Weekly update 29/01/182017 reached an all-time high for anti-LGBTQ murders52 LGBTQ Americans lost their lives last year because of their sexual preference and/or gender identity.Violence against LGBTQ people in the United States saw an increase in 2017, according to a new report. The report — titled A Crisis of Hate, by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project — revealed that 52 LGBTQ Americans died last year (effectively one a week) based on their sexual preference or gender identity.70% of the deaths comprised of people of colour, with the majority of them being trans women. The homicide statistics for gay/bisexual men also increased 500%, with four deaths in 2016 to 20 in 2017.Full article: http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/news/97627/2017-reached-time-high-anti-lgbtq-murders/More than 20,000 LGBT teenagers in US risk subjection to ‘gay conversion therapy’Thousands of young American LGBT people will undergo conversion therapy from a licensed healthcare professional before they turn 18, a study has found. An estimated 20,000 Teenagers aged 13 to 17 will go through an attempt to change their sexual orientation according to researchers at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Sometimes referred to as “reparative” therapy, counselling, prayer are used to try and “cure” people.Full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/lgbt-teenagers-gay-conversion-therapy-us-williams-institute-ucla-school-law-a8178026.htmlWhy is no one talking about the Brexit threat to LGBT rights?The House of Commons has voted to reject the only treaty binding on the UK that expressly protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. If the EU withdrawal bill is unamended in the Lords, the EU charter will cease to have effect in UK law after Brexit. Article 21 of the charter, inter alia, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/22/eu-protection-lgbt-people-persecution-withdrawal-bill-lgbt-gay-rightsKenya is on the verge of either decriminalising gay sex, or making the current laws worseA landmark case where three judges are set to review the existing penal code which outlaws “unnatural sex” has the potential to decriminalise gay sex, or make the law a lot worse. The law is currently being reviewed, as it is seen to be too “vague.”The way the judges rule could also end up having worldwide implications, if the judges rule to legalise gay sex. As Kenya is one of the most powerful Eastern African nations, there is the possibility that other African nations could also decriminalise it.If gay sex is decriminalised in Kenya, it will lead the way for the LGBTQ community there to gain other rights. However, religious groups in America are currently funding the Kenya Christian Professional Forum which are hoping to make the law stricter by having homosexuality explicitly targeted.Full article: http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/news/97382/kenya-verge-either-decriminalising-gay-sex-making-current-laws-worse/Donald Trump creates new civil rights division that will allow LGBTQ discriminationThe Trump administration has announced the formation of a new division of the Office of Civil Rights that will allow discrimination against LGBTQ people. Under the new outlines, healthcare providers will legally be able to deny medical care to LGBTQ and pregnant women based on their religious beliefs.Essentially, the office will provide support for far right religious organisations who are against LGBTQ equality and abortion.Full article: http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/news/97242/donald-trump-outlines-new-civil-rights-division-will-allow-lgbtq-discrimination/
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