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On August 20th, the Zimbabwe national police occupied the offices of GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe) - a close JASS ally - after demanding entry. Officers confiscated publications and computers. This latest assault comes on the tail of nearly two weeks of aggressive harassment of GALZ members by the police in Zimbabwe, where same-sex activity is outlawed.
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JASS stands in solidarity with members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) community in Zimbabwe in the wake of the most recent incidents of harassment and violence committed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
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Maria Mustika learned first-hand the isolation and trauma that comes from shame and stigma in families and communities. Her LBTI activism (lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex) is grounded in her personal experience of coming out as a lesbian. For more than ten years, she has been taking the lid off sex and sexuality in her community. First, as part of community outreach for Gaya Nusantara – one of the most vocal and visible gay rights organizations in Indonesia – Maria supported other young people kicked out of their homes and circles of friends because of their sexual orientation.
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The F-word, “feminism,” is taboo in some spaces and arouses mistrust and criticism. That was true for Zimbabwean activist and sceptic, Fadzai Muparutsa, who spends her days doing advocacy around the L-word in “LGBTI” – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.
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“Are you homosexual?” was the question Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity asked minutes before he disbanded a young LGBT activist leadership workshop in Kampala. JASS’ Hope Chigudu, who was there supporting a workshop of young activists, says, “Fear and rage. I’ve never felt such fear and rage as I did when Lokodo invaded our space at that workshop.
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In a week that saw Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity order the break up of a workshop for young LGBT activists; ten women suspected of lesbianism arrested in Cameroon; and, the proposal of “strengthened” anti-gay laws in Liberia - LGBTI commu
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JASS SEA alum, Kamilia Manaf, was recently interviewed about the launch of a comic strip designed to teach LGBTQI youth about their rights using Yogyakarta principles. Her organization, the Indonesian Youth Lesbian Center is well-known for its cretaive use of ICTs to make LGBTQI rights accessible to a wide range of audiences.
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From 16th – 18th April, I joined over 300 participants from all over Southeast Asia and South Asia and beyond at CREA’s Count Me In! Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. Count Me In!
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JASS SEA alum, Kamilia Manaf, was recently interviewed about the launch of a comic strip designed to teach LGBTQI youth about their rights using Yogyakarta principles. Her organization, the Indonesian Youth Lesbian Center is well-known for its cretaive use of ICTs to make LGBTQI rights accessible to a wide range of audiences.
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JASS Southeast Asia activist Maria Mustika (Indonesia) traveled to Nepal for CREA’s Count Me In! Conference, which brought together over 300 sex workers, disabled, single, young, lesbian and HIV-positive women, and trans people from across South and Southeast Asia, to discuss violence against marginalized women and resistance strategies.
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