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32 anti-gay African leaders, 32 smiling Obama photos

The issue of African countries imprisoning LGBTI people for their sexual orientation wasn’t on the agenda at this week’s United States/Africa summit in Washington, D.C. Instead, President Obama spoke about security, trade and economic development. Then, on Aug. 5, he … 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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3 in Malawi prisons await ruling on sodomy law

Powerful figures in Malawi are battling in court over whether the country’s law against homosexual activity should be repealed. Malawian human rights activists argue that the law that criminalizes homosexual behavior (Section 153) is unconstitutional and in violation of  Malawi’s … Continue reading

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Anglican leader: How ‘red flag’ words harm LGBT Africans

In an interview, African Anglican leader James Tengatenga advises Westerners to be careful of their language when advocating for an end to repression of sexual minorities in Africa.  He also discusses the changing post-colonial, post-Cold War politics in which debates … Continue reading

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UN joins legal challenge to Malawi’s anti-gay law

The United Nations AIDS task force has joined a constitutional challenge to Malawi’s sodomy law, which will go before that country’s High Court on March 17. The law has been on hold since November 2012, when Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara declared … Continue reading

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Malawi High Court weighs overturning anti-gay law

Malawi’s anti-gay law faced a new challenge this week as the Malawi High Court decided to review the constitutionality of the country’s ban on  homosexual intercourse. That law has been on hold since November 2012, when Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara has … Continue reading

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How the World Bank can help end global LGBT poverty

The World Bank has an important role to play in ending discrimination against LGBT people worldwide and enabling them to become full participants in the world’s economic life,  according to the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, president of the St. Paul’s … Continue reading

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U.S. rights advocates reject African-style quest for rights

American human rights advocates have undercut the work of their African counterparts by insisting on Western-style advocacy of gay rights from African supporters of human rights for all, says a group of prominent religious leaders and human-rights activists, including Archbishop … Continue reading

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Malawi drama group pushes for gay rights

In Malawi, the Nyasa Times reports on new support for LGBT rights there: One of the Malawi’s renowned vernacular theatre groups, Kwathu drama group says it is joining the band wagon [of] campaigners advocating for equal rights by taking part … Continue reading

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Anti-AIDS programs ignore LGBTs in Africa

While the LGBT community globally struggles to find funds for basic human services and HIV prevention, we are discovering disturbing trends in the allocation of  United States funds to Christian fundamentalist organizations that are often in the front lines of … Continue reading

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