October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Megan Miller
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and ...[read more]
October 21, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi on Monday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The Campaign for Southern Equality, which filed the suit on behalf of the couples in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, works to promote ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a press release Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill, prohibiting the so-called "gay panic" defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were "panicked" into committing a crime due to a ...[read more]
September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a video statement for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Core Group Ministerial Event on Thursday calling for an end to transphobia and homophobia. The UN has led by example in this arena, introducing measures to ensure fairer treatment of ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday that a draft anti-homosexuality bill in Chad will represent a major step backwards for human rights in the country if passed into law. The proposed amendment to the penal code would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, carrying the threat of jail ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Omar Subat, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the second article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Subat discusses the US Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Eight men in Egypt were referred to trial Monday for inciting debauchery after appearing in a video of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men were arrested for the video earlier this month after it went viral on the Internet. Although homosexuality is not explicitly ...[read more]

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