6th March 2014 – Ahead of the Global Day of Action against the Nigerian anti-gay laws taking place tomorrow, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) campaign express our solidarity with the LGBT[1] people of Nigeria in resisting these laws, which contradict human rights.[2]

As a network of Global South women’s rights activists and advocates, we have long seen the way that claims to cultural ‘authenticity’ and regressive interpretations of religion have been used to justify the violence that women suffer.  The state-sanctioned persecution of LGBT people happening in Nigeria stems from the very same ideology, and uses the same ‘justifications’. 

>Using case studies from Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, Israel and India, Sexuality in Muslim Contexts argues that Muslim religious traditions do not necessarily lead to conservative agendas but can promote emancipatory standpoints. This book is one that should be read by all those interested in sexuality, religion, Islam, or gender, writes Olivia Mason. The wide range of case studies make it suitable for both an academic and general audience while the examples make it a stimulating and accessible read.

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.

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