This week read about spectators chanting a gay slur during Team Mexico's World Cup Qualifier, and a United Nations committee ruling in favor of a lesbian activist in Sri Lanka.
Team Mexico’s World Cup Qualifier Sees Return Of Gay Slur Chant
During Team Mexico's World Cup Qualifier versus the U.S., supporters once again chanted their favorite homosexual slur.
As the time crept down toward the end of the game, spectators began screaming the word "puto." "Puto" is a homophobic slur that FIFA has outlawed, yet Mexico fans continue to scream it.
According to Outsports, the public address announcer tried to drown out the crowd, but to no avail.
The newest round of "puto" shouts comes after the Mexican Football Federation placed a five-year ban on supporters who scream homosexual insults in stadiums. The FMF designed a Fan ID system to make it easier to identify anyone who violates the restriction.
While this system was in place during the match, the fans remained undeterred.
Pan-Africa ILGA Welcomes UN Ruling Encouraging Lesbian Activists
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According to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Sri Lanka's law prohibiting same-sex sexual activity is a violation of human rights. The court's decision in favor of Sri Lankan activist Rosanna Flamer-Caldera encourages, but does not force, Sri Lanka to modify its anti-LGBT legislation. The ruling provides moral encouragement to campaigners in numerous countries who are working to repeal similar prohibitions in their own countries.
These attacks, according to 76 Crimes, are intended to create a state of intolerance in which governments seek to abolish core human rights values, allowing individuals to harm others without consequence. Pan-Africa ILGA, the Africa branch of the international LGBT association, has been monitoring State Sponsored Homophobia Reports by partners such as ILGA World and Human Rights Watch, which have recorded and examined comparable circumstances in countries such as Senegal, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and others, for many years.