Why we’re covering 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.
A new study published in the Journal of Public Health found that among gay and bisexual men, those under 26 years old were six times more likely to attempt suicide than men over 45 years old.
And in the US the first case of sexually-transmitted Zika virus between two men was confirmed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Out of Uganda, a new report found significant increase of persecution of LGBT people since the push for anti-gay measures in 2014. In addition to verified cases of violence and torture, the report documents social exclusion, including the denial of access to healthcare.
In the UK a review from the Secretary of State for Justice found that Muslim chaplains working in the prisons ‘routinely’ distribute extremist literature with homophobic and misogynistic text. The review came as reports emerged of blocks of prisoners ‘enacting Sharia law’ within the prisons.
In Bangladesh Xulhaz Mannan, founder of the first local LGBT magazine, and activist Tanay Mojumdar were violently murdered in Mannan’s home by a group of men. Mannan and Mojumdar death’s are the latest in a string of machete attacks on bloggers, intellectuals, and humanitarians.
Tunisian activists warned that the country is facing an extensive ‘anti-LGBT campaign‘ that has incited hate speech and violence.
An Australian transgender women who was jailed in a male prison revealed she was raped ‘over 2,000 times’ while serving her sentence.
In Kuwait, 41 alleged gay men and trans women were arrested during a police raid on a massage parlor.
Meanwhile US students complained that some schools have banned websites of LGBT resources, including GLAAD and the It Gets Better campaign, while conservative sites that project negative views of homosexuality are fully accessible.
Throughout Australia research indicates that LGBT youth disproportionately represent the homeless youth population. Many young people are now turning to Facebook to find ‘queer friendly’ safe homes.
Fans around the world mourned superstar legend Prince’s unexpected passing with many memorials for both his unparalleled talent and for his fearless exploration of gender expectations.
Fans of popular Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila took to social media to protest after the band was told by officials that they would ‘never be allowed to play again anywhere in Jordan due to our political and religious beliefs and endorsement of gender equality and sexual freedom.’
A story from the Daily Xtra explored the historic case of the Netherlands’ Utrecht sodomy trials, where in the year 1730 gay men were persecuted and put to death—the result of a ‘moral panic’ blaming homosexuality for a series of economic and environmental tragedies.
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(Featured image via Todd Ludwig)