This No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) news digest rounds up some of the week’s top LGBTI rights stories for the week ending 4 April:
Top Democrat denounces Trump’s trans troops ban as ‘act of cruelty’
Gay News, 04 Apr 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday (3 April) that Trump’s ban on trans service members will leave the President and his administration in the ‘dustbin of history.’
Brunei implements stoning to death under anti-LGBT laws
BBC, 04 Apr 2019
Brunei is introducing strict new Islamic laws that make anal sex and adultery offences punishable by stoning to death.The new measures, that come into force on Wednesday, also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation.The move has sparked international condemnation. Brunei’s gay community has expressed shock and fear at the “medieval punishments”.
The long journey out of the closet for Lithuania’s gay community
El Paìs, 04 Apr 2019
On August 10, 2018, 55-year-old Vladimir Simonko had just got on a plane in Frankfurt, Germany to return home to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, where his boyfriend Eduardas Platovas, also 55, was waiting for him. The plane had WiFi, so Simonko – who was returning from a business trip to Canada – connected to the network. “You should never do that,” he warns now from his office in the center of Vilnius. As soon as Simonko was online, his partner called him via Skype. “We’re being attacked,” he told him. And Simonko was left, at 10,000 meters of altitude, in a “complete state of shock.”
LGBT progress seen in Lightfoot’s win, rise of ‘Mayor Pete’
The Washington Post, 04 Apr 2019
“The real news is not that openly gay candidates are successful, but that being openly gay has become irrelevant,” said Richard Socarides, a former Clinton White House adviser on gay issues.
No matter their allegiance, Ukraine’s politicians are ignoring LGBT rights
Open Democracy, 31 Mar 2019
Instead of fighting for gay and lesbian rights, Ukraine’s presidential candidates continue to fight for their ratings by promoting populist ideas, rather than the ones that Ukrainian society needs The idea of introducing same-sex marriage is still not accepted in Ukraine, and the majority of the population do not understand what the term “civil partnership” means.