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LGBTI refugees seeking protection in Kenya struggle to survive in a hostile environment

LGBTI refugees seeking protection in Kenya struggle to survive in a hostile environment

KENYA is now the second biggest refugee-hosting country in Africa. Of its over half a million refugees, over a thousand from neighbouring African states have sought asylum on the basis of persecution over their sexual orientation or gender identity. For instance, approximately 400 asylum claims by Ugandans were registered with the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) in Kenya between 2014 and 2015. This surge followed state-condoned violence against gays and lesbians in Uganda during the 2014 debate of an ‘anti-homosexuality bill’ which initially included the death penalty for ‘practicing homosexuals’. Author KATE PINCOCK, Researcher, Overseas Development Institute Uganda is one of…
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Italian boxer Testa comes out as gay after Olympic success

Italian boxer Testa comes out as gay after Olympic success

ITALY’S Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Irma Testa has come out as gay, saying her success at the Tokyo Games earlier this year gave her the strength to make her sexual orientation public. The 23-year-old boxer won bronze in the women's featherweight category at Tokyo 2020. She previously competed at Rio 2016 where she lost in the quarter-finals while she also won gold in the 2019 European Championships. "The people who are close to me have known for years but I think it is right to tell everyone now," she told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. "Speaking of sexual orientation…
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ANALYSIS-Sex education becomes battlefield in U.S. culture war over LGBT+ rights

ANALYSIS-Sex education becomes battlefield in U.S. culture war over LGBT+ rights

SYDNEY BAUER SEX education is emerging as the next battleground in a U.S. culture war over LGBT+ rights, as some conservative state legislators seek to keep discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity out of the nation's classrooms. Lawmakers in three Republican-led states backed legislation this year to let parents take children out of classes covering LGBT+ identity - a step critics said will deprive gay and transgender youth of vital information and fuel discrimination. The governors of Arizona and Arkansas later vetoed their bills, fearing legal challenges, but Tennessee's sex education law came into force in May, with conservatives…
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Gay Indonesian policeman loses legal bid for reinstatement

Gay Indonesian policeman loses legal bid for reinstatement

STANLEY WIDIANTO A gay Indonesian policeman dismissed from the force because of his sexual orientation has lost his legal fight to be reinstated, after a Central Java court rejected his lawsuit, according to his lawyers. Tri Teguh Pujianto, a 31-year-old former police brigadier, was fired in 2018 after 10 years in the job, after police from a different town apprehended he and his partner on Valentine's Day when they were saying their goodbyes at his partner's workplace. Teguh's lawyers from the non-governmental group Community Legal Aid Institute in a statement said the local administrative court had rejected his suit. The…
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New Zealand ruling party vows to ban efforts to alter sexual orientation

New Zealand ruling party vows to ban efforts to alter sexual orientation

NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's centre-left government vowed on Monday to ban conversion therapy, which aims to change a person's sexual orientation, if returned to power, as widely expected, in polls on October 17. The globally discredited treatment, which harms and stigmatizes members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans community has adherents in New Zealand, however. A recent survey showed more than one in six respondents reported being subjected to the efforts of psychiatrists, psychologists or counsellors to stop them being trans or non-binary, Labour Party leader Tāmati Coffey said. "Conversion therapy has been linked to severe adverse…
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Hundreds of global faith leaders call for ban on LGBT+ conversion therapy

Hundreds of global faith leaders call for ban on LGBT+ conversion therapy

HUGO GREENHALGH ALMOST 400 global religious leaders, including anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu and Britain's Bishop of Liverpool, called on Wednesday for countries to overturn bans on same-sex relations and end LGBT+ conversion therapy. Sixty-nine United Nations member states still outlaw gay sex, according to the 2020 State-Sponsored Homophobia report released by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA World) on Tuesday. Only Brazil, Ecuador, Malta and Germany have instituted forms of nationwide bans on conversion therapy, which aims to alter a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Organised by the Ozanne Foundation charity, the declaration has been signed…
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Netherlands uncovers network helping Ugandan asylum seekers fake being gay

Netherlands uncovers network helping Ugandan asylum seekers fake being gay

KAROLIN SCHAPS THE Dutch government has said it will reassess the cases of dozens of Ugandans granted asylum after it uncovered a criminal network that helped would-be refugees from the country fake their sexual orientation. The Netherlands started accepting asylum claims from LGBT+ Ugandans in 2014, when the African country briefly introduced the death penalty for gay sex before dropping it under international pressure. Same-sex relations are still punishable by life in prison and campaigners say other laws are used to discriminate against LGBT+ people. This week the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) said it had uncovered an organised…
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