Stories: Lgbt Issues

  • Kissing On The Dancefloor of Horoom

    The beats pulsing from techno music force the walls to shudder as smoky air dances through green support beams in the underground space. Dim stars seemingly sway across that dark dancefloor, but these are the cigarettes. Everyone is smoking. This is Horoom, a secret underground queer rave in Tbilisi, a city that is known for its homophobia. It is a...

  • Gay and Undocumented, Burmese Refugees Struggle in Thailand

    “Queer migrants” or LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) refugees from Myanmar – called as such because they had to leave their countries and go somewhere else to be able to live safely as themselves – have looked at Thailand as the ideal destination, with its louche, gay-friendly lifestyle. But in too many cases, in the...

  • Lesbians in Senegal just want a place where they can be themselves

    It is not easy to find gay women in Senegal. Homosexuality is illegal in the country, though several small LGBT rights groups operate there. But because they were founded during the AIDS crisis and considered as actors in keeping down HIV infection rates, they are focused on men. Lesbian women are now starting to fight for recognition, both in the...

  • Etre femme et gay au Sénégal: les lesbiennes cherchent leur place

    Listen to the full story on RFI. Au Sénégal, comme dans beaucoup de pays dans le monde, l’homosexualité est un sujet tabou. Les actes homosexuels sont illégaux, et la loi reflète la culture et la religion, qui considèrent l’homosexualité comme un affront à l...

  • Pakistan’s first trans model: ‘People think we’re sex workers but we can be doctor

    "Sex,” Kami Sid declares, “is between your legs. Gender is in your head.” Sid wants to get this into everyone’s head in Pakistan. A 26-year-old transgender activist, she is currently enjoying a breakthrough turn as a model who can carry off a sari while calling out Pakistanis for transphobia. Pakistan may seem like an...

  • Researchers Calculated the Economic Cost of Homophobia — and the Numbers Are Staggering

    Homophobia exacts a devastating emotional toll. But according to Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS researcher Erik Lamontagne, discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual communities carries a substantial economic cost, too.  A combination of factors, including discriminatory hiring practices, unequal pay and shorter life expectancies, mean LGB people may not be earning as...