The Gay Games are kicking off with an estimated 8,000 athletes representing over 50 countries and 48 US states. A number of participants are coming from countries where being LGBT is difficult, if not outright illegal.
A report entitled Teaching about Sexual Diversity and Challenging Homophobia-Transphobia in the South African School System was released this month at South Africa's University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) with funding provided by the United States Diplomatic Mission to South Africa.
Last month, a 21-year old South African gay man, David Olyn, was brutally beaten and tortured to death while there were seven young onlookers. Now, a new video talks to friends and family about the impact.
Mainstream Islam has a reputation of being rabidly anti-LGBT, but that reputation is being challenged. Gay Muslims around the world are working slowly-but-surely to reach out to other LGBT Muslims looking to reconcile their identity with their faith. Read about two openly gay imams and others who are paving the way for LGBT Muslims in America and overseas.
On Thursday, GLAAD was fortunate enough to meet with Phindi Malaza, the Advocacy and Programs Coordinator of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) in South Africa. She is traveling around America with the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.