By Karanja Gaçuça
The United Nations has made significant steps in recognizing the specific need and vulnerabilities of specific populations as it relates to HIV & AIDS policies.
Specifically the UN will recognize men who have sex with men (MSM),
transgender women, sex workers and drug users in addition to women.
This recognition of specific communities is important because it allows for the global advocacy by international organizations such as UNAIDS to push globally for policies that will ensure that resources are directed where they are needed most based on science based data about communities that are most at risk of HIV infection and AIDS related illnesses. Read More
London – This essay is dedicated to the many heroic South African LGBT and anti-apartheid activists that I worked with during the period of white minority rule - heroes who helped secure the commitment of the African National Congress of South Africa to LGBT human rights, including the enactment of the world’s first constitution to protect LGBT people against discrimination.
As a gay teenager growing up in Melbourne, Australia, my three great passions were men, surfing and politics. All three came together in the summer of 1971, when at the age of 19, I went on my first anti-apartheid protest. Read More
CAIRO - This is not about any alarming header—it is the dramatic conclusion of several scientific studies about the on-going climate change impact on the Middle East region, particularly in the Gulf area. The examples are stark.
“Within this century, parts of the Persian Gulf region could be hit with unprecedented events of deadly heat as a result of climate change, according to a study of high-resolution climate models,” a recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research warned. Read More
By Nathan James
President Barack Obama, while on a state visit to London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II‘s 90th birthday, sharply rebuked anti LGBT laws recently passed in states like North Carolina and Mississippi, while Republican lawmakers repudiated his remarks.
“The laws passed there are wrong,” Obama said, “and should be overturned.”
The President's remarks came during a joint press conference yesterday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose government issued a travel warning to its LGBT citizens that "laws in these states could affect [them]". Read More
By Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS – An unprecedented 175 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement here Friday, with 15 developing countries taking the lead by also ratifying the treaty.
The Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Somalia, Palestine, Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Tuvalu, the Maldives, Saint Lucia and Mauritius all deposited their instruments of ratification at the signing ceremony, meaning that their governments have already agreed to be legally bound by the terms of the treaty.
Speaking at the opening of the signing ceremony UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the record-breaking number of signatures for an international treaty on a single day but reminded the governments present that “records are also being broken outside.” Read More
The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Ecuador surged to 233 on Sunday, as daylight aided rescue and recovery efforts from the overnight devastation.
The latest figures from the office of President Rafael Correa more than triple earlier estimates.
Hundreds more people were injured when the the shallow 7.8-magnitude quake struck late Saturday along the South American country's coast.
Initial reports indicate heavy damage in the coastal city of Manta. Rescue crews struggled to get to the sparsely populated fishing ports and tourists beaches. Read More
By Nathan James
The renowned Ailey II company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater opened its 42nd New York City season today, with bold, energetic new world premieres by emerging and established choreographers, and the 12 young dancers who come from all across America to develop their art, in anticipation of starting their professional careers. Read More
Nathaniel Hunt is the “senior” dancer within the group of twelve gifted dancers that form the 2016 ensemble modern dance group Ailey II. Listen Here
By Rev. Irene Monroe
For many LGBTQs across the nation-especially those of us of African descent-we have been breathlessly waiting for Robert O’Hara’s “BootyCandy” to come to our cities. “BootyCandy” has finally come to Boston, and each show has been a sold-out performance. Read More
ITHACA, N.Y. – Race and ethnicity as a function of climate-change attitudes is the subject of a recent study by Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and collaborator Adam Pearson, assistant professor of psychology at Pomona (Calif.) College.
Their work is documented in a paper, “The role of race and ethnicity in climate change polarization: Evidence from a U.S. national survey experiment,” and is published online in the journal Climatic Change. Read More