Tag Archives: Africa

African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, … Continue reading

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African LGBT activists praise, mourn Nelson Mandela

Memories, mourning and inspiration The death of South African liberator Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5  brought sadness and words of deep appreciation from African LGBT activists. “Nelson was a person who fought against discrimination in all its forms,” said Dominique … Continue reading

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Mandela’s queer legacy: freedom, more struggles for LGBTs

This appreciation of South African liberator Nelson Mandela, with accompanying analysis of what his work means for LGBT Africans today, was written by Phumi Mtetwa, co-founder of South Africa’s National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality (NCGLE) and former executive director … Continue reading

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LGBT news roundup: Uganda, Russia, Zimbabwe, more

AFRICA IN GENERAL ‘Homophobia’ in Africa condemned (Amnesty International via BBC) AFRICA AND EUROPE Persecuted homosexuals can be granted refuge. Gays and lesbians from nations that have criminalized their sexual orientation can be granted refuge in the European Union, but … Continue reading

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South Asian petition opposes Uganda anti-gay bill

A group of South Asian activists and academics has launched an online petition against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill being considered by the Ugandan parliament. The petition urges Uganda to grant full human rights to all citizens, recognizing  the countries’ shared history … Continue reading

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GOP platform leak: 76 countries’ anti-gay laws are OK

An inadvertently leaked draft of a section of the Republican Party platform implies that the United States should not oppose anti-LGBT laws in the 76 countries where homosexuality is a crime. As the GOP convention gets under way this week, … Continue reading

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AIDS in Africa: many straight women, but higher rate for gays

Isn’t AIDS in Africa more a problem for heterosexuals than for homosexuals? AIDS and HIV are severe problems for both groups in Africa. The largest number of HIV-infected people in Africa are heterosexual, especially heterosexual women. But in many African … Continue reading

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Europe condemns violence against African lesbians

The European Parliament passed a resolution on July 5 condemning violence against lesbians in Africa and advocating the rights of African LGBT people in general, Pink News reports. The resolution came in response to reports of increasing reports of arrests … Continue reading

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U.S. group tackles anti-homosexuality laws in 76 countries

This column in the Orange County Register highlights the work of Spirit of 76 Worldwide in seeking to repeal anti-homosexuality laws in 76 countries: While the debate regarding civil rights and gay marriage rages on in this county, in 76 … Continue reading

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What traditional African homosexuality learned from West

Homosexuality has a long history in Africa, says anthropologist Patrick Awondo, contrary to the claims of politicians who consider it a recent Western import. But Awondo acknowledged in an interview last month that two key elements in the debate over … Continue reading

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