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In 2009 homophobia appears to be the last accepted prejudice, where racism is rejected, anti-Semitism is condemned, and the oppression of women has lost its legitimacy.

Book review by Sokari Ekine

Urgency is required at this very moment as the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 is pending before the Ugandan Parliament. Same-sex relationships are already illegal in the country, with sentences running from five years to life imprisonment. The laws, which are based on the British colonial penal code, do not specifically refer to relationships between women, but lesbians are stigmatized and face similar aggression and malice from society and the state as gay men. the proposed Anti-Homose... › read more...

Review by Sonia Corrêa

A coletânea Urgency required: Gay and lesbian rights are human rights, editada por Ireen Dubel e André Hielkema foi lançada no começo de 2010 (e está disponível em http://www.hivos.net/Hivos-Knowledge-Programme/News/Urgency-Required-Out-Now). Seu conteúdo traduz para o inglês a publicação holandesa Urgentie Geboden, de 2008, que também veio a público nos números 33/34 do Journal of Humanistics. A coletânea é composta de 47 artigos distribuídos em seis seções: 1. A Holanda ontem e hoje; 2. Co... › read more...

Introduction to Urgency Required

This book was conceived in response to the 2008 celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite this Declaration, which was adopted in 1948, sexual minorities around the world are routinely subjected to flagrant human rights violations (particularly by governments) that range from subtle discrimination to imprisonment, torture, the death penalty and murder. There are still countries where gays and lesbians are not considered human and human rights... › read more...

How to use and order

You can download the whole publication and separate chapters on this website. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Netherlands License. Which means that we encourage you to copy, distribute and transmit the work when attributed to for non-commercial purposes.  › read more...

Letter from the Editors

Dear readers, We have the pleasure to present to you the publication Urgency Required – Gay and Lesbian Rights are Human Rights. The book focuses on urgent issues of gay and lesbian liberation, taking a historical perspective and reflecting worldwide geographic diversity. Employing the term ‘LGBT’-persons, the acronym used for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, it explores concepts and strategies for taking steps towards decriminalization and equal rights and treatment regarding sexual o... › read more...

Lesbian Festival Nijmegen 2010

'Live your dreams,'of 'Maak je dromen waar.' Dat is de tweede editie van het Lesbian Festival 2010 van 15 tot en met 17 januari in Nijmegen. Het festival wordt georganiseerd door COC Nijmegen en is bedoeld voorlesbiënnes, biseksuele vrouwen en transgenders. Het doel? Door middel van workshops, debatten, optredens en andere ontmoetingen aan een creatieve en ontspannen sfeer bij te dragen, om zo de acceptatie van- en het respect voor lesbiennes, biseksuele vrouwen en transgenders te vergroten.... › read more...

Urgency Required Out Now

Urgency Required focuses on urgent issues of gay and lesbian liberation, taking a historical perspective and reflecting worldwide geographic diversity. Employing the term ‘LGBT-persons’, the acronym used for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, it explores concepts and strategies for taking steps towards decriminalization and equal rights and treatment regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. › read more...