two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct

The Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”, Amnesty International said. According to state media, police in Kapiri Mposhi in central Zambia on Monday arrested Phil Mubiana and James Mwansa, both aged 21, in Ndeke village. Sources have told Amnesty International that one of the men’s neig ...

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LGBT in Turkey: they are our children

by Alberto Tetta A documentary movie gives voice to the families of lesbians, bisexuals and transexuals in Turkey. “My child” is an intense work, gaining increasing attention. We met its director, Can Candan. “My daughter is transsexual, I come from Adana”. The young woman in one of the front rows in the Istanbul cinema, Fitaş, manages only these few words before bursting into tears. “Ever since my daughter ...

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Turkey: “Government doesn’t need to search for lesbians in other cultures”

“The government doesn’t need to go all the way to far away countries in order to find lesbians and lesbian parents. He is welcome to visit us here at the Kaos GL Association, which is barely 1 kilometre away from the Parliament where he works.” Kaos GL reacted strongly to the outrageous efforts by Deputy Minister, Bekir Bozdağ, and President of the Human Rights Commission in Parliament, Ayhan Sefer Üstün, r ...

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Ukraine: EU Should Raise LGBT Rights at Summit

The European Union should urge the Ukrainian government at the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit to end abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ukraine, Human Rights Watch and 23 other groups said today in a letter to EU officials. The letter, signed by 22 Ukrainian nongovernmental organizations, and Equal Rights Trust as well as Human Rights Watch, called on the EU to speak out aga ...

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Change of Pope must bring change of policies

Opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues By Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation Pope Benedict XVI was notorious for his opposition to equality, especially for women and LGBT people. Will his successor be more sympathetic to gender and sexual orientation human rights? Not likely, because Benedict has packed the college of cardinals - who will choose the next Pontif ...

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The Catholic Church has no right to give out moral guidance

Following the announcement today that Joseph Ratzinger will resign from the position as Spiritual leader for the world's one billion catholics, Pressenza republishes this article questioning the authority of the Catholic Church to give out lessons in morality. Tony Robinson writes in a personal capacity about proposals in the UK to legalise same sex marriages. Debate has been raging for months now about the ...

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UK gay marriage vote: “A victory for love & equality”

Joy for tens of thousands of same-sex couples The culmination of a five-decade struggle for LGBT equality Ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships must also be repealed “This is a resounding, historic victory for love and equality. It has bought joy and hope to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who love each other and who want to get married,” said Peter Tatchell, coordinator of the Equal Love campaign an ...

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