Queer Notes, September-October 2011

September 27, 2011

by Suzanne Rose

While returning from a bar last month in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, three men were detained by the police because they thought two of them looked feminine. The three were jailed for a week and two were tortured and abused by the police. One man was released, but the other two were charged with “homosexuality.” People working on their behalf say the charges violate Cameroon’s constitution, as well as international law.

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A discrimination complaint against Philadelphia’s Youth Study Center was resolved by Lambda Legal for a now 18-year-old Transgender woman. While living at the facility, she was physically attacked by other residents and verbally abused by the staff every day for almost a year and a half. Their actions violated the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance.

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Denver immigration judge Mimi Tsankov halted the deportation of Sujey Pando and scheduled a new hearing based on her marriage to U.S. citizen Violeta Pando. Sujey is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who came to the U.S. as a minor. She married longtime partner Violeta last year in Iowa.

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Gay rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Executive Director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, was denied a visa by the UK. After many protesters signed a petition objecting to the denial, she has been welcomed and will now speak at Northern Ireland’s Foyle Pride Festival.

–Information from: Pink News

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