human rights images, lgbt rights, photography and journalism

Homophobia, A Collection of Images (2)

This may seem like a good time to publish some illustrated commentary about homophobia. It used to be the case that in most countries of the world, homophobia meant outright legal prohibition of homosexuality. And that’s still the case today in some countries. The often grotesque punishments make it even worse. Uganda is now in the spotlight for it’s recent anti-homosexuality legislation. […]

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discrimination and hate, equality, human rights images

Homophobia, A Collection of Images

(source, it says – in Polish: “No being gay”, “Healthy, normal families guarantee the future”) (source) (source, more on incitement to violence) (source, I like the “enter wrong way” sign and I wonder if this person consciously chose this particular spot for his anti-gay protest) More on homophobia. More on same-sex marriage. More collections of images.

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Human Rights Quote (65): Homophobia, Gay Rights, and Gay Marriage

(source) I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade… We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when […]

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lies and statistics, statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (45): Anonymity in Surveys Changes Survey Results

Whether interviewees are given anonymity or not makes a big difference in survey results: When people are assured of anonymity, it turns out, a lot more of them will acknowledge that they have had same-sex experiences and that they don’t entirely identify as heterosexual. But it also turns out that when people are assured of […]

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Political Jokes & Funny Quotes (121): “Anus is For Defecation!”

I guess this is a version of the “unnatural acts” argument against homosexuality: (source) Around the same time, these people were protesting against nose picking, soccer and several other multifunctional interpretations of the usage of human body parts. While I find this hilarious as an outsider, I understand the joke is lost on victims of homophobia. More […]

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culture, ethics of human rights, human rights violations, philosophy

The Ethics of Human Rights (48): Human Rights and Honor

(source) Many human rights violations are perpetrated by people in power for selfish reasons, because they are corrupt or evil, or because they believe they are doing good. In such cases, it often helps to remove those people from their positions of power. Other types of rights violations, however, are deeply ingrained in a society’s […]

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economics, human rights promotion, human rights violations, poverty, war

Human Rights Promotion (2): Who Does Most Harm to Human Rights? The Left or the Right?

(source) I can simplify this question a bit and focus on those rights violations that are caused by government action. Moreover, I’ll focus on governments in developed countries and say that those are generally democracies dominated either by left-wing or right-wing political movements, alternating. Now, if I want to judge whether it’s the left or […]

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Limiting Free Speech (44): Hate Speech as a Speech Act

(source) As in J.L. Austin’s phrase, “how to do things with words”, we actually do things when we speak. When we use language, we don’t just say things, describe things or communicate, but we also act, very much in the same way as when we pick up a stone or push someone around. When we […]

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discrimination and hate, equality, freedom, gender discrimination, health, law, philosophy

Gender Discrimination (21): The Politics of the Body

(source) (Thanks to Eva Declercq for unwittingly suggesting this topic). The politics of the body, or “body politics”, is a concept, originally used by early feminists I believe, to describe government policies or laws and cultural or social practices used by society to regulate and control the human body. Feminists focus on the female body […]

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Human Rights Maps (69): Legalization of Homosexuality in the U.S.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Lawrence v. Texas invalidated the so-called “sodomy laws” that were still in force in 14 States at the time. In the decades before that, the other States gradually abolished their laws voluntarily. Here’s an overview: (source) The following 14 states still have sodomy laws on the books […]

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LGBT Rights (9): U.S. Public Opinion on Homosexuality

Homosexuals, or LGTB, are a minority that faces different kinds of discrimination, varying from rather moderate forms such as discrimination in family law, over hate crime, to outright criminalization (see here as well) and even capital punishment, depending on the country and the circumstances. Gays suffer rights violations even in countries where human rights normally receive […]

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Human Rights Statistics: An Overview of Data Sources

Over the years, many institutions and organizations have established databases with information regarding the level of respect for different human rights. Every institution or organization usually focuses on one specific human right, or at most on a well-defined subset of human rights. As I stated here, there is as yet no general “human rights indicator” […]

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LGBT Rights (8): US Public Opinion on the Legality of Homosexuality

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Lawrence v. Texas invalidated the so-called “sodomy laws” that were still in force in 14 States at the time. In the decades before that, the other States gradually abolished their laws voluntarily. Here’s an overview: (source) In this respect, the U.S. compares favorably with the 86 other […]

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LGBT Rights (7): Criminalization of Homosexuality

(source) In 2008, homosexuality, or consensual sex acts among adults of the same sex, was still illegal in 86 member states of the United Nations. These include large countries such as India and Nigeria. (There’s a world map here). In 9 of these countries, e.g. Iran, the act is even punishable by death. Every year, hundreds of LGBT people […]

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Statistics on Discrimination of Homosexuals

Content 1. Acceptance of homosexuality 2. Acceptance of same-sex marriage 3. Legality of same-sex marriage 4. Legality of homosexuality 5. Homosexuals in the military 6. Homosexuals raising children 7. Employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity 8. Numbers of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender 1. Acceptance of homosexuality Increased acceptance of homosexuality […]

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Limiting Free Speech (3): Hate Speech

(source) Hate speech (or antilocution, or fighting words) is speech that incites other people to hate a certain group in society defined by common characteristics (race, gender, religion etc.). It usually also incites to commit violence and discrimination based on hatred. The most famous case is that of the Danish Muhammad cartoons. These cartoons led […]

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Hate (1): Hate Crime

(source) We must send a clear and strong message to all who would commit crimes of hate: it is wrong, it is illegal, and we will catch you and punish you to the full force of our laws. Al Gore A hate crime (or a bias crime) is a crime committed against a person that […]

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LGBT Rights (2): Some Facts

(source) Some facts about gay rights (or LGBT/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights). This is a problem of discrimination and unequal treatment, both in law (legal discrimination) and in social life (homophobia and hate crime). It’s not about special rights or special treatment for homosexuals as some kind of minority group with a separate identity, […]

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capital punishment, discrimination and hate

Capital Punishment (2): Homosexuals in Iran

(source) Ahmadinejad really does believe that there are no homosexuals in his country. And at the same time there are routinely executions of homosexuals. This is well-documented. The executions are by hanging most of the time. And not just hanging, but slow strangulation. Rather than dropping the victim through a door in the floor, they […]

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Equal Rights

Most of the different daily posts that appear on this blog are organized into so-called “blog series”. For example, there’s a series called gender discrimination, one called racism, and one called LGBT rights. There’s also a series about discrimination in general, and one about hate. (subscribe to the RSS feed for this series only) Gender Discrimination (1) […]

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Human Rights Quotes

Most of the different daily posts that appear on this blog are organized into so-called “blog series”. For example, there’s a series called human rights quotations: quotes about human rights, often with extensive commentary. (subscribe to the RSS feed for this series only) Human Rights Quote (1): Peace Human Rights Quote (2): Poverty Human Rights Quote (3): […]

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Human Rights Images

Most of the different daily posts that appear on this blog are organized into so-called “blog series”. For example, there’s a series called human rights images: collections of images, photos, signs, posters, adverts etc., grouped by types of rights violations. (subscribe to the RSS feed for this series only) Animalization, A Collection of Images Anti-Asian Prejudice, […]

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