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Issues impacting LGBT communities of color
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.
Too few trans people or trans-related issues were included in LGBT end-of-year lists. An even greater number of trans-related stories received little to no media attention at all this year, despite efforts to have them covered by bloggers and journalists.
In 2012 we bid a sad goodbye to some beloved LGBT Latinos and allies, and welcomed many positive moments, including the coming out of Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz.
2012 saw a wide range of celebrities come out as LGBT, many in more subdued ways than years past.
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.
The Ali Forney center launches Homeless for the Holidays, a video project that empowers homeless LGBTQ-identified youth to share their stories about the realities of living on the street.
Is there a trans activist in your community you would like to praise? Do you know someone who is working to improve the lives of trans people where you live? Find out how you can help them get the recognition they deserve.
National leaders issued the following open letter rejecting Puerto Rican gossip show SuperXclusivo’s re-victimizing of a murdered man.