Ugandan LGBT advocates, working together under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, have filed a petition, challenging the validity of the draconian new anti-LGBT law that was signed into law hastily earlier this year.
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Uruguay's president Jose "Pepe" Mujica grabbed some headlines when he said denying marriage to gay and lesbian couples was a form of torture.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project hosted their annual art auction, Small Works for Big Change over the weekend, featuring transgender artists who have been or who are currently incarcerated.
Although the LGBT community and our allies recently celebrated the veto of SB 1062 in Arizona, the fact that such a bill even made it to the governor's desk was distressing. Unfortunately, as we know, the LGBT community was not the first group to be singled out for discrimination in Arizona. Latino and immigrant communities have long felt targeted by laws like SB 1070, which forced law enforcement to inquire about a person's legal status—if they "suspected" them of being undocumented. Since blue-eyed blonde Canadians who've overstayed their visas are very unlikely to be "suspected" of being undocumented, SB 1070 was considered likely to invite racial profiling. Unfortunately that didn't stop Gov. Jan Brewer from signing the bill, which was later partially overturned.
Kevin Jennings, the Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, has written an op-ed for The Huffington Post, in which he calls the LGBT community in the United States to get more informed and engaged in LGBT issues overseas.
This Saturday, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is holding its 9th annual Small Works for Big Change art benefit. SRLP's biggest fundraiser of the year, Small Works for Big Change is a major community event for cutting-edge established and emerging New York-based artists to showcase their work.