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Homophobia

Homosexuality Knows No Borders
Goal: To make the general population and, more specifically, ethno-cultural communities of all backgrounds more aware of gay and lesbian issues, and sexual diversity.
16/05/2009
Since its first edition in 2003, the International Day Against Homophobia has grown larger year by year. With this, May 17 has become the prime moment to remember that homophobia...
International Homophobia day - Canada
World
International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia
Launch of the « World Appeal against Transphobia and for the Respect of Gender Identity »
14/05/2009
Every day, almost everywhere around the world, Transexual, Transgender, Intersex people face violence, abuse, rape, torture and hate crimes. The only motive : they are not...
World
2009 report on State-sponsored homophobia
80 countries around the world consider homosexuality illegal, five of them punish homosexual acts with death
13/05/2009
ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association publishes the third edition of its report...
World
ILGA publishes State-sponsored Homophobia report
Being lesbian or gay is risking jail time in 86 countries and death penalty in 7.
14/05/2008
May 17th is the International Day against Homophobia. ILGA, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, has chosen this date to launch a yearly report on State-sponsored...
World
Senegal
Homosexuality must no longer be a crime
14/02/2008
Paris, Dakar, Ouagadougou, Maputo, Brussels, February 8, 2008. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisations in Senegal, the Rencontre africaine...
Africa
Solidarity with Lesbian Killing In South Africa
ILGA Statement on the murder of two South African Lesbians
09/08/2007
August 8, 2007 August 8, 2007 The International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA, would like to join the South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities,...
ILGA
Africa
International Day Against Homophobia
ILGA and IGLYO support all initiatives aimed at using this international day to fight homophobia in all its forms
16/05/2007
ILGA, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and IGLYO, the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth and Student Organisation are happy that the international...
World
State-sponsored Homophobia
In 2007, no less than 85 member states of the United Nations still criminalize consensual same sex acts among adults
16/05/2007
May 17th is the International Day against Homophobia. ILGA has chosen this time of the year to launch a report on State homophobia around the world to raise awareness of the extent...
World
Jamaican gay leader escapes lynching
Police batter victim of homophobic mob
02/03/2007
London and Kingston, Jamaica - 20 February 2007. Four men narrowly escaped being lynched by a homophobic mob in Kingston, Jamaica, on Valentine's Day, last Wednesday, 14 February...
Latin America and Caribbean
Violence against women driven by prejudice
Tide of violence against women drowns out homophobia
19/02/2007
JOHANNESBURG, 1 February (PLUSNEWS) - Violence against women is one of the most pervasive forms of discrimination in South Africa and there is mounting concern that some assaults...
Medilinks
Africa
July 19 - Iran
The need for continued international solidarity with Iranian LGBTs
15/08/2006
With regard to the July 19 International Day of Action Against Homophobic Persecution in Iran: We note some differences of opinion in the international lesbian, gay,...
MAHA - An E-magazine for LGBT Iranian
Asia
Irak
Gays flee Iraq as Shia death squads find a new target
14/08/2006
Evidence shows increase in number of executions as homosexuals plead for asylum in Britain... Hardline Islamic insurgent groups in Iraq are targeting a new type of victim...
The Guardian
Asia
Freedom of the Press
Gay and Lesbian Magazine Banned in Turkey
25/07/2006
Kaos GL magazine is banned! The 28th Summer 2006 issue of Kaos GL, the only homosexual magazine in Turkey, has been confiscated by Ankara 12th Justice Court on the same day it...
Kaos GL
Europe
Riga Pride
Fascists Throw Excrement at Riga Pride Marchers
25/07/2006
RIGA - A total of 14 people have been detained for attacks on representatives of sexual minorities in the Latvian capital Riga on Saturday during the gay and lesbian pride festival. National...
ILGA
Europe
Protests for Iran
Day of Solidarity with Iranians Planned for July 19th
07/07/2006
Demonstrations and vigils are being organized all over the world on July 19, the first anniversary of the public hanging of the two gay Iranian teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz...
PGLO
World
Homophobia in Europe
European Parliament's Resolution on Racism and Homophobia is Welcome, Timely and Needed
16/06/2006
On 15 June 2006, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the increase of racist and homophobic violence in Europe. ILGA-Europe welcomes this resolution and joins the...
ILGA-Europe
Europe
A PRESS WITCH-HUNT TARGETS LISTS OF HOMOSEXUALS
For three weeks, Cameroon has been living to the rhythm of 'revelations' on homosexuality
11/02/2006
A press witch-hunt for homosexuals -- which includes publishing lists of names of scores of men and women accused of being gay -- has been going on for three weeks in the Cameroun...
Direland
Africa
ILGA and LBL rejected by ECOSOC
An open letter to US Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice
06/02/2006
Dear Secretary of State, The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has rejected the application to reinstate the consultative status of the International Lesbian...
ILGA Co-Secretary General Kursad Kahramanoglu
World
State Homophobia in Russia
The President of Bashkortostan denounced the propagation of same-sex love
26/01/2006
January 26, 2006. "... We need to limit the propagation of same-sex love on central television channels..." This statement came from the mouth of Murtaza Rakhimov, President...
Europe
Singapore government promotes a religious cause
Govt gives $100,000 to Christian-linked anti-gay group
19/01/2006
By giving $100,000 to Liberty League, as reported by ChannelNewsAsia (CNA), the Singapore government is helping to promote a religious cause founded on unscientific and psychologically...
People Like Us (PLU)
Asia
Executions in Iran
Sweden halts deportations of LGBT asylum seekers
08/08/2005
The Swedish Migration Board’s decision to temporary freeze deportations of gay Iranians who have been denied asylum in Sweden is insufficient. The Government should immediately grant...
Asia
Public hanging in Iran
Human Rights Watch: IRANIAN TEENS WERE HANGED FOR RAPE, NOT GAY SEX But Questions Remain
04/08/2005
The two male teenagers hanged in Mashad, Iran, July 19 were executed not for having sex with each other, as has been reported, but for raping a 13-year-old boy, Human Rights Watch...
Rex Wockner
Asia
Protest at execution of Iranian teenagers
Some reports say they were hanged for gay sex. The Iranian government claims they were hanged for the rape of a 13 year old boy. We are not prepared to give the violently homophobic Iranian government the benefit of the doubt
04/08/2005
OUtrage! organises a protest in London, UK. Thursday 11 August, Iranian Embassy 1pm to 2pm, Embassy of Iran, 16 Prince's Gate, London SW7 (near the Royal Albert Hall, by the junction...
Outrage
Asia
Eastern Europe: 6th attempt to ban a Pride event
Moscow Mayor said he will not allow first gay pride in the Russian capital
02/08/2005
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov will not allow to conduct the first ever gay pride in the Russian capital. According to him, he has not yet received the application with the request to...
Gay Russia
Europe
Under strong pressure of COC Netherlands
Netherlands stops expulsion homosexual asylum seekers to Iran
28/07/2005
Netherlands stops expulsion homosexual asylum seekers to Iran Under strong pressure of COC Netherlands which were followed by questions from the Democratic party D66, the Dutch...
COC
Europe
Anti homosexual laws in Uganda
Human Rights Activists Brutalised By Police and local government official
27/07/2005
On July 20th, an LC1 Chairman (local government official) and another man forcibly entered the home of J.M. at Kireka, who is a human rights activist and chairperson of SMUG (Sexual...
Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)
Africa
An interview with gay activists in Iran
Some are denying that the boys were persecuted because of being gays and put more emphasis on the boy’s crime
26/07/2005
ILGA publishes press releases and statements as submitted by its members. Conflicting information has been circulated around this information: it is argued the two boys were hung...
Gay Russia.ru
Asia
Public execution of two teenagers in Iran
COC: ‘Netherlands must strongly condemn Iran, and must call for European sanctions’
25/07/2005
ILGA publishes press releases and statements as submitted by its members. Conflicting information has been circulated around this information: it is argued the two boys were hung...
Asia
Violence for the first Pride march in Latvia
Juris Lavrikovs, activist and current communication officer of ILGA-Europe reports on the first Pride March in Riga, Latvia, his home country.
25/07/2005
On the Riga Pride, please also read the following articles: A statement by the organisers of the Pride...
GayRussia.Ru
Europe
Statement by IGLHRC
Reported Executions in Iran
23/07/2005
ILGA publishes press releases and statements as submitted by its members. Conflicting information has been circulated around this information: it is argued the two boys were hung...
Asia
10,000 participants at Jerusalem’s 4th Pride
Three participants hospitalized after ultra-Orthodox attacker goes on stabbing rampage
01/07/2005
Jerusalem Open House: “Violence will never deter our commitment to achieve LGBT equality, nor our struggle for a better Jerusalem.” Israeli Interior Minister: “Heads of the Jerusalem...
Jerusalem Open House
Asia
Gay groups blast Govt survey as prejudiced
Even China accepts there is no psychological basis, and homosexual is not a crime in Hong Kong. Is the government planning to repeal its own 1991 decriminalisation?
29/06/2005
A Home Affairs Bureau survey to measure Hong Kong's attitudes towards homosexuality has been slammed as insulting and prejudiced after a draft of the questions was released for...
South China Morning Post
Asia
TURKISH MILITARY BEATS GAY ACTIVIST
Turkish Authorities and Prison Staff Actively Encourage Fellow Inmates to Brutalize Gay-Rights and Peace Activist Mehmet Tarhan
01/06/2005
London 1 June 2005 "Imprisoned Turkish gay activist and conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan is being violently abused in the military jail at Sivas in eastern Turkey," reports...
Outrage!
Europe
HOMOSEXUALITY IN PAKISTAN
The United Nations IRIN News Services Talks to Kursad Kahramanoglu about the Numerous Contradictions
23/05/2005
LAHORE, 10 May 2005 (IRIN) - Sitting on a bench in the shade of the cool palms of Lahore's Lawrence Gardens, Tariq thought carefully over what to say next. For years he had kept...
©United Nations IRIN News Service
Asia
EU Parliament supports the Day against Homophobia
It remains our duty, as an enlarged European Union, to continue the struggle against the moral discrimination and physical violence related to sexual orientation
17/05/2005
“The European Parliament has always fought for equality and the defence of human rights and supports the campaign against homophobia in the context of the wider struggle for the...
Europe
IDAHO
Gays protest Saudi brutality
17/05/2005
Human rights, gay rights! Stop the Saudi killers! chanted 25 lesbian and gay activists outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London today, Tuesday 17 May 2005. The London protest...
Outrage
Europe
GAY BASHING GROUPS ATTACKING IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Reports suggest that local police are well aware of the problem but choose not to intervene
12/04/2005
Maria admits that in the beginning “she was against going” and only went along to accompany her boyfriend. “But when I entered the toilets and saw condoms, paper towels even sperm...
Diario de Noticias
Europe
CONTINUED POLICE ABUSE OF TRANSGENDERS IN TURKEY
Lambda Istanbul and Kaos GL are hoping that a trial due April 6, 2005 will help Turkey end torture and violence against transgender people
04/04/2005
On November 17, 2004 a transvestite by the name of Hulya was working as a sex worker on Baghdad Street in Istanbul. After she had sex with one of her customers, he asked her to...
KAOS GL
Europe
State Homophobia in Belarus
Belarusian government begins anti-gay campaign linking homosexuality to drugs and foreign influence
07/02/2005
“… we have to show our society in the near future, what ‘they’ (the European Union and the United States) are doing here, how they are trying to turn our girls into prostitutes,...
Sementsov Svyatoslav, Vstrecha Gay Group
Europe
State Homophobia in Greece
A new homophobic attack by the National Council for Radio and Television
01/02/2005
On December 21, 2004 the National Council for Radio and Television (ESR) attempted to put an end to an entertainment and news radio show for lesbians and gays - the only one of its...
Europe
Faux pas of Berlin's cardinal Sterzinsky
LSVD: Sterzinsky has to apologize
26/11/2004
In the middle of November, Berlin's cardinal Georg Sterzinsky took part in a catholic service held in Szczecin, Poland, in commemoration of eleven catholic priest executed 60 years...
LSVD
Europe
European Union Parliament
Unprecedented decision for human rights
27/10/2004
ILGA-Europe welcomes the decision of Commission President Barroso to withdraw his proposed Commission from the approval vote in the European Parliament. At 11 a.m., just a few hours...
ILGA Europe
Europe
European Union / Buttiglione
Reason wins against homophobia at the European Commission
27/10/2004
On the occasion of its European conference in Budapest, ILGA welcomes the decision of European Commission President Barroso to withdraw his proposed Commission from the approval...
ILGA
Europe
Buttiglione / European Parliament
ILGA Europe & Catholics for a free choice object to Prof. Buttiglione’s appointment as Commissioner
27/10/2004
Catholics for a Free Choice and ILGA-Europe are concerned at the recent attempt by some to shift of focus in the debate around the nomination of Prof. Buttiglione as Vice President...
ILGA Europe / Catholics for a free choice
Europe
European Parliament Committee rejects Buttiglione
ILGA-Europe calls on Barroso to re-think composition of new Commission - Buttiglione told the home affairs committee he considers homosexuality a sin
12/10/2004
“We call on incoming Commission President Barroso to recognise that Prof Buttiglione is not the right man to be in charge of human rights, civil liberties and the fight against discrimination...
ILGA - Europe
Europe
The LGBT community mourns the death of Fanny Ann
The activist from Sierra Leone was murdered
05/10/2004
Dear Friends, It is with great pain that we share with you the news of the brutal murder of Fanny Ann Eddy. Fanny Ann was attacked in the offices of SLLAGA, the Sierra Leone...
ILGA
Africa
2004 Olympics
City of Athens Wins a Gold Medal for Homophobia
22/09/2004
"Welcome to the Olympic Games of racism and exclusion. If you are heterosexual we will be glad to assist you. If you are gay or lesbian you'd better go back home." This is the...
Hellenic Homosexual Community
Europe
SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS REMAIN A CRIME
LGBT in Ghana to boycott December polls
18/08/2004
This is our first letter to you to introduce our selves to you as gays/ lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people living in Ghana. We as gays, lesbians, bisexuals in Ghana have...
Gays, lesbians, bisexuals & transsexuals of Ghan
Africa
Commemoration
Homonyme Nancy and the French federation of les-bi-gay and trans centres commemorated on August 1st the first anniversary of the death of Jean-Pierre Humblot
06/08/2004
To prevent homophobic violences, Homonyme Nancy and the “INTER CENTRES LGBT” demand an educational policy toward respect of differences. August 1st, the “INTER CENTRES LGBT”...
Inter Centres LGBT
Europe
The LGBT Community Reacts Against Homophobia
LGBT Rights Groups Write an Open Letter to the Gov't demanding a Public Statement against Homophobic Political Parties
29/07/2004
Dear Ms/Mr, Expecting your reaction regarding the action conducted by the Fatherland (nationalistic) Movement Obraz, which has not been expressed again, we turn to you publicly,...
Gayten LGBT and a number of Serbian Orgs.
Europe
Sweden: 1 month imprisonment for anti-gay sermon
Sermon entitled: "Is homosexuality an instinct or the gambling of evil powers with human beings?"
30/06/2004
Last July Åke Green, a pastor of the Pentecostal Movement, preached about homosexuality in Borgholm (Öland, Southern Sweden). The topic of his sermon was „Is homosexuality an instinct...
RFSL
Europe
Ongoing police violence against hijras in India
Sexual Minorities activists go on hunger strike and ask for support
30/06/2004
Dear friend(s) We are writing from SANGAMA, a sexuality minorities' rights organisation in Bangalore, India. Protest letter follows. Kokila, a 21 year old hijra (member...
Sangama
Asia
Presidential Campaign in Serbia
Homophobic statements from major politicians
25/06/2004
Gayten LGBT - Centre for Promotion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights, based in Belgrade, Serbia, brings to our attention the recent public statements made by presidential...
Gayten LGBT
Europe