08 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Protect LGBTI asylum seekers in Britain, private firms told
by The Guardian, 08 Mar 2018

Private companies managing asylum accommodation in the UK are facing urgent calls to protect LGBTI individuals who say they are being physically, verbally and sexually assaulted in shared homes. In some cases, the asylum seekers say they reported the incidents to the Home Office and the companies contracted to provide housing to asylum seekers, but no action was taken. As a result they were forced to choose between living with their attacker or becoming homeless.

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Kenyan LGBT Activists Bring Groundbreaking Court Case Against Laws Criminalizing LGBT Relationships
by Autostraddle, 07 Mar 2018

Over the course of three days, a High Court in Nairobi, Kenya heard a groundbreaking challenge to the colonial-era laws that target LGBT Kenyans. This case, the first of its kind in Kenya, was brought by the National Gay and Lesbian Rights Commission (NGLHRC) and joined a similar petition by other LGBT groups seeking to strike down sections of the Penal Code.

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Can LGBT rights and religious rights coexist? Kim Davis-like case tests the waters
by The Washington Post, 07 Mar 2018

Since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, a slew of controversial cases have raised questions over whether LGBT rights can coexist with religious rights. One of the most hotly debated cases involved Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who famously refused to let her staff issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015 and went to jail for six days during a legal battle that went to the Supreme Court.

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Ugandan LGBTQ+ activists announce plans for Pride following crackdown
by PinkNews, 06 Mar 2018

LGBTQ+ activists in Uganda have announced plans to run a Pride event this year after a violent crackdown in 2016 which saw police raids and arrests at the event.

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