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A Look Inside The Horrifying Reality Of Being Gay In Uganda

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.36.25 AMDan Tracer | Queerty | May 15, 2015

“Tell me something about Ugandan culture,” prompts Vice correspondent Isobel Yeung to a group of locals on a recent trip to investigate violence against gays in the country.

“The first thing we hate is homosexuality,” one man begins. “We hate that one completely. If we find a woman with a woman, we pull out one and we do it to her…We have sex with her…Serious rape.”

“So what would you do if you saw a gay man?” asks Yeung.

The man gets a disturbing smile on his face as he yells, “Kill! You kill that one! Woman and woman we rape, but man and man we kill.”

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Uganda’s Frank Mugisha Finds Safety in Visibility

PAUL SCHINDLER | Gay City News | May 15, 2015

“I do feel safe,” said Frank Mugisha, a gay rights activist in Uganda. “But sometimes I get paranoid.”

With that, the East African nation’s most visible LGBT leader crystalized one of the paradoxes in his society’s posture toward homosexuality.

For more than five years, Uganda has been swept by a contentious debate over anti-gay legislation that would stiffen penalties for repeat “aggravated homosexuality” offenders to life imprisonment. The measure — widely known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” because in its early versions it mandated the death penalty — was temporarily enacted before being thrown out last August by a court based on flaws in how Parliament approved it. Among its provisions, it would have required anyone with knowledge of same-sex sexual conduct, on pain of criminal penalties, to report it to authorities.

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New survey sheds light on status of LGBT in Russia

 | America Blog | May 15, 2015

A new report released by the independent Levada Center sheds new light on ordinary people’s perceptions of LGBT in Russia today. Unsurprisingly, the results are not encouraging. But the release of such a poll offers rare insight into Russian public opinion on these matters, and the international LGBT community would be wise to use this moment to reflect on how it can take positive steps to develop a strategies to fight homophobia in the post-Soviet space.

Titled “An Invisible Minority: on the Problem of Homophobia in Russia,” the survey took place late March, interviewing about 800 people in 134 different locals in 46 regions of the country. Thanks to the country’s “gay propaganda” law, the survey goes out of its way to note that all of those questioned were above the age of 18. The margin of error for the poll stands at plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

One of the key findings in the report is that the Ukrainian crisis and increasing tension with the West have not helped attitudes toward LGBT. They have, however, drawn attention from the issue. A year ago, so-called “gay propaganda” laws were a regular fixture of the news. While thee public is no more tolerant, they are now much less fixated on queer issues than they were previously. The current focus on “external opponents,” such as America, the European Union and Ukraine, has distracted the Russian public from perceived “internal enemies” such as migrant workers, the gay community and ethnic minorities.

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Stand Up for gay rights: A sporting dynasty with different goals in mind

Samantha Lane | The Age | May 15, 2015

Steven, Brent and Angie Greene at their parents' bayside home.

Steven, Brent and Angie Greene at their parents’ bayside home. Photo: Penny Stephens

It is a family of rare sporting pedigree, and yet it could also be any family. Loving, supportive, solid. Nuclear-looking, even, from the outside. And yet not without a degree of delicate challenge.

Angie Greene grew up surrounded by exceptional sportsmen. Her granddad, Frank Sedgman, won 22 grand slam titles across three disciplines, five of which were in singles competition.

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AFL leaders combine in fight against prejudices

Club captains and Brownlow medallists, Collingwood’s senior coach and the bosses of the AFL Players Association and AFL, have united in a campaign to mark the international day against homophobia and transphobia Photo: AFL

Her dad, Russell, was a highly decorated Australian Rules footballer. Making his debut for St Kilda as a 16-year-old, Russell became a hero in a famous triple premiership dynasty at Hawthorn. He was voted the VFL’s most valuable player in 1984 and retired having notched 304 games.

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Vienna is replacing the little figures in traffic lights with same-sex couples

Tim Chester | UK | Mashable | May 13, 2015
Dozens of traffic lights in Vienna have been given a makeover ahead of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on May 23.
Pairs of red and green men and women are lighting up the city’s streets in the weeks leading up to the annual singing event in the Austrian capital. Figures in Vienna’s traffic lights have typically been just one man.

The campaign is hoping to present Vienna as an open-minded city while improving traffic safety.

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Teen Voices Gives Ugandan Girls A Voice in Global Media

For Immediate Release



WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership 


Teen Voices at Women’s eNews, a global girl news site that incorporates teen girls in the production of news about their lives is now publishing articles from girls in Uganda, thanks to a new partnership with WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership.

This partnership expands Teen Voices at Women’s eNews’ commitment to giving girls a platform to change the world through journalism. WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership’s young writers will produce content for Teen Voices through their media club focusing on the unique issues and triumphs of life as teen girls living in Uganda. Their articles will add to Teen Voices’ already rich collection of perspectives from girls around the world.


Commenting on the partnership, Cianne Jones, Executive Director of WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership said, “WIL Uganda is thrilled to be partnering with Teen Voices.  Very often girls in rural communities feel marginalized and isolated from the outside world.  Partnering with the teen voices project will enable us to provide a platform on which girls in Busmbatia will finally have their voices heard.”


WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership joins the ranks of other Teen Voices’ partners such as Afghan Women’s Writing Project, SPARK Movement, GlobalGirls Media, The OpEd Project, Daraja Academy and Teen Voices Rising. Articles from these partners have come from teen girls Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Britain, Canada and the United States.


Recently, we published our first piece from WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership, “My Stepmother Threatened to Sacrifice Me” in which writer, Kisakye Esereda exposes the threat of child sacrifice faced by many children in Uganda at the hands of the adults around them.


“The first-person approach of these essays is the most authentic way to bring attention to the issues facing girls around the world,” says Teen Voices Editor Katina Paron. “We look forward to amplifying the voices of Ugandan girls and giving them a platform to be heard.”


Partner pieces are published weekly and focus on personal issues and experiences of the writer. Stories include:

A journalism training program of the nonprofit news organization Women’s eNews, Teen Voices knows the empowering effects of self-representation. By hiring, and paying, teens to produce news stories about their peer group and by asking teens to share their experiences, we are giving them the keys to discover their full potential.


Teen Voices at Women’s eNews is supported by Eileen Fisher, the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, DO A LITTLE FUND and individuals who believe in the empowerment of girls.


WIL Uganda- Women In Leadership is a female-led grassroots community based organization empowering women and girls in Busembatia, a rural town in eastern Uganda. WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership operates with a mission to empower women and girls with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in their own communities.


For more information, contact:

Name: Katina Paron
Title: Editor, Teen Voices
Phone: 718-755- 6225718-755- 6225
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Serbia’s Transgender Army Major Helena Scores Important Victory In Conservative Nation

JOVANA GEC | AP | Huffington Post | May 1, 2015

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength. He was a perfect husband and father in a society that preaches family values. But for nearly his entire life, the major felt he was living a lie: Deep down, he was a woman.

Last year, he came out, telling his family and superiors that he was Helena — and starting therapy to become a woman. She did not remain Serbia’s first transgender major for long: The army asked for her resignation, saying she “posed a threat to the reputation of the army.” In April, Helena scored an important victory: A Serbian human rights body ruled that the army had discriminated against her by saying she was a potential stain on its honor.

Today, Helena appears in public in women’s clothes and sporting bleached blond hair. The 43-year-old declined to provide her first or last name during her life as a man in order to protect a divorced wife and four children — but is not shy about being photographed or filmed in her new identity.

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