Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dutch protest of Lembembe murder planned for Aug. 2

Supporters of LGBT rights will hold a peaceful demonstration in  The Hague, Netherlands, protesting the murder and torture of Cameroonian activist Eric Lembembe. The event is being organized by Uganda Gay on Move and the Out & Proud Diamond Group, … Continue reading

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Demand to Cameroon to bring lynch mob to justice

The African human rights group REDHAC is calling for the government to speak out against the wave of homophobia currently gripping the nation and to bring to justice those who stoned an LGBT man to death on July 24. The … Continue reading

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Russian lawmaker threatens arrests of gay Olympians, tourists

Russia isn’t making it easy for LGBT-rights advocates to stomach the idea of participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Iin an article entitled “Russian lawmaker : We will arrest gay athletes, tourists at Olympic Games,” Gay Star News … Continue reading

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Boycotting anti-gay Russia: Vodka, maybe Olympics too

The Russian LGBT Network says opponents of Russia’s anti-gay crackdown should protest at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, rather than boycotting them. That stance contrasts with the position of RUSA LGBT, a Russian-American gay rights group, which is … Continue reading

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Cameroon activist released by police probing LGBT murder

Police in Cameroon have released activist Michel Engama, financial officer of the LGBT-rights and anti-AIDS organization Camfaids (Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS). He had been detained along with a colleague on the basis of testimony that they had been in a … Continue reading

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76+ painted faces protest 76+ countries’ anti-gay laws

British poet-activist Vince Laws has again turned a spotlight on the 76-plus countries where homosexuality is illegal, painting the faces of 85 volunteers with those countries’ names before an audience of about 200. His performance-art protest, called “Banned,” was presented … Continue reading

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Pope replaces Cameroon’s anti-gay archbishop

Vehemently anti-gay Archbishop Victor Tonye Bakot of Yaoundé, Cameroon, has resigned at a time when new Pope Francis is emphasizing the importance of accepting LGBT people in society. The Vatican named Bishop Jean Mbarga of Ebolowa as his replacement, at … Continue reading

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Cameroon: LGBT activists in custody; harassment continues

Police in Cameroon have refused to release two LGBT activists whom they detained on Saturday, July 27, as potential witnesses in the so-far-unsuccessful investigation of the murder of activist journalist Eric Lembembe. Lembembe’s former colleagues reported that Michel Engama, finance … Continue reading

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Pope’s message for anti-gay Catholics: Accept gays

In an interview today, Pope Francis spoke graciously about how the Roman Catholic Church should treat LGBT people. Will Catholics in the 76-plus countries that imprison people for homosexual behavior stop fueling anti-gay hatred and instead model themselves after the … Continue reading

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Cameroon: ‘Abusive detention’ of friends of Eric Lembembe

See the July 29 update of this news here: “Cameroon: LGBT activists in custody; harassment continues.” Below is a little bit of further information from July 27 about that day’s detention of LGBT activists in Cameroon, which was first reported in the … Continue reading

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