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Argentina Bans Anti-Gay Discrimination

Police in Nepal Viciously Beat Two Gay Men

Brazil Approves Same-Sex Partner Immigration

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

Argentina Bans Anti-Gay Discrimination

Argentina's Chamber of Deputies banned antigay discrimination December 4, following 19 years of lobbying by the Argentine Homosexual Community (CHA) and other organizations.

Antidiscrimination Law 23,592 was rewritten to read, "These, among others, are considered discriminatory: Acts and omissions motivated by reasons of race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, ideology, political or union-related opinion, sex, gender, gender identity or its expression, sexual orientation, age, civil status, family responsibility, work or occupation, physical characteristics, psychological capacity, economic position or social condition."

"This is a historic step in the recognition of the rights of GLTTB people in the entire nation," CHA said in a statement.
Police in Nepal Viciously Beat Two Gay Men

Police officers viciously beat two gay men in Kathmandu, Nepal, December 6, the International Lesbian and Gay Association reported.

Jag Bahadur Lama, 28, and Mani Lama, 20, were attacked near Ratna Park, first by hoodlums, then by officers from a passing police van.

The police reportedly put the couple inside the van and kicked them and bashed them with rifle butts for an hour, then drove them to a barracks, beat them further, and forced them to fellate numerous officers.

After about two hours at the barracks, the couple was tied up, blindfolded, put back in a van and dumped in the street near Nepal's largest temple, Pashupatinath, ILGA said.

The Nepalese gay group Blue Diamond Society said such attacks are not uncommon and urged activists worldwide to complain to Nepalese diplomats.

Additional details are available from the Asian Human Rights Commission at http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2003/581/ .
Brazil Approves Same-Sex Partner Immigration

Brazil's National Council on Immigration ruled December 18 that gays' and lesbians' foreign partners can immigrate to Brazil when the couple has entered into an official same-sex union recognized by a local, regional or national government abroad.

"Latin American countries are advancing towards full equality for same-sex couples much faster than the United States is," said Leslie Bulbuk, cofounder of the U.S.-based activist group Love Sees No Borders. "Ironically, none of these countries represents itself as the 'land of the free' with 'liberty and justice for all.'"

Bulbuk said Brazil is the 16th nation to extend immigration rights to same-sex couples. The others are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom, she said.
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