Showing posts with label Attacking Gays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Attacking Gays. Show all posts

March 7, 2017

UK:Gay Couple Attacked by 5 Men After Falling Sleep on The Train

Suspects pictured after gay couple were 'attacked by five men' on a train
They had been on a date (Picture: Facebook)

Police released photos of five suspects after a gay couple were ‘attacked by homophobes’ on a train.
Phil Poole, 35, had been out on a date with his 26-year-old boyfriend Zbynek Zatloukal and were making their home on the Great Western Railway. 
They had both fallen asleep with their heads propped against on another when they woke up to what police suspect was a homphobic attack.
Officers released CCTV stills of five men suspected of beating the couple up on Valentine’s Day.
Poole claims he was awoken by a punch to the face – and his partner was knocked out.

One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)

Police say that the pair tried to get away but the gang followed them and continued to assault them as the train from Reading approached Ealing Broadway.
Investigating officer, PC Peter Taylor, said: ‘This was a very nasty assault committed by a group of men who attacked two other men while they were sleeping on the train. The victims believe the motivation for the attack was that the offenders thought they were gay.
‘Hate crime such as this will absolutely not be tolerated by British Transport Police. I would like to speak to anyone who recognises the men shown in the CCTV images as they may have information which could help with the investigation.
‘If you recognize them or have any other information about the incident, please contact me by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text information to 61016 quoting reference number 30 15/2/17.

They were asleep when the attack started (Picture: Facebook)
They were asleep when the attack started (Picture: Facebook)
One had to be stretchered off the train (Picture: Facebook)
One had to be stretchered off the train (Picture: Facebook)
It happened at Ealing Broadway (Picture: Facebook)
It happened at Ealing Broadway (Picture: Facebook)

At the time passengers called police following the incident and the gang fled.
Poole suffered severe cuts and bruises while Zatloukal was left with a suspected broken eye socket and had to be stretchered out of the carriage.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Poole said: ‘I’m still a bit jumpy and I think it could be a while before I get back on a train. I was just sleeping on his shoulder it wasn’t like I was making out with him, I can understand if people dislike couples kissing on the train.’

August 8, 2016

NYC Bar ‘Boot and Saddles’ is Accused of Booting a Trans Person

Mathew Rodriguez posted on internet Magazine MIC  a story about something I would not nor many of others would think, an old institution bar like “Boots” in NYC will be a violator of an LGBT with emphasizes on the “T” civil and human rights.  The story or complaint is between a Trans person and  this non trans-woman mentioned on the story  which if true she had no idea of what LGBT people are and may be she thinks we are just here to entertain her but the sad part is that the staff that night at “Boots” seems to feel the same way if the allegations are true and I am not saying they are,  instead I will repost because I find the story disturbing and will leave it up to you to decide. I’m posting most of the story as it appeared at MIC and there is also a part (with links) with OUT which carries a limited response front the bar and a Facebook response in which they seem to finally address part of what is needed to insure that similar incidents do not occur again. Good signage and education to the staff and particularly the manager or head bartender in charge with a food camera system should easily solve the unnecessary problem. If a person fell on the floor  I am sure there is a system of filling an incident report in case they (establishment) got sued. This type of incident should have the same precedent. As a community we sometimes act like the world is ours because we have been discriminated and somehow we can get away with certain language and behavior that other people can’t. Instead we find law enforcement and the media willing to highlight incidents like this to hammer in that we are not that great people and not deserving of equality. Maybe we are not that great maybe we are but we should be asking to be treated equally with respect and we will equally respect others.

I most add before you read the posting from the Transgender party of allegedly being booted out of the bar because of a bathroom gender-use issue I most caution you that the bar responded to this allegation and said(as you will read below) that the issue was not a bathroom gender use issue but an altercation. 

I am experienced enough to know that the tendency of these type of places is to mix any issue inside the bar in which there is a loud disagreement into the altercation or fight corral or label issue.  I know of people that have been beaten at gay bars back in Miami, Fl. by staff and friends of staff then thrown out with injuries and when police responded  no body knew anything except there was a fight or altercation and only one party is fingered and the other party is gone, disappeared and no body knew them. Leaving the injured person to fight alone the allegation. 

I wish this establishment would have done more to document this issue and the injured party would have taken the time to either bring the police in to file a report or the bare minimum to have witnesses willing to go on the record to document her case. To latter vent about this without thinking what is needed to make a claim believable makes it hard to take either party seriously.  
On Friday evening, transgender performer Valentine Steaphon took to Facebook to share her experience of being kicked out of New York City gay bar Boots and Saddle in the West Village. According to Steaphon’s account, a cisgender woman confronted her as she emerged from the women's bathroom on Friday night. 

"HOLY SHIT!! I just got kicked out of BOOTS and SADDLE for using the women's restroom. WOWW... So like I'm taking a piss and walk out, there stands a cis women eye balling me. Next thing I hear before washing my hands: "WHY ARE YOU IN HERE? YOU DONT HAVE A PUSSY..?!" Me, shocked and RUPAULED: excuse me?! You don't know what's in my pants? You're in an LGBT space, we use the restrooms accordingly. Her: I DONT CARE YOU SHOULDNT BE IN HERE! Me: uh ok, bitch. Chill. I had to pee. 
Her: BITCH?? Really how dare you call me a bitch *storms out the restroom to her friends and the security, whines that she was uncomfortable in the restroom because she saw me in there. 


Security kicked me out... For simply peeing in the women's restroom. I am tired y'all. IM FUCKING TIRED.. This is what we cater to.  Fuck it all I’ve just lost all hope for some of these establishments"
 Steaphon and the woman exchanged words before the woman grabbed a security guard and began to explain that Steaphon's presence in the women's restroom made her "uncomfortable."  

"I think she wanted to fight; she just seemed really angry," Steaphon told Mic in a phone interview. "I just told her that you're in an LGBT space and we use the bathrooms how we want to use the bathrooms here."
She added, "She didn't want to hear it." 
Steaphon said she did not go to Boots and Saddle often, but was there to support a friend of hers who was performing at the drag lounge. 
According to Steaphon, the security guard told her that, "We cater to straight women here, and if you're in the women's restroom and she's uncomfortable, you're the problem, you can't be in there." 

Trans Performer Kicked Out of NYC Gay Bar for Using Women's Restroom
For Steaphon, having to defend herself also meant having to educate those who were
 berating her, including another member of the LGBT community. She said that, as the cis woman spoke
to the security guard, a gay friend of hers berated Steaphon and questioned her gender identity.

 "The girl and her gay friends are yelling at me, saying 'You shouldn't be in there,' and 'Unless

you have titties and a vagina, you should not be in there, you're not trans,'" Steaphon told Mic

 "I feel like a lot of gay guys don't want to hear it. They don't know what makes someone trans."

   She added, “ I was kind of glad that it wasn't one of my friends because I feel like no one should have gone through that.  I was angry, I was disgusted, I was sad, I was confused. I was every kind of emotion in that moment."
Boots and Saddle did not respond to a request for comment from Mic, but they did address the incident with a post on their Facebook page.  
"We are saddened that a member of our LGBTQ community felt marginalized for using the restroom at our bar," the post reads. "We expect that every person who walks into our establishment feels safe and respected. To that end, we are taking measures to ensure that such an incident never happens again. Our signage is being updated to reflect what we have always believed — that our restrooms are gender neutral."

A manager from the bar told Out that the patrons — Steaphon and the other party involved in the altercation — were asked to leave the bar. 
"This is not an incident regarding whether or not a certain gender could use the restroom," the manager told Out
New York City recently debuted a citywide campaign educating New Yorkers that transgender  people are legally allowed to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. 
Though people may consider New York City a liberal bastion, that has not prevented some transgender New Yorkers from facing discrimination. In May, trans New Yorker Pearl Love shared video of a vile transphobic attack she faced on the subway. 

July 1, 2016

Turkey Most Stop Abusing the LGBT Community There

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When he designated New York City’s Stonewall Inn—site of the 1969 police raid that sparked American’s modern LGBT rights movement—as a National Monument on June 24, President Obama declared that protecting LGBT rights is a core American value and should be regarded as such by the rest of the world.

“Stonewall,” said the President, “will be our first National Monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights.” This was an important symbolic act, but there have been numerous substantive ones by the Administration, designed to serve notice that LGBT rights constitute fundamental American ones.

In December 2011, for example, Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the heads of executive departments and agencies “to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.” He outlined a series of measures that included requiring the State Department to “lead the Federal Government’s swift and meaningful response to serious incidents that threaten the human rights of LGBT persons abroad.”

Last week brought fresh evidence that Turkey, America’s off-again-on-again ally and a democracy-at-least-in-its-own-government’s-mind, has not received our message or, if received, does not much care. Turkish police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at gay rights activists who assembled to read a statement in support of a Trans Pride event, and then, not content to simply assault the activists for expressing their views, detained many of them.

Turkish authorities then blocked the LGBT community from holding a Gay Pride parade in Istanbul. This has become the norm for Turkey, a government that badly wants to be viewed as a modern European state: in 2015 Turkish riot police used water cannons and pellets to shut down the parade.

What Obama once described as his “special friendship” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has grown frigid, as the Administration’s willingness to overlook the Turkish government’s penchant for repression has morphed into a new disposition to see that government for what is it: a witches’ brew of human rights violations and catering to a rabid Islamist street. The government’s attacks on the LGBT community and its shutdowns of that community’s celebrations reflected both.

A Turkish Islamist group called the Anatolia Muslim Youth posted on Facebook earlier this month a denunciation of the LGBT pride parade as a “perversion.”  “We don’t want them to walk naked on the sacred soil of our country in the blessed month of Ramadan,” the group proclaimed.  One nationalist organization threatened: “Degenerates will not be allowed to carry out their fantasies on this land.”

“The [LGBT] community in Turkey is scared,” says Human Rights Campaign’s Jordan Long. “And it doesn’t help when the police are the ones perpetrating violence.”

Levent Piskin, an Istanbul-based lawyer and gay activist, is in accord. “The government should be there to protect us from threats, but instead they have made targets out of us,” he told The Washington Post. “Turkey is not a safe place for the LGBT community.”

Turkish writer Elif Shafak is even more blunt. “There is no doubt that Turkey is a homophobic country,” she wrote recently in The Guardian. The facts bear her out.  The Rainbow Index ranking of European countries on the basis of their respect for the rights of LGBT individuals ranked Turkey 46th out of 49. Only Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan ranked lower.

The U.S. State Department issued a human rights report on Turkey just weeks ago, detailing the ways the Turkish government—while not making homosexuality illegal—attacsks the LGBT community. According to the State Department, judges routinely apply a law providing for reductions of punishment for crimes “under the influence of rage or strong, sudden passion caused by a wrongful act” to reduce the sentences of those who have murdered LGBT individuals, and the reductions in sentences are upheld on the basis of the “immoral nature” of the victims.

The State Department cited harassment of the LGBT community by police and other government authorities. “LGBT individuals continue to experience discrimination, intimidation and violent crimes,” the State Department says, adding that Turkish politicians frequently engage in hate speech against LGBT communities.

Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, has spearheaded the effort to encourage American officials to confront the Turkish government.  “We would like pressure on the Turkish authorities to protect the LGBT community,” says HRC’s Long. “We urge U.S. officials to raise these issues with their counterparts whenever they meet with them.”  Last year, some 60 members of Congress signed a bipartisan letter calling on the Turkish government “to respect the rights of the LGBT groups—and all Turkish citizens—to assemble peacefully.”

But the U.S. government can do an awful lot better than that. It can publicly declare the harassment of the LGBT community—and the failure to vigorously protect LGBT individuals—as an abrogation of fundamental human rights that is unacceptable, calling out violators by name. It will have plenty of violators to choose from: apart from Israel, virtually every country in the Middle East ranges from very bad to appalling when it comes to safeguarding LGBT rights. Islamic bloc nations in particular will strenuously object, protesting that such declarations are offensive to their domestic sensibilities. Our response ought to be: That’s too damn bad.

After the massacre of dozens of people at an Orlando night club, the least we can do is stop pulling punches. Confronting the Turkish government over its assault on the rights of the LGBT community seems as good a place to start as any.

By Jeff Robbins who served as Chief Counsel to the Democratic Senators on the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Twice appointed as a United States Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission under President Clinton, he is an attorney in Boston. Follow him on twitter: @jeffreysrobbins

June 11, 2016

Abandons Gay Lover to Die in S&M Bondage then Sets Fire to House

Thomas White left Ashley Gillard to dieSOUTH BEDS NEWS AGENCY
LOVERS: Thomas White left Ashley Gillard to die
Thomas White, 26, admitted letting Ashley Gillard die of the seizure as he was tied up because Mr Gillard had just confessed he had HIV.
White, of Wellingborough, Northants, then burned down his 31-year-old lover’s flat in Wolverton near Milton Keynes to destroy the body.
He was given an extended sentence of 13 years and nine months after pleading guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence at Luton Crown Court on Thursday.
RIP: Mr Gillard suffered a seizure after taking GBH, mephedrone and meds for erectile problems
“You intentionally did nothing to help”
Judge Richard Foster
Gillard suffered a fit after taking the drugs mephedrone and GHB during the couple’s kinky sex session.
But White, of Bibury Close, “just sat there and watched him” and then covered him with a duvet “to shut him up.”
He was angry with Mr Gillard’s HIV confession as the pair had been having sex for months and “wished Mr Gillard gone,” the court heard.
SENTENCING: Luton Crown Court
White returned to the flat several days later and started a fire to incinerate his dead lover's body and cover his tracks.
He barricaded the front door with a heavy chest of drawers to frustrate any rescue attempts, disabled the smoke alarm and removed the door handle then doused petrol on curtains and cushions.
As the fire took hold, White escaped by climbing 80ft down a rope from the balcony of the third floor flat.
CAGED: White has been sentenced to almost 14 years in jail
He was caught after confessing his crimes to his brother – who called police.
Judge Richard Foster, sentencing, said: “You intentionally did nothing to help a fellow human being in what was a life threatening situation.”
By David Trayner and published on

April 2, 2016

A Kiss At BK Led 3 Attackers to Beat a Gay Couple

 Police are looking for at least one man, and possibly up to three, involved in the violent attack of a gay couple at a Miami Beach restaurant.
A Miami Beach police officer was standing in front of the police station when he noticed something going down right across the street.

It turns out 25-year-old Jordan Schaeffer, who was recently visiting Miami Beach from Los Angeles, had been attacked by a man inside the Whopper Bar at 1101 Washington Avenue at about 3 a.m. Monday.

Surveillance video from the March 14th incident captured the fight take place as more than a dozen people waited in line to order food.

Miami Beach Police said the confrontation happened after Schaeffer and his partner, 25-year-old Eric Danko, engaged in a display of affection. The couple told police their kiss offended a man in a dark shirt and shorts, who confronted them and harassed them “using derogatory words.”

“The subjects in this case happen to be gay individuals and that’s part of our investigation to see what provoked that attack,” explained Miami Beach police officer Ernesto Rodriguez.

That led to things getting physical and within moments, the men were wrestling on the restaurant floor. “Had some sort of exchange with victims, a verbal exchange which escalated into a violent physical attack,” Rodriguez said.

Nearly a minute into the brawl, a second man in a light, long-sleeve shirt and jeans can be seen in the video keeping people from breaking up the fight.  He also pushed away Schaeffer’s boyfriend who was wearing a gray tank top.

A police source close to the investigation told CBS4 the attacker in the dark shirt and shorts appears to be trained in some sort of martial arts or experienced in some sort of fighting.

Schaeffer was left with lacerations to his lip and police are now pursuing the case as a felony battery.

Miami Beach police are working with the state attorney’s office – taking this attack seriously.

“The clear message we wanna give to visitors and residents of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County for that matter is there is no place for hate here,” Rodriguez said.

Schaeffer and his boyfriend have retained South Florida attorney Douglas Ede.  Ede and the police report both indicate the couple believes this was a hate crime.

The brawl left the local community stunned.

“I’ve always had a great experience here,” said a man who only wanted to be identified as Kevin.

Kevin and his boyfriend walked right by the restaurant Thursday night hand in hand.

Kevin told CBS4 Reporter Donna Rapado that in 10 years of visiting Miami Beach and now living there, he’s always felt safe. The violent attack stunned him.

“It is scary,” Kevin told Rapado. “I think everybody should be accepting of who and what we choose to do in our lives.  I mean I don’t always accept everything either but I don’t get violent towards it.”

Another man visiting again for his 60th birthday said the attack was surprising “in this day and age.”

“It is surprising that people concern themselves about what two people care about,” Mark Meyer explained. “There’s a lot of people in the world and if they’re afraid to get out and see it then maybe they should just stay home and not even go to a Burger King.” 

CBS4’s Donna Rapado spoke off camera to one of the employees at Whopper Bar.

She said fights break out there often overnight given people tend to be intoxicated by 3 a.m. But this fight stood out.

Authorities are hoping to identify the young man in the black shirt and jean shorts, directly involved in the fight, as well as the man wearing the long-sleeve white shirt and blue jeans.

Officers said one other man was believed to be part of their group.

Anyone that may know who these guys are is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.  and other sources

Schaeffer was initially uncooperative, but eventually told officers about the incident, police said.
Schaeffer suffered a cut to his lip and Danko suffered injuries to his face.
Victims' injuries in Whopper Bar fight
Both men were treated at the scene by Miami Beach Fire Rescue, but refused further assistance.
Police said Danko was taken out of handcuffs after he calmed down.
They said Danko was uncooperative at first about details leading up to the fight and only said that his father is a federal judge and he was beat up and had "never been in a physical altercation before."
Police said Danko had to be warned several times to calm down and said that he told officers that he was under the influence of  the drug "GHB."
Police were not able to prove that Danko was under the influence of any drugs. 
Officers spoke to the manager of the Whopper Bar who said that she witnessed the fight, but was not sure what caused the altercation to begin.
Police said the couple believes the incident was a hate crime and were targeted only because they are in a same-sex relationship.
News of the attack has surfaced just a week before Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival 2016, which is set to take place from April 8 to 10. 

August 17, 2015

Masked Men Hurled Smoke Bombs to Gays in Odessa(Ukraine)

Right Wing protesters attacked police

Masked men on Saturday hurled smoke bombs into a venue in the Ukraine port city of Odessa where gay rights activists were to hold a forum after deciding against marching in defiance of a ban.

They threw "several" smoke bombs at the participants before fleeing, Odessa Pride spokesman Kyrylo Bodelan told AFP, adding that no one was hurt in the attack. 
LGBT activists were planning to hold a forum on the history of the gay rights movement in the strategic Black Sea port city after a local court on Thursday banned the planned march over fears it could spark violence.
Bodelan earlier denounced the ban, saying it was "illegal and violates our constitutional right of assembly."
A handful of activists demonstrated near the town hall in defiance of the ban, drawing taunts from passers-by.
An AFP correspondent saw an elderly woman trying to wrest a placard from one demonstrator that read "Dignity Has No Colour". Police quickly intervened to defuse the confrontation.
Prominent extreme nationalist group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) -- once central to the demonstrations in Kiev that toppled a Russian-backed president last year -- had voiced fierce opposition to Saturday's event.
"We won't beat the gays, but this march will not take place," local Pravy Sektor leader Sergui Sternenko was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
A gay pride march in the capital Kiev in June -- the second in the nation's post-Soviet history -- was marred by scuffles after activists were attacked by far-right nationalists. Around a dozen people were injured.
The socially conservative country -- locked in a bruising war with pro-Russian insurgents -- is seeking a closer alliance with Europe and remains keen to promote civil liberties freely enjoyed in much of the West.
But homophobia remains rampant in a nation where the conservative Orthodox church wields considerable influence and nationalist far-right groups have grown more prominent.
Odessa regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili, the Westernising ex-president of Georgia, kept his distance from the controversy, with his administration insisting it was a matter for the city authorities.
picture above: Gay Star News
Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

An Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists holds placard reading "Dignity has no color"during his single picket at the city hall of southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on August 15, 2015. LGBT activists were planning to hold a forum on the history of the gay rights movement in the strategic Black Sea port city after a local court on August 13, banned the planned march over fears it could spark violence. Masked men on August 15 hurled smoke bombs into a venue in the Ukraine port city of Odessa where gay rights activists were to hold a forum after deciding against marching in defiance of a ban. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXEY KRAVTSOV 

July 13, 2015

The War Against LGBT People Outside the U.S.

Riot police use a water cannon to disperse LGBT rights activist before 
a Gay Pride Parade in central Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2015. 
As Americans gathered in cities across the country to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage, several thousand Turks also tried to march in support of rights for  Police in Istanbul attacked them with water cannons and rubber pellets.
The repression reflected the narrowing of freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; in past years, Turkey was the site of the largest gay pride marches in the Muslim world.
But Turkey is hardly alone in vilifying, isolating and threatening LGBT people. While 25 countries and territories now allow gay marriage, 75 nations treat homosexual behavior as a crime.
In 10 countries, it is punishable by death — and even where it is not, just being gay is often fatal. A May U.N. report found “continuing, serious and widespread human rights violations perpetrated, too often with impunity, against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.” 
“Since 2011, hundreds of people have been killed and thousands more injured in brutal, violent attacks,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights reported.
What’s the right way to think about this global dichotomy? Overseas practitioners of bigotry sometimes plead for cultural or religious understanding: Just as they don’t tell us how to run our country, they say, we should show respect for their traditions. Of course killing transgender people is wrong, they might argue, but why should they be forced to legalize practices they find offensive?
You can hear similar arguments in defense of genital cutting, banning women from driving or keeping people with mental disabilities hidden away.
The appeal to a sense of tolerance may stop you for a moment, especially if you are loath to proclaim one faith or way of life superior to another.
But it shouldn’t stop you for long. Nations are entitled to organize themselves as they wish, but not at the expense of fundamental human rights.
A handy guide to this basic truth can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly — by the world — in 1948. It begins by recognizing “the inherent dignity” and “the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.”
Is it respectful of the inherent dignity of every person to lock some up based on whom they love? To deny them protection of law, or freedom of expression and association? To ask those questions is to answer them.
Fortunately the world, like the United States, is moving toward an understanding of this truth. Until 1990, the World Health Organization considered homosexuality to be a “mental handicap.” On May 17 of that year — 17 years after the American Psychiatric Association came to a similar conclusion — it allowed that “homosexuality is not a disease, a disturbance or a perversion.” 
Not until 2011, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advocacy group, did a U.N. political body affirm the equal rights of LGBT people.
Since then, the U.N. report notes, there has been progress: 14 countries have adopted or strengthened anti-discrimination laws; others have established hate-crime prosecution units, improved police training and data collection, or promoted anti-bullying campaigns.
But the progress is slow, the advances “overshadowed,” as the report notes, by continuing oppression, often grotesque violence and police indifference to such crimes — by what Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called “one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time.”
“Data are patchy but, wherever available, suggest alarmingly high rates of homicidal violence,” the U.N. commissioner on human rights reports. Brazil, for example, “documented 310 murders in 2012 in which homophobia or transphobia was a motive” — and Brazil is atypical only in keeping track.
One striking pattern, as the HRC’s global director, Ty Cobb, told me, is that rights tend to advance in nations where democracy and civic participation generally are advancing and to retreat where dictators are gaining ground.
Although prejudice may be deep-seated, in many places the discrimination is recent, as authoritarian governments fan hatreds to distract people from their failures and keep themselves in power. The Islamic State kills and tortures gay people — but the virulently anti-Islamist military dictators in Egypt have been persecuting gay men and lesbians as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin was live-and-let-live during his first decade in power, but when Muscovites grew impatient with his autocratic ways in 2011, he turned to homophobia and “traditional values” to safeguard his grip on the Kremlin.
Like dictators from Uganda to Uzbekistan, Putin defends his bigotry as a rampart against permissive “Western values.” But there is nothing exclusively Western about respecting one’s neighbor. Russia and Uganda are signatories to the Universal Declaration, of which Article 1 should be more than sufficient: 
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
No appeal to tradition can justify hate.

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