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Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

After success in The Netherlands, ‪Ugandan LGBT activists fight for ‬UK asylum seekers

Four Ugandan and Senegalese asylum seekers in the UK are in danger of being
sent back to their deaths

BY ANNA LEACH

Gay UK asylum seekers who are in danger of being deported back to countries
where their lives are in danger are the new target for a group who successfully
lobbied for a Dutch asylum seeker to say in the country.

Activists Movement for Justice have started a petition to appeal to the UK
Home Office to settle the cases of Seringe Tacko Mbengue, Asuman Kabugo, Andrew
Lukkalu and Proscovia (she doesn't want to give her last name to protect her
family) from Uganda and Senegal who are waiting to hear if they will be granted
political asylum to stay in Britain.

The letter reads: 'Tacko, Asuman, Andrew and Proscovia have not been granted
asylum, even though each of them filed a claim many months ago. Three survived
torture; the fourth's partner was tortured and killed. Living under the
constant threat of deportation, never knowing what the next day holds, is an
especially excruciating experience for these political asylum seekers'.

In March Movement for Justice started a campaign to save Kalanzi Marvin
Richard from deportation from The Netherlands back to his native Uganda where
he was imprisoned, beaten and tortured because he is gay.

Kalanzi is now expected to be granted refugee status which gives him health
insurance, coverage for legal fees and freedom from the deportation centre.

And, more encouraging for hundreds of LGBT asylum seekers in The Netherlands,
the high court has asked for a European clarification of the law regarding gay
asylum seekers. While this is happening, which will be around two years, the
country will grant all gay refugees asylum.

Sign the petition to the UK Home Office here: http://www.change.
org/petitions/asylum-now-for-tacko-asuman-andrew-proscovia-gay-activists-from-
uganda-senegal

pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini
Fonte: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/after-success-netherlands-%E2%80%
AAugandan-lgbt-activists-fight-%E2%80%ACuk-asylum-seekers240412

"In Iraq eravamo all'inferno, ma ora è sempre peggio"

Proponiamo la lettura di questo articolo precedentemente pubblicato su:
http://www.gionata.org/omofobia/storie-e-riflessioni/che-significa-essere-
omosessuale-oggi-in-iraq.-tra-paura-nascondimento-e-morte.html

buona lettura
Articolo di Peter Graff tratto dal National Post (Canada), 12 marzo 2012,
liberamente tradotto da Adriano C.

Baghdad. Un uomo regge due immagini del suo amico, che raccontano la storia di
ciò che significa essere omosessuale oggi in Iraq. La prima fotografia, che l'
uomo mostra sul suo telefono cellulare, è il ritratto di un bel giovane con un
taglio di capelli alla moda.
L'altra foto, è un'immagine stampata scattata il mese scorso, mostra il corpo
dello stesso giovane che giace disteso nel retro di un camioncino bianco, la
testa sfigurata da un trauma contusivo.

Secondo un rapporto della polizia, Saif Asmar è stato trovato ucciso a
randellate nel pomeriggio del 17 febbraio.
"Lo hanno disteso sul marciapiede è gli hanno spaccato la testa con un blocco
di cemento", dice il suo amico 25enne, che lavora come assistente medico e che
è anche attivista gay sotto lo pseudonimo di Roby Hurriya. Non ci ha rivelato
il suo vero nome.

Gli omosessuali hanno vissuto per anni in Iraq nella paura, in particolare
della milizia religiosa che ha preso il controllo delle strade dopo la guerra
settaria a seguito dell'invasione guidata dagli Stati Uniti nel 2003, che ha
rovesciato Saddam Hussein.

Ma Hurriya — il cui il nome adottato significa "Libertà" in Arabo – sostiene
che si è verificata un'ondata di uccisioni negli ultimi due mesi che è di gran
lunga la peggiore che abbia mai visto.

Sin dall'inizio di quest'anno gli squadroni della morte, hanno preso di mira
due distinti gruppi di persone - gli omosessuali, e quelli che si vestono in un
caratteristico stile di abbigliamento occidentale dalle influenze "emo", che
alcuni Iracheni associano erroneamente all'omosessualità.

Almeno 14 giovani uomini sono stati bastonati a morte nelle ultime tre
settimane ad est di Baghdad, una zona dominata da musulmani sciiti, secondo
quanto riportato dalla sicurezza locale e dalle fonti mediche che con la
Reuters in condizione di anonimato.

Altri omicidi vendono denunciati anche in altre città e con diverse
metodologie. Dal momento che le autorità nazionali non stanno registrando gli
incidenti sotto una speciale categoria, il numero rimane imprecisato.

Nei giorni scorsi, i miliziani dei gruppi sciiti, principalmente nel distretto
di Sandr City, hanno fatto circolare delle liste di nomi di persone al fine di
perpetrare omicidi mirati.

Le minacce referiscono di "uomini e donne osceni", intendendo riferirsi a
entrambi i gruppi, i gay e gli emo, una sottocultura Americana adolescenziale
con capelli a punta e vestiti neri che si è diffusa in Iraq.

Hurriya ritiene che almeno 200 uomini siano stati assassinati negli ultimi
anni sia per l'omosessualità che per l'apparenza effemminata. Egli ne conosceva
personalmente almeno 66 di loro.

Durante l'intervista con la Reuters nell'ufficio centrale di Baghdad, egli
apre una cartella e tira fuori una serie di fotografie di cadaveri di giovani
randellati trovati per le strade di Baghdad. Egli ne ha documentato gli omicidi
e l'esecuzione, nascosto in una casa che protegge gli omosessuali.

"Noi, siamo una comunità gay collegata come una catena. Veniamo a sapere se
qualcosa di brutto è capitato a qualcuno di noi", ci ha confidato.

"Un chierico sciita di Sadr City, che è gay, mi ha chiamato qualche giorno fa
e mi ha detto che alcuni omosessuali sono stati uccisi e che i loro corpi sono
stati scaricati nei pressi di Sadr City. Mi ha aiutato a raggiungere il luogo e
a scattare alcune foto".

"Lasciate che mi uccidano"
L'apparente diffusione della violenza nelle ultime settimane verso i giovani
eterosessuali che si vestono in stile "emo" ha causato il panico tra i giovani
Iracheni, molti dei quali hanno sperimentato in passato diverse altre forme di
abiti occidentali, appena cessata la guerra e nel momento in cui la milizia
abbandonò le strade.

Il movimento Emo, all'origine un oscuro genere di punk rock americano
"emozionale", negli ultimi dieci anni è divenuta una sottocultura dominante in
Occidente.

In Iraq, si appella ai giovani — maschi e femmine — come auto espressione
affamata di conservatorismo, spesso associata ad una cultura violenta.

I giovani Iracheni che si auto-definiscono "emo" tipicamente hanno i capelli
lunghi e a ciocche appuntite, jeans stretti, T-shirt, catene d'argento e
oggetti a forma di teschio. Negli ultimi giorni questi giovani sono stati
costretti a correre dal barbiere a farsi tagliare i capelli.

I negozi che fiorivano negli ultimi anni per la vendita di vestiti e ornamenti
con teschi e logo di complessi, hanno dovuto rapidamente ritirare la propria
mercanzia emo.
Il governo Iracheno, dominato dalla maggioranza Shiita oppressa dal regime di
Saddam, non può essere d'aiuto.

Il ministero dell'Interno ha riscaldato la minaccia rilasciando, il mese
scorso, una dichiarazione che etichetta come "satanica" la cultura emo. E'
stata nominata una speciale forza di polizia che possa debellarla.

Hafidh Jamal, 19enne, che lavora in un negozio di scarpe nel quartiere
lussuoso di Karrada, dice che era abituato a vestire di nero con i capelli
lunghi fino alle spalle ma che ha dovuto lasciare la sua casa a Sadr City
questa settimana e si è tagliato i capelli.

Due suoi amici sono stati uccisi perché si vestivano in stile emo, ci ha
detto. "Lascate che mi uccidano. Hanno ucciso i miei amici più cari", ha detto
alla Reuters. "Io sostengo lo stile emo. Io amo questo fenomeno".

"Chiediamo scusa se uccideremo tuo fratello"

Gli omosessuali di Baghdad sono alla ricerca di luoghi dove nascondersi. Un
uomo, che si fa chiamare Haifa, dice che lasciò l'Iraq per la Siria durante la
violenza settaria del 2006, ma che è stato costretto a ritornare a Baghdad due
mesi fa a causa della guerra in Siria.

Anche se il comportamento omosessuale è ampiamente disprezzato, e anche
illegale, in gran parte del mondo arabo e musulmano, Haifa è riuscito a vivere
abbastanza agiatamente come omosessuale in Siria – come del resto è accaduto a
molte persone omosessuali sotto il regime in gran parte laico di Saddam.

Ma a Baghdad, dove predominano ora i religiosi che condannano l'omosessualità
come peccato, ha imparato ben presto che sarebbe stato ricercato.

Una fotografia di qualche mese fa lo mostra con i capelli lunghi e una T-shirt
nera. Egli ora porta i capelli corti sotto un capellino da baseball e si veste
molto più seriamente con un cardigan di lana e una maglietta da rugby.

"Quando ho lasciato crescere lunghi i miei capelli, tutti, inclusi i miei
familiari, mi hanno avvertito che con quel taglio di capelli avrei corso il
pericolo di essere ucciso.

Ho lasciato la mia casa di Kadhimiya e ora mi sposto da un posto all'altro,
per paura di venir ammazzato", ha ammesso alla Reuters.
"Qualcuno ha chiamato mio fratello e gli ha detto, 'Saremo costretti ad
ammazzare tuo fratello se lo prenderemo. Scusaci se succederà'".

Haifa sta cercando ora di ottenere un passaporto in modo da fuggire dall' Iraq
e andare nella vicina Giordania dove spera di salvarsi.

Noor, un ragazzo omosessuale 19enne, è fuggito da Baghdad una settimana fa per
raggiungere Bassora nel sud della nazione, sperando di essere più sicuro,
avendo sentito dei numerosi omicidi.

"Siamo giovani uomini, e ovunque, in Iraq, dovremmo essere liberi di fare
quello che vogliamo, di vestirci come preferiamo, di tagliarci i capelli come
più ci piace", ha detto alla Reuters.

"Non abbiamo fatto del male a nessuno. Perché lo fanno a noi?"

Fonte: http://liberidiesseregayundirittonegato.blogspot.it/
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Fuochi

Difficile scrivere qualcosa di sensato quando una madre si dà fuoco e altre due
tentano il suicido. E' accaduto a Tunisi in questi giorni. Dopo il gesto di
Jannet Rhimi, da giovedì ricoverata all'ospedale per le ustioni riportate,
altre due madri hanno agito sul proprio corpo l'esasperazione di più di un anno
di attesa. Certo, c'è il dolore per i propri figli scomparsi, ma di fronte a
gesti così estremi dovremmo chiederci tutte e tutti che cosa stia avvenendo e
come sia possibile fare insieme qualcosa affinché non siano i corpi di queste
madri a bruciare per poter ancora parlare.

Anche noi, che insieme alle madri e alle famiglie dei migranti tunisini
dispersi abbiamo dato luogo alla campagna "Da una sponda all'altra: vite che
contano", nell'ultimo periodo siamo rimaste silenziose. Che dire, infatti, dopo
le infinite iniziative (sit-in, presidi davanti alle ambasciate, alle
prefetture, lettere ai ministri) quando nulla riesce a scalfire il silenzio, il
tergiversare, la non chiarezza con cui le istituzioni italiane e tunisine hanno
deciso di trattare tutta questa vicenda? Si scrive un comunicato, di solito,
per comunicare qualcosa, per denunciare, per chiamare a un'azione.

Ma dopo l'azione comune del 30 marzo scorso, con i presidi davanti all'
Ambasciata tunisina a Roma e quello delle famiglie e delle mamme dei migranti
dispersi davanti all'Ambasciata italiana a Tunisi, non sapevamo più che cosa
fare per farci sentire. Le mamme, a Tunisi, ancora una volta avevano saputo
manifestare tutta la loro radicalità di donne che impongono una domanda di
vita, assediando l'Ambasciata italiana e accusando, con quel gesto, tutte le
politiche dei patti, degli accordi bilaterali, della gestione e del governo
delle migrazioni che hanno previsto la scomparsa dei loro figli e continuano a
non rispondere sulla loro sorte. L'11 aprile, insieme alla delegazione dei
famigliari in Italia abbiamo avuto un incontro, a Roma, al dipartimento dell'
immigrazione della polizia delle frontiere in cui ci era stato comunicato che
il primo dischetto con le impronte digitali, 142 impronte arrivate dalla
Tunisia, era ancora al vaglio della polizia scientifica per fare il riscontro
con il database italiano. Il riscontro di altre 112 impronte, invece, non era
ancora iniziato. Poi, dopo qualche giorno, c'è stato un susseguirsi di notizie
informali e smentite di queste stesse notizie in arrivo dalle istituzioni
tunisine. Il riscontro era terminato? Non lo era ancora? Perché durava così a
lungo? Il risultato era negativo?

Insomma, a più di un anno di distanza un'incapacità di parola e di trasparenza
che esaspera il dolore e lascia spazio a tutte le ipotesi. Già, una sorta di
delirio collettivo, è l'impressione di chiunque si avvicini a questa vicenda
senza prendersi il tempo necessario per capire che cosa l'abbia provocato.
Partiamo allora dall'inizio. Alcune madri e alcuni familiari riconoscono o
credono di riconoscere i loro figli nei telegiornali italiani, altre ricevono
telefonate dalle imbarcazioni che le avvisano che sono vicini all'arrivo.
Quanto tempo sarebbe stato necessario a un'équipe dei due paesi per fare un
riscontro su quegli indizi, a partire dalle capitanerie di porto per sapere se
quelle imbarcazioni erano arrivate, decifrare meglio le immagini dei
telegiornali, capire da quali celle telefoniche erano arrivate le telefonate?
E' in questo frattempo, durato più di un anno e che continuerà a durare, dal
momento che nessuna équipe è stata prevista né dall'Italia né dalla Tunisia,
che ogni ipotesi è diventata possibile. E' la prima volta che succede: le
famiglie chiedono conto, pretendono di sapere, vogliono i loro figli, vivi o
morti. Contro le leggi del loro paese che, complici delle politiche di governo
delle migrazioni dell'Unione europea, prevedono un reato di "emigrazione
clandestina", contro le politiche dell'Unione europea e gli accordi bilaterali
tra l'Italia e la Tunisia che prevedono "quote" di visti, di ingressi regolari,
così come "quote" di morti nei viaggi di tutti gli altri. E' la prima volta che
succede ed è un altro effetto domino della rivoluzione tunisina: verso l'
Europa, in questo caso, nella stessa direzione presa dai giovani tunisini per
agire la loro libertà di movimento dopo la libertà conquistata con la
rivoluzione. Madri, che con i loro corpi e le fotografie dei loro figli si
presentano ad ogni visita ufficiale dei rappresentanti europei e italiani, che
prendono d'assalto l'Ambasciata di un paese di destinazione urlando i nomi dei
propri figli e con due striscioni in italiano e in arabo: "Da una sponda all'
altra: vite che contano", "La terra è di tutti/e". Ed è la prima volta che
succede anche questo: i rappresentanti di due paesi, abituati a incontrarsi per
dar corso ai loro accordi, obbligati ora a incontrarsi per scambiarsi impronte
digitali non per espellere ma per rispondere alla richiesta di quelle famiglie.
Non è un caso, dunque, il lungo tempo passato prima che ciò avvenisse e che
ora, mentre il riscontro è in fase conclusiva, nessuno sappia prendersi la
responsabilità di parlare con parole di trasparenza alle famiglie che li hanno
obbligati a quell'operazione. Gli accordi bilaterali sono accordi di guerra e
di scomparsa e le impronte solo uno degli strumenti per la loro realizzazione,
non prevedono un linguaggio di vita che vuole figli, vivi o morti.

Nel frattempo, in questo tempo lungo, sono i linguaggi di tali politiche, a
guardar bene, ad aver continuato a parlare nei termini di un delirio. E' questo
linguaggio il vero delirio collettivo, dal momento che è riuscito a diventare
senso comune di fronte a cui non c'è uno stupore generale. Qualche esempio: una
ministra che di ritorno dalla Libia, ad inizio aprile, fa sapere che l'Italia
finanzierà i lavori di ristrutturazione del "centro di trattenimento dei
migranti a Kufra", noto campo di concentramento e di stupro delle donne lì
"trattenute" già finanziato dall'Italia; una portavoce dell'Acnur che
suggerisce di coinvolgere anche le navi commerciali nei controlli per
"intervenire tempestivamente" al fine di impedire che si ripetano le tragedie
in mare; sempre la stessa ministra che chiede alla Tunisia nuovi accordi nel
rispetto dei diritti umani ma che rafforzino il controllo delle coste, come se
tra i diritti umani non ci fosse quello alla vita che proprio i controlli delle
coste non riconoscono. Infine, la condanna dell'Italia da parte della Corta
europea dei diritti dell'uomo; il cosiddetto caso Hirsi, accolto da tutti,
antirazzisti compresi, come una vittoria contro i respingimenti in mare
effettuati dall'Italia insieme alla Libia a partire dal 2009: 24 cittadini
somali e eritrei rimborsati con 15.000 euro per essere stati respinti con
violenza in Libia insieme ad altri 200 migranti, lì incarcerati, lì
maltrattati, per una spesa complessiva da parte dell'Italia, per i suoi due
anni di respingimenti, la sua complicità nelle incarcerazioni, nei
maltrattamenti, negli stupri e nelle morti "libiche", di 360.000 euro: nemmeno
il costo di un bilocale in una città italiana.

Avremmo voluto, in tutti questi mesi, insieme alle mamme e alle famiglie
tunisine, bruciare questa follia, smascherare il delirio dei linguaggi e
vincere almeno una battaglia contro tali politiche. Poter dire non solo come
denuncia, ma come realtà, che "da una sponda all'altra" siamo riuscite, per una
volta, a far contare le vite, quelle dei loro figli che hanno bruciato le
frontiere, le loro che hanno continuato a cercarli, le nostre che insieme a
loro siamo sempre più immerse nei recinti delle vite che non contano. Brucia,
invece, il corpo di una mamma, bruciano le mani del marito che ha cercato di
spegnere quelle fiamme, mentre altre due donne tentano il suicidio.

Non è il tempo dei comunicati. Forse, quello di chiederci tutte insieme come
continuare ad affermare contro queste politiche che le vite contano.

Le Venticinqueundici


Fonte: http://leventicinqueundici.noblogs.org/?p=1010
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

NVESTIGATIONS INTO DEATH OF KENYAN LGBTI ACTIVIST FOUND IN VACANT HOUSE

NYAWEK, the Nyanza Western Kenya LGBTI coalition has announced the death of
LGBTI activist Robert Anthony Odhiambo, 24, who was found dead in an empty
house belonging to a relative in Kisumu, western Kenya.

Until his death he was an active member of Picture Youth Group. The cause of
his death is being investigated.

Bob, as his friends called him, was found hanging in the bathroom of a
recently built, but vacant house belonging to a relative.

He was found on the morning of Monday April 16 in Kisumu city's Mamboleo
Estate and was positively identified by his parents.

Speaking to Behind the Mask the Executive director of NYAWEK Daniel Peter
Onyango said, "We are very sad to hear about the death of one of our members
Robert Anthony Odhiambo. The Kenyan LGBTI community has lost a hero. His death
is currently under investigation and we are yet to establish whether his death
was as a result of his work in LGBTI movement."

Picture Youth Group is an LBGTI group based in Kisumu that focuses on drug and
substance abuse in relation to HIV/Aids among MSM, Gay and MSM sex worker
populations. It has about 22 members and Robert worked there as a peer educator
and mobilizer. He was known for his ability to help individuals come out in a
positive way.

Chairman of the group, Jim Caleb Okwiri said, "I received the news with great
sorrow because Robert was instrumental to the success of our group. It is a big
blow to the LGBTI movement in Nyanza region. He has left a big gap as he was a
mentor and helped reach the Most at Risk Populations. The group is mourning.
May his soul rest in peace."


Fonte: http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/nuQwWZy1qC
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Diventa donna e sposa una trans "Sì al permesso di soggiorno"

La coppia convolata a nozze in Brasile, poi il trasferimento della moglie,
italiana, a Rimini. La decisione del Tribunale contro il diniego della
questura, che nel sopralluogo aveva rilevato "solo abbigliamento e calzature
femminili verosimilmente riconducibili a entrambi i coniugi"


Lei, italiana, nasce uomo e decide nel corso della vita di diventare donna.
Sposa in Brasile una donna transessuale e poi si trasferisce a Rimini. Lì la
raggiunge la moglie, al quale, però, la questura romagnola nega il permesso di
soggiorno prolungato - perché sposata, nero su bianco, con un'italiana - in
quanto la moglie era "persona sottopostasi a conversione androgenica, prima
della quale rispondeva a generalità maschili" e inoltre, si rilevava al termine
del sopralluogo per accertare la convivenza, in csa vi era "solamente
abbigliamento e calzature femminili verosimilmente riconducibili ad entrambi i
coniugi".

Tali circostanze, secondo la Questura di Rimini, erano "incompatibili con i
presupposti che stanno alla base dell'istituto del matrimonio" che veniva
ritenuto strumentale per l'ottenimento del titolo di soggiorno.

La coppia decide di rivolgersi a due legali e il Tribunale dà loro ragione,
anche perché all'anagrafe l'italiana risulta a tutti gli effetti una donna,
mentre la brasiliana è uomo. Il giudice riminese ha quindi accolto il ricorso
definendo illegittimo il provvedimento della questura sottolineando "come le
circostanze dedotte dalla pubblica amministrazione per negare il titolo di
soggiorno riguardano unicamente la sfera personale dei coniugi ed i loro gusti
sessuali".

Fonte: http://bologna.repubblica.
it/cronaca/2012/04/17/news/diventa_donna_e_sposa_un_trans_s_al_permesso_di_soggiorno-
33478117/
Postato (con correzioni relative al genere delle due signore trans) da:
Lorenzo Bernini

A diary of 'gays' in Nigeria

The African society views same-sex relationships as repulsive. Yet in Nigeria,
homosexuals live among us. A few hide their status from the world's prying
eyes, while the majority however do not care. Some of them take Ruth Olurounbi
through their worlds, insisting that they have been unfairly judged and
misunderstood. Her report:

TEMITOPE Ali (not real name), became a lesbian at age 15 during her secondary
school days at a girls only boarding school. She was sent to the boarding
school because 'it was the in thing back then', she said. Besides, a boarding
school was an avenue for self discipline and self development in the arts of
felinity, among others.

Ali said, looking back, being a lesbian was something she couldn't have
imagined herself being, considering that she was from a devoted Muslim home
which frowns against same sex relationships. "In fact, having heterosexual sex
before marriage is something that is strictly frowned on my religion. So,
becoming a lesbian is something that I would never have dreamt of. Strangely, I
am happy being a lesbian although a lot of you may not approve," she said.

Asked if her family knew about her sexual preference, she said no but that her
friends knew about it. "You see, my family is one that forbids a lot of things.
A woman is expected to cover her hair; it is an abomination to expose your
body; it is even more ungodly to have sex outside of marriage. If I come out to
tell them that I am a lesbian, it will be very disappointing to them. They may
go as far as cutting me out of their lives," she added.

Now, she is 40 years old and lives in Abuja with a man she doesn't sleep with.
She explained that it was an arrangement that was kept a secret from people.
The man, she said, was free to do anything he wanted to do.

Narrat-ing how she became a lesbian, Ali said that back then, because she was
a bookworm, her classmates picked on her. The seniors, according to her, did
not help matters as some of them found a reason to detest her. So, when the
senior prefect offered to help shield her from the attacks, a year after her
stay on the campus, she was elated.

The excitement was short-lived. "My school mother moved me to her corner and I
was sleeping on the top bunk of the bed. Every night, the house captain, who
was her friend, was always coming to sleep at her place. I noticed that after
sometime, some strange sounds would start to come from the lower bunk and I
would be scared. But after a while, one afternoon, I understood what was going
on," she explained.

Ali said she asked a friend about what was going on with her school mother.
The friend introduced her to a lesbian classmate for a practical explanation.
"Although uncomfortable at the beginning, I was introduced to the world of
lesbianism that afternoon at the age of 15 and contrary to what I had heard, it
was a pleasant experience. You know, at age 15, you could easily pass me on as
an 18-year-old," she said with a mischievous glint in her eyes.

Had she remained a lesbian since then? No, she said. She had had relationships
with men but said she enjoyed being a lesbian more "because a woman knows how
to make love better than a man."

Although she admitted that being a lesbian was against the norms of the
society she lived in, she said that being a lesbian was a part she had chosen
for herself, saying there was nothing wrong with her sexual orientation.

She only would "want that the Nigerian society would be a bit more open-minded
when it comes to varying sexual orientations."

In the case of Mrs Patricia Franklin, being a lesbian was a choice she didn't
make lightly, she told the Nigerian Tribune. Sitting in her expansive living
room in an Ikoyi mansion in Lagos, Mrs Franklin confessed that she had
everything she could dream of, "except for her husband's attention."
Consequently, a friend introduced her to a system - that is, employing female
sex workers to satisfy her sexual needs.

Mrs Franklin didn't appreciate being judged on her lesbianism but concluded
that "those judges don't understand the fulfilment and satisfaction that comes
with making love with a woman. Plus there is a minimal worry of infections."
When asked if she really didn't have any regret being a lesbian, she was
silent.

Some other homosexuals who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune said they were
engaged in lesbianism for the fun of it. Some said it was initially to spite
the men before it eventually became a lifestyle.

If being a lesbian was to spite the men, what about the gays? The Nigerian
Tribune learnt of two men who were expelled from an organisation on the account
that they were caught having sex on the organisation's premises (and have been
living as live in partners since after that). On getting there, one of the men
was openly hostile, while the other was friendly.

One of the men, who would not want their names in print, said he knew that
something was different about him as a teenager. He said he was always
attracted to men but could not admit it until he met a friend while he was
living abroad. The friend he said, "helped me overcome my fears and since then,
I have been at peace with myself."

The men in their own defence said that for them, sex was more easily
attainable as against being with "women who often complain that they are not in
the mood." They added that by their peculiar nature, they have the "amazing
ability to connect with women on a deeper level. We gays understand women
better than the straight ones. We are able to get close to them," a gay man who
gave his name as Adeyemi said.

Lesbians on a social network, 2go gave varied reasons for being lesbians.
Their reasons ranged from "because you can't choke on a vagina," to "because
the giggle or laugh of a girl who is in love with you is the most beautiful
song in the universe." Others said they never had to worry about getting
pregnant, while a girl who gave her name as Rita said a "girlfriend knows
exactly how you feel when you say you have PMS (premenstrual syndrome), there
is really no need to explain. And you understand how hard it is to lose weight
around the butt and thighs and still have lots and lots of sex, all the time!"

In spite of their varied reasons for being "who they are", the several
homosexuals who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune desired the world to stop
looking at them as aliens. "We are constantly being abused and live in constant
fear of discrimination and rejection from our immediate environment. Our
families regard us as inhuman for those of us who are brave enough to come out
to them.

Those who are not are constantly living in fear of persecution and even death,
especially those who are living in the North where Sharia law permits that gay
people be stoned to death," a man who gave his name as Toby said.

Dr Obiowu, a self-confessed lesbian, living abroad, spoke to journalists on
behalf of Nigerians in diaspora against anti-sex laws she stagged a protest
against the Senate's ban on same-sex marriage in Nigeria. She described the
move to outlaw same sex marriage as a gross violation of their fundamental
human right, saying lesbians and gays deserved to be allowed to live their
lives since Nigeria is a secular state. Dr Obiowu concluded that "fundamental
human rights of sexual minorities are violated because of criminalisation of
same sex marriage."

Last year, the Nigerian Senate passed the anti-gay marriage bill which
criminalises gay union and presents 10 years imprisonment for offenders. The
bill called for five years imprisonment for anyone who undergoes, "performs,
witnesses, aids or abets" a same-sex marriage, while prohibiting any display of
a "same-sex amorous relationship" and adoption of children by gays or lesbians.

The approved bill made Nigeria the second country in Africa to criminalise
such unions, with Uganda being the first to amend its constitution to ban same-
sex marriage in 2005.

Fonte: http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/features/39472-a-diary-of-gays-in-
nigeria
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Human rights in the world: European Parliament zooms in on LGBT rights

Today the European Parliament adopted its annual report on human rights in the
world, paying close attention to EU action for the human rights of LGBT people.
The report also comments on a range of new measures, including the creation of
an EU Special Representative on Human Rights.

In recent years the European Union has taken several positive steps to protect
the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the world.

The European Parliament takes stock of this progress, and suggests additional
action in the coming year.

The European Parliament acknowledges that the EU has consistently stood up for
LGBT people's human rights at the United Nations, as well as occasionally in
bilateral relations.

The Parliament calls on the Council to change the 'LGBT toolkit', adopted in
2010, into binding guidelines, and reasserts that the EU relationship to the
Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of states entails non-discrimination,
including on the basis of sexual orientation.

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-president of the European Parliament's LGBT Intergroup,
commented: "The European Union has done praiseworthy efforts for LGBT rights in
the world. In particular, the toolkit adopted by the Council Working Party on
Human Rights in 2010 has been used efficiently in a number of countries. The
Council should now consider upgrading such a useful tool."

Regarding gender identity, the European Parliament repeats its earlier call to
the Commission to work with the World Health Organization to withdraw 'gender
identity disorder' from the International Classification of Diseases, and seek
a non-pathologising reclassification.

Finally, the Parliament also asks that people fleeing persecution because of
their sexual orientation or gender identity be granted asylum, and that the
Commission produces a comprehensive roadmap against homophobia and transphobia,
including in the field of external relations.

Dennis de Jong MEP, Vice-president of the LGBT Intergroup, added: "Of course,
the European Union can and should still do more. When it comes to LGBT rights
at home, welcoming those who flee genuine persecution in Uganda, Iran or
Indonesia is a duty of the EU. We must show international solidarity, and
continue improving things at home in the meantime."


Read more:

The report will be linked here once finalised by the European Parliament
services. The LGBT-related paragraphs are:

108a. Commends the Council, the EEAS, the VP/HR, the Commission and the Member
States on their engagement in favour of LGBT people's human rights in bilateral
relations with third countries, in multilateral forums, and through the EIDHR;
welcomes the reintroduction by the UN General Assembly of sexual orientation as
grounds for protection from extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution, and
welcomes the EU's efforts to this end; calls on the Commission to advocate the
withdrawal of gender identity from the list of mental and behavioural disorders
in the negotiations on the 11th version of the International Classification of
Diseases (ICD-11) and to seek a non-pathologising reclassification; reasserts
that the principle of non-discrimination, also embracing grounds of sex and
sexual orientation, must not be compromised in the ACP-EU partnership;
reiterates its request that the Commission produce a comprehensive roadmap
against homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual
orientation and gender identity, also addressing human rights violations on
these grounds in the world; calls on the Member States to grant asylum to
people fleeing persecution in countries where LGBT people are criminalised,
taking into consideration applicants' well founded fears of persecution, and
relying on their self-identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender;

108b. Welcomes the 'toolkit' adopted by the Council's working party on human
rights in 2010 with the aim of helping the EU institutions, the Member States,
the delegations and other bodies to react swiftly when the human rights of LGBT
people are violated; calls on the Commission to address the structural causes
of such violations, and on the Council to work towards binding guidelines in
this area;

Fonte: http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/press-releases/lgbt-rights-in-the-annual-report-
on-human-rights-in-the-world/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Saudi Arabia bans 'gays, tom-boys' from schools

Saudi Arabia has decided to bar "gays and tom-boys" from its government schools
and universities within a crackdown against the spread of this phenomenon in
the conservative Moslem Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper said on Monday.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most
feared law enforcement authority in the oil-rich country, has been asked to
enforce the new orders, Sharq Arabic language daily said.

"Instructions have been issued to all public schools and universities to ban
the entry of gays and tom boys and to intensify their efforts to fight this
phenomenon, which has been promoted by some websites," it said.

The paper did not make clear who issued those instructions but said gay and
tom boy students can go back to schools and universities if they prove they
have been corrected and have stopped such practices.

It said high-level orders have been issued to the Commission to immediately
enforce the new rules and to step up efforts to combat this phenomenon and
other "unacceptable behavior" in public places.

Dad keeps son in jail for 14 years for attacking mom-in-law

A 42-year-old Saudi man has been in prison for more than14 years although he
was sentenced for three years for attacking his mother-in-law.

The reason is that his father wants him to stay in jail.

A court in the western town of Madina had sentenced the man to three years in
prison and 200 lashes for beating up his wife's mother while drunk.

He was also ordered him to pay SR26,000 to his father after setting his car
ablaze.

"When he completed his jail term and was about to be released, his father went
again to the judge and pleaded that his son remains in jail so he will not
attack his wife's mother again," Kabar newspaper said.

"The judge then decided to keep the man in prison until his father decides
that he is corrected…ever since, he has been there indefinitely."

The paper said the court was instructed this week by minister of social
affairs Yousuf Al Othaimin to review the man's case but gave no other details.

I groped her as I thought she felt cold, says interviewer

A 52-year-old Indian partner allegedly molested a friend's wife who went to
him for a job interview, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

MLB, 52, agreed with the victim's husband, MSH, 25, that he will take latter's
wife for an interview.

On December 14, 2011, JSA, 21, Pakistani, drove the MLB's car, from her house
to the interview.

On their way, MLB pulled the victim's leg and asked her to move towards him.
She got scared, especially as he told her that he liked to eat sweet and that
she should be happy as she was getting a reward, the victim testified.

"I sent an SMS to my husband telling him what MLB did. My husband called and
heard the conversation between me and MLB… then he talked to MLB and asked him
to return me home and so he did," she testified.

MSH, the victim's husband, also testified.

MLB admitted to groping the victim's leg saying he did that as he felt she
felt cold.

The court adjourned the case to April 29.

Fonte: http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/saudi-arabia-bans-gays-tom-boys-
from-schools-2012-04-16-1.454017

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Transsexual artist Titica takes Angola by storm

By Louise Redvers


She is bold, she is bright, she is beautiful and she is taking Angola by
storm. Not bad for a transsexual in a Catholic African country where
homosexuality is illegal and punishable by hard labour.

Born in Luanda as Teca Miguel Garcia, singer and dancer Titica adopted her
female persona four years ago following a breast enhancement operation in
Brazil.

Titica adopted her female persona four years ago
Now, at 25, Titica is the new face of Angola's unique urban rap-techno fusion
music style known as "kuduro".

By day her songs boom from minibus taxis, by night they fill Luanda's dance
floors and at the weekends she has become the essential soundtrack for
children's parties.

Named best kuduro artist of 2011, she is a regular on television and radio,
and has even performed at the annual Divas concert, attended by President Jose
Eduardo dos Santos, where she herself was named a diva.

With a training in ballet, she first got involved in kuduro as a backing
dancer, supporting popular acts such as Noite e Dia, Propria Lixa and Puto
Portugues.

Last October she released her first song, Chao, which to date is one of the
most-played kuduro tracks in Angola and its diaspora.

This month Titica will embark on her first international tour with dates so
far fixed for Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.

'A lot of sacrifice'

Speaking to the BBC during a make-up session before filming the video for her
current hit Olha o Boneco, which features popular Angolan kizomba singer Ary,
Titica said she was overcome with her success.

"Thanks to God, I am very happy, it has taken a while to get here and involved
a lot of sacrifice but thanks to God, everything is going well for me," she
said.

Surprisingly shy for such a flamboyant and raunchy performer, Titica declined
to comment on her sexuality when asked, but said her new-found stardom had not
all been plain-sailing.

"I've been stoned, I've been beaten, and there is a lot of prejudice against
me, a lot of people show that. There is a lot of taboo," she said.

Despite that taboo, Titica appears to have no shortage of fans and most seem
more interested in her music than in her sexuality.

"I like Titica, I really like her. Some say that she's a girl, some say that
she's a boy, I don't really know, we just like her music," said one young boy
who had come to watch her video shoot on Luanda's strip of beach known as the
Ilha.

His friend added: "Before she was a man, but now, according to the
information, she's a woman. Angolans can be quite discriminatory but no, we
really support her and we like her a lot, and we really like the work that she
is doing."

'Breaks taboos'


Angolan creative Hugo Salvaterra, who has been involved in the filming of a
documentary about kuduro for Swedish television, said Titica was a musician
first and a transsexual second.

"Titica is talented, she is making good music and she has a fantastic live
show, that is why people like her," he said.

"Kuduro has definitely opened the door for Titica's acceptance. Her music is
good, she entertains us, and so we accept her.

"Throughout the whole history of music, that's what art does, it transcends
and it breaks taboos," he added, comparing her to Chuck Berry who won over
black and white audiences in segregated 1960s America.

As well as Titica's full integration into the local music scene, which has
seen her share the stage with internationally acclaimed Angolan artists such as
Anselmo Ralph, she has been invited to perform for the Angolan consulate in
Houston, Texas, as part of the celebrations of 10 years of peace.

Mr Salvaterra said that while Titica's profile was growing, he knew there was
still resistance among some sectors of society.

"I think we have to separate the state and the people," he said, but explained
that the country's independence from Portugal in 1975 and then the 27-year
civil war that followed until 2002 had made Angolans more open to embracing new
ideas.

"In countries like Angola that had war for so long, people got used to a
certain spontaneity; every day you had to improvise in a particular context so
that spirit of improvisation is under the skin of the Angolans and that make us
extremely creative people."

The London-based documentary maker said that the same creativity that gave
birth to the uniquely Angolan Kuduro had also welcomed its first transsexual
star.

"Angola is a relatively new country. We have so many things that are going on
right now in terms of development and so many changes," Mr Salvaterra.

"Because everything is immediate and everybody is on this big learning curve,
I think that opens space for some of these taboos to be broken."

Homophobic editorials
It is hard to imagine however that Titica would be so welcomed in other
African countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya and Cameroon, where
homosexuals are regularly victims of intolerance, violence and legal
proceedings.

While homosexuality is illegal in Angola, there are no records of any
convictions and a new penal code due to go before parliament in fact
criminalises discrimination for reasons of "sexual orientation".

This sets the country far apart from its continental neighbours, a number of
whom have in the past months reiterated their opposition to gays and lesbians -
a call even backed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Liberian President Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf.

However, although Titica appears to have been warmly embraced and Angola's
capital Luanda does have a small and open gay social scene, there is still an
unspoken resistance to homosexuality and the country is not quite the tropical
gay-friendly paradise some people imagine.

A lesbian wedding which took place in December was openly reported but there
was still plenty of behind-door sniggering and some private newspapers - that
have also been less than pleasant to Titica - carried strongly homophobic
editorials.

According to Nana Frimong, former Angola director of the health organisation
Population Services International (PSI) which has been surveying Luanda's gay
community about HIV, there is still quite a strong disapproval of
homosexuality.

"There aren't incidences of homophobic violence but I wouldn't say either that
people here were totally OK with homosexuality," he said.

"It's something you see on television and in social spaces, and there are
people who are comfortable enough to openly be themselves, but there are also a
lot of people hiding their homosexuality."

Mr Frimong said the government was largely muted on the subject.

Despite requesting an audit of homosexual numbers to help inform future HIV
policy, the Health Ministry, he understood, had since decided not to publish
the results and focus on other campaign areas instead.

Regardless of the politics, there is no doubt that Titica has won a place in
the country's heart and she is only likely to grow in popularity.

"This is a baby step but I believe that it will help immensely in breaking
stereotypes. We are still a very conservative society, but I feel that the ice
is breaking," Mr Salvaterra said.

Fonte: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17628726
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

“Otto anni di galera per i gay che si abbracciano” - Il partito ungherese Jobbik vuole far scomparire l'omosessualità

di Andrea Mollica

In Ungheria c'è chi vuole vietare l'omosessualità per legge. Visto che non è
possibile farlo, il partito di estrema destra Jobbik ha proposto una normativa
che impone il divieto di esibire l'amore per una persona dello stesso in
pubblico, con tanto di carcere per le coppie omo o lesbo che si tengono per
mano in pubblico.
GAY NASCOSTI O IN PRIGIONE - Mercoledì scorso il terzo gruppo del Parlamento
magiaro, Jobbik, un partito di estrema destra che in italiano si chiama
Movimento per un'Ungheria migliore, ha presentato due progetti di legge che
prevedono una pesantissima repressione dell'omosessualità. I gay e le lesbiche
magiari rischiano infatti fino ad otto anni di carcere per comportamenti come l'
esibizione del proprio affetto in pubblico, oppure nel caso in cui decidessero
di promuovere il proprio orientamento sessuale. Adam Mirkoczki, il
parlamentare di Jobbik che ha presentato la legge, ha spiegato come lo scopo
della normativa sia quello di vietare ogni forma di presenza pubblica dell'
omosessualità. Ecco perché i bar per gay o lesbiche andrebbero chiusi se la
nuova normativa fosse introdotta, così come i Gay Pride non si potrebbero mai
svolgere oppure i media non dovrebbero mai parlare in toni positivi di chi ama
persone dello stesso sesso.
PROTEGGERE I GIOVANI DAL PERICOLO GAY - La legge ha lo scopo di "difendere la
pubblica morale e la psicologia delle giovani generazioni", secondo Mirkoczki.
Il parlamentare di Jobbik ha spiegato come le pene prevedano sanzioni fino ad
otto anni di carcere, e 500 euro di multa. Mirkoczki ha comunque spiegato,
bontà sua, che l'intenzione non è quella di internare i gay, come facevano i
nazisti aggiungiamo noi, ma di fermarsi poco prima. I comportamenti omosessuali
dovrebbero sparire del pericolo, così che questa inclinazione naturale non sia
più vista come un modello per vivere la propria sessualità.
REAZIONE MAGIARA - Jobbik ha ottenuto il 17 per cento dei voti nelle
parlamentari del 2010, poco dietro l'opposizione socialista. Il partito ha un
chiaro stampo nazionalista, è tra i principali fomentatori dell'odio contro i
rom e coltiva ancora il sogno della Grande Ungheria. Gay e rom, così come gli
stranieri in generale, rappresenterebbero in questa visione ultrareazionaria la
causa per la quale il grande Stato magiaro non risorge ancora. Il progetto di
legge di Jobbik non sarà probabilmente accolto da Fidesz, il partito di governo
già precipitato nelle critiche dell'opinione pubblica internazionale per la sua
Costituzione ultranazionalista, che vietava espressamente i matrimoni tra
persone dello stesso sesso, e per la legge che mette sotto tutela i media del
paese. Da buon partito di destra Fidesz ha comunque schierato i suoi esponenti
contro i gay.La polizia di Budapest ha vietato il gay pride perché
intralcerebbe il traffico, mentre il sindaco della capitale magiara si era già
schierato in precedenza contro la manifestazione. I socialdemocratici e i
gruppi omosessuali hanno ovviamente tuonato contro il progetto di Jobbik,
definendolo una vergogna per l'Ungheria, e ribadendo l'importanza di
mobilitarsi per l'uguaglianza di tutti i cittadini.

Fonte: http://www.giornalettismo.com/archives/253714/otto-anni-di-galera-per-i-
gay-che-si-abbracciano/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

New magazine and hope for gays in Sudan

Rainbow Sudan shines a light on gay and lesbian life in a country where
homosexuality is still punishable by death

BY DAN LITTAUER

A new online lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender magazine in Sudan, north
Africa, is a first for the country where homosexuality is still punished by
death and an opportunity for gay people to start discussing their lives and
hopes for the future.

Rainbow Sudan published articles discussing topics including being gay in
Sudan, the history of homosexuality in the country, Islam and sexuality, being
lesbian and Muslim, poetry and more.

Sudan is one of the strictest countries in the world which criminalize
homosexuality. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal and, according to Article
148, capital punishment applies to a man or woman engaging in such acts.

Punishments also include lashes and imprisonment.

Even without that, being out can have serious social and economic consequences
- it typically means a loss of jobs prospects, ostracisation from family and
community, even murder by so called 'honour killings'.

We spoke to Rainbow Sudan editor Mohammad and other Sudanese gays and lesbians
about the magazine and their life in Sudan.

Mohammad himself is a 32-year-old man, living in the capital Khartoum. He is
energetic, comfortable about his sexuality, full of charm and wit. He also has
a scholarly side; he loves poetry, history and sociology.

He told us that 'to understand the gay community in Sudan you have to
understand the religious factor here… it is a big taboo and regarded one of the
biggest sins possible.'

Ibrahim, also 32 years old and a well-respected public figure, explained what
that taboo means in practice.

'If you are outed in Sudan the consequences are very serious: social rejection
and even punishment according to the Sudanese law,' he said. 'The internet is
my only life-line, I can talk with people, learn about LGBT issues and
occasionally arrange to meet people. I have to be so careful, I if would be
caught, exposed or worse, arrested, it would ruin me completely.'

Mazen is 28 and manages to live his life but has to be careful: 'There are
places to meet in Khartoum [Sudan's capital] which are well known and there are
even police and military men who come and I feel they are like an insurance
policy.

'Everyone is very discreet and respectful, we don't want trouble, it's hard
enough as it is to lead a double life.'

But not everyone has things so well ordered. Mohamed, 46 and married for 12
years has three sons.

'My life is a living hell,' he confessed. 'I can occasionally go out at night
for meets but am totally controlled by my extended family.'

Mohamed has a boyfriend from one of the Gulf States but thinks that his
sexuality 'is an illness and a disease.' He went to therapy to try and cure
himself, but it just made him feel worse. He also is scared about his safety
'because people here in Sudan can get punished for much less - a woman can get
lashes simply for wearing trousers!'

Soso, a 35-year-old lesbian hairdresser, said: 'Despite all the difficulties,
a Sudanese LGBT community exists, but society at large is not open to this
idea, they see homosexuality as the work of the devil. But I am ok with who I
am and know I won't change.'

Editor Mohammad stresses such voices show how 'Sudanese society considers
homosexuality as "phenomenon" not a reality. It is considered as a sin and
psychological behaviour which is sick, and this view is often shared by LGBT
people themselves here.

'We need to discuss what does it mean or us to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender in Sudan? We need to debate and discuss Islamic religious judgments
and punishment which threatens us. We can aim to educate about these issues and
encourage dialogue.

'We also need to deal with the issue of negative self-esteem, even contempt by
many LGBT people here, again through education. Finally education can
definitely help safer sex issues which are also a taboo here.'

Isn't that quite a lot to achieve? 'Yes!' he answered with a smile, 'we can
take it one step at a time.'

(Names have been changed to protect our sources' identities.)

Fonte: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/new-magazine-and-hope-gays-
sudan300312-0

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Abroghiamo il Regolamento "Dublino II" / To Abrogate "Dublin II"

Chiediamo l'abolizione del regolamento di Dublino II come atto di civilta'
sostenendo che a chi arriva in Europa in cerca di una nuova vita va data la
possibilità di scegliere in quale paese risiedere, per riannodare eventuali
rapporti familiari compromessi dalla guerra e dalla persecuzione.

Noi crediamo che la valutazione dello Status di rifugiato politico debba
avvenire a livello europeo secondo parametri identici.
Quindi, NO alla deportazione per chi sta faticosamente rifacendosi una vita.
Se anche tu credi che ciascuno abbia diritto di vivere dove vuole, dove ha i
propri affetti, dove ha creato le proprie relazioni.


FIRMA LA PETIZIONE e CONDIVIDI QUESTO APPELLO: http://www.petizionionline.
it/petizione/abroghiamo-il-regolamento-343-2003-c-d-dublino-ii/6764
Postato da Lorenzo Bernini

Man masquerading as gay accused of blasphemy in Tunisia

LGBT campaigners in Tunisia claim a man accused of desecrating the Koran in
Tunisia is a pawn used by radical Muslims to discredit gays and secularists


By Dan Littauer

A Tunisian man has been exposed on the internet claiming to be gay and to be
responsible for ripping up copies of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

The man had been arrested by Salafists – members of a radical movement in
Islam – who also made and posted the video 'confession'.

But LGBT activists in Tunisia are viewing the video with suspicion, saying
that the man appears to be in a 'psychologically unstable' condition and seems
to be reciting a script by heart that he has been given.

The attack on the copies of the Koran and subsequent capture of the accused
man are the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the division between
secular and Islamic political movements in the country.

Since the Arab Spring saw a new government dominated by the Islamic movement
Ennahda in Tunisia, there have been several scandals which have used
homosexuality to damage political opponents.

The war of words reached its peak when Tunisia's Minister of Human Rights
Samir Dilou said on television that 'freedom of expression has its limits' and
agreed homosexuality was a 'perversion' which needed to be 'treated medically'.

Tunisian editor of Gay Middle East Tarek told stated: 'Tunisian homosexuals
are faced today a much more serious issue, because it concerns what is most
sacred for Tunisians: the Koran.

'It all started when Salafists tried to tear the Tunisian flag in the
university and replace it by their black flag. They also seriously wounded
activist girls who became heroes in the eyes of the majority of Tunisians.

'All people in Tunisia were shocked and the Islamists felt they were loosing
the "sympathy" of people also because of several other issues.

'The ruling party, Ennahda, weakened by the government's performance and
criticized and divided because of its broken promises, has been obliged to
condemn the Salafists but it was a hesitant and shy condemnation because
everyone understood Tunisians didn't accept Salafi ideology.

'The Salafists, themselves, felt betrayed by Ennahda which used to consider
them as its armed wing. And they have discovered that even the most
conservative Tunisians do not accept their ideology which is far from the
majority's desire for a tolerant and modern Islam.'

Shortly after the flag incident, torn Korans were discovered in three mosques
of a city in the south, Ben Gardane.

All Tunisians, Islamist or not, were outraged by these acts and secular
parties, progressives and communists were immediately blamed for the incident,
invoking the fury of Islamists.

Tarek says: 'A few days later, on 22 March, a shock video was posted on the
internet.

'It shows a young man, ill at ease, hesitating, confessing that he committed
this terrible act.'

In the film he admits that he has profaned the sacred book and hurt millions
of Tunisian Muslims. But the video is not all it seems, Tarek believes.

'The young man seems to be in an psychologically disturbed state, in his
speech he seems to have learned by heart what he says: "I love al aelmanya
[secularism] because it will allow me to marry a man, I am louti [abusive word
for gay, akin to fag in English]."

He adds that he belongs to the pro-secularist aatakni [which literally means
'Leave me alone'] group. And he repeats again the same sentence, without
deviation: 'I like secularism because it will allow me to marry a man.'

He was arrested by Salafists who made the video and then handed him over to
the police.

However, his brother has come forward with proof that he is ill and taking
medicine, and said he used to be Salafist. He provided also a photocopy of the
psychiatrist's drug prescription for his brother.

The accused is now likely to stand trial but lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender campaigners seem certain that he is not gay and instead believe he
is a mentally ill Salafist being used as a porn by the religious radicals.

Fadi, editor of Tunisia's LGBT publication, GayDay Magazine, said:
'Homosexuality is still employed as a cheap political weapon to discredit each
other.

'Ennahda is in a serious mess in government. It's not able to respond to the
demands of the people and is trying desperately to win time by making up
ideological provocations and attacking the seculars.'

Some names have been changed in this article to protect the safety of our
sources in Tunisia.

Fonte: http://gaymiddleeast.com/news/news%20376.htm
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Anti-discrimination bill in Moldova being challenged by Orthodox Church

by Christopher Brocklebank

The Alliance for European Integration (AIE) is attempting to pass an anti-
discrimination bill in Moldova, where the Council in the country's third city,
Balti, have adopted an ordinance banning the "propagandising" of homosexuality.

But they are up against the objections of a most unexpected alliance – that
between the conservative Orthodox Church and the opposition Communist Party.

Both parties are working hard to convince Moldovans that the bill – along with
the government's 2011 registration of the country's tiny Muslim minority as a
state-recognised religion – would mean an unbridled "Islamisation and
homosexualization" of Moldova.

Alexandr Poneatovski, a Communist lawmaker in Balti's council, said: "That's
just the way I was brought up – those are my morals. I simply do not recognise
these people as members of any sort of normal society."

Balti is one of at least three Moldovan municipalities to pass such laws,
which are mainly aimed at preventing gay pride parades and are similar to the
law adopted by St. Petersburg, Russia, last month and to nationwide legislation
now pending in the Russian State Duma.

Moldovan lawmakers have denied that they are following Russia's lead on the
subject, but Moldova's Communist Party has close ties with Russia's ruling
United Russia party.

Angela Frolov, head of the GenderDoc-M gay rights group in Chisinau, the
capital, said she sees a definite connection between Russia and the
developments in her country: "The [Moldovan] Communists have strong ties with
the Russian Federation, and they follow its example . . . They saw that such a
measure worked [in St. Petersburg] so they decided to use the same tactics
here."

In recent weeks, Balti and other Moldovan cities have seen a surfeit of
leaflets decrying the proposed equality legislation and warning of the dire
consequences of its potential adoption.

One flyer said: "The law on non-discrimination acknowledges the dictatorship
of homosexualism over normalcy and gives [pederasts] more rights than other
people,"

It continues: "Any homosexual will be able to practice deviance in PUBLIC
places, even in front of our children. Pederasts will have every right to teach
in kindergartens, schools, and universities about how 'fine and normal' it is
to be homosexual."

It also claims that as Moldova was once part of the Ottoman Empire, Muslims
believe the country must be officially converted to Islam and that Christians
will be considered "pagans" and beheaded. It is not known who is behind the
leafleting, but the government has said it suspects the Orthodox Church.

Fonte: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/04/09/anti-discrimination-bill-in-
moldova-being-challenged-by-orthodox-church/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

International civil society organizations ask for the renewal of the UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmad Shaheed’s mandate on the human rights situation in Iran

Iran Human Rights, March 22: In a letter that was published today, several
international civil society organizations urged the UN Human Rights Council to
renew the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmad Shaheed. Dr. Shaheed
recently presented a reports on the situation of the human rights in Iran. The
report was widely welcomed by the human rights groups worldwide.

The letter that was published today is signed by the Nobel Laureate Shirin
Ebadi, Iran Human Rights (IHR), World Coalition against the death penalty
(WCADP) a coalition representing more than 120 civil society organizations
around the world, and more than 20 iranian and non-Iranian civil society
organizations.

The signatories of the letter call upon the members of the UN Human Rights
Council to renew and strengthen the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special
Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The letter:

A Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran: Still an Urgent
Necessity March 22, 2012

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has issued a 'standing invitation' to the
special procedures but has repeatedly failed to respond to my requests that
dates for a visit be set, despite an oral exchange during the third session of
the Council, several high-level meetings and an extensive correspondence".
Philip Alston, 29 January 2007

We, the members of civil society - located inside and outside of Iran - call
upon the members of the UN Human Rights Council to renew and strengthen the
mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation
in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The interim report submitted to the UN General Assembly (A/66/374) and the
reports to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/19/66) submitted by Dr. Shaheed on
19 October 2011 and 12 March 2012, respectively, demonstrate that the
international community's concern about the deteriorating human rights
situation in the country is not unwarranted.

At a time when the number of executions, which are frequently summary and at
times performed in secret, is soaring in Iran and discrimination and violence
against religious, ethnic minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people amongst other groups is ongoing, monitoring and reporting
conducted by an impartial and independent investigator such as the Special
Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran is urgent and vital.

We draw the attention of the UN Member States to the fact that despite its
standing invitation, no Special Procedure has had substantive access to Iran.
This history speaks volumes about the government's willingness to cooperate
with the UN human rights machinery, which is according to the former Special
Rapporteur Philip Alston necessary to "having a noticeable or durable impact on
the human rights situation".

We call the UN Member States to consider this history of cooperation and do
not support a "divide and conquer" strategy that may evolve from Iran's recent
announcement to invite two Special Procedures to the country within a year. By
inviting a thematic mandate holder, which lacks the resources for sustained
monitoring, Iran may justify a lack of cooperation with the Special Rapporteur
appointed to provide for continuous monitoring and reporting of the human
rights situation. We believe that any visit from a thematic mandate holder
prior to an initial visit by a country-specific mandate holder establishes a
dangerous institutional and political precedent for all Special Procedures;
especially for the ten existing country specific mandate holders.

Over the years, the United Nations' General Assembly has adopted multiple
resolutions expressing concerns at "the lack of continuity in the cooperation
of the Government with the mechanisms of the Commission on Human Rights", and
the denial of access to the Special Representative (see for example 23 December
1994, 12 December 1997, and 26 February 2002).

The history of the Islamic Republic's relationship with the UN human rights
bodies underlines the fact that without the vigilance of the international
human rights community, there are no significant improvements of the human
rights situation in Iran.

In 1995, the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance visited Iran. Despite
the ongoing and increasing persecution of religious minorities in the following
years, no thematic mandate holder has been given access to investigate and
report since 1995.

In 2003, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention visited Iran at the
invitation of the Iranian government. From December 1st 2007 to November 30th
2008, however, Iran received the highest number of urgent appeals (19) from the
Working Group. In the past few years, the crackdown on civil society has led to
the imprisonment across the country and flight into exile of hundreds of civil
society members.

In 2005, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women visited Iran at the
invitation of the government of Iran. In 2007, however, she reported the
persecution of "campaigners" collecting signatures "from Iranians demanding the
revision and reform of current laws which discriminate against women". The
Iranian authorities responded to only 3 of the 18 communications sent to them
regarding 70 human rights defenders.

While every effort to encourage and facilitate cooperation with the Special
Procedures should be undertaken by all stakeholders, this should not be done at
the expense of efforts to ensure cooperation with the country specific mandate
holder and meaningful accountability to the human rights mechanisms.

The renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human
rights in Iran is an urgent necessity as the underlying circumstances that
warrant the country-specific mechanism remain unchanged. We therefore urge you
to renew Dr Ahmed Shaheed's mandate on the human rights situation in the
Islamic Republic of Iran.

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Fonte: http://iranhr.net/spip.php?article2457
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Opinion - PARADA PRO GAY DHE KUNDERSHTARET (Pjesa 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R1mQZlVK-M


Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

State-run TV in Malaysia to ‘ban’ programmes featuring gay characters

by Christopher Brocklebank

The Malaysian Information Department has banned television shows which feature
gay characters, starting with state-run channels.
The country's Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk
Maglin Dennis D'Cruz said the ban would be effective immediately beginning with
state-owned TV and radio stations.

Mr D'Cruz said: "If it means cancelling some of the shows, so be it." He added
that the intention behind the move was to curb the "influence" of the LGBT
community in Malaysia.

The decision will apparently be later expanded to cover privately-owned
stations as well as satellite TV providers. Foreign productions will be dealt
with by the national censorship board, which will remove episodes from TV shows
which are already up-and-running and prevent the local screening of films with
gay characters.

Issued by the Information Department on its Facebook page yesterday, the
directive stated: "Effective immediately, radio and TV stations are asked to
stop screening shows which feature gay, effeminate men as well as characters
that go against the norm of a religious society because this encourages and
promotes LGBT now."

For a short while, there was a rumour that the directive was merely a
"discussion topic" but the Culture Minister confirmed it was a genuine edict
and that guidelines would be produced for TV and radio stations on how to avoid
allowing LGBT characters on screen or the air waves.

This news comes in the same week that Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin announced funding to enable counsellors to tackle "sexual
orientation disorders like LGBT".


Fonte: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/04/06/state-run-tv-in-malaysia-to-ban-
programmes-featuring-gay-characters/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Imam benedice una coppia gay

Al-Quds (01/04/2012). Traduzione di Cristina Gulfi
Si intitola "Il Corano e la carne" il libro in cui Ludovic Mohammed Zahed, francese di origini arabe, racconta la sua esperienza di omosessuale musulmano, la sua unione gay e il dramma con la famiglia e la società arabo-islamica.
La storia d'amore che sta vivendo col suo compagno è diversa da tutte lealtre. Ludovic e Qiyam si sono conosciuti nel 2011 in Sud Africa, durante un convegno sull'AIDS. Da allora non si sono più lasciati e si sono addirittura sposati dal momento che lì è possibile, così come l'adozione. Dopo il matrimonio, i due sono tornati in Francia e si sono stabiliti nel sobborgo parigino di Sèvres. Tuttavia, le autorità francesi non hanno ancora riconosciuto la loro unione.
Nell'attesa e nella speranza che ciò avvenga, il 12 febbraio scorso si è svolta una cerimonia religiosa durante la quale l'imam delle isole Mauritius ha letto la Fatiha e benedetto la coppia.
Dice Ludovic: "Purtroppo, non posso cambiare me stesso. Le minacce e le pressioni familiari e sociali non servono a nulla. Mi sono reso conto di essere gay fin da piccolo". La sua non è stata una vita facile, a partire da quando ha scoperto di aver contratto l'AIDS a soli 19 anni. A ciò si aggiungono i pessimi rapporti familiari, specie con la madre e il fratello maggiore, a causa del suo orientamento sessuale.
In questi momenti così duri, Ludovic ha trovato conforto nella preghiera ma oggi si dice una persona serena. Quanto al futuro, la priorità è risolvere la situazione legale del coniuge per permettergli di rimanere in Francia, oltre al conseguimento del dottorato con una tesi sul Corano e l'omosessualità.
Secco il commento di Djelloul Seddiki, direttore dell'Istituto di Al-Ghazali della Grande Moschea di Parigi: "Questo matrimonio non è valido. Solo un uomo e una donna possono sposarsi". E non ha mancato di criticare l'imam che ha benedetto l'unione di Ludovic e Qiyam, definendo il suo gesto un crimine.


Fonte: http://www.arabpress.eu/?p=6119&fb_source=message
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Essere gay in Africa - Gli omosessuali hanno vita dura, ma c'è chi con coraggio porta avanti la battaglia per la normalizzazione

di Marta Arniani
Maltrattati, uccisi, perseguiti dalla legge, clandestini. L'Africa è un continente nero per gli omosessuali, li accoltella due volte col tabù della convenzione sociale e con la legge di Stato: gli ultimi episodi di tensione sono avvenuti in Liberia, mentre dalla Tunisia arrivano messaggi di speranza da parte di chi ha deciso di non abbassare la testa.
LA LISTA NERA DEI GAY - Per le strade di Monrovia, la capitale della Liberia, è facile incappare nei membri del gruppo omofobo MOGAL che distribuiscono volantini in cui alla lista dei principali attivisti gay del Paese segue la promessa di prenderli "uno a uno con qualsiasi mezzo". Il Washington Post riporta che le telefonate di minaccia sono solo il primo avvertimento di una persecuzione che potrebbe degenerare nel sangue e che viene supportata dalla legge. A Febbraio infatti è stato stabilito che l'omosessualità è un reato
punibile con la galera e l'intenzione del presidente Ellen Johnson Sirleaf di non abrogare la legge che criminalizza la "sodomia volontaria" ha persino attirato l'attenzione del Dipartimento di Stato statunitense.
STATO SOVRANO - L'ambasciatore americano va con i piedi di piombo nella faccenda: il timore è quello di suscitare l'effetto opposto e far pesare il giudizio estero come un'ingerenza negli affari interni del Paese, rendendolo "un tentativo di imporre i valori occidentali nella società conservatrice africana". Meno cauto è Graeme Reid, il direttore del LGBT Rights Program di Human Rights Watch, che chiede che Sirleaf prenda una posizione netta sulla campagna di Mogal ed elimini i provvedimenti anti-gay di febbraio.
CHI NON STA ZITTO - Ha da poco compiuto un anno Gayday, la prima rivista online dedicata esclusivamente ai gay creata in Tunisia dal 23enne Fadi Krouj sfruttando il vento rivoluzionario che ha fatto cadere Ben Ali. Fadi (il suo è uno pseudonimo) in un'intervista a Afrik ammette che la sua avventura è un
azzardo:"Con la crescita del salafismo e dell'integralismo religioso rischiamo grosso.
Ma siamo anche la testimonianza di un Paese in transizione democratica e non possiamo abbandonare la nave senza almeno provare a rivendicare i nostri diritti. La nuova Tunisia può accogliere tutti i suoi cittadini nonostante le loro differenze ideologiche, religiose e sessuali".
Intanto però la redazione (che pubblica i propri contenuti in inglese, francese e arabo) continua a ricevere minacce di ogni tipo e il sito è stato recentemente violato da hacker che hanno modificato tutte le password e pubblicato un articolo che spiega perché l'Islam condanna l'omosessualità.
LA PRIMAVERA DELLE RIVISTE ONLINE - Il modello Gayday sta facendo scuola anche in altri Paesi africani: come riporta Il Grande Colibrì a fine marzo ha debuttato l'esperimento di Aswat (Voci), una nuova rivista LGBT marocchina online che si affiancherà alla ben nota Mithly, che proprio il primo d'aprile
ha festeggiato il suo secondo compleanno. Aswat vuole "arricchire la comunità gay marocchina, gravemente emarginata, e dare voce agli omosessuali vittime di molestie e persecuzioni da parte della legge e della società". Infine in Sudan dal 9 febbraio è attivo il blog Rainbow Sudan, che si occupa del difficile
rapporto tra omosessualità e cultura islamica e riporta i principali aggiornamenti sulle tematiche queer. Sarà difficile estirpare l'omofobia dal continente africano – solo l'anno scorso la Nigeria ha dichiarato fuorilegge
matrimoni, gruppi ed effusioni pubbliche gay, e nell'unico Paese che riconosce le unioni omosessuali, il Sudafrica, gli stupri di gay e lesbiche sono all'ordine del giorno – eppure questi coraggiosi esperimenti forse riusciranno prima o poi a fare breccia nell'opinione pubblica e a normalizzare l'omosessualità.



Fonte: http://www.giornalettismo.com/archives/236908/essere-gay-in-africa/
Pubblicato da Lorenzo bernini

Government Asked To Block the Proposal of Legalizing Homosexuality and Abortion.

Jumah Nsubuga

Women activities and civil society organizations have asked the Uganda
lawmakers to oppose any discussion aimed at legalizing homosexuality and
abortion.

Addressing journalists at parliament, former ethics minister Maria Matembe,
former state minister for internal affairs Sarah kiyingi, together with serere
woman mp Alice Alaso said that they have received information regarding serious
lobbing by mps from developed countries for legalization of abortion and
homosexuality under the disguise of controlling maternal deaths.

Mean while Steven Langa from the family life network said that many of the
developed countries use such international meetings to advocate for such acts
like gays under the name of human rights protection.

Langa said there is no that has liberalized sexuality that has thrived and
survived.


Fonte: http://www.ugandapicks.com/2012/04/government-asked-to-block-the-
proposal-of-legalizing-homosexuality-and-abortion-50629.html

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Married gay & lesbian couples sue feds over immigration rights - Say they should be able to sponsor spouses for green cards

By Erica Pearson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


Five married gay and lesbian couples are bringing legal action against the feds, saying they should get the same immigration rights as straight pairs.

The plaintiffs are all U.S. citizens who have applied for green cards for their immigrant spouses and have either been turned down or expect to be denied.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which does not recognize gay marriages, bars U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from considering a gay spouse to be the "relative" of a U.S. citizen.
Plaintiffs in the suit include Long Island couple Edwin Blesch and Tim Smulian — who told the Daily News last year about their struggle to stay together in the U.S.Blesch, 71, who married South African-born Smulian in 1999, said he realizes the legal battle may be lengthy.
"It's not going to happen overnight," Blesch said. "We hope that if it's resolved in our favor, we're not already sitting in our rockers in an old folks home."
The pair spent decades splitting their time between South Africa and New York to comply with Smulian's tourist visa until Blesch became too ill to travel. Because they would be able to sponsor their spouses if they were straight, Blesch and the others who filed suit Monday in Manhattan Federal Court say the Defense of Marriage Act is denying them constitutional rights.
"For immigration purposes, whether the federal government recognizes a couple's marriage can determine whether a family may remain in the United States and live together or may be torn apart," the suit argues.
The suit charges denying gay couples immigration benefits is "hateful, harmful and unlawful discrimination." The Defense of Marriage Act is already facing several high-profile legal 
challenges. The Obama administration decided last year not to defend the 1996 law in 
court.
Non-profit Immigration Equality, which filed the legal action on the couples' behalf, decided to add to the legal battle instead of waiting to see how  current cases play out.
"We really felt that LGBT families just couldn't wait any longer," said Rachel Tiven, the group's executive director.
Plaintiff Santiago Ortiz, 56, a retired school psychologist who lives with his Venezuelan husband, Pablo Garcia, 51, in Elmhurst, Queens, said he's hopeful a green card will eventually be in their reach.
"What we're standing up for is my right as a citizen to have my relative with me, and my closest relative is Pablo," he said. "We have rights."


Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Liste nere e attivismo gay: braccio di ferro in Africa

Liste nere con i nominativi di alcune persone sospettate di essere "gay o
sostenitori del club" sono state distribuite dal Movimento Contro i Gay in
Liberia (MOGAL) e un appartenente all'associazione ha dichiarato all'Associated
Press: "Andremo da loro uno per uno", minacciando "punizioni pericolose" come
"frustate e morte". Insomma, la situazione è emergenziale nel paese africano,
ma il governo afferma, attraverso il ministero dell'Informazione, di non
saperne nulla. "La presidente non può stare a guardare quando vengono inscenate
provocazioni di questo tipo, deve prendere una posizione chiara ed
inequivocabile su questa questione" dice Graeme Reid di Human Rights Watch, ben
sapendo che la posizione della presidente Ellen Johnson Sirleaf è molto ambigua
(iGC), essendosi limitata a dirsi indisponibile a firmare le proposte di legge
che vorrebbero inasprire le pene contro gli omosessuali (iGC).

Le parole di Johson Sirleaf, in evidente contrasto con il premio Nobel per la
pace assegnatole nel 2011, sono criticate direttamente da Frank Mugisha,
direttore di Sexual Minorities Uganda, il quale, in una lettera al Chicago Sun
Times, ribatte soprattutto all'affermazione che l'omofobia di stato servirebbe
a difendere i valori tradizionali: l'attivista ricorda alla presidente come ad
essere anti-africana non sia l'omosessualità, ma la sua persecuzione. E Mugisha
sa bene di cosa parla: l'Uganda è un paese molto pericoloso per gli
omosessuali, che in gran numero tentano la fuga per non finire incarcerati o
ammazzati. Tra i fuggiaschi c'è anche Kalanzi Marvin Richard, il quale si è
però visto rifiutare da Amsterdam la domanda di protezione internazionale: in
suo supporto si è tenuta una manifestazione davanti all'ambasciata olandese di
Londra (GayStarNews).

Ma torniamo a Human Rights Watch, che ha scritto una lettera a Macky Sall,
appena eletto presidente del Senegal, per rammentargli "l'obbligo di proteggere
i diritti fondamentali di tutti i cittadini, ivi compresi lesbiche, gay,
bisessuali e transgender". In particolare l'associazione denuncia come molti
omosessuali siano stati arrestati arbitrariamente, torturati e sottoposti a
trattamenti degradanti e umilianti dalle forze di polizia. Inoltre, si punta il
dito contro le dichiarazioni di alcuni leader politici e religiosi che incitano
all'odio e alla violenza contro le persone LGBTQ*. HRW chiede a Sall di farsi
promotore dell'abrograzione dell'articolo 319.3 del codice penale, che punisce
gli atti sessuali con persona dello stesso sesso con cinque anni di carcere, e
dell'introduzione di una nuova legislazione anti-discriminatoria.

In tutte queste storie a saltare subito all'occhio è l'aspetto drammatico
della persecuzione, ma è giusto riconoscere anche l'aspetto positivo di un
attivismo LGBTQ* che in Africa è sempre più coraggioso, visibile e determinato.
Per questo è importante lo spazio dato dalla CNN a John Meletse, un attivista
gay e sordo del Sudafrica che, quando si è scoperto HIV-positivo, ha vissuto
sulla propria pelle tutta l'incapacità delle istituzioni sanitarie nel
relazionarsi con le persone disabili. La sua risposta al problema è stata
straordinaria: "Avrò un ruolo guida per la comunità dei sordi, li motiverò,
aiuterò tutti, educherò tutti, cercherò di fermare l'HIV, fermerò lo stigma".
Oggi, dopo undici anni, John Meletse, con le sue iniziative e i corsi di
educazione sessuale nelle scuole per sordi, è sulla buona strada per realizzare
il suo sogno...

Fonte: http://www.ilgrandecolibri.com/2012/04/liste-nere-e-attivismo-gay-
braccio-di.html

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

USA: NIENTE PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO PER CONIUGI GAY STRANIERI

Nonostante ilmatrimonio gay sia legale in sette stati e riconosciuto in otto,
per via del Defence of Marriage Act i coniugi stranieri non vengono
riconosciuti e non ottengono il permesso di soggiorno.

Il matrimonio gay è ormai legale in sette stati americani (Connecticut,
District of Columbia, New York, Iowa, Massachussets, New Hampshire, Vermont),
ma partner stranieri di gay americani non possono ottenere il permesso di
soggiorno sposandosi. La responsabilità di questo paradosso è dell'ormai noto
DOMA, il Defense of Marriage Act, la legge varata nel 1996 che impedisce al
governo federale, l'unico che può concedere il permesso di soggiorno, di
riconoscere i matirmoni dello stesso sesso.

Così cinque coppie legalmente sposate hanno presentato ricorso contro questa
legge alla corte distrettuale di New York, con il sostegno di Immigration
Equality, organizzazione per la difesa dei diritti dei gay concentrata sui
problemi degli immigrati. "Sono una cittadina di questo paese come chiunque
altro" rivendica, parlando con il New York Times, Heather Morgan, che ha
presentato il ricorso insieme alla moglie Maria del Mar Verdugo Yanez,
spagnola.

Non a caso, la comunità lgbt statunitense sta conducendo una dura battaglia
contro il DOMA e porprio su questo attende una presa di posizione del
presidente uscente (e ricandidato) Barack Obama. Ora, se la coppia vincerà il
ricorso, e se questo dovesse avvenire entro le elezioni presidenziali di
novembre, Obama avrebbe una sponda in più per chiedere definitivamente
l'abolizione del DOMA.

Fonte: http://www.gay.it/channel/attualità/33399/Usa-niente-permesso-di-
soggiorno-per-coniugi-gay-stranieri.html

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Discussion on discriminatory laws against LGBT people in Guyana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_wubgU6_00&feature=youtu.be

Postato da: Lorenzo Bernini

New magazine and hope for LGBT people in Sudan

by Dan Littauer

A new online LGBT magazine in Sudan, north Africa, will offer an opportunity
for the country's gay people to start discussing their lives and hopes for the
future. This is a first for the country, where homosexuality is still
punishable by death.

Rainbow Sudan publishes articles discussing topics including being gay in
Sudan, the history of homosexuality in the country, Islam and sexuality, being
lesbian and Muslim, poetry and more.

Sudan is one of the strictest countries in the world to criminalise
homosexuality. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal and, according to Article
148, capital punishment applies to a man or woman engaging in such acts.

Punishments also include lashes and imprisonment.

Even without that, being out can have serious social and economic consequences
– it typically means a loss of job prospects, ostracisation from family and
community or even murder (so-called "honour killings").

We spoke to Rainbow Sudan editor Mohammad and other Sudanese gays and lesbians
about the magazine and their life in Sudan.

Mohammad is a 32-year-old man living in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. He is
energetic, comfortable about his sexuality, full of charm and wit. He also has
a scholarly side; he loves poetry, history and sociology.

He told us that "to understand the gay community in Sudan you have to
understand the religious factor here . . . it is a big taboo and regarded one
of the biggest sins possible."

Ibrahim, also 32 years old and a well-respected public figure, explained what
that taboo means in practice: "If you are outed in Sudan the consequences are
very serious: social rejection and even punishment according to the Sudanese
law.

"The internet is my only lifeline, I can talk with people, learn about LGBT
issues and occasionally arrange to meet people. I have to be so careful. If I
were to be caught, exposed or worse, arrested, it would ruin me completely."

Mazen is 28 and manages to live his life but has to be careful: "There are
places to meet in Khartoum which are well known, and there are even police and
military men who come and I feel they are like an insurance policy.

"Everyone is very discreet and respectful, we don't want trouble. It's hard
enough as it is to lead a double life."

But not everyone has things so well ordered. Mohamed, 46 and married for 12
years, has three sons.

"My life is a living hell," he confessed. "I can occasionally go out at night
for meets but am totally controlled by my extended family."

Mohamed has a boyfriend from one of the Gulf States but feels that his
sexuality "is an illness and a disease." He went to therapy to try and "cure"
himself, but it just made him feel worse. He also is scared about his safety
"because people here in Sudan can get punished for much less – a woman can get
lashes simply for wearing trousers!"

Soso, a 35-year-old lesbian hairdresser, said: "Despite all the difficulties,
a Sudanese LGBT community exists, but society at large is not open to this
idea, they see homosexuality as the work of the devil. But I am OK with who I
am and know I won't change."

Editor Mohammad stresses such voices show how "Sudanese society considers
homosexuality as a 'phenomenon', not a reality. It is considered a sin and
psychological behaviour which is sick, and this view is often shared by LGBT
people themselves here.

"We need to discuss what does it mean to us to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender in Sudan? We need to debate and discuss Islamic religious judgments
and punishment which threatens us. We can aim to educate about these issues and
encourage dialogue.

"We also need to deal with the issue of negative self-esteem, even the
contempt felt by many LGBT people here, again through education. Finally,
education can definitely help with safer sex issues which are also taboo here."

Isn't that quite a lot to achieve? I ask Mohammad. "Yes!" he answers with a
smile. "We will take it one step at a time."

Fonte: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/03/30/new-magazine-and-hope-for-lgbt-
people-in-sudan/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini