Friday, April 23, 2010
Top Stories from Around the World
Photo courtesy of Kenyon Farrow
Although our day to day jobs slow our work on Rights of Passage, LGBT challenges in the world are not idle.
Gay Men’s Bodies Desecrated in Senegal
The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com reports even death cannot stop the violence against gays in this corner of the world anymore. Madieye Diallo's body had only been in the ground for a few hours when the mob descended on the weedy cemetery with shovels.A wave of intense homophobia continues to wash across Africa, where homosexuality is already illegal in at least 37 countries.
Last week it was revealed that a letter future Pope Ratzinger typed in Latin refusing to defrock an Oakland Priest who had been molesting child after child. And now the Vatican's number two guy is blaming the gays.The Vatican’s secretary of state has linked the sex scandals to homosexuality, not celibacy among priests.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, second in command to the pope, made the comments recently at a press conference in Chile, where a priest is being investigated for having sex with young girls. Gay rights activists in Chile were quick to dismiss Bertone’s claims.
"This is a perverse strategy by the Vatican to shirk its own ethical and legal responsibility by making a spurious and disgusting connection," said Rolando Jimenez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation in Chile.
Members of Facebook’s World United Gay Union report that gay prisoner Steven Monjeza is seriously ill. As we have previously reported, Steven and his partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga are being held for trial on charges of homosexuality. They are being held on remand. They have not been convicted of any offense, yet they are being treated like criminals and imprisoned with hardened felons convicted of serious crimes. Here is a link to the details of this horrific situation with ways we can help http://www.petertatchell.net Click on London Protest Demands Freedom for Steven and Tiwonge once you reach Peter’s site.