Newsweek International Takes a Global Look at Gay Rights


NewsweekNewsweeks international editions (Europe, Asia, and Latin America) this week look at gay rights struggles around the world accompanied by an an online gallery featuring some of the defining images of the last year, including this shot of British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell being harassed by a woman on the street in Moscow, moments before he and others were more brutally assaulted by nationalists and skinheads.

Also included are a couple articles about Jamaica as well as a Q&A with Sir Ian McKellen.


  1. says

    Here’s a simple solution: Any country that allows gay bashings to go on and doesn’t swiftly punish all who are responsible should be boycotted. Gay people should no longer travel to these locations for vacations or sight-seeing. Money talks and when tourism is down and gay dollars aren’t being spent, those countries will change their ways.

  2. Tom says

    Most of the article is actually about progress in other countries though Russia is obviously an exception. The biggest surprises are in “macho” countries such as Mexico, Spain, and some parts of South America.

  3. Paul says

    Actually that cover is pretty tame, and I recall them using a similar one on the domestic edition about 10 years ago. It’s about the safest way to go; you can’t show one person’s face (or you get accused of profiling or saying gays aren’t coupled), you can’t show kissing (unless you want nutjobs calling for boycotts and burning down Wal-marts), rainbow flags and other symbols aren’t as widely or readily understood, a celebrity pic or couple would be too focused, etc.

  4. Richard says

    This is a Human Rights issue, and it should be viewed that way by everyone, including our own government. I think the cover gets that universal message across. Pushing the issue to the outer limits of the gay movement would be counterproductive; keep it simple and it becomes a global issue. We have made major strides in a very short time. Let’s live up to the expanded rights and social visibility we’ve achieved — give back, and lead by example.

  5. Bill, Perdue says

    The bigotry that blights GLBT communities in the US and the EU is obvious if you consider all that’s been stolen from our lives. But the situation for our brothers and sisters in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Mideast and Asia is horrific.

    Anyone familiar with the split in the anglocatholic cult knows about the antigay bigotry festering in government and religious circles in Africa. Bigotry came to Africa with European slave ships, colonists, and bayonets. The colonies were feeding grounds for the ravenous greed of the the East India Company, Leopold of Belgium, the Japanese in China, The US in the Philippines, the French in Algeria, Mussolini in Libya, and etc. Independence didn’t bring with it a stable economy or finances, a rich cultural and educational establishment, an adequate physical infrastructure, or satisfactory housing, heath and nutrition.

    This deprivation is the breeding ground for racism, national chauvinism, misogyny and antigay bigotry which are still in place decades after the collapse of the empires (excepting the American empire). That however does not excuse bigots like archbishop Akinola, primate of Nigeria, or Robert Mugabe, dictator of Zimbabwe, Iranian mullahs or the Chinese Stalinists.

    Our concern is with the fate of their many victims in Africa, Jamaica, Iraq, etc. Pogroms and mass murder are a distinct worry for them and a reality in Iraq.

    If you’re interested you can check out

    or check out books by noted West Indian author and Pan-Africanist C.L.R. James who wrote The Black Jacobins, Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (1938), American Civilisation (1949) and Nkrumah and the Ghana Revolution (1977).

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