News from the Global South
Sri Lanka's Gays Share Their Journey
BBC News, Sri Lanka, May 19, 2005 Throughout South Asia, homosexuality has been a taboo subject. But there are signs in some areas that gay people are now becoming more open in their behaviour. life in Sri Lanka.
China's Dangerous Sexual Ignorance
BBC News - China, May 24, 2005 In one cafe in southern China, pictures of naked women hang on the walls - a rare sight in this country. But that is what this cafe is all about. It was set up by the City Government Reproductive Health Centre, and is an attempt to bring sex education into the open. Three quarters of young Chinese learn about sex through pornography, writes the BBC's Louisa Lim.
Pills and Condoms go Underground in Manila
ABS CBN News - The Philippines, May 24, 2005 Many nongovernmental organizations in the city of Manila are feeling as if they were involved in an illicit trade. The NGOs say that they are being forced to provide contraceptive pills and other artificial birth-control materials in the shadows and under the table.
Free Expression Faces Threat in Gay-Rights Push
The Standard - Hong Kong, May 23, 2005 A drive for legislation aimed at ending discrimination against homosexuals may threaten freedom of expression, according to a University of Hong Kong University.
Human Rights Watchdog Condemns Hong Kong Over Gay Rights
365Gay.com - Hong Kong, May 22, 2005 A watchdog human rights agency has condemned the Hong Kong government for dragging its heels in enacting civil rights for gays and lesbians. In a report to the government Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor says that the semi-automatons city state is lagging behind the rest of the world.