Things have taken a disappointing turn as Kenya’s High Court will not decriminalise same-sex relations in a ruling that would have been historic for the East African country. Gay sex is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The country is among 32 countries on the continent that criminalises same-sex relations. The three-judge bench… Read More Kenyan Court rules to uphold law that criminalises same-sex relations #Repeal162
Brazil will be joining countries around the world to criminalise discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender. The Washington Post is reporting that majority in the country’s supreme court will be voting to make homophobia and transphobia crimes even though there are fears that the country’s right-wing president might roll back on the rights of… Read More Homophobia and transphobia might be a crime in Brazil by June
Kenya’s High Court will decide on Friday if they will decriminalise homosexuality, a decision that could be historic not just for the East African country but for the entire continent. International advocacy group, All Out, reached out to some LGBT+ Kenyans ahead of the ruling and asked them how the law affects their everyday lives.… Read More Listen to the stories of some LGBT+ Kenyans ahead of #Repeal162
Critically acclaimed Kenyan author and LGBT Rights activist, Binyavanga Wainaina is dead. He was 48 years old. His family confirmed the news to local media in Kenya and reports say he died at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi on the night of Tuesday, May 22. He had suffered a stroke before in November 2015.… Read More Kenyan author and LGBT Rights activist, Binyavanga Wainaina passes away at 48
In April, a viral video was trending on Nigerian Twitter. A naked man was walking down the street. Behind him were men hurling insults at him. It is unclear from the video how he got in contact with them or how they found him. One of them said, “You go die today,” as they followed… Read More The fight for our lives is not up for negotiation. Not anymore. #IDAHOT2019
As we countdown to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, it is important that we celebrate initiatives around the world doing their part towards the push for equality for all LGBT people. The BBC recently did a report on the school in Chile that is predominantly for transgender children and their siblings. Called… Read More The school for transgender students in Chile
It is Lesbian Visibility Day and we are excited about celebrating women who love women and are living their authentic lives. To commemorate the day, here is a video of Pamela Adie speaking to BBC Pidgin on her experience as a lesbian in Nigeria.
The Initiative for Equal Rights in partnership with The Rustin Times is starting a monthly conversation meetup called Q Conversations. The Q Conversations meetups are aimed at facilitating dialogues around issues and common topics in the LGBTQ+ community. They will be interactive meetups where everyone present will have the opportunity to air their opinions and… Read More The Rustin Times is collaborating with The Initiative for Equal Rights and we are excited!!!
Here’s what we know for sure about Special, the upcoming Netflix series; Ryan Kayes (played by Ryan O’Connell), the star of the series is in his mid-20s, gay and with cerebral palsy. “Cerebral Palsy is a disability of the brain manifested through muscular in-coordination” Ryan says in the trailer just before he falls. In an… Read More Netflix’s upcoming series, ‘Special’ explores the life of a disabled gay man
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has repealed some of its polices that discriminate against LGBT people in the church. The rule will allow children of gay couples eligible for baptism. It will also stop the expulsion of gay couples who are married. In the statement though, it states that the church will… Read More The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will drop some of its anti-LGBT policies