Le Temps: Coming out au travail: la prudence, encore

Le Temps : Coming out au travail: la prudence, encore


Parler de son homosexualité dans le monde professionnel n’est pas anodin, même si les entreprises se montrent toujours plus ouvertes à la question. Pour venir à bout des discriminations, un label a été créé pour certifier les employeurs inclusifs

Switzerland: Same-sex marriage moves forward in parliament despite opposition

Same-sex marriage moves forward in parliament despite opposition

Parliament has launched discussions a proposal to allow same-sex marriage bringing Switzerland in line with many other western European countries. The House of Representatives on Wednesday agreed in principle to full marriage equality for homosexual couples against opposition by conservative parliamentarians. Supporters of the proposal argued it was time for Switzerland as a liberal country to give gay marriage full legal status. However, opponents, notably from the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, argued civil partnerships for gays and lesbians, introduced in 2007, was enough. The debate, including the right for lesbian couples to sperm donations, is set to continue over the next few days. Observers expect the bill to pass in the House, but approval by the Senate at a later stage is less certain. Right-wing opponents have threatened to challenge a more liberal legislation to a nationwide vote. The Swiss government in January came out in favour of same-sex marriage, as did …

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Invitation to the SOGICA conference – 7-9 July 2020 (online)

Invitation to the SOGICA conference – 7-9 July 2020 (online)

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum – A European Human Rights Challenge

The SOGICA conference is now taking place online on Zoom from 7-9 July. Here is the draft programme and you can book on-line on our website before 30 June if you have not yet done so (and if you have already registered there is no need to do so again).  As well as a fantastic range of panels, workshops and contributors, we are delighted to have as our three keynote speakers: Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director at ILGA-Europe; Professor Emeritus Vitit Muntarbhorn KBE – former UN Independent Expert; and Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We will email everyone who registers the week before the conference with joining instructions and a final programme. Before then, please let us know if you have any problems with technical or other access issues and we will try to assist.  And please do forward this invitation to any of your colleagues and contacts – one big advantage of having to hold the conference online is that it can be a more globally inclusive and diverse event than it would otherwise have been! We look forward to meeting you all virtually next month
Best wishes from NunoCarmeloMoira and Nina at SOGICA 

Zambian president told ‘no option’ but to apologise to ‘humiliated’ US ambassador kicked out for defending gay rights

Zambian president told ‘no option’ but to apologise to ‘humiliated’ US ambassador kicked out for defending gay rights

Emma Powys Maurice May 27, 2020

Daniel Foote, Zambia

US Ambassador Daniel Foote spoke out against Zambia’s criminalisation of homosexuality (Twitter/@swahilitimes)

President of Zambia Edgar Lungu is facing calls to apologise to the US ambassador who was expelled from the country for defending an imprisoned gay couple.

Ambassador Daniel Foote was recalled in December last year for saying he was “personally horrified” by the 15-year prison sentence handed to two gay men, Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba, for a consensual relationship “which hurt absolutely no one”.

He also accused authorities of having double standards when it came to pursuing other crimes, noting: “Government officials can steal millions of public dollars without prosecution.”

This enraged the Zambian government, which accused the ambassador of trying to dictate policy and announced his position was “no longer tenable”.

Lungu later told state-owned television channel ZNBC that he “wants him gone”, effectively declaring Foote to be a persona non grata in the country and forcing him to leave.

However, the Zambian government now appears to have changed its position as it pardoned Chataba and Samba for “crimes against nature”.

Zambia granted 3,000 prisoners amnesty, including gay couple.

The couple were among nearly 3,000 other prisoners granted presidential amnesty to commemorate Africa Freedom Day on May 25.

In light of this, Sean Tembo, leader of the opposition party Patriots for Economic Progress, has challenged president Lungu to apologise to Foote.

Speaking on the Zambian radio station Hot FM, Tembo said that Lungu has “no option” but to apologise for the “victimisation and humiliation” Foote suffered for condemning the crime Lungu has now pardoned.

He also said the pardoning of the gay couple has also vindicated various stakeholders in Zambia who condemned the imprisonment as severe.

Unfortunately, the release of Chataba and Samba is probably an isolated incident and unlikely to signal a change in attitudes towards LGBT+ people in Zambia.

Evangelical Christianity is imbued into almost all aspects of day-to-day life in Zambia, from the social to the political arenas, and much of society remains strongly opposed to LGBT+ rights.

In 2018 the Zambian government noted recommendations to decriminalise same-sex relations, but no further actions were taken.

More: Africa, criminalisation of homosexuality, Daniel Foote, President Lungu, Zambia

USA: After the tragic death of trans pioneer Aimee Stephens, her widow is taking over historic court battle

USA: After the tragic death of trans pioneer Aimee Stephens, her widow is taking over historic court battle

Transgender activist Aimee Stephens,with her wife behind, sits in her wheelchair outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, October 8, 2019

Transgender activist Aimee Stephens, with her wife Donna Stephens behind, sits in her wheelchair outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, October 8, 2019 (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Aimee Stephens’ historic Supreme Court battle for trans rights will continue after her tragic death, with her widow taking over the case ahead of an expected ruling.

Stephens, who died on May 12 from kidney disease, was the lead plaintiff in a landmark case currently before the US Supreme Court, which will establish whether transgender people are entitled to protection from discrimination in the workplace based on existing sex-based civil rights laws.

After the death of the trans rights pioneer, her widow Donna Stephens has taken over in the case against her spouse’s former employer, RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes Inc. The court granted a motion for her to substitute in the case on Tuesday (May 26).

The Michigan funeral home, where Stephens had worked for six years, sacked her just weeks after she came out as transgender — and maintains that it acted legally in doing so.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case last year and is due to announce its ruling soon, making her death all the more tragic.

Aimee Stephens’ widow thanks supporters.

In a previous statement, Donna Stephens said: “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, generosity, and keeping my best friend and soulmate in your thoughts and prayers.

“Aimee is an inspiration. She has given so many hope for the future of equality for LGBTQ people in our country, and she has rewritten history. The outpouring of love and support is our strength and inspiration now.”

More: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/05/27/aimee-stephens-supreme-court-widow-takes-over-ruling/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PNnewsletter

Malaysia’s cruel religious ban on gay sex is to be challenged in an historic court case

Malaysia’s cruel religious ban on gay sex is to be challenged in an historic court case

A man in Malaysia has won the right to challenge a religious state law banning gay sex in the mostly Muslim country.

Malaysia A LGBT pride flag flies at the women's march in Malaysia on March 9.

According to Reuters, a lawyer for the man said on Wednesday (May 27) that Malaysia’s top court had him the go-ahead for the landmark LGBT+ rights test case.

The Muslim man in his 30s will remain anonymous for his protection and privacy.

He initially filed the lawsuit in 2018 after he was arrested for attempting gay sex, a charge that he denies.

He was arrested as part of a raid by by Islamic enforcement officers in the state of Selangor, after which five men pleaded guilty and were fined, jailed and caned on gay sex charges. 

More: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/05/27/malaysia-gay-sex-ban-sodomy-raid-lgbt-rights-muslim-shariah-selangor-surendra-ananth/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PNnewsletter

Quer.de: Mit Stimmen von Union, SPD und AfD: Bundesregierung “vertieft Diskriminierung von Regenbogenfamilien”

Queer.de: Mit Stimmen von Union, SPD und AfD: Bundesregierung “vertieft Diskriminierung von Regenbogenfamilien”

Eine neue Hürde macht es künftig homosexuellen Ehepaaren mit Kind in bestimmten Fällen noch schwerer, eine rechtlich stabile Familie zu werden. CDU/CSU, SPD und AfD befürworten die zusätzliche Ungleichbehandlung.