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Embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resisted calls to resign.(Photo public domain)

Embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday did not say whether he will resign from the office he has held for 37 years.Mugabe read a statement on Zimbabwean television less than a week after the country’s military placed him under house arrest. The military moved against Mugabe after he fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in an apparent attempt to allow his wife, Grace Mugabe, to succeed him.

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Robert Mugabe, 93, has ruled Zimbabwe since the countrys independence from the U.K. in 1980. His government has frequently targeted LGBT activists, opposition leaders and other groups.

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He said in a 2013 speech he gave in the city of Masvingo ahead of the city of Masvingo said gay men and lesbians should rot in jail.

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LGBTI rights advocates from across Latin America are in Guatemala City for the ILGA Latin America and Caribbean conference. (Photo courtesy of Visibles)

Editors note: Visibles, a Guatemalan LGBTI website and advocacy group, is covering the ILGA Latin America and Caribbean conference that is taking place in Guatemala City. Visibles original story on the conference is here.GUATEMALA CITY Fundamentalist and conservative groups have become more prominent in the public sphere and have promoted anti-LGBTI initiatives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, said activists from across the region who are meeting at the seventh ILGA Latin America and Caribbean (ILGALAC) Regional Conference that is taking place in Guatemala City. They are also celebrating advances and highlighting the participation of young people in the movement.

In Guatemala, National Network of Sexual Diversity and HIV Secretary Carlos Romero noted there was recently an attempt to put forth a bill that would have banned marriage between people of the same sex and further restricted womens reproductive rights.

This trend is similar in other countries.

Bolivia’s Constitutional Court on Nov. 10 recognized the change of ones gender identity as constitutional a demand that is of the utmost importance to the trans community but it opted not to allow people who have changed their identity to be able to exercise all fundamental, political, labor, civil, economic and social rights.

Even in Brazil, considered by many to be a distinctively liberal country in the region, a judge recently ruled on a resolution that once again approves so-called conversion therapy for gays and lesbians in the country, after it had been banned for nearly 20 years. And an exhibition that celebrated the LGBTI community was forced to close early because of strong social opposition.

Against this backdrop, regional delegates to the ILGALAC conference are looking to reflect and to talk about the specific violations that exist in the different sub-regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, which are Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Andean region, Brazil and the Southern Cone, said Josefina Valencia of the ILGALAC Regional Council, who is also the executive director of El Closet de Sor Juana in Mexico.

Bright spots and set backs

Despite the obstacles, Valencia said Latin America and the Caribbean is also a part of the world with a lot of political work, a tough region and where one can discuss its best practices and contribution to these issues. She added the regions gender identity laws have been used to discuss other similar proposals in Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean had an important role in the process in lobbying for an independent U.N. expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,

Beto de Jesús, a Brazilian member of the ILGALAC Regional Council and founder of the São Paulo LGBT Pride March, highlighted in his opening remarks his hope that the new generation is going to continue this fight.

The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva created the position of the independent expert, which seeks to promote awareness and dialogue and at the same time collaboration from member states to effectively address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The creation of this mandate was not without controversy and the vote was disputed (23 in favor, 18 against and six abstentions.)

In a context where various countries have succeeded in implementing institutional measures that guarantee the expansion of rights to the LGBTI community, activists recognize that their work to guarantee a true social turn towards acceptance and respect of diversity continues.

We live in the most unequal region in the world . . . in an adverse context in institutional terms and violence, highlighted Valencia.

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Nota del editor: Visibles, un sitio web y grupo LGBTI guatemalteco, está reportando sobre la conferencia de ILGALAC que se celebró en la Ciudad de Guatemala. La nota original de Visibles sobre la conferencia está aquí.

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA Grupos fundamentalistas y conservadores han adquirido una voz más prominente en el espacio público e impulsado iniciativas de rechazo a lo largo de América Latina y el Caribe, manifiestan activistas de toda la región reunidos en la VII Conferencia Regional de la Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersexuales para América Latina y el Caribe (ILGALAC) que en esta ocasión acoge Guatemala. Celebran avances y destacan participación de jóvenes en el movimiento.

En Guatemala, el secretario de la Red Nacional de la Diversidad Sexual y VIH (Rednads), Carlos Romero, destacó que se recientemente se intentó impulsar una iniciativa de ley para prohibir el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo y restringir aún más los derechos reproductivos de las mujeres.

En otros países, la tendencia sigue una ruta similar. El 10 de noviembre, el Tribunal Constitucional boliviano, reconoció como constitucional el cambio de identidad de género una demanda de suma importancia para la población trans pero optó por no permitir que las personas con cambio de identidad puedan ejercer todos los derechos fundamentales, políticos, laborales, civiles, económicos y sociales.

Incluso en Brasil, considerado por muchos como un país distintivamente liberal en la región, un juez emitió recientemente una resolución que aprueba nuevamente la terapia de conversión a homosexuales en el país, tras encontrarse prohibida por casi 20 años. Y por una fuerte oposición social, una exhibición que celebraba a la población LGBTI se vio obligada a cerrar antes de tiempo.

En este contexto, los delegados regionales buscan reflexionar y hablar de las violencias específicas que se viven en las distintas sub-regiones de ALC, que son México, Centroamérica, Caribe, Zona Andina, Brasil y Cono Sur, explicó Josefina Valencia, del Consejo Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de ILGA y Directora Ejecutiva de El Closet de Sor Juana en México.

Avance de derechos LGBTI en la región: Luces y sombras

A pesar de los obstáculos, ALC (América Latina y el Caribe) también es una región del mundo con mucho trabajo político, una región aguerrida y que puede discutir sus buenas prácticas y aportes al mundo en estos temas, comentó Valencia. Las leyes de identidad de género de la región se han retomado en la discusión de otras en Europa, y ALC tuvo un rol importante en el proceso de cabildeo para el experto independiente sobre la protección contra la violencia y la discriminación por motivos de orientación sexual e identidad de género, destacó.

El brasileño Beto de Jesús, integrante del Consejo Regional y fundador de la Marcha de Orgullo LGBT de São Paulo, celebró en sus palabras de bienvenida la esperanza que arroja que la nueva generación va a seguir en esta lucha.

El experto independiente es una figura creada por el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas en Ginebra, que busca la sensibilización y el diálogo, así la colaboración con los Estados para abordar eficazmente la violencia y la discriminación con motivo de la orientación sexual y la identidad de género. La creación de su mandato no estuvo exenta de controversia y el voto fue reñido (23 a favor, 18 en contra y 6 abstenciones.)

En un contexto donde varios países han tenido éxito en implementar medidas desde lo institucional que garantizan la ampliación de derechos para la población LGBTI, los activistas reconocen que el trabajo continúa para garantizar un verdadero giro social de aceptación y respeto a la diversidad. Valencia resalta: Vivimos en la región más desigual del mundo . . . en un contexto adverso en términos institucionales y de violencia.

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Gay U.S. ambassador Daniel Baer is running for Congress. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key).

A gay former U.S. ambassador who served under the Obama administration has launched a campaign to run for Congress, shifting his focus from tangling with representatives of Vladimir Putin overseas to President Trump at home.

Daniel Baer, who served in the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, announced on Tuesday his bid to succeed retiring Rep. Ed EarlPerlmutter (D-Colo.) in representing Colorados 7th congressional district.

Were at a pivotal moment, Baer said in a statement. We need bold new ideas and a commitment to stand up for our Colorado values. Working together, we can put our communities and our country on a path toward success in the 21st century.

Baer accompanied his announcement with a video titled Are we doing everything we can? declaring his candidacy. Among the images in the video is a picture of Baer and his spouse, Brian Walsh.

Under the Obama administration, Baer served not only as U.S. envoy to OSCE, but deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, where his portfolio included LGBT international human rights issues. After his appointment as U.S. ambassador, Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry took over the issue at the State Department.

In his role at OSCE, Baer represented the United States in talks with envoys from Russia a country known for hostility to LGBT rights. At one time, the Russian government called on Baer to step down for tough comments he made abut the country, but Baer says in the video he still managed to get things done with them.

During a 2014 interview with the Washington Blade, Baer said he never felt that his sexual orientation has been an issue for Vladimir Putins representatives at OSCE.

Just like being gay, working with the U.S. ambassador is not a choice, and Im ready to work with all of them, Baer said.

Baer joins a crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in Colorados 7th congressional district, including State Sen. Andy Kerr, State Sen. Dominick Moreno and State Sen. Brittany Pettersen. No Republican candidate have formally declared yet.

As tough as things are, Im an optimist, Baer said. I believe in the power of Colorado common sense, and I believe that we can make our democracy work for everyone. The American dream must be part of our future, not a nostalgic memory from our past. We all worry about the divisions in our American family. The best way to build bridges, to mend our rifts, and to lift each other up is to roll up our sleeves and start making progress, rebuilding the middle class, and digging deep into the bottomless well of American optimism. Lets do this.

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The Russian LGBT Network in a report it published on July 31, 2017, says it has evacuated 64 people from Chechnya. (Photo by Alexxx1979; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A Russian LGBT advocacy group says it has evacuated 64 people from Chechnya over the last four months.A 31-page report the Russian LGBT Network released on Monday notes those it has helped leave the semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses were relocated to shelters in central Russia. The Russian LGBT Network, which is based in St. Petersburg, also said more than 130 people from Chechnya and neighboring republics have requested assistance of a different nature because of the persecution from the local authorities and hostile relatives.

Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, in April reported Chechen authorities have arrested more than 100 men because of their sexual orientation since the beginning of the year. At least three of these men reportedly died after their arrest, while others have been beaten and tortured and sent to secret prisons.

They threw me to the floor and beat me, said a person identified as I.J. in the Russian LGBT Network report. They beat my chest and my face with their feet, and they hit my head against the floor.

I.J. also told the Russian LGBT Network he thought authorities were going to rape them as they took off their clothes. A person identified as A.B. said authorities forced them to watch a video of them torturing a man by inserting a hollow tube and a piece of barbed wire into his anus.

They enjoyed the torture, said A.B. We were forced to beat others up and to electrocute them. They instructed other inmates to do whatever they wanted with us.

Novaya Gazeta reporter Elena Milashina contributed to the report, which indicates Chechen authorities have begun to target lesbian women. The Russian LGBT Network also notes dozens of gay Chechens may have been killed by their relatives in so-called honor killings.

U.S. remains deeply concerned about crackdown

The ongoing crackdown against gay and lesbian Chechens has sparked widespread outrage around the world.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in April said the U.S. is disturbed by the crackdown. The State Department has also urged the Russian government to conduct an investigation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are among the world leaders who have condemned Chechen authorities. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told the Washington Blade last month the State Department has raised the crackdown in conversations at the highest levels, even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) in June during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing he has not discussed it with Russian officials.

Neither Tillerson nor President Trump has yet to publicly condemn the crackdown.

Tillerson on Tuesday made no mention of Chechnya when he spoke to reporters about relations between the U.S. and Russia during a State Department press briefing.

The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in the republic of Chechnya, where credible reports indicate at least 100 men have been detained and tortured with some killed on the basis of their sexual orientation, a State Department official told the Blade on Tuesday in a statement.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said last month during an interview with HBOs Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that gay people dont exist in the republic. The Russian LGBT Network has also expressed skepticism over the Kremlins claims it has launched an investigation into the crackdown.

Nauert on July 18 described Kadyrovs comments as very concerning and upsetting to us. The State Department official with whom the Blade spoke on Tuesday stressed the U.S. categorically condemns the persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis.

We urge Russian federal authorities to follow through on its promise to conduct an independent and credible investigation into these reports, and hold any perpetrators responsible as soon as possible, added the official. We also urge Russian federal authorities to speak out against such practices and take steps to ensure the release of anyone wrongfully detained.

Media Matters criticizes lack of Chechnya coverage

The Russian LGBT Network released its report a day before Media Matters for America published a study that notes there have only been three significant mentions of the Chechnya crackdown in the six major networks evening newscasts between April 1-July 31.

A segment of NBCs Nightly News broadcast on April 23 focused on Chechnya. CNNs The Lead with Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper 360 highlighted the anti-gay crackdown on April 24 and May 4 respectively.

Chechnyas brutal attacks against and murders of queer men in the region have become an international human rights issue, but the American public would not know that by watching the evening news, said Media Matters. Though NBC’s and CNNs pieces provided solid reporting, one package on each network’s evening programming over a four-month span is not enough, and the utter silence of ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News does a disservice to their viewers.

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Jeff Sessions’ Assault On Gay Workers Revealed Yet Another Lie He Told At Confirmation Hearings – HuffPost


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Jeff Sessions’ Assault On Gay Workers Revealed Yet Another Lie He Told At Confirmation Hearings
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But last week Sessions’ Justice Department used precious time and federal expense to tell a federal appeals court, via a 36-page brief, that employers should legally have the right to fire gay, lesbian and bisexual people based on their sexual orientation.

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Is the Justice Department right about gay rights and the law … – CNN


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Is the Justice Department right about gay rights and the law …
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Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst who practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful conviction and criminal defense in Pennsylvania, New York, and …
WENY News – Is the Justice Department right about gay rights and …WENY-TV

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Trump Follows Russia’s Lead on LGBT Hostility

When It Comes to LGBT Rights, Trump's America Turn Its Eyes to RussiaOur failing president admires Putin’s way of doing things, including targeting LGBT people for discrimination.

Ian McKellen says James Bond should be gay #lgbt

Ian McKellen says James Bond should be gay #lgbt

Ian McKellen Says James Bond Should Be Gay

Out British actor Ian McKellen has suggested that James Bond be gay

#Serbian lawmakers elect first openly gay prime minister #Serbia #lgbt

#Serbian lawmakers elect first openly gay prime minister #Serbia #lgbt

Serbian Lawmakers Elect First Openly Gay Prime Minister

Serbian lawmakers on Thursday elected Ana Brnabic, who is openly lesbian, to be the nation’s next prime minister


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