Should businesses refuse to have factories in countries that ban homosexuality? Apple CEO Tim Cook, a gay man, recently met with the Indian Prime Minister about expanding their operations in India. India, however, has made being LGBTQ illegal — much like China, where Apple already has factories. That and more in our monthly roundup of homophobia around the world.
The UN Committee Against Torture’s recent evaluation of Tunisia called on the government to end criminalization of homosexuality and immediately ban the use of forced anal examinations against accused homosexuals.
US researchers found that bisexual Americans routinely face biphobia and have statistically poorer health than gay or straight people. And in recognition of the discrimination trans and gender diverse people routinely face in health care, Australia’s Victorian AIDS Council launched Equinox, the country’s first peer-led health service.
In Syria another man accused of homosexuality was executed—thrown from a building and stoned to death while residents, including small children, stood witness. Days later a 15 year old boy was also accused of homosexuality and stoned to death.
In the US state of Idaho a man was brutally beaten after responding to an online gay escort ad. The victim reported the attack and later died at the hospital.
Nigerian police arrested six men suspected of homosexuality and released their names and addresses to the media. The charge carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison.
From Kyrgyzstan, journalist Andrew North explores how the country’s ties with Russia influenced a rising tide of homophobic violence.
And from Australia, bloggers express the frustration over the biphobia faced by many bisexuals even during events like International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
Author Mark Gevisser explored the highly nuanced and dangerous situation of gay Ugandans seeking asylum in Kenya, where help from foreigners can be a double-edged sword.
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