W e have a US president who supports gay marriage, and now a pope who, if not exactly signing up to equality for all, is at least starting to talk in language less inflammatory than his predecessor.
Then he went on to criticise the gay "lobby" and said he wasn't going to break with the catechism that said "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered". Still, for a brief moment it looked like a minor breakthrough. Then you weigh it against a raft of anti-homosexuality legislation that is coming into force in countries across the world. In Russia, gay teenagers are being tortured and forcibly outed on the internet against a backdrop of laws that look completely out of step with the rest of Europe.
In what is being described as rolling the "status of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people back to the Stalin era", President Putin has passed a number of anti-gay laws, including legislation that punishes people and groups that distribute information considered "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations". The country also now "Police corruption in the united states statistics homosexual population" powers to arrest and detain foreign citizens believe to be gay, or "pro-gay".
It has led to the boycott of Russian vodka brands by gay bars and clubs in solidaritystarted by writer and activist Dan Savage and taken up by bars in London. In many African countries where homosexuality is already illegal, more draconian anti-gay laws are being passed and violence against LGBT people is increasing.
Is there a link between growing rights in some countries and worsening or removal of rights in others? The struggle for even basic human rights for LGBT people — freedom of association, freedom from violence — becomes harder to achieve when the opponents can point to something like gay marriage, which isn't even on the books for most of the countries we're talking about and make the argument that 'if we give these people even the most basic of human rights, next they'll be asking to get married in our churches'.
If you take Belize as an example, it has ratified all the key UN human rights treaties and in their constitution they have a right to a private life, to equality, to dignity.
And so basically to criminalise homosexuality is a violation. To bring a legal challenge against Police corruption in the united states statistics homosexual population takes a very brave individual.
They said it would be out by the end of July but obviously it's not coming now. A report last week from the Southern Poverty Law Centerthe US civil rights organisation, highlighted the influence US hardline religious groups had in Belize and other countries. It's the classic missionary model, says Stewart, "where money and resources and organisation are set up in the countries that they are targeting". It's also worth remembering which country is responsible for the legacy of persecution faced by millions of LGBT people today.
There are more than 75 countries where homosexuality is still criminalised: To see which countries are getting worse in terms of gay rights makes grim reading, but Stewart is cheered by the support he sees.
One of the last great undone pieces of the civil rights movement is to address the rights of LGBT people, and there does seem to be a growing international support for change.
Argentina 's Gender Identity Law allowed the change of gender on birth certificates for transgender people. It also legalised same-sex marriage ingiving same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples, including the right to adopt children. Uruguay and Mexico City also allow equal marriage and adoption, and last week Colombia recognised its first legal same-sex civil union not "marriage".
Last year, Vietnam saw its first gay pride rally and this year's event will launch a campaign for equality in employment.
On Tuesdayit was reported that the country's ministry of justice has backed plans to legalise gay marriage, after the ministry of health came out for marriage equality in April. In Singapore the Pink Dot pride rally attracted 21, people at the end of June — its biggest number since it started four years ago. Just hours before attending the rally, Vincent Wijeysingha became Singapore's first openly gay politician when he officially came out.
The country bans gay sex, though Police corruption in the united states statistics homosexual population is rarely enforced, but in April a gay couple, Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee, attempted to get the law removed. Their case was dismissed, but they are appealing with the help of Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general.
The Human Dignity Trust filed a suit at the European court of human rights against Turkish-occupied northern Cyprusthe only place in Europe where homosexuality is still illegal, and looks likely to win.
In a letter sent to the Kaleidoscope Trust, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago expressed her wish to repeal the laws that ban homosexuality. The prime minister of JamaicaPortia Simpson Millerhas voiced similar wishes.
In June, Javed Jaghai was the lastest activist to launch legal proceedings to challenge the anti-sodomy laws however, violence against gay people is increasing, and year-old Dwayne Jones was stabbed to death last week at a party according to local media reports.
In Malawithe president Joyce Banda announced in that laws criminalising homosexuality would be repealed — she has since distanced herself from that, although there has been a moratorium and there have been no prosecutions.
In some parts of the world where you'd least expect them, things are getting better," says Stewart. The number of countries legalising same-sex marriage continues to grow, with DenmarkBrazilFrance and New Zealand just some that joined progressive countries that had legalised
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Last month in the USwhere Barack Obama publicly supports equal marriage and it is legal in several states, the supreme court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act which prevented the federal government from recognising marriages between gay couples as unconstitutional.
In Irana place where homosexuality is punishable by death and you thought LGBT rights couldn't really get worse, this year the country's official who works on human rights described homosexuality as "an illness that should be cured".
Of course, gay rights are no better in many other Middle Eastern countries. He had been tortured — his neck and feet broken, his body burned with an iron — and murdered. As the executive director of Camfaids, Lembembe was one of Cameroon's most prominent and outspoken LGBT rights activists and openly gay — an astonishing act of bravery in a country where homosexuality is punishable with prison and violence against LGBT people is common and almost never investigated.
Amnesty International's report on global human rights stated even people who supported LGBT rights were being harrassed, particularly equality lawyers Alice Nkom and Michel Togue who had both received calls and text messages threatening to kill them and their children if they did not stop defending gay people who had been arrested.
In June this year, Togue's office was broken into and files and computers stolen. Men who are perceived to be gay are arrested, somtimes only on the basis of someone's suspicions, and some are forced to undergo rectal examinations and tortured into confessing. Sharing a border with Cameroon, Nigeria 's anti-gay laws are becoming ever more draconian.
It recently passed a bill outlawing same-sex marriage, punishable with a year prison term.
It also has more concerning provisions that ban the formation of groups that support LGBT rights and a series of provisions that if you know a homosexual but don't turn them in, you are aiding and abetting. That isn't on the statute books yet but it seems likely that it will pass in some form. Politicians in Uganda are attempting to pass a similar bill, at one point seeking to punish homosexual relationships with the death penalty; people found guilty of being gay will now face life imprisonment, and anybody — parents, teachers, doctors — who suspects someone in their care is gay will be punished if they do not report them.
Last week, President Mugabe told a rally of Zanu PF supporters that Zimbabwe would never accept homosexuality, and that gay people were "worse than pigs, goats and birds". There are 38 African countries where homosexuality is illegal.
In Russiagay rights are moving further away from other European countries. In an extreme version of Britain's section 28, a new law will punish anybody disseminating "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors expressed in distribution of information … aimed at the formation … of … misperceptions of the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations".
It has also failed to comply with the judgment at the European court of human rights that requires it to allow gay pride events. Violence against LGBT people is rising. In May, there was a brutal murder of a man who had revealed to "friends" he was gay. Last week, the Pink News reported neo-Nazi groups in Russia has been luring gay teenagers to meetings, where they are forced to come out in videos that are then posted on social media sites.
It reported that one victim, year-old Alex Bulygin, killed himself after his sexuality was revealed. Russia's renewed attacks on homosexuality Police corruption in the united states statistics homosexual population be spreading beyond its borders — there are moves in Ukraine to adopt its own ban on "gay propaganda" and in May the parliament dropped a bill that would have outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation after a protest by anti-gay activists.
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This week, as David Cameron threw a party to celebrate gay marriage, veteran gay rights activist Peter Tatchell spent the evening alone in his council flat. So why wasn't "Police corruption in the united states statistics homosexual population" invited? Groups working on Aids programmes say they are at risk of murder and have written to donors asking for protection.
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