05 September 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI Rights


'A critical point in history': how Trump's attack on LGBT rights is escalating
The Guardian, 03 Sep 2019

The Trump administration has attacked LGBT rights in healthcare, employment, housing, education, commerce, the military, prisons and sports. These efforts, it turns out, were just the beginning. The president’s anti-LGBT agenda could soon gain significant momentum at the US supreme court, where Trump’s Department of Justice (DoJ) is pushing to make it legal to fire people for being gay or transgender. The move would fundamentally reverse civil rights for millions of people, LGBT leaders say, and raises fears that LGBT people may lose the minimal protections and resources they have won in past years.


2,900 LGBT+ people killed in Latin America and Caribbean countries in the last five years
GCN, 03 Sep 2019

“El Prejuicio No Conoce Fronteras” is a report that has pulled together comprehensive data on the killing of LGBT+ people in Latin America and the Caribbean for the first time ever. The “Red Regional de Información Sobre Violencias LGBTI en América Latina y el Caribe”, which was formed by 10 LGBT+ organisations, have created “Sin Violencia LGBTI”. The project coordinated by Colombia Diversa is a database on homicides of LGBT+ people in Latin America and the Caribbean and they have just released their first report.


Home Office refused thousands of LGBT asylum claims, figures reveal
The Guardian, 02 Sep 2019

The UK Home Office has refused at least 3,100 asylum claims from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) nationals from countries where consensual same-sex acts are criminalised. At least 1,197 LGBT Pakistanis were refused asylum after making a claim for protection on grounds of sexual orientation between 2016 and 2018, according to an analysis by the Liberal Democrats of figures published by the Home Office. A further 640 LGBT Bangladeshis and 389 Nigerians had their claims on the same grounds refused during the period.


Well-known Nicaragua LGBTI activist arrested
Washington Blade, 02 Sep 2019

Police in Nicaragua on Sunday arrested a well-known activist who helps LGBTI Nicaraguans in exile. A source with whom the Washington Blade spoke said police at around 9 a.m. local time (11 a.m. EST) arrested Ulises Rivas in Comalapa, a town in Nicaragua’s Chontales department that is roughly 75 miles east of the country’s capital of Managua. The source said Rivas has been accused of robbing a woman. A cell phone video the Blade received shows Rivas’ sister-in-law, niece and friends surrounding him and pleading with at least two uniformed police officers before they arrested him.