30th January 2014

Kyrgyzstan's acting grand mufti, Maksat Hajji Toktomushev, has issued a fatwa against same-sex relations and challenged the findings of a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). 

هل سيلومني أحد لو عاكستها، انظروا كم هي جميلة وكأنها ذاهبة إلى حفلة موسيقية» يتمتم سائق التاكسي الشاب وهو يمر في الشارع المجاور لكلية دجلة الجامعية في منطقة السيدية في بغداد عندما مرت إحدى الطالبات أمامه

عيون الشاب كانت شاخصة الى الطالبة التي قطعت الشارع واتجهت نحو باب الجامعة تماماً مثلما فعل بقية سائقي السيارات العامة والخاصة الذين شاهدوا الفتاة وهي تعبر وتشابهت أعذارهم ومبرراتهم «هي أرادت لفت انتباهنا حينما ارتدت هذه الملابس الجميلة»

When her widowed mother remarried, Parvin Rema, then 13, was part of the deal – one of several such arrangements in Bangladesh.

La porte-parole de l'assemblée, Rebecca Kadaga a déclaré aujourd'hui que la proposition de loi contre l'homosexualité de 2009 va être votée et approuvée.

Homosexuals in Tunisia celebrated the ouster of dictator Ben Ali, hoping it would improve their situation. But in nearly two years, little has changed for the country's gay and lesbian community. Sarah Mersch reports from Tunis.

KAMPALA, 13 November 2012 (PlusNews) - Uganda's parliament will, before Christmas, pass a highly controversial bill which seeks more stringent punishments for people engaging in homosexual acts and those perceived to be "promoting" homosexuality, says the speaker of the house.

الجو الذي يعيشه المغرب هذه الأيام شبيه بالجو السائد في بداية الألفية الثالثة، حينتقدم الأستاذ سعيد السعدي"بالخطة الوطنية لإدماج المرأة في التنمية"الجريئة، التي كانت ستنقل المرأة المغربية ملايين السنوات الضوئية إلى الأمام بسبب الجرأة التي امتلكها معدها في ذلك الوقت، ولكن مع وجود الفارق بين الجو السياسي السائد آنذاك واختلاف مواقع المتصارعين اليوم في جوقة السلطة.

The nightclub is heaving, sweaty and loud, pulsating with blinding blue and white lights, and packed with drunken dancers. At the bar, the young sons of Burma's elite are buying bottles of Jack Daniel's and Johnnie Walker with thick wads of dirty kyat notes. But inside the double doors and through the dark fog of the smoke machine, a cultural transformation is taking place on the dance floor. Clubbers are grinding up against each other – girls on girls, boys on boys – singing along to American hip-hop blaring out of the giant speakers in the corner.

In a country that still criminalises homosexual activity – a legacy from when the British once ruled this country of 50 million – such sights have long been kept out of view. But as Burma slowly opens up, many of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population are hoping they will no longer have to stay in the shadows.

Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private health care plans under a gender rights law approved Wednesday. Senators approved the Gender Identity law by a vote of 55 to zero with one abstention and more than a dozen senators declaring themselves absent — the same margin that approved a "death with dignity" law earlier in the day.

Voters in North Carolina have approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between one man and one woman, in a defeat for gay rights advocates. It will become the 30th state in the union to enshrine a ban on same-sex marriage in its state constitution. Same-sex marriage has been illegal in NC for 16 years but can now only be legalised by another vote by the people.

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