DNA Magazine - - FROM THE EDITOR - Found­ing Ed­i­tor, An­drew Creagh

JAN­UARY 20, 2017: Pres­i­dent Trump takes of­fice. An LGBTI rights page dis­ap­pears from the White House web­site.

APRIL 2: No­vaya Gazeta and The Guardian re­port that about 100 gay men in Chech­nya have been rounded up, im­pris­oned, tor­tured and ex­torted for money. Some may have also been mur­dered. APRIL 30: In­done­sian po­lice raid a pri­vate party in Surabaya, ar­rest­ing men they sus­pect are ho­mo­sex­ual. MAY 18: A gay cou­ple in In­done­sia are sen­tence to 80 lashes in pub­lic for the crime of hav­ing sex in pri­vate. AU­GUST 25: Trump’s Twit­ter prom­ise in June to ban trans peo­ple from serv­ing in the mil­i­tary be­comes of­fi­cial pol­icy. SEPTEM­BER 2: Po­lice in the In­done­sian province of West Java forcibly evict 12 women they sus­pect of be­ing les­bians from their vil­lage. SEPTEM­BER 26: Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties ar­rest seven peo­ple for wav­ing a rain­bow flag at a mu­sic con­cert. OC­TO­BER 3: Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties ar­rest a fur­ther 34 gay and trans peo­ple and charge them with “in­de­cency”. OC­TO­BER 3: In­done­sia’s NasDem party an­nounces plans for leg­is­la­tion to ban gay char­ac­ters ap­pear­ing in film or tele­vi­sion. OC­TO­BER 3: Po­lice in Azer­bai­jan be­gin a vi­o­lent cam­paign, ar­rest­ing and tor­tur­ing gay and bi­sex­ual men em­ploy­ing the same de­tain-and-tor­ture meth­ods used in Chech­nya. OC­TO­BER 4: The USA fails to sup­port a UN res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing the death penalty against gay peo­ple con­victed of hav­ing con­sen­sual sex. OC­TO­BER 6: Egypt bans all me­dia from men­tion­ing LGBTI peo­ple un­less it is in the con­text of “re­pent­ing” for the “sick­ness” of their lifestyle. OC­TO­BER 6: Bu­rundi an­nounces an of­fi­cial “hunt” to track down and ar­rest LGBT peo­ple. “The rea­son is just they are gay,” says a govern­ment spokesper­son. OC­TO­BER 8: In­done­sian po­lice raid a Jakarta sauna and ar­rest 51 men. OC­TO­BER 9: The US De­part­ment Of Jus­tice re­leases the Fed­eral Law Pro­tec­tions For Re­li­gious Lib­erty mem­o­ran­dum in­struct­ing fed­eral agen­cies to pre­serve re­li­gious lib­erty as much as pos­si­ble even when it con­flicts with anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion laws. OC­TO­BER 13: Trump ad­dresses a known gay hate group, Value Vot­ers Sum­mit, and tells them their anti-gay views will “no longer be si­lenced”.

Your hate speech will no longer be si­lenced. How long be­fore that hate speech be­comes ac­tion?

No mat­ter where you live in the world, you can act. You can con­tact your par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive and ex­press your con­cern. You can ask that your con­cerns be raised and ex­pressed. A sin­gle email or phone call can have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect. Politi­cians need to hear from their con­stituents; they need to know what’s im­por­tant to the peo­ple who elected them, and the wise ones lis­ten.

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