Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill did not pass by the end of 2012, but it may be taken up again when the legislature reconvenes in February 2013. An LGBT advocate has been arrested for "acts of homosexuality" and has spent several days in jail. Leaders from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are gearing up for a January 7, when they will try to prevent Scott Lively from having their case against him dismissed. Lively's 2009 anti-LGBT conference in Uganda sparked worsening conditions for LGBT Ugandans.
Once, when Mexico was the bellybutton of the universe, Isabel Vargas Lizano ran away from home and resolved to make herself into a Mexican singer. This was in the 1930s, when Europe was on fire, the U.S. out of work and Mexico busy giving birth to herself after a revolution.
At 14, Isabel was busy birthing herself, too. Cast off from her Costa Rican kin for being too strange, she would become Mexico’s beloved Chavela Vargas.
Sharon Lettman-Hicks: "LGBT sex workers are vulnerable to violence and discrimination due to laws and negative attitudes toward sex work. When you compound stigma and homophobia/transphobia with racism, the level of injustice is tenfold."
A group of transgender people and crime victim advocates have been meeting monthly with Albany police and law enforcement officials to rewrite protocol and procedures and devise training for officers intended to preserve the dignity of transgender people who are arrested.
It was a brave campaign against the odds that will not have a Hollywood ending. But David Kuria, forced to withdraw from elections in Kenya, has already smashed barriers as the country's first openly gay politician.
On December 20, Latino LGBT and ally advocates announced the launch of Unión=Fuerza, the first Latino Institute at Creating Change, the annual conference that brings LGBT people and allies together for workshops and discussions about the work being done to advocate for LGBT equality.