This month brings us the terrible news that Paulett Gonzalez, trans beauty queen, was found in Mexico. She went missing a month ago — unfortunately, she wasn’t alive, but her body had been burned after she was brutally murdered. We’ve got that and more terrible news in our look at queerphobia from around the globe.
Separate studies from South Africa and the US both found that LGBTI individuals experience significantly poorer mental and physical health than heterosexuals. And data from the US CDC found that gay and bisexual male teens have higher drug use, leading to riskier sex than their straight counterparts.
After US-based research found that lesbian and bisexual women have poorer health than heterosexual women, a first of its kind study has been launched to identify and address the ‘unique concerns’ of these women.
The Iranian government announced plans to hold an international human rights conference on Islamic Human Rights principles that will specifically exclude LGBT rights and other ‘Western’ issues that ‘are not universally accepted.’
The US Congress held hearings to consider the ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ which would allow businesses and government workers to refuse service to LGBT people on the basis of religious beliefs. And the US Republican National Committee added support for conversion therapy, anti-transgender laws, and opposition to same-sex marriage to the party platform.
From Tanzania, reports surfaced of a crackdown on homosexuality including a ban on ‘obscene behavior.’ Tanzanian Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu has also banned the import and sale of lubricant because it ‘encourages homosexuality’ and spreads HIV.
In Brazil, several gay or trans people have been brutally murdered in unrelated events over the last month highlighting the ongoing violence perpetrated on LGBT Brazilians. According to Groupa Gay da Bahia‘s data, a gay or trans person is killed almost every day.
In Mexico officials found the burned body of trans beauty queen Paulett Gonzalez who went missing a month ago.
In a new article in East Asia Quarterly professor Sharyn Davies explored Indonesia’s wave of ‘panic’ and intolerance over LGBT issues thus far in 2016.
In Beersheba, Israel, hundreds protested after the High Court of Justice cited ‘safety concerns’ and canceled the city’s first Pride event. Meanwhile nearly 25,000 attended the Jerusalem Pride March a year after a man’s stabbed six participants killing a 16-year old.
Pride festivities in Montpellier, France were cancelled and those in Nice postponed after the tragic attack on Nice’s Bastille Day celebrations that killed 84 people.
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