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"Kenyan transgender rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) have won a major court battle, with the country’s high court ruling that the government’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) coordination board must allow them to register."

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Gay man sentenced for twitter debauchery in Saudi Arabia

Confiscated mobile proves extent of contacts, communication through microblog

    • By Habib Toumi Bureau Chief
    • Published: 16:18 July 23, 2014

Manama: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced an homosexual man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for using his Twitter account to promote homosexual contacts.

The man, 24, was arrested after he posted several tweets calling for homosexual relations and expressing his readiness to meet gay men, local daily Al Watan reported on Tuesday.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police, was alerted about the tweets and was able to apprehend the young man after it set him up using an undercover agent.

His mobile phone was searched and several “immoral” pictures were discovered, prompting the Commission to refer his case to the public prosecution.

During the trial, the prosecutor requested a harsh punishment and the confiscation of the mobile phone on charges of promoting debauchery.

The suspect reportedly admitted to using his account on the microblog to contact and communicate with homosexuals.

The court decided that the 450 lashes would be given over 15 sessions.

Homosexuality is banned in Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states that also comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE.

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Victory: Croatia adopts civil union law for gay couples
Eastern European country’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor to give gay couples the right to enter into life partnerships
Croatia has given gay couples the right to enter into life partnerships.

Gay couples are celebrating as Croatia has adopted a law on life partnerships.

It allows couples to enter into a legal union that gives them many of the same rights that married couples enjoy, but does not allow them to adopt.

The law passed 89 votes in support and 16 against today (15 July).

Zoran Milanovic, Croatia’s liberal Prime Minister, proposed the legislation saying he was determined to bring in rights for same-sex couples.

The law will give same-sex couples access to equality in inheritance, pensions, tax and medical care.

Marko Jurčić, anti-discrimination coordinator for Zagreb Pride, told Gay Star News it was a ‘big step forward’.

‘Of course marriage equality is something we all demand, but it is still a huge step.

‘Almost every country that now has marriage equality has had this step in between.

‘While in one hand anyone who wants to get married can in the meantime still enjoy a huge number of rights, rights they deserve. On the other, this is a block in the path to marriage equality.’

Last year, the Catholic Church gathered 750,000 signatures – over one fifth of Croatia’s population – to demand the Constitution ban same-sex marriage.

It led to a change in the constitution, banning gay couples from marriage by defining it as between a man and a woman.

(via Belgium: First transgender parliamentarian appointed to Senate · PinkNews.co.uk)

"Professor Petra De Sutter has become Belgium’s first transgender Member of Parliament, making her the second serving transgender MP in Europe, following the country’s recent elections."

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(via Belgium: First transgender parliamentarian appointed to Senate · PinkNews.co.uk)

"Professor Petra De Sutter has become Belgium’s first transgender Member of Parliament, making her the second serving transgender MP in Europe, following the country’s recent elections."

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Rob Ford is the lone vote against LGBT homeless youth shelter proposal

Measure passes 37-1

CBC News Posted: Jul 10, 2014 3:48 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014 3:48 PM ET

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in city council on July 9, 2014. (CBC)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was the only member of city council to vote against a report looking into a potential homeless shelter for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in Toronto.

The shelter report recommendation passed on Thursday by a vote of 37-1. Several councillors, including the mayor’s brother Doug, were absent for or abstained from the vote.

The vote means that council has requested a report on the feasibility of allocating 25 per cent of shelter beds to LGBT youth in an existing shelter for the coming winter.

Alex Abramovich, a research co-ordinator with the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, has spent eight years studying the issue and proposed a shelter exclusively for LGBT youth.

Meaning of title established

The court heard the Tsilhqot’in people were “semi-nomadic,” with few permanent encampments, even though they saw the area as their own and protected it from outsiders.

In its decision, Canada’s top court agreed that a semi-nomadic tribe can claim land title even if it uses it only some of the time, and set out a three-point test to determine land titles, considering:

Occupation.
Continuity of habitation on the land.
Exclusivity in area.

The court also established what title means, including the right to the benefits associated with the land, and the right to use it, enjoy it and profit from it.

However, the court declared that title is not absolute, meaning economic development can still proceed on land where title is established as long as one of two conditions is met:

Economic development on land where title is established has the consent of the First Nation.
Failing that, the government must make the case that development is pressing and substantial, and meet its fiduciary duty to the aboriginal group.

In other words, the decision places a greater burden on governments to justify economic development on aboriginal land.

The court also makes it clear that provincial law still applies to land over which aboriginal title has been declared, subject to constitutional limits.

Mongolian Government plans to protect LGBTIs from hate crimes
The Government of Mongolia is proposing to pass new laws protecting LGBTIs and ethnic minorities from hate crimes after a wave of attacks by neo-Nazis against vulnerable groups in recent years
A temple sits in the shadow of a skyscraper in the Mongolian capital Ulaan Baatar
Photo by Franco Visintainer

LGBTI people and ethnic minorities will be protected from being subjected to hate crimes in Mongolia if a government proposal goes forward.

Homosexuality has been legal in Mongolia since 1961 but homophobic views are pervasive throughout society and LGBTI rights were only discussed in parliament for the first time in April of last year.

LGBTI people have been subjected to a number of severe violent attacks in recent years, as have ethnic minorities, as there has been an up swell in neo-Nazi inspired nationalist groups in the country.

In February this year a gay man was sexually tortured by homophobic nationalists but police initially did not accept the case as male-on-male rape is not covered in the criminal code.

The man later died but it is not known whether he was murdered or committed suicide following his ordeal - while in 2009 three transgender women were kidnapped and taken to a cemetery where they were beaten and sexually humiliated.

In 2012 Mongolia’s National Human Rights Commission found that 80% of LGBTI Mongolians had been subjected to some kind of violation of their human rights over their identity in the last three years.

Under the new proposal by Mongolia’s Justice Minister Kh Temuujin law enforcement agencies would be trained to recognize and report crimes motivated by discrimination and prejudice.

The proposal would also see greater penalties for crimes that were motivated by discrimination and also greater compensation for victims of such crimes.

An initial draft produced in January by human rights groups and justice ministry officials contained language describing ‘hate bias,’ but the latest version replaces this with more general language covering ‘discrimination.’

Some human rights advocates are concerned about how such general language would be enforced.

‘They had intended to draft hate crimes into law,’ executive director of Ulaanbaatar’s LGBT Center Anaraa Nyamdorj told Al Jazeera.

‘Instead they’ve codified discrimination, drafting it in such a way - so broad - that it will be very difficult to bring down to an implementation level. It means that Mongolia could very well be one of the first countries in the world to criminalize the very concept of discrimination almost entirely.’

State Department to Block Ugandan Officials from Entering U.S., Cut Funding Over Anti-Gay Law

06/19/2014

The State Department has announced new measures in reaction to Uganda’s passage of its Anti-Homosexuality Law earlier this year. The measures include restricting Ugandan officials’ entry into U.S., cutting funding to certain programs, and canceling participation in Africom military exercises.

Museveni

NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden released a statement on the response:

As President Obama has stated, the Government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship. We announced in April a series of initial responses, and we have since considered how further to reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Today, we are announcing several additional steps. Specifically, the Department of State is taking measures to prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals. In addition, the United States will take steps, consistent with current authorities, to prevent entry into the United States by Ugandans who are found responsible for significant public corruption.  We are also discontinuing or redirecting funds for certain additional programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute, and cancelling plans to hold a U.S. military-sponsored aviation exercise in Uganda.

None of these steps diminishes our commitment to providing development and humanitarian support for the Ugandan people, or our partnership with the Ugandan government to counter the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army and improve security in Africa. We will seek to advance these interests even as we continue—in Uganda and around the world—to oppose discriminatory practices and champion human rights for all.

"An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at the politician as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of the parade. Lunacek and the interview team were not injured.

The acid damaged the Greens MP’s clothes and the camera equipment. According to police spokeswoman Barbara Riehs, the acid caused around €50,000 worth of damage to the electronic equipment. The attacker had not yet been found on Sunday.”

Thankfully, no one was injured. Read more at the source link.

(via Pride festival turns Hong Kong pink | Gay Star News)

"Pink Dot Hong Kong attracted over 11,000 people to Tamar Park at 2pm for their We are Family: The Freedom to Love event. "

(via Pride festival turns Hong Kong pink | Gay Star News)

"Pink Dot Hong Kong attracted over 11,000 people to Tamar Park at 2pm for their We are Family: The Freedom to Love event. "

(via MP wants help for New Kingston homeless gays - News - JamaicaObserver.com)

"MP wants help for New Kingston homeless gays

Friday, June 13, 2014    

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for South East St Andrew Julian Robinson says a national focus may be needed to resolve the issue of about 30-40 homeless gay men in his constituency.

Robinson was referring to the group of homosexuals in the New Kingston area of his constituency who previously “captured” unoccupied homes in the area, and who are now occupying a gully on Trafalgar Road, where they live and offer sex for sale.

Speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Robinson said that he felt that the issue was of sufficient national and international attention to trigger a statement from him.

"I am highlighting it here, because it has received tremendous national and even international exposure and it has been an intractable problem that we haven’t been able to find a solution to and it is something that requires national focus and attention," the MP said.

He told the House that the group consisted of between 30 and 40 homeless homosexual young men who congregate in a gully just off Trafalgar Road.

"It is a problem which has existed for over two years. They have moved from property to property across the constituency, every empty building. They have now located in this gully," Robinson said.

"The issues here are complex; they are not just about the sexual orientation of the individuals. Many of them are youngsters who have suffered abuses — physical, psychological, sexual — they have been ostracised from their families, some of them are homeless and many of them engage in prostitution," he said.

Also, regrettably, according to Robinson, is that some of them are perpetrators of criminal activities, including thefts, break-ins, and physical assault. The solutions, he said, are not easy, although a number of efforts have been made to deal with the group.

"They have been removed on numerous occasions, but they return," he said, adding that there is now a group of church leaders who are looking at solving this problem.

— Balford Henry

(via MP wants help for New Kingston homeless gays - News - JamaicaObserver.com)

"MP wants help for New Kingston homeless gays

Friday, June 13, 2014

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for South East St Andrew Julian Robinson says a national focus may be needed to resolve the issue of about 30-40 homeless gay men in his constituency.

Robinson was referring to the group of homosexuals in the New Kingston area of his constituency who previously “captured” unoccupied homes in the area, and who are now occupying a gully on Trafalgar Road, where they live and offer sex for sale.

Speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Robinson said that he felt that the issue was of sufficient national and international attention to trigger a statement from him.

"I am highlighting it here, because it has received tremendous national and even international exposure and it has been an intractable problem that we haven’t been able to find a solution to and it is something that requires national focus and attention," the MP said.

He told the House that the group consisted of between 30 and 40 homeless homosexual young men who congregate in a gully just off Trafalgar Road.

"It is a problem which has existed for over two years. They have moved from property to property across the constituency, every empty building. They have now located in this gully," Robinson said.

"The issues here are complex; they are not just about the sexual orientation of the individuals. Many of them are youngsters who have suffered abuses — physical, psychological, sexual — they have been ostracised from their families, some of them are homeless and many of them engage in prostitution," he said.

Also, regrettably, according to Robinson, is that some of them are perpetrators of criminal activities, including thefts, break-ins, and physical assault. The solutions, he said, are not easy, although a number of efforts have been made to deal with the group.

"They have been removed on numerous occasions, but they return," he said, adding that there is now a group of church leaders who are looking at solving this problem.

— Balford Henry

(via Kathleen Wynne: ‘We know that there are challenges ahead’ - Ontario Votes 2014 - CBC)

"Wynne, leader of a minority Liberal government since winning her party’s leadership last year, guided the party to a 59-seat win Thursday night. The Progressive Conservatives finished with 27 seats and the NDP took 21 seats."

Wynne is the first woman to be elected as Priemier of Ontario and the first openly-lesbian leader of the province.

(via Kathleen Wynne: ‘We know that there are challenges ahead’ - Ontario Votes 2014 - CBC)

"Wynne, leader of a minority Liberal government since winning her party’s leadership last year, guided the party to a 59-seat win Thursday night. The Progressive Conservatives finished with 27 seats and the NDP took 21 seats."

Wynne is the first woman to be elected as Priemier of Ontario and the first openly-lesbian leader of the province.

(via Dominican Republic: No gay cops, no gay troops - DominicanToday.com)

"Santo Domingo.-  Dominican Republic’s National Police chief  on Thursday said the institution doesn’t allow homosexuals in its ranks, in response to a reporter’s questions about a recent amendment to the law which permits members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual (GLBT) community to openly serve in the U.S. military.

Manuel Castro said the law bans the entry of “those types of people” into the Police.

When the reporter asked him what he would do with homosexuals in the Police. Castro asked to identify them.

 The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Defense minister Sigfrido Pared also cited military rules that ban gays from serving in the armed services.”

(via Dominican Republic: No gay cops, no gay troops - DominicanToday.com)

"Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s National Police chief on Thursday said the institution doesn’t allow homosexuals in its ranks, in response to a reporter’s questions about a recent amendment to the law which permits members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual (GLBT) community to openly serve in the U.S. military.

Manuel Castro said the law bans the entry of “those types of people” into the Police.

When the reporter asked him what he would do with homosexuals in the Police. Castro asked to identify them.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Defense minister Sigfrido Pared also cited military rules that ban gays from serving in the armed services.”

(via Boy, 11, takes down Australia PM in stunning letter supporting gay marriage | Gay Star News)

‘My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow ‘gay marriage’ in Australia

'Because the majority of Australians are happily married, so why are you stopping all the gay men/women to be married in this beautiful country?

‘My mother is gay and even worse your own sister is gay! And thousands more are as well.

‘You have actually met my mum Councillor Cordelia Troy who is a member of the Liberal Party and she was deputy major at the time.

‘It is so pathetic that you aren’t letting the gay people of Australia and other countries get married here.

'Millions of people in the world and when they come to Australia and think “wow this place is great! Let’s get married here!”

‘And then they remember that they can’t. So they spend thousands of dollars to go somewhere they can get married. My mum is married but she had to go to New York, which took a lot of money.

‘You were elected to represent our country, not yourself.

‘Just because you think it’s wrong, does not give you the right to make it illegal.

‘Doesn’t our opinions matter to you? Just because you’re the Prime Minister, which by the way does not give you all the power.

‘I hope you change your mind.’

Read more at the soure link.

(via Boy, 11, takes down Australia PM in stunning letter supporting gay marriage | Gay Star News)

‘My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow ‘gay marriage’ in Australia

'Because the majority of Australians are happily married, so why are you stopping all the gay men/women to be married in this beautiful country?

‘My mother is gay and even worse your own sister is gay! And thousands more are as well.

‘You have actually met my mum Councillor Cordelia Troy who is a member of the Liberal Party and she was deputy major at the time.

‘It is so pathetic that you aren’t letting the gay people of Australia and other countries get married here.

'Millions of people in the world and when they come to Australia and think “wow this place is great! Let’s get married here!”

‘And then they remember that they can’t. So they spend thousands of dollars to go somewhere they can get married. My mum is married but she had to go to New York, which took a lot of money.

‘You were elected to represent our country, not yourself.

‘Just because you think it’s wrong, does not give you the right to make it illegal.

‘Doesn’t our opinions matter to you? Just because you’re the Prime Minister, which by the way does not give you all the power.

‘I hope you change your mind.’

Read more at the soure link.