15 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI Rights


Irish politicians push for ban on gay ‘cure’ therapy
by PinkNews, 14 Mar 2018

Senator Fintan Warfield, who is spokesperson on LGBTQI rights for Irish republican party Sinn Féin, today introduced the Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018, legislation that would attempts to perform gay ‘cure’ therapies illegal in Ireland.The bill would target “any practice or treatment that aims to change, repress and, or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression”.

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Why The LGBT Community Is Dreading A Post-ISIS Philippines
by Ozy.com, 13 Mar 2018

The LGBT community that fled the city of Marawi during the siege fears the prospect of heading back. For them, the threat of violence preceded the ISIS-affiliated takeover, and that terror — temporarily at bay while they’re in evacuation shelters — is alive again.

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LGBT community in Ghana calls for a referendum on gay rights
by GhanaWeb, 13 Mar 2018

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community in Ghana has put out a proposition to Parliament to consider opening a referendum for the public to vote in order to decide whether rights of members of their group should be recognized or otherwise in the country.

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'The world is changing': Iraqi LGBT group takes campaign to streets
by Middle East Eye, 10 Mar 2018

Few would argue that Iraq is a haven for LGBT rights, even though homosexuality is not officially criminalised - unlike many other countries in the Middle East - and open discussion around sexual difference is both rare and discouraged. However, a group of activists in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah have set out to challenge the idea that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans issues should not be discussed or are not relevant to their communities. The human rights organisation Rasan is set to cover the walls of their city in new murals, designed to raise awareness of the rights of LGBT people and encourage dialogue within their mainly Sunni Kurdish society.

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