Category Archives: Africa (Sub Saharan)

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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Activists demand new probe of Eric Lembembe murder

A year after the murder of journalist/activist Eric Lembembe in Cameroon, human rights activists in Cameroon and abroad are calling for a renewed investigation into his death. Cameroonian authorities’ mishandling of the investigation has been so incompetent and disrespectful that … Continue reading

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Defending French-speaking LGBT Africans’ rights (and lives)

In this RGOD2 column, which first appeared in the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle discusses: The challenges of learning the French language, The murder of French-speaking journalist / activist Eric Lembembe a year ago, … Continue reading

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5 arrested Ugandans released, no charges filed

Five recent homosexuality-related arrests in Uganda turn out to be unrelated to “promotion of homosexuality,” which is how they were reported in the Ugandan press. Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum — Uganda (HRAPF) issued the following report today. (Also … Continue reading

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Probe of 5 alleged arrests as Uganda denies anti-gay bias

A team of human rights lawyers is heading to the Pader district in northern Uganda to investigate a report of five suspected homosexuals arrested there. The lawyers are from the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum – Uganda (HRAPF), which … Continue reading

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