The National Association of Social Workers has a strong position against discrimination of persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. President Obama , in a statement earlier in February, stressed that people everywhere should be treated equally, with dignity and respect, and that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, no matter who they are or whom they love. In many countries the laws are becoming stricter. For example, the recent legislation in Uganda, signed into law on February 24, , further threatens the safety of LGBT persons. The report documents that LGBT person are directly at risk for arrest and violence, and also highlights the negative impact of criminalization laws on LGBT allies committed to human rights and social justice. The law in Uganda further states that failure to report a LGBT person to the government could be considered a crime.
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Plans by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT activists to celebrate a day against homophobia in Kyrgyzstan were spoiled when their party at a trendy Bishkek restaurant was ruined by nationalist, wannabe gay-wedding crashers. But the group of angry men, who claim to uphold traditional Kyrgyz values, were there to stop what they believe was a gay wedding ceremony taking place in the Astoria Garden's fenced-in courtyard. Police officers were called to the site and prevented the groups from fighting, but the party was ruined and attendees were left fearing reprisals. Partygoers called the incident a violation of their human rights.
Is Gay Good?
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.
Write to Katy Steinmetz at katy. He also says that he supports affirmative action for gays and lesbians. In , a copy of his typed responses was unearthed and printed in the Windy City Times. Later, Obama aides will dispute that he actually filled out the questionnaire himself. Seeking reelection in Illinois, Obama fills out another questionnaire for Outlines , which the Windy City Times published in