Desire Denied

Hamid Zaher is the first publicly gay man from Afghanistan to write a book about his experiences and his journey to the West.

Hamid Zaher is the first publicly gay man from Afghanistan to write a book about his experiences and his journey to the West.

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A new kind of human rights struggle is now being waged - by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the developing world. They're fighting gay-free zones in Ukraine, life in prison for homosexuals in Uganda, and "curative rape" for lesbians in South Africa. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores how they're creating a new era of rainbow geopolitics.


Participants in the program:

Boris Dittrich, was the first openly gay member of the Dutch Parliament. Now he is the director of the LGBT section of Human Rites Watch, based in Berlin.

Erika Paez-Hernandez is a Colombian lesbian who works in the U.K.'s chapter of the International HIV Aids Alliance. She is based in Brighton, England.

Hamid Zaher is the first gay man from Afghanistan to publicly announce his sexual orientation through his book, Overcoming.  He lives in Toronto.

Angeline Jackson is a Jamaican lesbian who created the first registered lesbian and bisexual rights group in her homeland.


Related Websites:

Human Rights Watch - LGBT Rights

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Quality of Citizenship Jamaica

GLAAD

AIDS-free World - Maurice Tomlinson

International Gay Human Rights Commision - Middle East & North Africa Region

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