Ninety percent of gay men in Asia-Pacific countries are criminalized and denied access to HIV prevention and health care because of their sexuality, according to a new report.
Intolerance of gays and lesbians worldwide seems to be digging in, as the public and private lives of homosexuals come under fire from Oregon to Russia and South-Central Asia. In Portland, two teenage girls who hugged and kissed on a bus were forced off the vehicle after a passenger complained to the driver. The city transit agency says it’s against policy to eject young people from a bus; the girls’ parents may file their own complaint about the incident. In Russia, Orthodox Christian groups plan on holding prayer meetings and patrols in a popular meeting venue for Moscow gays and lesbians. This follows assaults on a gay rights demonstration in the Russian capital in which police let the perpetrators go and arrested the protestors instead.
Although homosexuality was legalized in 1998, gays in Chile still suffer public harassment and, in one case, beatings and sexual assault — all by the country’s own police force. Activists there have called for mandatory human rights training for police officers, or Carabineros, but the Santiago Times reports that officals have not welcomed the idea. Source:
“Police abuse of gays continues in Chile”
Santiago Times, February 7, 2007