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Obama Should Appoint Special Envoy For LGBT Rights

The Hill: Special envoy for gay rights needed Shawn Gaylord, advocacy counsel for LGBT rights at Human Rights First “…[In his first term,] Obama signaled that he intended to champion the concerns of LGBT people not just in the United States but also overseas. … But now in his second…

Ugandan President Warns Anti-Gay Law Could Impact Trade, Economic Growth

News outlets report on the Ugandan president’s hesitancy over proposed anti-homosexuality legislation, saying that it could impact trade and economic growth. Agence France-Presse: Uganda president warns of economic impact of anti-gay bill “Uganda’s president on Friday signaled he is having second thoughts over tough anti-homosexuality legislation, arguing the East African…

U.S. Works With U.N. To Support LGBT Rights

U.S. State Department’s “DipNote”: Free and Equal: Working With the United Nations To Support LGBT Rights Wesley Reisser, foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discusses how the U.S. played a “role in supporting efforts to highlight LGBT rights” at the U.N. General Assembly in New York…

U.N. Human Rights Council Approves LGBT Anti-Discrimination Resolution

News outlets report on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s approval of an LGBT anti-discrimination resolution. Agence France-Presse: U.N. rights body calls for end to anti-gay discrimination “The U.N.’s top human rights body called on Friday for nations to protect the rights of individuals regardless of sexual orientation, in a vote…

Obama To Meet With Ugandan UNGA President Who Defends Anti-Gay Legislation

Foreign Policy: Obama to Meet With Ugandan Defender of Harsh Anti-Gay Law at United Nations “President Barack Obama will meet with Sam Kutesa, the controversial Ugandan diplomat serving as president of the United Nations General Assembly, on Wednesday in a move that is sure to frustrate rights activists who say…

Human Rights Advocates Urge Gambian President To Reject Anti-Gay Bill

Agence France-Presse: Gambia urged to drop life sentences for gays “Rights campaigners called Wednesday for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to reject proposals by lawmakers to introduce a punishment of life in prison for ‘aggravated homosexuality.’ Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a joint statement that a bill…

LGBT Advocacy Groups Work Against Stigma In Africa

Inter Press Service: LGBT Visibility in Africa Also Brings Backlash “…In the past 10 years in South Africa, 31 lesbians have been reported killed as the result of [so-called] corrective rape, [Shehnilla Mohamed, Africa director for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGHLRC),] said. … Transgender, gay or…

Gambian Lawmakers Pass Bill Imposing Life Imprisonment For Some Homosexual Acts

Associated Press: Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life “Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders…” (Corey-Boulet, 9/8).

Ugandan MPs Preparing To Reintroduce Anti-Gay Legislation

Agence France-Presse: Ugandan MPs working to reintroduce tough anti-gay law: report “Ugandan MPs have begun work on reintroducing tough anti-gay legislation, a month after the East African nation’s constitutional court declared a previous law ‘null and void,’ a report said Wednesday…” (9/3).

Achieving Medical Goals Of Sexual Health Requires Promoting Comprehensive Agenda

The Guardian: Sexual health isn’t just about health – it’s about sex too Pauline Oosterhoff, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies “Should tax money be spent for research on pornography in Bangladesh? How about on sex worker organizations’ efforts to legalize sex work? Do humanitarians have a right…