Tag: gay east timor

Young Timorese Women Clear Up Confusion around LGBTI

How does a woman have sex with another woman? Can a transgender person change both their internal and external sexual organs? Why would a gay person marry someone of the opposite sex and have children with them? A lot of “awkward questions” came out into the fresh air at JASS’ discussion in East Timor about… Read more »

HIV-AIDS and Homophobia in Timor-Leste

In its Comments on the U.S. Department of State Country reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) and West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) noted that, in East Timor: There is pervasive bias against homosexuals, keeping nearly all closeted. People with HIV/AIDS are largely unidentified due to lack… Read more »

Timor Leste Red Cross exludes homosexuals from HIV-AIDS Reduction Program

ETLJB 19 September 2009 Before the undemocratically-formulated Constitution was adopted in East Timor in 2002, constitutional protection for homosexuals in East Timor was expunged from an early draft. The then Constituent Assembly (the prototype of the present National Parliament) voted to remove gay protections from the new nation’s draft constitution. Fifty-two of the Assembly’s 88… Read more »

Homosexuality in East Timor

ETLJB 25 April 2009 Sydney – The rights of the homosexual citizens of East Timor have proven to be a fertile ground for virulent anti-gay vilification by some of East Timor’s political leaders. Discussion of the issue in the public domain has also provided an opportunity for the persecution of gay men and women in… Read more »