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U.S. Expresses Concern Over Gambian Law Restricting LGBT Rights

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of State’s press statement expressing concern over a Gambian law restricting LGBT rights. Associated Press: U.S. condemns Gambia’s anti-gay law “The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts…”…

Another Ugandan Bill Seeks To Criminalize Homosexuality

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Uganda Parliament committee tries again with bill that would criminalize HIV prevention services Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the “latest draft of a bill targeting ‘unnatural sexual practices’…

PEPFAR, Elton John Foundation Announce New Public-Private Partnership

News outlets report on an announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and singer and activist Elton John on a new HIV/AIDS partnership between PEPFAR and the Elton John Foundation. Metro Weekly: Elton John and PEPFAR team up to fight HIV/AIDS “Secretary Kerry announced that the President’s Emergency Plan…

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…