This disturbing story from Liberia on Huffington Post reveals that an anti-gay group in the country has published a “hit list” of LGBT advocates that they would like to kill. More disturbing, perhaps, is the complete silence of elected officials around the issue. According to Huffington Post, Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf vowed
to preserve an existing law criminalizing “voluntary sodomy”.
Also disappointing to me, as a US citizen, is the lack of response from the US embassy in Monrovia. International pressure has certainly been helpful in compelling governments to be accountable around human rights issues in the past.
I’m hoping Liberian LGBT advocates will comment on this issue soon – I will publish updates as I get them.
Posted in Activism, Africa, Crime, Human Rights, Liberia, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!
Tagged Activism, Africa, apathy, assassination, Ellen Sirleaf, Gay, hit list, Homophobia, HuffPost, human rights, LGBT, Liberia, US Embassy
Skinhead Picks Fight With ‘Boxing Club Champion’ and Loses.
via Accidental Bear. As we used to say back in the Queer Nation/ACT-UP days: Queers Bash Back! Does a heart good. And the racist basher boy looks alright all messed up. Poor thing…
Posted in Boxing, Crime, Internet, Subcultures
Tagged Accidental Bear, Boxing, Gay, Gay Basher, Headlines, Homophobia, Queers Bash Back, Racism, Skinhead, Violence
Mumbai Gay Rights Parade - Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images
We hear this over and over and over again from our gay friends in and from countries and regions that were once under colonial occupation. Homosexuality is cast as a disease brought in by European conquerers, foisted upon an unsuspecting population that had never know of such evils before. Sort of like smallpox-infected blankets.
As a Ugandan pal (not named here – for his protection) pointed out, in the case of sub-Saharan Africa, this nefarious discourse has the effect of making being gay not only a crime, not only a sin, but worse, a sort of Pan-African treason, a wholesale capitulation to the white man and his evil ways. In Uganda, the Anglican Church (which IS a Western import!) is the main vehicle for this evil propaganda.
This thinking is in full effect in India, too. Ghulam Nabi Azad, India’s minister of Health, addressed a conference on HIV/AIDS in New Delhi on Monday, saying: “Unfortunately this disease has come to our country too … where a man has sex with another man, which is completely unnatural and should not happen but does.” For the article published by The Guardian UK, click here.
Posted in AIDS, History, India, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Sickness and Health, Subcultures, Uganda
Tagged Africa, Anglican Church, Colonialism, Gay, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Headlines, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, India, LGBT, Minister of Health, Uganda