Tag Archives: Barack Obama

LGBT activists seek Obama’s help in African crisis

March 13, 2014 President Barack Obama The White House Washington, D.C., 20500 Dear Mr. President, Thank you for your leadership in advancing the human rights of all people and for repeal of laws that codify discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, … Continue reading

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9 moves to roll back Uganda’s anti-gay law

Supporters of LGBT rights are starting to respond to Uganda’s harsh new Anti-Homosexuality Law, which calls for up to seven years in prison for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” and a life sentence for anyone who “touches another person with … Continue reading

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Don’t cut ties with Uganda; that’s an anti-gay trap

The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest from Zambia and a project director at Political Research Associates, predicted last month that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni would sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.  Now that Museveni has done so, Kaoma discusses what’s … Continue reading

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Draconian details of Uganda’s misguided new anti-gay law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni today signed into law the harsh, long-disputed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which provides for imprisonment for five to seven years for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” or who  “in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.” The official … Continue reading

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Obama ‘disappointed’ with Uganda’s anti-gay law

U.S. President Barack Obama said today that he is “deeply disappointed” with the decision by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to sign the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The new law “will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda,” Obama said. He did not … Continue reading

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Obamas will skip Sochi, send LGBT athletes instead

U.S. President Obama sent a message today to Russian Vladimir Putin. In an implicit response to Russia’s crackdown on its LGBT community and the country’s blatant disregard of human rights, as well as the two countries’ foreign policy disputes,  Obama, … Continue reading

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Senegal police arrest 5 alleged lesbians

Police in Senegal arrested five women yesterday on charges of violating Senegal’s law against same-sex activity, the Associated Press reported. AP said: The five women were detained early Monday morning during a birthday party at a restaurant in Dakar’s Yoff … Continue reading

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Archbishop tells Kenya: Gays deserve respect

Kenyans should not discriminate against homosexuals, should be respectful to them, and should grant them dignity and human rights, says Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the Pope’s respresentative to Kenya. AllAfrica.com reported: Speaking after commissioning a Sh400 million [US$4.6 million] pastoral … Continue reading

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Africa: ‘Tolerance’ includes arrests, violence against LGBTs?

During President Obama’s visit to Senegal last week, that country’s president, Macky Sall, made the outrageous and unchallenged claim that Senegal is a “very tolerant country” in its treatment of LGBT people. Really?? “Tolerance” is an accurate description of Senegal’s … Continue reading

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Obama nudges Africa toward LGBT rights; too gently?

President Obama raised the issue of LGBT rights on the first stop of his current trip to Africa, where 38 countries have laws against homosexual activity. But he did not press the issue hard, nor did he raise it in … Continue reading

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