Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Moroccans outraged about prosecution of kissing girls
In Morocco, a case of two teenage girls who are prosecuted because they have kissed each other has led to much outrage. The girls, 16 and 17 years old, are suspected of having had sex with someone of the same sex. For that they may get a prison sentence of up to three years.
The teens ended up in jail after the mother of them had gone to the police. The woman went to the police after she had seen on her daughter’s phone a picture of the girl kissing a girlfriend. The two were arrested immediately and are on trial today in Marrakech city for “deviant sexual behaviour”.
Human rights organizations say this is a shame and say that the authorities should drop the charges. “A Moroccan organization is campaigning for the girls,” says correspondent Sjoukje Rietbroek. “That says something, because that organisation does not often fight for the rights of LGBT people.”
Human Rights Watch also finds it incomprehensible that the teenagers are prosecuted. “They may have to go to jail because they showed affection for each other,” says a spokesman. In the North African country more often men are prosecuted for homosexuality. It would be the first time that women appear in court in such a case.
The mother who indicated her daughter now says she regrets her action. “But she has figured that out a little too late,” said Rietbroek. “The case is now already in court.”
On December 9 there will be the verdict. “Because there is so much attention from home and abroad for the case it is likely things will end up well for the girls.”
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Ugandan police stops Gay Pride
The Ugandan police has stopped a Gay Pride planned for today. According to a government spokesman, the Gay Pride is illegal.
At two places in Uganda celebrations were planned. A hundred gay, lesbian and transgender people came to a beach at Lake Victoria. They were all arrested, but were released later. According to a gay rights activist the arrests “traumatized” the people.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. In 2013, the Ugandan parliament passed a law which introduced life imprisonment for homosexuality. The Supreme Court declared the law null and void.
This video about the USA says about itself:
Gay Soccer Star Kneels in Solidarity With Kaepernick
7 September 2016
By kneeling during the U.S. national anthem, Megan Rapinoe stands up for justice and shows her solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick’s jersey became the top-selling jersey on the National Football League’s official online store, after he protested racial injustice and police brutality in the U.S., but the San Francisco 49ers quarterback said Wednesday he was donating all the proceeds he receives from the jersey to communities affected by injustice and racism: here.
Update, 12 September 2016: here.
Solidarity Demonstrations Take Over NFL Opening Weekend. The movement has spread across the league following Colin Kaepernick’s lead: here.
Alabama Pastor Allen Joyner Says People Who Don’t Stand For The National Anthem Should Be Shot: here.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
In Istanbul on Sunday hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the death of 22-year-old Hande Kader, a transgender whose severely burned lifeless body was found earlier this month.
The protesters shouted slogans and carried placards. Opposition members participated in the demonstration.
“We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande Kader’s murder” said Ebru Kiranci, spokeswoman for a Turkish LGBTQ organization to the BBC. Still no one has been arrested for the murder. …
It was the second time in a short time that the LGBTQ community of Istanbul was shocked by a murder. In July, in the city the decapitated and mutilated body of the gay Syrian Muhammad Wasim Sankari was found.
From the Huffington Post today:
J.K. Rowling had to police the internet again.
The “Harry Potter” author called out the United Kingdom-based Christian Voice for a homophobic tweet about British Olympic diver Tom Daley.
The prayer and lobby group posted an anti-gay message after the 22-year-old, who is engaged to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, failed to qualify for the 10-meter platform final at Rio 2016.
This video shows Turkish police attacking the Istanbul Gay Pride parade in 2015. Two women try to stop a police water cannon by sitting down on the street. The one on the right is transgender woman Hande Kader.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Demonstration in Istanbul after transgender woman was murdered
The organization of the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul is organizing a demonstration tomorrow evening against the killing of a transgender person and against violence against women, transgender and gay people in general.
“We need to be seen, to be on the streets and to shout our demands in order to end hate crimes,” says the organization in their call.
The murdered transgender woman, Hande Kader (23), was a well-known figure in the Turkish LGBTQ world. She was regularly seen at gatherings where was demonstrated for equal rights and against violence against LGBTQ people.
She is said to be one of the women who at the Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul last year sat in front of a water cannon when the police wanted to disperse the participants. …
Earlier this month she was last seen alive … Then she was for almost a week without a trace until the police found her burned body. She could be identified by dental examination.
The murder of Kader does not stand alone. According to a European transgender people’s organization not anywhere in Europe as many transgender people are killed as in Turkey.
The initiative of the Turkish Gay Pride organization is all the more striking because their demonstration was banned this year. The Turkish authorities said they could not guarantee the safety of participants and therefore did not give permission for the event.
In 2015, the participants were dispersed by police with water cannons and tear gas. The years before that the manifestation could proceed unhindered.
This video says about itself:
9 August 2015
Ugandan activists have taken part in a gay pride rally, a year since a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Uganda: Gay rights leader held by police in Pride attack
Saturday 6th August 2016
UGANDAN police broke up a gay pride event in the capital Kampala and arrested about 20 people yesterday, including gay rights leader Frank Mugisha.
He said a fashion show had been under way at a nightclub when police arrived and asked who the organisers were, handcuffing Mr Mugisha when he identified himself to a police commander.
About 20 others were arrested, driven to a police station for questioning and released later, with some alleging that they had been slapped or pushed around by officers.
One man trying to escape arrest at the nightclub injured himself while jumping to safety, said Mr Mugisha, adding: “We condemn the police actions, the use of excessive force during arrest.”
Police spokesman Patrick Onyango confirmed the arrests but gave no details.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda under a British colonial-era law that prohibits sex acts “against the order of nature.”
Translated from Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, 3 August 2016:
Syrian gay refugee murdered by beheading in Istanbul
Syrian gay refugee Wisam Mohammed Sankara left his house in Aksaray street, Istanbul, Yenikapı quarter,the night of July 30. The next day he was found dead. Because of beheading, Wisam’s body had become unrecognizable. The perpetrators have not been caught yet.
[A friend of Wisam’s said:]
“Saturday night 30th oF June Wisam went out of the house. We already were nervous because of threats in the environment. We told him not to go, but a 15-20 minute walk on the street should be possible, he said. He did not come home all night. The next day we could not find Wisam, which distressed us. We went to the Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants Association (ASAM-STEP). They directed us to the police department. How can we get safety, as even they did not know what to say?”
Flatmates of gay Syrian refugee beheaded in Turkey fear they will be next. Three friends of Wisam Sankari, who was killed in a homophobic attack in Istanbul last week, say they have received death threats: here.