March #178 : Gay Rights Go Global - by Cristina González

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The Right to Give Life

The House That Love Built

From the Editor

Life and Death


Letters- March 2012


Speaking of Sex...

What You Need to Know

Gay Rights Go Global

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Hershey's Bittersweet

HIV Isn't Bioterrorism

General Hospital Says Goodbye to HIV-Positive Character

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Legalize It

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Bill Clinton Proposes Generic Pricing for HIV Meds in the U.S.

Rituxan Boosts Lymphoma Survival Rates

Microsoft Joins the Hunt for an HIV Vaccine

What You Should Know About HIV and Hepatitis

40% of Americans With HIV Are Older Than 50

Misuse of Neti Pots Can Be Deadly

GMHC Treatment Issues March 2012

Comfort Zone

Easing the Winter Woes

POZ Heroes

Best in Show

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

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March 2012

Gay Rights Go Global

by Cristina González

ObamaFinally, something we want to spread around the world: tolerance. In December, the Obama administration announced that the United States would use all its tools of diplomacy, including foreign aid, to promote civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world. In November, the Human Dignity Trust, a new British legal rights group, kicked off a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in more than 80 countries where consensual same-sex sexual relations between adults have been outlawed.

In October, AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy group, presented a first-ever legal challenge to antigay laws in Jamaica by filing a petition at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Also in October, decriminalizing homosexuality was on the agenda at a meeting of government leaders from the Commonwealth of Nations, an association of countries formerly of the British empire. (Jamaica and 40 other countries of the Commonwealth have antigay laws.)

Advancing LGBT civil rights globally is not only good for LGBT people—it’s also good for people with HIV/AIDS. In countries with antigay laws, LGBT people are less likely to get tested for HIV or seek care and treatment because they fear being identified as LGBT. As a result, antigay laws significantly keep HIV rates disproportionately high for gay men and other men who have sex with men. Fighting homophobia also fights HIV/AIDS stigma. Let’s hope that discrimination is another epidemic we can vanquish.

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