While celebrating the gains of queer people, such as the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, I feel it’s important to remember that you can still be arrested for your sexual orientation in 75 countries and punished by death in 10 countries around the world.
“Those of queer and Muslim have been enjoying the pride parade in Istanbul for over a decade, using it as an example of what is possible in a Muslim country. But this month’s pride left many of us angry. Vasip Şahin, the Governor of Istanbul, who belongs to a political party that lost in this year’s elections, and his government have banned the pride last minute, using the holy month of Ramadan as a pretext.”
More at Islam and Homosexuality
“…police in Egypt are definitely using phone apps to entrap people they suspect of being gay or transgender.”
This blog post lists precautions LGBT people in Egypt can take to try to protect themselves, but the situation appears to be very grim.
More at A Paper Bird
“Honors students at Oxon Hill High School were given an assignment to create a display that shows what social justice means to them. The exhibit was in the school’s lobby for weeks. It was taken down on Monday.
The display featured a white police officer reading an obituary section. Next to that was a figure of a black man in a blood-stained shirt with his hands up.”
More at Fox 5
Thanks to Masha Gessen for this excellent first-person account of the outrageous brutality faced by queer folks attempting a March for Equality on June 6 in Kiev, Ukraine.
More at The New Yorker