This No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) news digest rounds up some of the week’s top LGBTI rights stories for the week ending 1 August:
Surviving ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBT+ people in Germany
Deutsche Welle, 01 Aug 2019
An estimated 1,000 queer-identified people in Germany undergo “conversion therapy” every year. But the practice may soon be banned. During LGBTQ Pride Month, DW spoke to Mike F., who underwent the controversial therapy.
Lebanon: Festival Cancels Mashrou’ Leila Concert
Human Rights Watch, 31 Jul 2019
The Byblos International Festival Committee has cancelled the indie band Mashrou Leila’s August 9, 2019 concert, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee cited security considerations and said it wanted to avoid “bloodshed,” following a week of pressure and threats from some individuals and some Christian groups.
More than 1,000 march in Warsaw in support of LGBT rights
The Guardian, 27 Jul 2019
More than 1,000 people have gathered in Warsaw in support of LGBT rights a week after the first pride march in the city of Białystok was marred by violence. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has made LGBT rights a campaign issue ahead of parliamentary elections expected in October, with many politicians arguing that pride marches promote unnecessary public displays of sexuality.
Macron gambles on cultural shift with a bill allowing IVF for lesbians
Reuters, 24 Jul 2019
The French government on Wednesday sent to parliament draft legislation that would allow in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for lesbian couples and single women, honouring a long-standing campaign pledge but risking a backlash from conservative voters.