This week read about a same-sex couple winning a court case in Namibia, and a gay dating app providing a safe space for LGBT Ukrainians.
Gay Couple In Namibia Score Partial Victory In Top Court
Namibia's Supreme Court handed down a partial win to a gay couple, ruling that the government had discriminated against them by rejecting the residence application of one of the two, who is Mexican-born.
The court ordered that the home affairs ministry evaluate Guillermo Delgado's application for permanent residency in the southern African country.
Delgado filed an appeal with the Supreme Court after a lower court dismissed his residence request in February 2021, agreeing with the government, which had refused to recognize his marriage to Namibian Phillip Lühl.
Permanent residence is automatically granted to foreigners who marry native spouses in Namibia, however, same-sex weddings are not legally recognized.
Delgado received citizenship by descent for their son, born in South Africa through a surrogate in 2019.
“It was a partial victory … We will have to see what the way forward is,” said the couple’s lawyer, Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, to Africa News.
Gay Dating App Helps Ukrainians Find LGBT-Friendly Shelter
Photo via Romeo.
In only two weeks, more than two million Ukrainians have departed the nation. Romeo, a gay dating app established in Germany and the Netherlands, is one of the numerous firms helping Ukrainians. With its geo-location-based grid of users, Romeo, which is comparable to Grindr, has developed a group called "Shelter For Ukraine," where members may give LGBT-friendly shelter to displaced Ukrainians.
Romeo's organization, which provides sanctuary for Ukrainians, has over 10,000 members. People have offered their houses in Poland, France, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, London, and the Netherlands.
“There has been such an outpouring of support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine,” a spokesperson for Romeo told Fast Company. “We saw hundreds of offers of shelter in the first hours, people opening up their homes in order to help.”