Category Archives: Africa (Sub Saharan)

Uganda: Setback for anti-gay group, but also for AIDS fight

Uganda remains a hot spot in the battles against AIDS and for justice for LGBTI people.  Three examples in recent days: Cut in U.S. aid hobbles anti-gay religious council The anti-gay Inter-Religious Council of Uganda has laid off all its … Continue reading

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Hostile reception for Kenyan bill to stone gays

Members of the Kenyan parliament have  spurned a proposal to enact a harsh new anti-homosexuality law. The bill, proposed by the tiny Republican Liberty Party, which has no elected members in parliament, would have imposed new punishments for same-sex relations … Continue reading

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Probe into disputed report of 7 slain LGBT Ugandans

In response to a request from the leadership of several LGBT organizations in Kampala, Uganda, the article “Report: 7 LGBT Ugandans slain; 65 flee abroad” has been removed from the blog — either temporarily or permanently. Kampala-based LGBT community leaders … Continue reading

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Days after Obama photo, Gambia arrests 12 in gay raids

Police in the west African nation of The Gambia last weekend arrested 12 men on suspicion of homosexuality in a series of “massive raids,” Gambia’s online Kibaaro News reported. The arrests came a few days after the U.S./Africa summit in … Continue reading

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Lonely track star, victim of Cameroon’s homophobia

Thierry Essamba, an internationally competitive runner in the 110-meter hurdles, was suspended from the Cameroonian track squad on May 24 because of rumors about his alleged homosexuality. When the story of his punishment first appeared, LGBT activists abroad offered him … Continue reading

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How to stir up anti-gay violence, Ugandan style

“The Red Pepper is despicable” is today’s simple comment from LGBT rights activist Maurice Tomlinson. That comment comes in response to today’s front page of the Red Pepper tabloid, dominated by the blaring headline “Homos Vow to Kill Kadaga.” Rebecca … Continue reading

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Uganda’s anti-gay bill will return: Soon or pretty soon?

The harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act of Uganda, overturned by Uganda’s Constitutional Court, is likely to return to parliament for a new vote by that overwhelmingly anti-gay assembly. How soon? After a month of analysis, says the ruling NRM (National Resistance Movement) … Continue reading

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Tiny Kenyan party seeks stoning, life in prison for gay sex

A tiny political party in Kenya is seeking a law that would impose death by stoning as a punishment for same-sex relations between non-Kenyans, with a life sentence as the punishment for Kenyans. The Daily Nation newspaper reported yesterday that … Continue reading

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Uganda: Party-style Pride after victory in court

A hundred-plus people attended Uganda’s third annual Pride festivities, held yesterday on a beach in Entebbe. The mood was celebratory, because the Constitutional Court had just overturned Uganda’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act on Aug. 1. From Agence France-Presse: Dancing and waving … Continue reading

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Uganda: Why celebrating Pride matters so much

Ugandan anthropologist and activist Stella Nyanzi explores the meaning of the third annual Pride gathering, planned for Aug. 9 at an undisclosed location Uganda: A prominent activist in the local LGBTIQ movement in Uganda asked me if our Pride activities … Continue reading

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