Seeing signs of progress for LGBTI rights in Côte d’Ivoire

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, or IDAHOT. Today at The Advocates we take stock of our progress over the past year to advance LGBTI rights and what lies ahead. One highlight of the past year was working with Alternative Côte d’Ivoire https://www.facebook.com/alternativeci.infosbranches, an Ivoirian non-governmental organization committed to the fight … Continue reading Seeing signs of progress for LGBTI rights in Côte d’Ivoire

Nine Things Everyone Needs To Know About International LGBTI Rights

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Created in 2004 to raise awareness about the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally, it has become a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. The date of May 17 was chosen specifically to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality […]

Anti-LGBTI Discrimination Harms Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS

  I went to Mwananyamala Hospital (a government facility) for HIV testing. During the pre-counseling, I came out as gay to the health staff (counselor) and immediately he condemned me saying that it was my fault to catch the virus because of my behavior of practicing anal sex. The counselor used abusive words and told … Continue reading Anti-LGBTI Discrimination Harms Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS

Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

*This post, written by Amy Bergquist, a staff attorney with The Advocates for Human Rights, is part of American Constitution Society's blog’s symposium on the consolidated marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing a right to marriage equality would make headlines around the world, but the implications … Continue reading Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

African Commission Urges Cameroon to End LGBTI Discrimination

Last month, Cameroonian human rights defender Alice Nkom traveled to London with a plea: “I need everyone because right now, I am a little isolated. It’s on occasions like this that we must show we are one, united, universal in this fight.” Nkom, who is in her 70s and was the first woman admitted to the … Continue reading African Commission Urges Cameroon to End LGBTI Discrimination

“I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings”

Each year, the quilt club I belong to sets a theme for the quilts we create for our annual exhibit at Glad Creations, Inc., a Minneapolis quilt shop. "Stripes" was the subject for our Winter 2014 projects. At about that time, Cece McDonald, a transgender African-American woman who used deadly force to protect herself during … Continue reading “I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings”