Ricatto al gay palestinese

Amira Hass

Mentre il mio interlocutore raccontava la sua storia, un pensiero sgradevole
si è fatto strada nella mia mente. Stavo approfittando dell'innocenza di questo
ragazzo, del suo disperato bisogno di parlare con qualcuno che non lo consideri
malato? D è gay. Qualcosa che nella società palestinese non può essere
confessato.

D ha incontrato G, il suo amico israeliano, su internet. G lo va a trovare
regolarmente, ma D non può ricambiare le visite. I due avevano un sogno:
trascorrere alcuni giorni insieme in Israele. Così D ha ottenuto un permesso
per entrare in Israele ed effettuare alcune analisi in un'ospedale di
Gerusalemme Est. G lo aspettava oltre il checkpoint. I due hanno camminato
insieme verso la porta di Jaffa, inebriati dalla sensazione di libertà e dal
piacere di stare insieme senza nascondersi. Davanti alla porta di Jaffa alcuni
poliziotti israeliani hanno fermato i due ragazzi. Il nervosismo di G li ha
insospettiti. Hanno controllato il permesso di D, che non li ha soddisfatti.
Doveva andare in ospedale, e quella non era la direzione giusta. D è finito in
una stazione di polizia. Lì, ingenuamente, ha detto la verità. A quel punto gli
hanno fissato un appuntamento con un agente dei servizi segreti.

Il ricatto ai gay palestinesi è una pratica comune, da parte sia dei servizi
israeliani sia di quelli palestinesi. Sono facili prede, perché se scoperti
rischiano di essere puniti o uccisi. È stato un attivista gay israeliano a
contattarmi, perché la pubblicità è il migliore strumento di protezione.

Traduzione di Andrea Sparacino.

Internazionale, numero 950, 25 maggio 2012. Fonte: http://www.internazionale.
it/opinioni/amira-hass/2012/05/28/ricatto-al-gay-palestinese/
Pubblicato da Simone Rossi

Scarica Mithly, la rivista lgbt in arabo!

http://magazine.mithly.net/archives/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Benrini

Russia, attivisti in corteo per chiedere gay pride a Mosca: 10 arresti

Mosca (Russia), 27 mag. (LaPresse/AP) - La polizia ha arrestato a Mosca, in
Russia, una decina di dimostranti che manifestavano per rivendicare il diritto
a tenere un gay pride nella capitale. Insieme a loro sono stati fermati alcuni
cristiani ortodossi, con i quali erano scoppiati alcuni tafferugli davanti alla
sede del municipio. Gli attivisti chiedono da tempo al governo russo di poter
tenere una parata dell'orgoglio gay, ma la risposta è stata sempre negativa.
L'ex sindaco di Mosca, Yuri Luzhkov, aveva definito il gay pride "satanico",
mentre l'attuale primo cittadino Sergei Sobyanin ha detto che disapprova tali
cortei perché potrebbero offendere il credo religioso di molti russi.
L'omosessualità in Russia non costituisce più reato dal 1993, quando è stata
depenalizzata, ma il sentimento anti-gay rimane molto forte.

Fonte: http://www.lapresse.it/mondo/europa/russia-attivisti-in-corteo-per-
chiedere-gay-pride-a-mosca-10-arresti-1.168095

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Amnesty International Report 2012

Il Rapporto annuale di Amnesty International 2012 documenta la situazione dei
diritti umani in 155 paesi e territori nel 2011 e mostra come lo scorso anno la
richiesta di diritti umani sia riecheggiata senza sosta in ogni angolo del
pianeta.

Dal Cairo a New York, l'elemento che ha accomunato le proteste è stata la
rapidità con cui i governi si sono affrettati a impedire manifestazioni
pacifiche e a imbavagliare il dissenso. La gente scesa per le strade ha
dimostrato un immenso coraggio di fronte alla repressione, brutale e talvolta
letale.

Ha protestato contro l'abuso di potere, la mancanza di accertamento della
responsabilità, la diseguaglianza e la povertà. Le leadership hanno fallito nel
reagire a questo coraggio con azioni concrete nella direzione di un cambiamento
ma è ormai chiaro che se non risponderanno a queste aspettative non saranno più
accettate.

Questo Rapporto mostra infine come la libertà di espressione e la capacità di
sfidare i governi e chiedere che rispettino, proteggano e mantengano i diritti
umani siano elementi essenziali per creare un mondo dove tutte le persone
vivano libere e uguali in dignità e diritti.

Naviga il rapporto al link: http://www.rapportoannuale.amnesty.it/2012#.
T79Y_H7ayTw.facebook
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

La lesbica che rischia la tortura

La donna ugandese si è rifugiata in Svezia. Che non le vuole concedere asilo


Secondo il governo svedese se Nantale Prosscovia tornasse in Uganda non
rischierebbe la vita: per questo non sussistono gli estremi per concedere asilo
politico. Rischia così di farsi molto difficile la situazione per la donna
ugandese che ha visto il suo negozio distrutto da una folla inferocita e la sua
vita cambiare di colpo. Perché era lesbica.

IN FUGA - Grazie all'aiuto della madre è potuta scappare in Svezia. "Chi la
sostiene racconta che Nantale Prosscovia ha lasciato l'Uganda dopo essere stata
pubblicamente chiamata lesbica e la sua impresa distrutta da una folla anti-gay
che la avvertiva di "piantarla con i suoi comportamenti o morire". La polizia
ha rifiutato di proteggerla ma conl'aiuto della madre Nantale è scappata e ha
chiesto asilo nel 2007 in Svezia", dice PinkPaper.

NIENTE ASILO - Come dicevamo il paese giallo-blu ha rigettato la richiesta:
questo nonostante in Uganda le relazioni fra persone dello stesso sesso siano
"punibili con fino a 14 anni di galera, con in più una legge che attende
approvazione che aumenterebbe la pena fino all'ergastolo o disporrebbe
addirittura la pena di morte. La proposta è stata largamente criticata dai
governi internazionali", fra cui, curiosamente, la Svezia. Così attualmente
Nantale è in una prigione di Stoccolma: "Ma lei merita di vivere liberamente e
la miglior cosa che il governo svedese potrebbe fare è liberarla e concederle
asilo", dicono i suoi sostenitori.

Fonte: http://www.giornalettismo.com/archives/316430/la-lesbica-che-sara-
torturata/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Francia: Imam benedice l'unione di una coppia gay

Notizia del 12 aprile 2012

Ludovic Zahed Mohamed (in foto a destra) è un francese di origini algerine che
vive in Francia insieme al compagno sudafricano Qiyam al-Din Qiyam (a
sinistra). Sposati legalmente in Sudafrica (dove i matrimoni gay sono legali) i
due non hanno potuto ufficializzare la loro unione anche in Francia, ove le
leggi attualmente non consentono le nozze fra persone dello stesso sesso.
Ludovic, però, è un mussulmano praticante e ha chiesto ed ottenuto la
benedizione della loro unione da parte dell'Imam. Il loro matrimonio religioso
si è svolto presso moschea di Sevran, in Francia, in conformità con quanto
previsto dalla sharia (la legge islamica) e con un rito identico a quello
utilizzato per le coppie eterosessuali. La funzione è stata celebrata da Jamal,
un Imam originario delle isole Mauritius, che ha provveduto ad inserire nella
cerimonia anche alcune preghiere cristiane ed ebraiche in onore degli amici
ebrei e cattolici degli sposi.
Ludovic Mohamed Zahed ha recentemente pubblicato un libro dal titolo "Le Coran
et la chair" ("Il Corano e la carne") nel quale tenta di riconciliare l'Islam
con l'omosessualità ed ha fondato un'associazione per la difesa dei diritti
degli omosessuali musulmani (HM2F, Omosessuali musulmani di Francia).

Fonte: http://gayburg.blogspot.it/2012/04/francia-imam-benedice-lunione-tra-
due.html

Pubblicato da Michele Breveglieri

Malawi, presidentessa Banda annuncia la depenalizzazione dell’omosessualità

La Presidentessa del Malawi, Joyce Banda, ha annunciato che abolirà le leggi
contro l'omosessualità ancora presenti nel Paese. Se questo avverrà, sarebbe la
prima nazione africana a fare una cosa del genere dal 1994. Il reato di
omosessualità è ancora molto diffuso nel continente. In Uganda, ad esempio, è
in corso l'approvazione di una legge che prevede la pena di morte per gli atti
"contro natura". La posizione della nuova presidentessa del Malawi potrebbe,
però, cambiare la tendenza degli ultimi anni.

Le pressioni occidentali sono forti, e gli aiuti provenienti dai Paesi del
"Nord del Mondo" costituiscono importantissime fette della ricchezza degli
Stati africani. Molti leader occidentali hanno dichiarato che avrebbero
tagliato gli aiuti umanitari agli Stati che non rispettano i diritti degli
omosessuali. Joyce Banda, che ha preso il potere dopo la morte improvvisa del
suo predecessore Bingu wa Mutharika, si è dimostrata molto ricettiva nei
confronti delle pressioni occidentali sul rispetto dei diritti umani. Oltre
alle aperture fatte sulla depenalizzazione dell'omosessualità, la neo-
presidentessa si è espressa duramente contro la partecipazione del Presidente
sudanese Omar al-Bashir al vertice dell'Unione Africana, in quanto su di lui
pende un mandato di cattura della Icc, la Corte Criminale Internazionale.

Fonte: http://www.eilmensile.it/2012/05/18/malawi-presidentessa-banda-annuncia-
la-depenalizzazione-dellomosessualita/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Diciamo BASTA! all'Omofobia di stato in molti paesi del mondo

In IRAN e in molte parti del mondo essere gay, lesbica, trans vuol dire carcere, torture e morte
Una sola parola a tutto questo... BASTA!

Il dialogo in chat con i gay iraniani "Vogliamo scappare, qui rischiamo la morte"

Hanno una loro community su internet ma i controlli della polizia sono sempre più frequenti. Per evitare di essere impiccati restano due strade: fuggire dal Paese oppure nascondersi: "Non ti devi far notare, devi essere anonimo"

di MARCO PASQUA

Nima, Julian, Malosak, Alijandro sfidano la morte, ogni giorno. Rischiano di essere frustati, arrestati oppure impiccati. Essere gay è un reato, in un Paese dal quale in molti vorrebbero fuggire. "Puoi aiutarmi a venire in Italia?", scrive uno di loro, dopo giorni di conversazioni sulla community di Manjam.com, la principale chat utilizzata dagli omosessuali per conoscersi, per trovare un appoggio, anche solo psicologico. Non tutti si fidano, perché sanno che dietro al mio nickname potrebbe celarsi un poliziotto iraniano. E' una tecnica
utilizzata dagli agenti del regime per "stanare" gli omosessuali: fingersi gay utilizzando foto finte, adescare qualche ragazzo e poi presentarsi al luogo dell'appuntamento. Per questo sono molto restii a incontrare qualcuno. "Anche io potrei essere un agente segreto", mi avverte Julian, "non fidarti mai di nessuno e non dire troppe cose sul tuo conto".

Pillay on homophobia: Punish violence and hatred, not love!

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay talks about the human cost of
homophobia and transphobia. Around the world, people are arrested, attacked,
tortured and killed, just for being in a loving relationship. "We cannot let
these abuses stand", the High Commissioner says...

Fonte: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-_kzl-_mrg&feature=youtu.be
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

UAE: Two men jailed for alleged public gay ‘fondling’ highlight privacy issues

By Dan Littauer


Two men 'spotted' fondling each other in a parked car near a beach in
Jumeirah, Dubai were sentenced yesterday to three months prison terms each to
be followed by deportation, reported the National, an Emirates based daily.

The two, a 27-year-old Filipino salon receptionist named by the initials "RS",
and a 32-year-old Omani named by the initials "AA", were arrested by the police
just after 3am on April 9 following a tip off from a member of the public.

The 48-year-old Emirati mentioned by the initials "AK" told the National she
was "suspicious" of a car parked in front of her house by the beach. 'When the
driver saw me he moved his car next to our neighbour's boat, she recounted.

She then sneaked up on the car to get a closer look, using nearby trees as
cover, but the driver spotted her again and moved the vehicle once more. "I
felt suspicious and called the police," said the woman.

RS and AA have being acquainted for about five months after meeting on the
internet, and according to RS they drove around in the Omani's Camry after
which AA decided to teach him how to drive.

'He tried to kiss me on the cheek but I stopped him because we were in a
public place,' RS told the prosecutors, admitting that were they in a private
place, he would not have hesitated to have sex with him.

AA, however, claimed RS initiated the sexual contact, although admitting he
desired it, by attempting to touch his genitals but pushed him away 'because I
was scared he would be HIV positive," he said.

RS was reported to have masturbated but was shocked to see AK, the Emirati
woman 'staring at him, through the car window.'

Experts note that the report by the National seems contradictory as the
journalist claims initially the men were "spotted fondling" and yet proceeds to
quote evidence that fails to attest to that.

The United Arab Emirates has a strict code of conduct about public displays of
affection, dress and sexual conduct between unmarried couples.

Members of the UAE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) group made
several comments.

Nasira clarified: 'Whilst it's unfortunate that acts of a sexual nature follow
jail terms rather than heavy penalties or warnings, the article goes to
highlight the level of caution we should all practise, both heterosexual and
homosexual when conducting our affairs in public. The UAE have a long standing
history of intolerance for any public acts of affection.

'Honestly, I highly doubt they were parked outside of this woman's house (or
in her living room as I'm failing to understand what the heck she was doing out
out of the house trying to see what was happening),' she added.

Abdallah, the chair of UAE LGBT said: 'This does serve as a cautionary tale, I
can't stress the importance – given the current climate and the string of
arrests – to the LGBT community that what ought to be done in a safe, private
setting, behind closed doors.'

He added however that: 'I think that people becoming over-vigilant in order to
catch people in the act should be discouraged; you are stepping on someone else'
s right to privacy, you are condemning them to a life of embarrassment and
harassment, I implore the Emirati society to sit down and talk about sexuality,
make the laws more rational, and allow room for forgiveness and dialogue.'

Shamil who is also a the editor for GayMiddleEast Gulf region and a member of
the UAE LGBT group stated: 'As Abdulla mentioned, the right of privacy is
something to be stressed, it's not like they were caught in daylight or in the
middle of the city or something, people need to respect privacy of others. I
think this highlights the importance of the issue of privacy.'

On the 9th of March the UAE LGBT group reported a group of 30 people, some of
them gay, were arrested in a private setting while having an "after party,"
highlighting the issues of lack of privacy and safe places in the Emirates.

Discussing this issue further Nasira commented: 'with little or no tolerance
at home and within hotel establishments due to the laws etc., unfortunately
many people do not have viable alternatives of where to meet with their
partners or spouses.'

Shamil added: 'And that is why people eventually are pushed to act in this
way, as space which is supposed to be private is suppressed and monitored.'

Fonte: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/05/16/uae-two-men-jailed-for-alleged-
public-gay-fondling-highlight-privacy-issues/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell -The LGBTQ Community in JORDAN

Contrary to many initial thoughts about the existence of an LGBTQ community in
a Middle Eastern country, the LGBTQ community in Jordan, and particularly in
Amman, is well and alive. Although it is somewhat underground, the community
members are familiar with one another, and many are open about their sexuality.

Needless to say, homophobia in is just as well and alive too – thus, even
those who are open about their sexuality are careful about who they talk to,
especially because of the social structure and the speed at which word spreads.
Needless to say, Amman is now host to a younger generation of open youth who
have had much experience abroad, whether for work or education, and this new
chic generation is much more accepting of the gay scene in general, making it
easier for gay and straight individuals to party in the same clubs and
socialize together in cafes and bars.

Legally, there are no laws prohibiting or supporting gay rights in Jordan, yet
many of the existing social laws, based on an Islamic tradition and code of
conduct, still perceive homosexuality to be a sin. Thus, being openly gay is
again, dependent on the social life around you, the friends you hang out with
and the lifestyle you associate yourself with. At the end of the day, if you
look for that scene, you will find it.

Indeed, Books@ Cafe, located on Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman, is an LGBT
friendly bar, bookstore and restaurant. In its own words, Bookst@ "started off
with a bold dream: a hangout for people of all ages, interests, and
backgrounds; a cosy atmosphere with no restrictions – a home away from home."

This dream came to true in 1997, when Books@ Café opened in a renovated villa
in downtown Amman, offering not only drinks and free coffee refills, but art
exhibitions, bookclubs, discussion groups and much more.

One of the most influential individuals in Amman's gay scene is model and
writer Khalid.

Khalid is a design student, model and writer, who started My.Kali (http:
//mykali.weebly.com/) the first magazine catering to Jordan's LGBT community.
For now, My.Kali is only an online monthly publication covering homosexuality
in the Middle East and touching upon many considerably taboo topics. In the
July/August 2011 edition, Khalid was on the feature cover titled "A Very Quirky
Summer." His photo shoot included wearing a speedo and posing in front of a
mosque, fearlessly strutting down the streets of Amman. His audacity exposed
the clash between religion and sexuality in this part of the world, bringing
much needed awareness and discussion about homosexuality in the Middle East. My.
Kaliis a magazine on the rise, featuring not only writers who identify as LGBTQ
but also those who identify as straight, promoting the acceptance of the LGBTQ
community in straight circles. Khalid describes mykali as: "being a good role
model for gay people, raising awareness on many issues we stand up for,
discussing regional, national and international issues that concern us the
most. We speak up for all those who're quiet; we give you the voice of your
silence. We're the magazine your mom can't find under your bed, we're the
magazine to keep and we're the magazine that you can reach anywhere you are. We
like to be your pillow of comfort, your best friend and your new wing-
man/woman…"

MyKali is even gaining support from local celebrities, such as athlete Farah
Malhas, who herself has been a target of harsh criticism by society for
choosing to become a professional bodybuilder. In that sense, MyKali isn't just
a magazine dedicated to the plight of the queer community in Jordan. Rather, it
is also a magazine that undertakes the challenge of bringing out Jordan's
constant contradictions and controversial topics. MyKali serves as a hub for
expressing thoughts that would potentially be looked down upon elsewhere and
provides a space for free thinking.

To sum up, although it might initially be difficult for a foreigner to break
into the community, once in, you will definitely be exposed to a deep and
closely knit community of locals, expats and foreign students.


Fonte: http://youinjordan.com/dont-ask-dont-tell-the-lgbtq-community-in-
jordan/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Press Release by GALCK and KHRC on the KNCHR Report

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) and the Kenya Human Rights
Commission (KHRC) commend the great work done by the Kenya National Commission
on Human Rights (KNCHR) in their recently launched report on the "public
inquiry into violations of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) in
Kenya".

GALCK and KHRC are cognizant of the numerous violations that sexual and gender
minorities continue to face, relating to their sexual and reproductive health
rights and other human rights, on the basis of their sexual orientation and
gender identity. We recall that all human rights are universal and inalienable
and, in encouraging the realization of these rights in Kenya, GALCK and KHRC
endorse the recommendations set out in the KNCHR report and further urge the
Government of Kenya and non-state actors:

To support efforts aimed at creating awareness at the community level and
increase the dissemination of messages for acceptance of the different genders
and sexual orientations in the society.
To take appropriate steps to ensure that all persons are treated equally
before the law and that discrimination on any of the grounds contemplated under
Article 27(4) of the Constitution of Kenya is dealt with.
To take appropriate action against the perpetrators of cruel, inhuman and
degrading treatment meted out against the sexual and gender minority
communities;
To decriminalize consensual same sex activities while respecting the right to
privacy alongside other basic human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of
Kenya, 2010.
To create an enabling legal and structural environment for transgendered
persons so as to enable them acquire the necessary identification, therapy and
surgery.
GALCK and KHRC urge all state and non-state actors to recognize, promote and
protect the rights of all persons in Kenya including the sexual and gender
minorities. Politicians, law and policy makers, religious leaders, media,
education and health practitioners should respect and protect these rights,
without exclusion.

GALCK and KHRC urge all state and non-state actors to recognize, promote and
protect the rights of all persons in Kenya including the sexual and gender
minorities. Politicians, law and policy makers, religious leaders, media,
education and health practitioners should respect and protect these rights,
without exclusion.

Further, GALCK and KHRC call for informed and objective dialogue on the issues
raised in the KNCHR report and hopes that the spewing homophobic statements
that have been carried in some sections of the media will be dealt with in
order to foster respect for diversity and for the human dignity of all human
beings.

On May 17th, the world marks the International Day Against Homophobia and
Trans phobia (IDAHO). Across the world thousands of people come together to
hold activities and re-affirm their commitment to ending the persecution that
LGBT communities and individuals face today.

Our objective this year is to instigate constructive public dialogues among
Kenyans on issues of sexual and gender diversity. These conversations should
serve to dispel negative myths and beliefs of the LGBT community in Kenya and
reinforce a safe and enabling environment for the realization of human rights
for LGBT people.

We welcome the media and members of the public to join us in commemorating
this great day at the Go-Down Arts Centre on Thursday 17th May 2012 from 3pm to
7pm.

Yours Sincerely,

Maqc Eric
Gitau,
Atsango Chesoni,

General
Manager
Executive Director

Gay and Lesbian Coalition of
Kenya
Kenya Human Rights Commission


Fonte: http://galck.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=165%
3Apress-release-by-galck-and-khrc-on-the-knchr-report-&catid=34%
3Anews&Itemid=108

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

URGENT: STOP THE HANGING OF FOUR MEN FOR "SODOMY" IN IRAN

Published by John S. Burke


In Iran, a court has sentenced four men from the town of Choram, in the
Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy.

Four men named 'Saadat Arefi', 'Vahid Akbari', 'Javid Akbari' and 'Houshmand
Akbari' are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved
recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights
Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.

The four men are said to be from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and
Boyer-Ahmad Province of Iran.

According to HRANA and JOOPEA, these four men will be hanged for sodomy
according Shari'a law.

A gay activist based in Iran said: 'Although being gay is not a crime based on
Iranian criminal law but this is the most clear statement against same sex-acts
in past months.'

He added that 'there wereof our other men hanged in past five months.'

London based Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, Mehri Jafari said: 'I am horrified
and saddened to have heard the news about these four men. Not only with regards
to the execution which is about to take place, but the fact that is beyond our
control.

'There are two important issues in this case; the location of the alleged
occurrence and the interpretation of the Sharia' law that a Hodud (strict
Sharia punishment) is eminent. Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad is one of the most
undeveloped provinces in Iran and it is obvious that a lack of access to
lawyers and fair trial can be considered a serious issue in this case. After
this announcement it is very likely that the execution will be carried out
soon, and the remote location makes it difficult to exert any influence on the
process.'

Mehri further pleaded: 'I hope international organisations act quickly and
effectively on this specific case.'

Gorji Marzban chairperson of the Austrian-based Oriental Queer Organization
(ORQOA) said: 'The recent death sentence for the four Iranian men is a shocking
reality and demonstrates the discrepancy between Western and Islamic perception
of queer life. The rhetoric of announcement makes the link between same-sex
sexual activity, or sodomy with corporal punishment very clear. Last month the
Iranian authorities hanged a young man and the local news agencies/authorities
were intentionally unclear about the reason for the death penalty. In the case
of these four men we have a clear text attributing the reason for hanging is
sodomy.

'The judicial denial of same-sex relationships in Iran stems from its
relationship to Shari'a law and patriarchy. This is a warning signal not only
for the queer population of Iran but also for all types of gender inclusive the
heterosexuals who have sexual relations outside marriage.

'The death penalty has failed to eradicate homosexuality from Iran but it was
successful to force queer people into the closets. Sooner or later any Islamic
community is obliged to integrate queer people. We believe that Iranians should
gain more gender equality and rights and wholly condemn such an archaic
sentence to murder which is inherently unislamic!'

Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its 2011 - We are a Buried Generation:
Discrimination and Violence Against Sexual Minorities in Iran - stated that
because trials on moral charges in Iran are usually held in closed sessions, it
is difficult to determine what proportion of those charged and executed for
same-sex conduct are gay and in what proportion the alleged offense was
consensual.

Because of the lack of transparency, Human Rights Watch said: 'It cannot be
ruled out that Iran is sentencing sexual minorities who engage in consensual
same-sex relations to death under the guise that they have committed forcible
sodomy or rape.'

The issue of the death penalty for same-sex acts is further compounded by the
fact that the Iranian legal code does not differentiate between rape and
homosexual acts.

Furthermore, in many cases, it is often unclear whether the accused has
actually committed a sexual act or it is a mere accusation based on some
dispute. Even in the cases where the same-sex act has happened, often it is not
clear whether the individuals involved are actually gay or it is an occasional
act of sexual gratification.

Iranian Human Rights activists constantly note the fact that the two genders
are strictly segregated increases the tendency for same-sex acts among the
youth, in a phenomena that is also similarly known in single gender prisons.
Indeed this phenomenon happens throughout highly segregated societies in the
Middle East and North Africa.


PETITION:
The international community must stand as one to demand an immediate halt to
any plans to execute four Iranian men, Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari
and Houshmand Akbari, who have been condemned to die after being convicted of
"sodomy".

Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the plight of gay people in Iran knows
exactly what this charge, and the Islamic Republic's willful failure to
differentiate between rape and consensual same-gender sexual relations, really
means.

Furthermore, the charge itself as stipulated under the Islamic Republic's
legal statutes is illegal under international human rights covenants and
treaties to which Iran is a signatory.

WE REMIND YOU THAT THIS DEATH SENTENCE IS LIKELY TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE VERY
IMMEDIATE FUTURE UNLESS YOU ACT NOW!

The blood of four innocent gay men will be an indelible stain upon the
conscience of the world community if this atrocity is allowed to proceed!


Fonte: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/urgent-stop-the-hanging-of-four-men-
for-sodomy-in-i.html

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Iran, quattro gay condannati a morte Un appello per salvare loro la vita

Lo ha sentenziato la Corte Suprema della Repubblica islamica a Teheran: La
sharia identifica gli omosessuali come "nemici di Allah" e ne prevede la morte.
Un'intolleranza che getta un'ombra sulla religione musulmana, che invece
predica la pace, la compassione e l'amore. Il richiamo per la pubblica opinione
di Gruppo EveryOne 1

TEHERAN - La Corte Suprema della Repubblica Islamica dell'Iran ha confermato
la condanna a morte di quattro giovani gay: Vahid Akbari, Sahadat Arefi, Javid
Akbari e Hushmand Akbari. La sharia identifica gli omosessuali come "Nemici di
Allah" e prevede che essi siano assassinati. Questa sanguinaria intolleranza
getta un'ombra su una religione che predica invece la pace, la compassione e
l'amore.

Il Gruppo EveryOne 2 chiede all'Alto Commissario delle Nazioni Unite sui
Diritti Umani 3, al Commissario dell'Unione europea per i Diritti Umani 4,
all'Organizzazione per la Cooperazione Islamica, alla Commissione Islamica per
i Diritti Umani e all'intera società civile di sostenere il nostro appello per
la difesa della vita dei quattro giovani omosessuali e di tutti coloro che
soffrono ogni sorta di persecuzione.

Fonte: http://www.repubblica.it/solidarieta/diritti-
umani/2012/05/13/news/iran_quattro_gay_condannati_a_morte_un_appello_per_salvare_loro_la_vita-
35068561/

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Nuovo assassinio di stato contro i gay in IRAN

La feroce applicazione della Sharia colpisce ancora una volta gli omosessuali nel mondo arabo. Secondo un sito di attivisti umani per i diritti umani in Iran, Hrana – Human Rights Activists News Agency – quattro omosessuali saranno uccisi a breve per aver praticato la sodomia. Chi ama persone dello stesso sotto il regime degli Ayatollah continua a rischiare la vita.

SODOMIA DA PUNIRE- La Corte Suprema iraniana ha confermato le condanne a morte emesse nei confronti di quattro omosessuali. Lo riferisce il sito d’informazione attivo nell’ambito dei diritti umani ‘Herana’, spiegando che le sentenze di morte erano state emesse alcuni mesi fa dal Tribunale della regione Kohgiluyeh e Buyer Ahmad, nel sud-ovest dell’Iran, nei confronti di Sahadat Arefi, Javid Akbari, Hushmand Akbari e Vahid Akbari, i quali erano stati riconosciuti ‘colpevoli’ di pratiche omosessuali.

FINE VICINA - Stando al sito, a seguito dell’avvenuta conferma delle sentenze di morte da parte della Corte Suprema, i quattro giovani rischiano di essere giustiziati gia’ nei prossimi giorni. Secondo il codice penale islamico sciita, in vigore in Iran, per fatti quali i rapporti omosessuali e l’adulterio sono previste specifiche punizioni, tra le quali anche l’impiccagione e la lapidazione. Secondo la sharia, infatti, l’omosessuale viola la legge di Allah e per questo deve essere punito con la pena di morte. Secondo i siti di opposizione, negli ultimi dieci anni diverse decine di uomini sono stati impiccati perche’ omosessuali. (Adnkronos)

Postato da Zeno Menegazzi
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Diritti civili, svolta in Argentina Identità di genere: la scelta è libera

Il senato: "L'orientamento sessuale è frutto del vissuto personale di ognuno di noi". Ogni cittadino potrà registrarsi all'anagrafe in base alla propria identità percepita e godere di completa assistenza medica da parte del servizio nazionale sanitario
BUENOS AIRES - A quasi due anni dall'ap­pro­va­zione dei matrimoni tra persone dello stesso sesso, l'Ar­gen­tina va avanti con le riforme orientate all'apertura verso i diritti civili. Il parlamento di Buenos Aires ha approvato all'unanimità la legge sull'identità di genere. La norma, approvata con 55 voti a favore ed un solo astenuto, aveva già passato il vaglio della Camera dei deputati nel dicembre scorso. Secondo il Senato, "l'identità di genere è un'esperienza intima e personale", che quindi "può corrispondere o meno con il
sesso assegnato al momento della nascita".

Fiji: Gays and lesbians get permit to march against homophobia


Fiji's gays and lesbians will march against homophobia on May 17. The government has granted a permit for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community to march to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Oceania Pride founder Jasmine Kaur told FijiLive that other organizations including the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, Emerging Leaders Forum and individual supporters will be attending the march. Kaur said this marks a new beginning for the LGBTIQ community in Fiji. "Yes, homophobia is still exist as this is reflected by name calling, written submissions by the members of the public and discrimination that individuals face on a daily basis," said Kaur. She said this is seen in every day life.

Senegalese gay ottiene status di rifugiato politico

(IN QUESTO ARTICOLO DE L'ARENA, LA STORIA E' RACCONTATA IN MODO POCO PRECISO E NOI NON SIAMO MENZIONATI. SI TRATTA DI UN CASO CHE HA SEGUITO LO SPORTELLO MIGRANTI LGBT, E DI CUI SIAMO MOLTO FELICI! L.B.)

Giampaolo Chavan

Verona. Il giovane senegalese non poteva che trovare nella città dell'amore il lieto fine delle sue traversie. A partire dal padre che voleva lavare l'onta di un figlio gay con il sangue. A continuare con il suo paese, il Senegal, che punisce fino alla morte «chiunque commetta un atto... con un individuo dello stesso sesso», recita l'articolo 319 del codice penale dello Stato africano. Da pochi giorni per il nuovo veronese, le sue vicissitudini, vissute fino a poche
settimane fa, rimarranno un ricordo. Un brutto ricordo. La sua vita ha aperto un capitolo nuovo grazie alla convivenza con un giovane veronese. Ha fatto fatica a dichiarare la sua tendenza omosessuale, racconta il ricorso del suo legale, l'avvocato di Ravenna, Andrea Maestri. L'ha detto quando si è trovato sul precipizio della disperazione. Una sentenza del giudice di pace parlava chiaro: doveva tornare in Senegal. Era un clandestino e le leggi italiane non fanno sconti: se non hai un permesso di soggiorno, il tuo destino è segnato.
Tornare a casa, voleva dire per lui rischiare la morte. Lo dice anche il Ministro dell'interno. Lo scrive nella decisione della commissione per il riconoscimento della protezione internazionale di Gorizia. Proprio perché gay nel suo paese, recita il provvedimento, «sarebbe sicuramente condannato e in carcere gli potrebbe succedere di tutto anche di essere ucciso». Alla luce
anche di questa considerazione e della convenzione di Ginevra, la commissione non ha avuto dubbi e gli ha riconosciuto lo status di rifugiato politico. Fine dei tormenti. Stop alle paure dei controlli di polizia e carabinieri. E semaforo verde al suo nuovo amore veronese. È una storia da romanzo quello del giovane senegalese. È partito dal suo paese nel 2009 con visto turistico per la Spagna. In realtà, voleva andarsene per sempre dalla sua casa. Sapeva che
nessuno nel suo paese poteva tollerare la sua attrazione verso le persone dello stesso sesso. Voleva venire in Italia. A Roma, c'era il figlio della prima moglie di suo padre. Nel frattempo, in Senegal si è venuto a sapere che lui era gay. Ed è scattato il ripudio dei famigliari. Non l'avrebbero mai accettato, lui l'ha capito subito. Li ha anche contattati e loro gli hanno fatto sapere che non lo volevano più vedere. È iniziato così il suo calvario. Ha lasciato
Roma. Ha così iniziato a viaggiare lungo lo Stivale. Da clandestino. A Rimini e poi a Ravenna. E sono fioccati i decreti di espulsione. Il primo il 26 luglio 2010 a Rimini. Poi, inesorabile, è arrivata la sentenza del giudice di pace. Che, alla fine, riportava la parola-incubo: espulsione. «Il coming out come persona omosessuale», scrive il legale nel ricorso, «è maturato faticosamente».
È stato il suo compagno veronese a spronarlo, a insistere perchè raccontasse, scrivesse alle autorità la verità. Che lui era gay, che se tornava in Senegal, la sua vita avrebbe assunto i contorni di un perimetro di una cella, che suo padre lo voleva uccidere. Che là, come purtroppo capita a volte anche qui in riva all'Adige, essere omosessuali è una vergogna. Da non dire a nessuno. E lui ha ceduto. Si è rivolto ad un legale. Ha spiegato e raccontato. È partito poi il ricorso, depositato il 25 novembre scorso in questura a Verona, la città dell'amore per antonomasia, di Romeo e Giulietta che ha così accolto un giovane discriminato. E pochi giorni fa la risposta del ministero dell'interno: «Sei un rifugiato politico» è stata la sentenza. Vuol dire che il senegalese può vivere qui. Che gli sono stati riconosciuti finalmente i diritti. I suoi diritti.
Anche quello di vivere un amore con il suo compagno.




Fonte: L'ARENA
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Cuba: svolta regime sui gay, aperta Conferenza contro omofobia

(ASCA-AFP) - L'Avana, 8 mag - Si e' aperta oggi a Cuba la Conferenza contro
l'omofobia, che ospitera' molti eventi celebrativi della diversita' sessuale,
dalla letteratura alla cinematografia fino alle sfilate in piazza dei
travestiti. Il tutto in onore di Virgilio Pinera, autore di commedie e poeta
scomparso nel 1979, che negli anni settanta fu messo al bando dal regime a
causa della sua omosessualita'.

L'evento e' stato organizzato dal presidente Raul Castro e dalla figlia
Mariela, presidente del Centro nazionale per l'educazione sessuale, include la
pubblicazione di un'antologia di autrici lesbiche, un panel sull'omosessualita'
nei film cubani e una sfilata per le strade dell'Avana.

Tradizionalmente stigmatizzata a Cuba, l'omosessualita' e' stata duramente
repressa per molti anni dal regime comunista che negli anni sessanta internava
i gay nei campi di lavoro e negli anni settanta li metteva al bando.

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini
Fonte: http://www.asca.it/news-
Cuba__svolta_regime_sui_gay__aperta_Conferenza_contro_omofobia-1152228-ATT.html

Missing Honduran journalist Erick Martinez found dead

Honduran journalist and gay rights campaigner Erick Martinez has been found
dead two days after going missing, officials say.

Local media quoted police as saying Mr Martinez showed signs of strangulation.

The motive for his reported killing remains unclear but rights groups say more
than 20 media workers have been killed in Honduras since 2009.

The country has the world's highest murder rate: 86 per 100,000 inhabitants,
according to UN figures.

Mr Martinez's body was found by the roadside in the village of Guasculile,
north of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

He worked for an association defending lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) rights.

Mr Martinez had also been chosen last year as a candidate for a coalition of
parties that emerged after the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya nearly three
years ago.

According to rights groups, more than 20 journalists have been killed in
Honduras since 2009 when the military helped to overthrow Mr Zelaya.

It has not been established if all the murders were work-related.

But last December, the country's human rights commissioner warned that
journalists were facing a growing risk amid a rise in drug trafficking and
other organised crime.

A report by the commissioner in April said that at least 20 members of the
LGBT community had been killed between 2010 and 2011.

Fonte: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17990638
pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

It's normal in Moldova

When I arrived in Chişinău, I was naturally terrified by the state of the roads
and the recklessness of the taxi driver as well as being amazed at the state of
the many buildings that had been left to rot and the so-called 'green spaces'
that had gone a pale shade of yellow from the dry heat. I remember the taxi
driver asking me how far behind I thought Moldova was compared to the UK. My
British politeness (and foreigner's fear) caused me to lie and say "Oh, not too
far... maybe 10 years!" but as the days turned into weeks and weeks turned into
months I found myself realising that saying Moldova was 10 years behind Britain
was an understatement: try 40 years.

Allow me to explain. I'm from a country that is regarded as 'tolerant'. Until
recently, I took this observation for granted: the fact that being gay isn't an
issue; the belief that women have every right to want to have a career before
having a family or not having a family at all; the declining importance of
marriage; the rising emphasis on individuality... I took all of this for
granted until I came here. I had no idea that being a left-wing, liberal,
atheist, bisexual, ambitious feminist was regarded as something of an
abnormality here as I was so used to not really being noticed in my home town
of Edinburgh.


Being here in Chişinău made me notice how very different I am to the average
Moldovan. This observation became glaringly obvious when I spotted the women.
Tight, revealing clothes and sky-high heels paired with thick, colourful layers
of make-up and painfully straight hair. I was reminded of the girls back home
that dress in such a fashion when they go out clubbing; the goal to be spotted
by men and possibly have a casual fling. I wondered if the women dressed in
such a fashion for similar reasons – I was right. Every day I saw girls my age
getting married, groups of girls smiling suggestively at groups of men, couples
holding each other tightly... well, the woman would always hold her man close,
the man always held her fairly loosely or groped her publicly. The men, I
noticed, didn't make half as much of an effort as the women. I got the feeling
in my first week that the Moldovan society was somewhat chauvinistic. I
speculated as to why that might be and it was then that I noticed the many
churches in the city as well as the amount of people blessing themselves as
they passed a church. I saw that the Orthodox Church had a heavy influence on
society and, given my previous experiences with the Greek Orthodox faith, I
thought that this might be the reason for such an unequal society.

As a British citizen, such an environment is totally alien to me. In the UK, a
mere 30% of the population practice a religion, the average age for marriage is
28 (and the rates are declining) and men and women make roughly the same effort
with their appearances. Admittedly, men and women are still not equal
(trans*gender people even less so) but the inequality is so very subtle
compared to the gender inequality in Moldova. As for the belief in the church,
British people do not go to church on a regular basis anymore and celebrations
such as Christmas and Easter have been transformed beyond all recognition by
commercialisation. One could argue that this lack of belief is part of the
reason for Britain's individualistic style and when one looks at the
collectivist, God-fearing culture that is present in Moldova it seems like a
fairly reasonable assumption to make. However, whenever someone is openly
racist or homophobic in public in the UK, they are quickly shouted down, their
opinions discredited, with all of society uniting against the troublemaker. One
wonders if British citizens, while individualistic, tend to unite as one
against anything or anyone that would dare try to deny anybody happiness. If
this is true, why can't Moldovans extend the same courtesy to their fellow man
or woman?

I speak now of the prejudice I have endured whilst living here. I do not
openly speak of my bisexuality, except for when I'm in Western European or
American company, and I generally do not speak about when I will start a family
or whether or not I'm seeing somebody because, in my mind, that's nobody's
business but my own. However, I tend to get the same questions from elder
locals:
"Do you live with your mother here?"
"Do you have a boyfriend?"
"Why do you dress less feminine?"

That last one amuses me somewhat as it is so very polite that it reminds me of
how people avoid such tricky questions back home. But the assumption from
Moldovans – mostly female – that I am a young girl looking to get married soon,
a young girl that is so very close to her mother, is bizarre to me. It also
puts me in an awkward position as I am not sure how to explain that I have no
desire to marry and that, while I do love my mother, we don't really
communicate very well and we haven't lived together in four years. When I try
to explain that I do not want to marry, merely settle down with someone and for
us both to have good careers and 2 or 3 children, I always get the same puzzled
look. Followed by, "But don't you want to be happy?" This I take exception to.
I reject the idea that a woman is not complete until she has a husband to cook
for and to protect her. I reject the whole institution of marriage as it was
originally the way in which a woman was kept as a slave before it changed into
something religious that promised her eternity in Hell if she did not obey her
husband. I'd rather co-habit, keep separate bank accounts, and focus on the
both of us providing for our offspring. Surely taking good care of one's
children is more important than a sheet of paper and a ring? Besides, I'm happy
now: exploring Eastern Europe; making new friends everywhere I go; tasting
different cuisines... how can anybody assume that I'm unhappy just because I
want to do things in a fashion totally different to theirs?

However, I become very unhappy when I'm openly challenged by locals. A group
of young men in my neighbourhood recently threw things in my direction because
they thought I was a lesbian – apparently, my nose ring and masculine dress
sense intimidated the weak-minded little boys. They've since changed their
reasons for harassing me, having noticed that I speak English instead of
Russian or Romanian, but trying to insult me in a language that isn't their own
really doesn't pack a punch especially when one gets the impression that they
have no idea what they're saying and are merely mimicking what they might have
once seen in a Hollywood film or a sitcom. "Kiss my... uh... ass!" Please.
Nobody's said that to me since I was 12.

While verbal abuse by the immature and frightened no longer fazes me, I
recently got a shock whilst shopping in Piaţa Centrală (Central Market). I was
walking down str. Tighina, happy that I'd found a nice skirt to wear, when a
man suddenly grabbed my left breast. Furious, I turned around and smacked the
guy in the face, shouting various obscenities at him in English (I don't know
how to insult somebody in Romanian). I was further incensed by his never-
faltering grin so I proceeded to hit him a few times more before one of the
women running a shoe stall – a woman I had just been speaking to about my
volunteer service, actually – came forward, pointing at her own head, saying
"Bolnavă! Bolnavă!" (Sick! Sick!) before pointing at this creep of a man. I
understood what she was saying, nodded and walked away; only to be angered
further by passers-by giggling at what had just happened. I called my Moldovan
friends, explained the situation and demanded an explanation. Their reason for
what had just happened to me?

"It's normal in Moldova".

What? In what reality is sexual harassment considered normal? This revelation
only emphasised the apparent sexism in Moldova, it said to me that, in this
country, women only exist to please men. In fact, one of my friends advised me
to "take it as a compliment". This infuriates me to no end. I have been raised
to stand up for myself, to be independent, to do what makes me happy. To think
that in the year 2012 this kind of mentality still exists is sickening to me.
This is part of the reason as to why I believe that Moldova is 40 years behind
Britain; what with the second wave of feminism being at its peak in the early
1970s in response to the then-present notion that men were superior to women in
every way except for raising children, cooking, cleaning and nursing. In those
days, such jobs were considered to be "women's work". I see this mentality
present in Moldova today and it bothers me.

However, the sexism is not the biggest reason for my belief that Moldova is
far behind: the biggest reason behind my logic is the homophobia. Recently, in
Balţi, a piece of legislation passed which banned "homosexual propaganda".
Words cannot express how stupid I find this. It's almost as if Bălţi City
Council is labouring under the impression that homosexuals are some sort of
religious or political movement that seek to replace Christianity and
democracy. I fail to see why the heterosexual majority feel so threatened by
the non-violent minority. And as for the "It's not natural!" rhetoric, I feel
compelled to remind my close-minded counterparts that homosexuality has been
found in nearly all species on the planet thus rendering your uneducated and
fear-fuelled arguments irrelevant. The homophobes always, I notice, claim that
their beliefs stem from high morals and concern for children. First of all,
there is nothing moral about lying about people you do not know to spread fear
and hate against them. Second, if children were taught that there was nothing
wrong with homosexuality then there would be far fewer homophobic assaults,
fewer murders and fewer people like those who like to pretend that they are
morally sound and "pure" (incidentally, why is it that priests keep telling
people how to have sex when they themselves are celibate?). As with chauvinism,
this kind of mindset has not been seen in the UK for decades. True, LGBT people
still face a lot of prejudice but we also receive the same amount of tolerance
and acceptance if not more so. At present, Scotland is considering a law that
would allow homosexuals to marry; with the rest of the UK following suit within
2-3 years. We know that just because something makes us uncomfortable it does
not mean that it must be wrong. As long as nobody is being hurt, as long as
everyone is safe, healthy and happy, it doesn't make sense to us to deny people
basic human rights and social acceptance just because of who they love.

My experiences here have inspired me to fight for LGBT and women's rights; a
fight I plan to fight until the day I die. Naturally, I shan't leave my friends
of other races, religions or abilities behind – I'll fight for them too. This
country has reminded me how lucky I am to be from a tolerant country but there
is still an awful lot of work to be done. However, I am most concerned by the
mountain that Moldova has to climb before she can join her Western counterparts
in the 21st century. I fully intend to help her on her way to tolerance and
understanding. Even if I can't pronounce anything in Romanian.

Lindsey

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini
Fonte: http://suntgayinmoldova.blogspot.it/2012/05/its-normal-in-moldova.html

Could an African LGBT Activist Win the Nobel Peace Prize?

The message of gay rights may have gone global for young people, but for their
elders it's often lost in translation. The result, writes Jay Michaelson, is
murderous rhetoric and violence.


Could a gay-rights activist win the Nobel Peace Prize? It hasn't happened yet,
but this year could be the tipping point. Last month, when the prize committee
prepared its top-secret short list of possible candidates, it chose from a pool
that included the names of several activists submitted for consideration. What'
s interesting is that the names are not those of Europeans or Americans, but
Africans.


Why? Because activists from Africa are on the front lines in a way few of
their compatriots elsewhere are. Thanks largely to the Internet, the message of
"gay rights" may have gone global, with young people in Africa, Asia, and the
Middle East plugged into contemporary gay cultures. But when it comes to their
elders, the message seems to be lost in translation.

Consider last week's vote by the General Conference of the United Methodist
Church to maintain the doctrine that "homosexuality is incompatible with
Christian teaching." Most North American leaders voted to remove that language,
but African leaders at the same conference compared homosexuality to
bestiality.

Or consider last month's United Nations Human Rights Council debate on LGBT
issues. This debate received little coverage in the American press, yet it was
both a watershed moment and an international travesty. On the one hand, the
debate was the fruit of years of effort to get the issue on the agenda. On the
other hand, it was, in the words of Sebastian Köhn, an observer from the Open
Society Institute, a "circus." The so-called Human Rights Council includes such
beacons of liberty as Mauritania and Pakistan, where "sodomy" is a capital
crime. And in the shadow of honor killings and state-sanctioned torture of LGBT
people, nothing whatsoever was accomplished.

The standard explanation of this culture clash is that developing nations have
just not caught up with the West. The reality, though, is far messier. For
example, American organizations in Africa have entered a cultural war between
Christians and Muslims, each seeking to appear more pious (read: more
intolerant) than the other. For example, American missionaries wrote and
promoted Uganda's nefarious "Kill the Gays" bill, introduced yet again this
year, which would make being gay a capital offense, and supported a campaign of
media-orchestrated violence, including one newspaper displaying photographs of
LGBT people and calling for their murder. In at least one case, that of Ugandan
activist David Kato, they got what they wanted; Kato was murdered early last
year. Some may cluck their tongues at these "backward" nations, but the hatred
they evince is actually as American as Coca-Cola.


Nor is the gay-rights time lag entirely geographical in nature. In Iraq, "emo"
kids are routinely targeted for harassment and, in at least 60 known cases,
execution by religious and governmental authorities. These are young adults who
probably know Western pop culture better than you do. They know that wearing
mascara or tight jeans isn't necessarily "gay" anymore, and many (if not most)
are heterosexual. But tell that to the imams. For them, funny hair equals gay
equals Western equals evil. Disturbingly similar developments have been
reported in post–Arab Spring Egypt.

Which brings us to the Nobel Prize. What's needed now is bold action to
counter the myth that equality is some kind of Western plot and recognize non-
Westerners risking their lives to do this work. Two such activists are Frank
Mugisha and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera in Uganda. Both are living in peril,
afraid for their lives in the shadow of Kato's murder. They have been honored
before—Mugisha with the RFK Award, Nagabesera with the Martin Ennals Human
Rights Defenders Award—but many believe that a Nobel Peace Prize would be a
huge step forward for this increasingly global movement.

Bestowing this most Western of prizes on non-Western activists would shine a
light on the global nature of this struggle, just like last year's award to
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkol Karman showed that feminism—
and women's leadership—is a global phenomenon. The struggle against
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity ("SOGI"
in international parlance) is as well, and merits being recognized as such.

While some may cluck their tongues at these "backward" nations, the hatred
they evince is actually as American as Coca-Cola.
It would also rectify an ironic, and tragic, distortion of history. While
homosexuality is decried as a Western innovation, the actual innovation is
homophobia. Not only is recent African homophobia promoted by Americans, as in
Uganda, but the whole concept of homophobia is a remnant of colonialism. Prior
to the 19th century, for example, traditional Islamic societies widely
tolerated behavior that Christian colonizers later identified as homosexual and
sinful. But try telling that to the imams.

Globalization has brought new hope to sexual and gender minorities around the
world, as well as a violent and bitter backlash from conservatives. A Nobel for
a non-Western LGBT/SOGI activist would help ensure that the message—along with
more lives—doesn't get lost.


Jay Michaelson is associate editor of Religion Dispatches and the author, most
recently, of God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon, 2011).

For inquiries, please contact The Daily Beast at editorial@thedailybeast.com.

Fonte: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/05/could-an-african-lgbt-
activist-win-the-nobel-peace-prize.html

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

UCOI: No al matrimonio gay


L'omosessualita' per l'Islam e' sbagliata, non e' una condizione normale. Per questo nessun Imam potra' mai benedire una coppia gay come avvenuto in Francia, sarebbe contro la nostra religione". Lo ha dichiarato a proposito dei matrimoni gay, Elzir Izzedine presidente dell' Ucoi (Unione delle Comunita Islamiche Italiane) ospite del programma televisivo KlausCondicio condotto da Klaus Davi e in onda su You Tube, nell'ambito di una inchiesta su Islam e omosessualita'. Nel corso della puntata il presidente dell'Ucoi ha anche detto: "noi non vogliamo intervenire nelle scelte dello stato italiano se ritiene di riconoscere le coppie gay. Ognuno deve poter vivere come ritiene la propria vita. Sono scelte dello stato laico; ma dal punto di vista della religione islamica il matrimonio gay non potra' mai essere ne' benedetto ne' celebrato in una Moschea. Per l'Islam un matrimonio si puo' celebrare solo tra maschio e femmina". Izzedine ha anche ribadito pero' che "le comunita' islamiche italiane non promuoveranno alcuna azione contro i matrimoni gay. Sono scelte dello stato civile nelle quali noi non intendiamo entrare. Detto questo chi accetta i valori musulmani deve accettare l'Islam. Il Corano condanna l'omosessualita' perche' non e' una scelta religiosa. Non e' una vita normale, e' anormale, ma non si puo' dire che sia una scelta religiosa". E quanto all'imam francese che ha benedetto i matrimoni gay, Izzedine l'ha definita "una presa in giro". L'Ucoi ha pero' anche condannato le persecuzione degli omosessuali in alcuni paesi arabi: "siamo contrari a qualsiasi forma di persecuzione e discriminazione".

Fonte: Gay News
Postato da: Zeno Menegazzi

Bologna: Formazione sulle Migrazioni LGBT

A partire dal 27 maggio 2012, il Progetto Liberamente del Cassero Gay e Lesbian Center di Bologna organizza un percorso di formazione gratuito, per un totale di 10 ore, in occasione della nascita di un gruppo di lavoro, studio, informazione, contatto e accoglienza relativo alle migrazioni LGBT.


Gli incontri si terranno presso gli spazi del Cassero in Via Don Minzoni 18 a Bologna.


Sono invitate le persone e le organizzazioni interessate ad approfondire questi temi, ancora poco sviluppati in Italia.

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Per maggiori informazioni contattare:
liberamente@cassero.it


Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini
Fonte: http://osservimmigr.provincia.bologna.
it/newsletter/dettaglio_newsletter.php?id=323&id_cat=26&n=0

2,500 march in gay pride parade in Tokyo

TOKYO
Some 2,500 people marched in a gay pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday, vowing to
transform a low-profile campaign for the rights of sexual minorities into a
major movement in Japan.

The crowd, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
community, as well as their supporters and sex workers, paraded through the
capital's entertainment and shopping district of Shibuya.

Waving rainbow-colored flags and banners, foreign and Japanese campaigners
marched in colorful carnival and samurai warrior outfits.

It was the first parade organized by Tokyo Rainbow Pride, a private
organization formed last year which aims to support the rights of sexual
minorities.

"Compared with that of New York or London, Japan's awareness of sexual
minorities is quite low," said Sayaka Kato, a spokeswoman for the organization.

"I'm afraid Japan has yet to have a culture of accepting diversity."

The group hopes to stage a gay pride parade with 50,000 participants within
the next five years by expanding its networks among not only Japanese but
foreign residents.

Wataru Ishizaka, 35, who as an openly gay politician in Japan is a rarity,
noted that a number of sexual minorities in the country still hesitate to take
part in events in support of LGBT rights for fear of discrimination.

"Japanese sexual minorities are still concerned about their exposure to the
public," said Ishizaka, a local Tokyo politician, after participating in the
parade.


Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini
Fonte: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/2500-march-in-japan-
gay-pride-parade-in-tokyo

Ce pasteur camerounais très gay-friendly

Dans un livre-entretien, le pasteur camerounais Jean-Blaise Kenmogne prend la défense des gays et des lesbiennes de son pays. Une position qui tranche au Cameroun, où les homosexuels risquent cinq ans de prison.
Jean-Blaise Kenmogne est en croisade. Sa cause: la défense des droits des homosexuels. Une gageure! Ce pasteur protestant vit au Cameroun, un pays où les gays et lesbiennes risquent gros.

«Est puni d'un emprisonnement de six mois à cinq ans et d'une amende de 20.000 à 200.000 francs CFA (de 31 à 310 euros, ndlr) toute personne qui a des rapports sexuels avec une personne de son sexe», stipule l'article 347 bis du Code pénal camerounais.

Gambia: No Room for Gays, Lesbians - President Jammeh

BY HATAB FADERA

In the midst of the chorus of widespread condemnations of the imposition of
values and norms alien to Africa under the pretext of human rights, the Gambian
leader has made his position clear, denouncing in the strongest term possible
terms what he called "ungodly gay marriages", saying his country has no "room
for gays and lesbians".

His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh made the condemnation
Friday at the Legislative Chambers, while presiding over the 2012 State Opening
of the National Assembly.

He said: "If you want us to be ungodly for you to give us aid, take your aid
away, we will survive. We will rather eat grass than accept this ungodly evil
attitude that is anti-God, anti-human and anti-creation. What is interesting is
that Muslim veils have been banned [in some Western countries], and they want
us to accept gays and lesbians in Africa, hell no! It will not happen in this
country.

We will not allow anything that is ungodly to take place on this soil. If you
are caught and sent to jail, we will make sure that you are separated and put
you in one jail where you will not see a man. We will not lock homosexuals in
one jail."

President Jammeh stressed that in The Gambia someone will be treated not based
on colour or religion, but according to the way the person behaves. He stressed
that one thing that they will never compromise for whatever reason is the
"integrity of our culture, our dignity and our sovereignty". Stating that his
country doesn't intend to colonise anybody even in revenge, the president
warned that The Gambia also will not be colonised or enslaved twice.

Emphasising that every society has its own natural dos and don'ts, the Gambian
leader averred that as a member of the international community, his government
will abide by the international conventions that they have signed. "But as a
country," he added, "we will pass legislations that will preserve our cultures
and humanity, our dignity, and our identity as one Africans, West Africans and
Gambians." He posited that as part of the global community, they will take what
is common to all human beings irrespective of where you come from, stressing
that what is "ungodly" would not be accepted.

"We will preserve our Africaness and our religious belief to the letter and
laws will be made to make sure that our cultural values are upheld to the
letter. Sometimes you hear a lot of noise about my pronouncements. Let me make
it very clear that if you want me to offend God for you to give me aid, you are
making a great mistake. You will not bribe me to do what is evil and ungodly,"
he stated.

To this end, President Jammeh revealed that his government will be giving
legislations that a lot of people will be interested in- non-Gambians, thus
reiterating that ungodly things will not be tolerated. "We lost our traditional
head scarf for a necktie, but we will not lose our humanity for the so-called
human rights," he said.

He continued: "There are certain things going on that are ungodly, evil, and a
challenge to the Almighty Allah's wisdom in creating a man and a woman. In
Africa, in The Gambia, in West Africa in general, if you [a man] don't want
troubles, marry a woman and not a man. But if you want trouble and you are a
man, have a man and see what is going to happen.

We are not going to accept that. After all, I have donkeys, I have zebras that
look like donkeys; I put them together they have never met because they are
different. I see no reasons why we human beings who are created by God cannot
see the difference, it will not happen in this country. We will respect human
rights where a human being behaves like a human being.

I have more than 5000 heads of cattle including bulls, the bulls fight when
one bull climbs onto the other. You want to tell me that cattle and bull are
more intelligent than the human beings?In your country a man can marry a man
and marry a woman if you are a woman, but in The Gambia, we will not accept
it."

The Gambian leader concluded by asserting "you can call me any names, but we
will not compromise our dignity, we will not insult our religion, and we will
not insult God by doing something in the name of human rights".

Fonte: http://allafrica.com/stories/201204230896.html
Pubblicato da: Lorenzo Bernini