Why we’re writing about this: Despite the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia, transphobia and anti-LGBT sentiment continue to thrive, both at home and abroad. Whether this takes the form of physical violence or institutional violence, it’s important for our community to remain aware of anti-LGBT violence so we can educate others and work against it.
- Fear and Loathing: Out of Saudi Arabia, YouTube stars “Fe2aFala” posted a video calling for gay people to be ‘executed in the most horrific ways.’ Meanwhile on Twitter the hashtag “#اقترح_طريقة_لقتل_الشواذ” or ‘suggest a way to kill gays’ spread across Arabic-language social media.
- From Indonesia the trending hashtag #TolakLGBT or ‘reject LGBT’ was reflective of a wave of anti-LGBT sentiment across the nation — from police shutting down pro-LGBT rallies, to the closure of a school for trans women, to statements from Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu that the gay community is a threat akin to ‘a kind of modern warfare.’
- After multiple trans-men were murdered in Brazil, author Mitch Kellaway explored the complicated dynamics behind the violence.
- Reports of violence surfaced across the world, including attacks on people who ‘appeared’ gay in Australia, Sweden, Russia and the US.
- A new comprehensive report on US criminal justice and LGBT people found that LGBT people face higher rates of incarceration and abuse than other groups. The report notes that the community, especially low income and LGBT people of color, ‘pay an extraordinarily high price for the failures’ of the system.
- LGBT migrants and refugees have reported physical, verbal, and sexual abuse in shelters across Europe, including the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
- Over 1,300 refugees to Australia have been detained in Papua New Guinea in a center Amnesty International has described as resembling a ‘prison and a military camp.’ The center is particularly dangerous to LGBT asylum seekers as Papua New Guinea criminalizes homosexuality.
- Author Jang Yeong-jin spoke about his experience fleeing North Korea and discovering his place in the LGBT movement of South Korea.
- And in Peru activists attending a Valentine’s Day ‘kiss in’ for LGBT rights were confronted by the police who blasted them with water cannons and kerosene.
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