Sierra Leone Gay and Lesbian Rights Activist Murdered
A leading Sierra Leone gay and lesbian rights activist was found brutally murdered in her office. FannyAnn Eddy, the founder of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association and an activist known across Africa, was found raped and repeatedly stabbed to death, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). There is concern amongst the human rights community that she was a victim of hatred.
According to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Eddy “understood that freedom for women, particular lesbians, was related to their ability to provide for themselves economically,” and she “brought a level of courage, boldness and tenacity to her work that is rare even among human rights activists known for all three.” Eddy worked tirelessly with IGLHRC and HRW to advocate for the Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Human Rights in the United Nations.
The IGLHRC is investigating the details of her death and how the government and police responded. HRW is urging the Sierra Leone government to investigate Eddy’s murder fully and fairly to “send a message to a frightened lesbian and gay community that violence against them will not go unpunished.”
8/3/2015 The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today - A Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood is expected to come to a vote today.
Sponsored by Republican Senator Joni Ernst (IA), Senate Bill 1881 would prohibit all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood or "any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics." The Senate will need 60 votes to advance the bill, which is being proposed following the release of highly edited video footage by anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
The CMP's misleading videos claim that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue. . . .