Thailand separates LGBTQ inmates, considers segregated prison

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PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) – Theerayut Charoenpakdee was terrified when police stopped her outside a mall in Pattaya, a Thai resort famous for its sordid nightlife. A urine test on the spot revealed meth coursing through her veins.

“I thought I was going to be thrown in prison with all the men because I still have the title of Mr.,” the transgender woman said. “I was afraid. News and TV tells us that being sent to prison is scary.”

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US condemns Gambia’s anti-gay law

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Nov. 24 condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some gay acts.

In a statement, Director of Press Relations Jeff Rathke said the State Department was also concerned about reports of recent arrests targeting at least four men, a 17-year-old boy and nine women accused of committing gay acts.

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Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some gay acts, officials said Sept. 8, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders.

The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality,” minority leader Samba Jallow said. That is a charge leveled at repeat offenders and people living with HIV/AIDS.

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