LGBTI Rights and Religion

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Leading Ugandan gay rights activist discusses her country’s extreme anti-gay laws

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 14:25

7:00 minutes (6.41 MB)

We go to Uganda for the third report in our series on gay rights, discrimination and religion. Today Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni was sworn in as President for a fourth time. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye also returned to the country today, after authorities prevented his entry on Wednesday. Besigye was arrested multiple times for recent “Walk to Work” protests. As his supporters gathered today to welcome him back, police fired tear gas at the crowd. CNN reports that dozens were injured and live ammunition was used.

Kenya struggles to overcome prejudice against LGBT rights

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:41

5:26 minutes (4.98 MB)

In the second report in our series on gay rights, discrimination and religion, we go to Kenya where the country’s new constitution, approved last summer, ensures the rights of minority groups and criminalizes discrimination based on sex, age, religion, race, and sexual orientation among others. But many people continue to be openly discriminated against because of their sexual preferences or sexual orientation and many government officials, religious leaders and academics openly condemn homosexuality. FSRN’s Tanya Castle filed this report.

The Indonesian transgender hairdresser who runs an Islamic school from her salon

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 15:01

7:35 minutes (6.95 MB)

Today, FSRN begins a series on gay rights, discrimination and religion. We start by going to Indonesia, where homosexuality is not outlawed but the Indonesian Ulemna Council has declared it evil or haram. And many mosques and Islamic schools in Indonesia discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims. But in a quiet alley in the ancient Javanese city of Yogyakarta, Mariyani, a 50-year-old transgender hairdresser, has turned part of her salon into an Islamic school. FSRN’s Rebecca Henschke went to meet Mariyani on her birthday.

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