The European Court of Justice has ruled that sexual orientation tests can’t be used to rule on asylum applications. Hungarian officials sought to examine a Nigerian man’s application on the grounds that he is gay.
Hungarian immigration officials were wrong to make a Nigerian asylum applicant undergo psychological tests to determine whether or not he was gay, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday.
The ruling effectively bans the testing of sexual orientation to determine the right to asylum, declaring it to be “disproportionate” and an invasion of “the most intimate aspects” of life.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Experts to testify in gay case – Daily Nation
A group seeking to quash provisions of the law that make it illegal for consensual same sex will call expert witnesses to support its case.
Appearing before a three-judge bench on Thursday, Senior Counsel Paul Muite said the group would call a psychiatrist to explain sexual orientation and why the State should not regulate intimate matters.
Mr Muite said the experts would table reports to demonstrate biological and social conditions that lead to a person’s sexual orientation.
Mr Eric Gitari moved to court to decriminalise sections 162 and 165 of the Penal Code. He said the parts were discriminatory and contravened provisions of the Constitution such as right to equality, freedom from discrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person and right to privacy.
More: Daily Nation
I hope you don’t mind me taking the time to introduce myself. My name is Ruth Hunt. I’m the CEO of Stonewall. I’m a Catholic. I love to ride my bike. I’m a godmother to three wonderful little children. I enjoy watching Doctor Who. I’m butch and I’m a lesbian.
Nice to meet you.
Like all people, there are many different things that make me who I am. One of them is my sexual orientation, another is that I have short hair, and another is that I sometimes wear suits and ties.
Some might say, I look like a boy. Others would call me a dyke. In fact, people have been saying both of these things to me since I was 13-years-old..
Source: Huffington Post UK
A United States district court judge has blocked a White House policy barring military service by transgender troops.
In July, President Trump announced on Twitter that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” A presidential memorandum said the military could discharge transgender service members by March 2018.
But in the case brought by a transgender service member, the judge issued an injunction Monday, saying “The effect of the Court’s Order is to revert to the status quo.”
Source: The New York Times
CCS Adoption is running a drop-in adoption event to inspire potential future LGBT adopters.
The event is. organised by the Oftsed ‘outstanding’ rated CCS Adoption. It will give potential parents the chance to find out more, meet the local LGBT adoption network, and the children who need adoptive families.
In England, 1 in 10 of all adoptions are by LGBT couples. Last year, 2 in 10 of new adopters approved by CCS were LGBT couples. Working with parents across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset, CCS Adoption provide support throughout the adoption process and lifelong support after.
Source: Adoption event to encourage LGBT parents