A gay Russian man who says he was abducted and tortured by police in Chechnya has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights ECHR after Russian investigators refused to open a criminal case in the matter, according to his lawyers. The complaint by Maksim Lapunov, the only person to publicly come forward with accusations that he was targeted in a purge of gay men in the southern Russian region, was filed with the Strasbourg court on May 24, lawyers with the Russia-based Committee for the Prevention of Torture said in a statement. Lapunov says he was swept up in what rights groups call a brutal "purge" of gay men by authorities in Chechnya, whose Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, rules the mainly Muslim North Caucasus region unchallenged.
LGBT activists in France say they have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court ICC against the leader of Chechnya alleging genocide following reports of the torture and killing of gay men in the southern Russian region. Three gay-rights groups said on May 16 that they filed the complaint with The Hague-based court a day earlier against Ramzan Kadyrov, calling him the "logistician" of "genocide" and "the organizer of torture camps with a desire to exterminate homosexuals. The complaint comes amid mounting international pressure over the alleged abuses against gay men in Chechnya, first reported last month by the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
But the ruling has helped some in the LGBTI community come out and it now forces companies to be more inclusive, said Srini Ramaswamy, co-founder of Bengaluru-based consultancy Pride Circle, which organized the job fair. A total of candidates had registered for the event which offered roles ranging from experienced positions to entry-level and support-staff, Ramaswamy said. Software engineer Arun Gnanavignesh said he had felt ostracized by fellow workers when they learned he was gay.
In Britain today therapists are trying to convert gay men and women to heterosexuality. I know this, because for several months I infiltrated this network of therapists and put myself — a happy, "out" gay man — through treatment. According to a report by Professor Michael King of University College London, one in six UK psychiatrists and psychotherapists have sought to reduce or change a patient's sexual orientation. And with the help of the American conversion therapy movement, practitioners here, along with a clutch of international "conversion" organisations, are becoming co-ordinated and unified.
The U. Supreme Court ruled in June that all people have a right to marry regardless of the gender of either spouse. Technically, states can no longer deny marriage licenses to same sex couples.
And they have tailored their arguments to resonate with a seemingly unlikely bloc on the court: its five conservatives. The arguments, though novel, are unlikely to satisfy some conservatives who believe that federal nondiscrimination laws do not cover sexual orientation and gender identity because Congress never provided for it in the original statute. The high court has agreed to hear three cases when it returns from its summer recess that concern whether the Civil Rights Act, which bans workplace discrimination based on sex, also guarantees gay and transgender people the same protection.
Neale and a team of researchers, who published their results in the journal Science on Thursday, scanned the genomes of roughly half a million people for differences that might form the genetic foundation for same-sex sexual behavior. Neale says their findings confirmed something that researchers had long believed: Sexual behavior is a trait like most human characteristics such as height, skin tone, intelligence and personality. This can include a person's social circle, where a person grew up, and things that may have happened in the womb.
The challenges were filed by local lawyers, Zita Barnwell and Jomo Thomas, listing the two British attorneys as the intended trial advocates. According to their affidavits, as a result of the legislation, they have been exiled from the Caribbean island due to the severely draconian and damaging effects of these laws. Javin Johnson, 22, successfully claimed asylum in the United Kingdom in having established that he could not live as a gay man in St Vincent, while year-old Sean Macleish, who resides in Chicago, in the United States, has failed in his public advocacy to Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves for the removal of the laws so that he may return home with his partner.
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The gay community has recently celebrated the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US and Ireland. And while these remain significant breakthroughs in gay rights, across the world the battle for equality remains as stark as ever. Homosexuality remains illegal in 75 countries - of which five are prepared to sentence gay people to death; just for the sexual orientation.