Out of Sight Out of Mind: The Purge of Chechnya’s LGBT Community

Deep in Russia’s mountainous southwest lies Chechnya, a semi-autonomous and predominantly Muslim subdivision of the Russian state. Most of Chechnya’s modern history has been characterised by years of violent conflict both internal and external, failed independence movements, and a reputation for harbouring Muslim jihadists. The Muslim-majority republic has been devastated by two separatists’ wars withContinue reading “Out of Sight Out of Mind: The Purge of Chechnya’s LGBT Community”

2018 FIFA World Cup: Racism, Homophobia, and Hooliganism in Russia

One of the world’s biggest sporting events, the FIFA World Cup, will be hosted by Russia in 2018. This is despite the serious issues surrounding football within Russia such as the racism and homophobia which are rife at all levels of the game. There are also issues surrounding hooliganism within Russian football, which threatens theContinue reading “2018 FIFA World Cup: Racism, Homophobia, and Hooliganism in Russia”

Gay rights – a global perspective

“Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states.” These were the words spoken by President Obama to the New Yorker in late October. His statement coincided with the Supreme Court rejection of a number of appeals, resulting in the legalisation of gay marriage in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, NorthContinue reading “Gay rights – a global perspective”

Elephant in the Room: LGBT Rights Under Fire in Zambia

On the 7th of April, Zambian gay activist Paul Kasonkomona was arrested after taking part in a live television appearance where he called for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in his native state. Officers attempted to arrest Mr Kasonkomonaduring his live appearance, but were stopped by the managers of the television station and were forcedContinue reading “Elephant in the Room: LGBT Rights Under Fire in Zambia”