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News Outlets Examine Recent Violations Of LGBT Rights Worldwide

Associated Press: In Africa, LGBT rights activists worry about Trump impact
“…Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, empowered by the support of the Obama administration and the international community. Now many fear the Trump administration will undermine those gains, and that their exposure could make them more vulnerable if support fades…” (Petesch, 10/16).

New York Times: U.N. Officials Condemn Arrests of Gays in Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Indonesia
“United Nations officials on Friday condemned the recent mass arrests of gay and transgender people in Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Indonesia, saying that the authorities in those countries had violated international law by detaining, mistreating, and torturing them. The roundups — of about 80 people in Azerbaijan, 50 in Egypt, and 50 in Indonesia over the past few weeks — do not appear to be connected, but United Nations officials said they exposed patterns of discrimination and abuse that also damage broad development goals…” (Cumming-Bruce, 10/13).

PRI: Brazil is accused of stripping away LGBT rights
“A recent court ruling has opened a fierce debate in Brazil about the use of controversial practices to make people become heterosexual. Last month, a Brazilian federal judge decided psychologists could perform ‘conversion therapy,’ a widely discredited practice meant to change a person’s sexual orientation. The so-called therapy has also caused controversy in the U.S., where a growing number of states are outlawing the practice. But while the U.S. has never taken a federal stance on it, Brazil’s Federal Council of Psychology banned the practice back in 1999…” (Long, 10/13).

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