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December 1 Is World AIDS Day

December 1 Is World AIDS Day

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Worldwide, an estimated 38 million people are living HIV, with more than 17 million still receiving no treatment to halt the progression of AIDS-related illnesses, according to data from UNAIDS. In 2016, approximately 1.8 million people became newly infected, with 160,000 of those under the age of 18, amfAR, the Foundation for […]

In Iran, At Best, Seeds of Hope   

In Iran, At Best, Seeds of Hope   

BY ANDY HUMM | The mullahs and Revolutionary Guards who rule Iran are doing everything in their power to prevent a revolution in gay rights from happening there. A panel of experts on LGBT issues in Iran assembled at the CUNY Graduate Center on October 13 by OutRight Action International (which is the new name for the […]

Sex Work in the Wake of the Rentboy.com Raid

BY NATHAN RILEY | What happens now that rentboy.com is gone? Will the federal Department of Homeland Security follow up with additional raids on similar businesses? The advertisers on rentboy met a well-heeled clientele, and the income they lost has hurt. As these things go, the most dire impact has fallen on sex workers with the […]

Crackdown on Gays Escalates Under New Nigerian Law

Crackdown on Gays Escalates Under New Nigerian Law

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the wake of a new homophobic law taking effect in Nigeria early last week, there are news reports that many dozens of gay men are being arrested and that the crackdown on gays has spread from the Muslim northern portions of the West African nation of 160 million to its Christian […]

As Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law Approved, Dozens of Arrests Reported

As Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law Approved, Dozens of Arrests Reported

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At least three-dozen gay men have been arrested and tortured in Nigeria in recent weeks, even before a draconian new homophobic law took effect, human rights activists told the Associated Press. The AP, on January 14, quoted Dorothy Aken’Ova, executive director of Nigeria’s International Center for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights, saying […]

Robin Hoods Shoot Arrows at UN, Wall Street

Robin Hoods Shoot Arrows at UN, Wall Street

BY ANDY HUMM | While the Robin Hood of folklore rode through Sherwood Forest robbing from the rich to help the poor, more than 2,000 activists –– a good number dressed in his iconic green costume –– marched through the canyons of New York on the evening of September 17. They stopped at power centers from […]