Good news for LGBTQ people in the Caribbean! Belize just became the first country in the region to dump anti-sodomy laws dating back from the colonial era! This means homosexuality has been decriminalized there — and hopefully they’re merely the first domino. That and more in our monthly look at good news from around the world!
- In a landmark decision, the Belize High Court decriminalized homosexuality with its ruling that Section 53 of the criminal code is unconstitutional. The Belize Government announced it will not appeal, making the country the first in the Caribbean region to remove colonial-era sodomy laws.
- In Namibia representatives of the UN Human Rights Committee, government ministers, and civil society members participated in a dialogue regarding the observations made by the Human Rights Council following Namibia’s periodic review. UN representatives urged the government to consider decriminalizing homosexuality and to act on the issue of ‘corrective rape’ perpetrated on LGBT people.
- The Parliament of South Australia passed an amendment to revise all legislation to ensure that laws do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status.
- And Dede Oetomo, the founder of the first LGBT organization in Indonesia, continues to work for equal rights despite the current push to criminalize homosexuality in the country.
- Activists in Odessa, Ukraine convinced authorities to reconsider a last-minute ban that would have canceled the city’s first LGBTQ Pride march.
- In Nepal, nearly a thousand supporters marched for LGBT equality during Kathmandu’s annual Gai Jatra festival.
- In Denmark, Princess Marie made history as the first royal to march in Copenhagen Pride. She joined Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Danish AIDS Foundation.
- After a gay couple in London were reprimanded by security for holding hands in a supermarket, activists organized ‘Big Gay Kiss’—a protest that filled the store with kissing same-sex couples.
- The Ministry of Justice and Equality in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt began implementing the first part of its Action Plan to improve acceptance of LGBTI people by distributing 2,000 brochures to primary schools.
- Rainbow Mirrors, an LGBTI group in Uganda, has begun bottling wine as an income generating activity. Group executive director Abdul Jamal says the wine provides an alternative revenue source to members whose only other option is sex work.
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