This week read about an LGBT haven facing pressure from Communist leaders, and the Biden administration promising to end a flawed asylum agreement with El Salvador.

Biden Admin. to Terminate Flawed Asylum Agreement with El Salvador

President-elect Joe Biden said he will terminate a flawed asylum agreement with El Salvador, the Human Rights Watch reported. LGBT groups within the country experience violence and discrimination from churches and authorities.

The flawed agreement allows immigration authorities in the U.S. to transfer non-Salvadoran asylum seekers to El Salvador, the HRW reported.

“The Attorney General’s Office in El Salvador released statistics in January 2020 indicating it had tabulated 692 cases of violence against LGBT and intersex people in five years,” according to an HRW report from January of 2021.

LGBT groups face forms of violence including “acts of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, excessive use of force, illegal and arbitrary arrests and other forms of abuse, much of it committed by public security agents” in addition to discrimination, according to the report.

Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s current president, originally supported LGBT rights, but showed his opposition to marriage equality, sexual diversity at work and legal gender recognition while running for office, the HRW reported.


China Cracks Down on LGBT Safe Haven


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In Chengdu, China, a hub of LGBT bars, clubs and community is facing pressure from central Communist leaders, the South China Morning Post reported.

Known by Chinese Millennials as “Gaydu,” the region is a haven for LGBT communities, the SCMP reported. The country’s first widely reported gay marriage occurred in Chengdu in 2010, though unfortunately unofficial; same-sex marriage has yet to be legalized in China.

Explicit photos posted online and HIV infections were connected with the MC Club — a local gay venue — in October, the SCMP reported. This marked the first change in the LGBT haven.

Some community members attribute the unwanted attention by city authorities to a wave of LGBT visitors from inside the country, the SCMP reported.

Bars were shut down, apparently to address the public health crisis, the SCMP reported. Investigations into LGBT organizations followed.

ShanghaiPRIDE, the nation's oldest LGBT festival, announced its shutdown in August due to safety concerns, though rumors of conservative pressure influencing the closure persist, the SCMP reported.