Category Archives: Africa (Sub Saharan)

World health agency: Fight AIDS by repealing anti-gay laws

In an understated report, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this month that nations should work to stop the spread of AIDS by removing obstacles to HIV prevention efforts that are caused by laws against homosexual activity, transgender status, sex … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Slain activist mourned; the fight continues

Friends and family of activist journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe gathered in Yaoundé earlier this month to mark the one-year anniversary of his murder by celebrating his life and vowing to continue his fight against AIDS and for justice for LGBTI … Continue reading

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Uganda: U.S. picks AIDS contractor, ousts anti-gay group

The United States has replaced the anti-gay Inter-Religious Council of Uganda as a contractor for HIV / AIDS services in Uganda. Effective Aug. 1, the work will be done by the international health, infrastructure and environmental services firm Cardno Emerging … Continue reading

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Cameroon villagers attack gay ‘demon’ — and seek his land

By Erin Royal Brokovitch The author of this article is an LGBT rights activist in Cameroon who writes under a pseudonym.   Two years ago, René M. opened a café on a small parcel of land that he bought in … Continue reading

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Uganda, don’t pray to ‘heal’ gays (or blacks or women)

In this brief commentary, Stella Nyanzi — an anthropologist, social science researcher and resident of Uganda, where Pentecostal churches are popular — speaks out against some anti-LGBT religious leaders’ practice of attempting to “pray away the gay.” After her commentary … Continue reading

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U.S. money keeps supporting anti-gay programs

Despite President Obama’s promise to stop funding ineffective, discredited faith-based programs claiming to reduce HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies, U.S. taxpayers’ dollars are still bankrolling them. Freelance investigative journalist Andy Kopsa has uncovered the institutional bias toward those programs, run … Continue reading

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Uganda drops charges against trans woman

Charges have been dropped against Emma Bbosa, a Ugandan trans woman. Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum — Uganda (HRAPF), reports: “Emma Bossa’s case was today dismissed for want of prosecution by the Grade ! … Continue reading

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Seeking to save the eyesight of battered trans Ugandan

A group of friends, activists and journalists is seeking contributions to help save the eyesight of a Ugandan trans woman whose eyes have been failing since she suffered a transphobic attack two years ago in Kampala, Uganda. The story of … Continue reading

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Appeal to Cameroon: Stop anti-LGBTI violence

Activists in Cameroon are preparing an appeal to the government of Cameroon, seeking an end to violence against LGBTI people and those who defend their human rights. That appeal, which follows an investigation of anti-gay repression in Cameroon, is scheduled … Continue reading

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It’s official: No more Malawi arrests under anti-gay laws

Malawi has stopped arresting people for same-sex intimacy pending a review of the country’s anti-gay laws, Malawi’s justice minister told the U.N. Human Rights Committee last week. The latest moratorium is related to last fall’s move by the country’s High … Continue reading

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