the LGBT community in Tunisia Most Tunisians see the existence of the LGBT in Tunisia as a bad influence of the west that had corrupted us with a bunch of divergent ideas. Openly gay people are being mistreated and the law that is supposed to be their shelter is one of the sources of their misery. Same-sex sexual activities became illegal in Tunisia in 1913 under the controversial article number 230 of the penal code according to which the penalty can go up to 3 years of imprisonment. The terror doesn’t stop here. Only a year ago, December 2015, six college students were arrested for sodomy. During their first day, they were taken to the hospital for the anal test and when they refused they were beaten. On new year’s eve, they were forced to dance for the guardians who later shoved them into a room and asked them inhumane questions followed by sexual abuse. Here, I want to ask you dear reader to ask yourself the following question “would any person choose a life like this? Do you really think that being gay is a choice? “, think again.
Research on adolescence has long ignored the experiences of young people who discover themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or transsexual (LGBT). While we recognize more and more vulnerability to homophobic bullying and its consequences, it is essential to learn about their experiences. This article presents the findings of researches conducted with LGBT youth, one in France and the other in Quebec, and gives recommendations for professionals working with these young people and their families.
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ccording to the report, at least 76 countries retain laws used to criminalise and harass people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, including laws criminalising consensual same-sex relationships among adults.
In Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and parts of Nigeria and Somalia, consensual homosexual conduct may be punished by death, “a grave violation of human rights,” the report said.
The rights chief expressed concern about laws enacted or proposed in the past two years to restrict public discussion of sexual orientation under the guise of protecting minors from information on not-traditional sexual relations. He pointed to Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Moldova, Russia, Uganda and Ukraine.
The report makes more than 20 recommendations including urging all countries to ban so-called “conversion therapies” intended to “cure” homosexual attraction as well as involuntary treatment, forced sterilisation and forced genital and anal examinations.
The high commissioner also calls for changing laws to remove offences relating to consensual same-sex conduct, investigating and prosecuting alleged hate-crimes and prohibiting incitement of hatred and violence on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.