AlturiWorld: February 6, 2019

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AFRICA

STOP HATING GAY PEOPLE, SAYS NIGERIAN ACTRESS TONTO DIKEH

Erasing 76 Crimes — Dikeh made the positive comment on Instagram in support of Jussie Smollet, an African-American Hollywood actor who was recently brutally attacked by two men, which many are now calling a hate crime. Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria, and many people including celebrities (even those who are gay) hesitate to support LGBT people openly for fear of discrimination, being tagged gay or bashed by the general public. But a few straight Nigerian celebrities have dared to speak up for the human rights of LGBT people, such as rapper M.I Abaga, writer Chiamamanda Adichie, and singer Kiss Daniel.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, PROTECTION AND SAFETY
COUNTRIES: NIGERIA
REGIONS: AFRICA

ASIA

SAME-SEX COUPLES TO FILE SUITS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN SEVERAL COURTS ON FEB 14

Japan Today — Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have lived together in a relationship of mutual trust for almost 25 years since they fell in love after their first encounter at a party. Despite some people around them refusing to recognize the two women as same-sex partners, or family members who have looked at them askance, Oe and Ogawa have not given up the fight for what they deem as their inalienable right: the freedom to choose whom they will marry under the Constitution of Japan.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
COUNTRIES: 
REGIONS: ASIA

INDIA’S DOCTORS: FROM ‘CONVERSION’ TO CONVERSATION ON LGBT+ ISSUES

Thomson-Reuters Foundation — It started with a homophobic post on social media. Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, a radiation oncologist based in Mumbai, was scrolling through his Facebook feed one evening several years ago when he saw a colleague had posted an anti-gay comment. “I commented saying, ‘This isn’t appropriate; maybe you don’t mean it,’” Dandekar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY, HEALTH AND WELL BEING, HUMAN RIGHTS
COUNTRIES: INDIA
REGIONS: ASIA

CONSERVATIVE MUSLIMS REJECT ANTI-RAPE BILL OVER ‘PRO-ADULTERY, LGBT’ CONCERNS

Jakarta Post — The passing of a bill on sexual violence, which has been deliberated on by the House of Representatives since 2016, is at risk of being delayed again, this time by those who consider it to be “pro-adultery” and “pro-LGBT” by omission. The bill was first proposed after the gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Bengkulu in 2016 and gained traction again at the end of last year as the case of Baiq Nuril, a sexual harassment victim in West Nusa Nusa Tenggara (NTB) who was convicted for defaming her alleged harassed, came to light.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
COUNTRIES: INDONESIA
REGIONS: ASIA

VIOLENT COMMENTS AGAINST STUDENT WHO KISSED HIS MALE PARTNER ARE ‘WORRYING’: INTER-UNIVERSITY LGBT NETWORK

Coconuts Jakarta — The recent online vitriol some Singaporeans have spewed on a man from a local junior college who was seen on an Instagram post kissing his male partner was worrying, said Singapore’s Inter-University LGBT Network. In a press release on Sunday, the network denounced comments inciting violence that were made towards the couple and urged authorities to investigate netizens who had advocated acts of violence towards them.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY, PROTECTION AND SAFETY
COUNTRIES: SINGAPORE
REGIONS: ASIA

CENTRAL AMERICA and CARIBBEAN

EL SALVADOR OFFICIAL TALKS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, LGBTI RIGHTS, MIGRANTS

Washington Blade — A Salvadoran government official on the eve of the country’s presidential election acknowledged there is “uncertainty” over how the results will impact efforts to advance LGBTI rights. Cruz Torres, director of sexual diversity for El Salvador’s Ministry of Social Inclusion, told the Washington Blade on Saturday during an interview at an LGBTI-friendly church in the country’s capital of San Salvador that frontrunner Nayib Bukele, founder of the anti-corruption New Ideas movement who joined the right-wing GANA party in order to run for president, met with LGBTI activists when he was mayor of San Salvador from 2015–2018.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY
COUNTRIES: EL SALVADOR
REGIONS: CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

EUROPE

POLAND’S FIRST OPENLY GAY MAYOR CREATES NEW PARTY ‘SPRING’

Deutsche Welle — Poland’s first openly gay politician founded a new progressive party on Sunday ahead of European and Polish elections this year. Robert Biedron, who named the party “Wiosna” (“Spring”), said he wanted to challenge Poland’s divisive politics and win seats from Poland’s ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party at European elections in May. “There is no room for hate, we have reached the limit,” he said.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY
COUNTRIES: POLAND
REGIONS: EUROPE

GREEK BISHOP WHO TOLD FOLLOWERS TO SPIT ON GAYS GUILTY OF INCITING HATRED

Pink News — Greek bishop has been given a seven-month suspended jail sentence for inciting homophobic hatred and abusing ecclesiastical office. Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta, whose name is Athanassios Lenis, appeared in front of a three-member misdemeanor court in the town of Aigio on Monday (January 28), reports the English-language version of Greek newspaper Kathimerini. The case against the 79-year-old Greek bishop dates back to 2015 when the country was in the midst of discussing a civil partnership bill that eventually passed on December 22 that year. The Greek Orthodox Church was generally opposed to the bill, but Bishop Amvrosios was particularly vocal about his dissent.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, DISCRIMINATION AND EQUALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS
COUNTRIES: GREECE
REGIONS: EUROPE

NORTH AMERICA

MIGRANTS FIND REFUGE AT LESBIAN-RUN SHELTER IN MEXICO BORDER CITY

Washington Blade — Cindy Campos was washing clothes on a concrete washboard in the courtyard of Cobina Posada del Migrante, a migrant shelter in the Mexican border city of Mexicali, shortly after 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. Campos and her two children — her 6-year-old daughter Alexia and her 4-year-old son Dylan — and her sister arrived at the shelter the day before. Campos, 22, told the Washington Blade they fled Mexico’s Michoacán state after her partner was shot to death outside her home. “We fled mainly because of fear of what will happen to my children, to me,” she said.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, HUMAN RIGHTS, PROTECTION AND SAFETY
COUNTRIES: MEXICO
REGIONS: NORTH AMERICA

GAY CURE THERAPY BAN COULD BE BLOCKED BECAUSE IT LIMITS ‘FREE SPEECH’

Pink News — A US federal magistrate judge has said that a ban on gay cure therapy should be blocked because it violates constitutional free speech protections. Evangelical law firm Liberty Counsel had brought a legal challenge against a 2017 ordinance passed in Tampa, Florida, that sought to outlaw conversion therapy on minors. Similar laws banning gay cure therapy have been passed in 15 US states and dozens of cities across the country, but the legislative push faces opposition from extreme religious groups and conservative lawmakers.

ISSUES: CULTURE RELIGION AND POLITICS, HUMAN RIGHTS
COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES
REGIONS: NORTH AMERICA