In Pakistan in 2003, Fatema was 11 when her mother told her they were going to a place that would relieve the stomach pain the preteen was having. She was in for a cruel surprise.
In the Philippines, human trafficking wasn’t a crime until 2003. But Filipino women made sure that changed.
They helped pass the anti-trafficking law so that perpetrators enslaving Filipinos would meet justice.
In April this year, under the leadership of the so-called “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s morality police raided a party in the city of Isfahan for no reason other than the fact that the majority of the guests were allegedly gay men between the ages of 16 and 30.
The Russian federal government opened an investigation into cases of abuse against gays in Chechnya last week after international pressure and media reports continued to expose the atrocities. The outcry follows a report by an independent Russian newspaper and activists that more than 100 suspected gay men in Chechnya were rounded up and tortured with electric shocks,
The most pressing issue facing the worldwide LGBT community right now is not equal marriage rights. It’s not civil unions. Nor is it protection from employment discrimination, a hurdle we have yet to achieve on a federal level in the United States.