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World health agency: Fight AIDS by repealing anti-gay laws

In an understated report, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this month that nations should work to stop the spread of AIDS by removing obstacles to HIV prevention efforts that are caused by laws against homosexual activity, transgender status, sex … Continue reading

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‘Umbrellas of Love’ for Commonwealth’s LGBT outcasts

For the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, artist/activist Vince Laws is preparing an artistic protest against anti-gay laws in 41 out of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth represents countries that formerly were part of the British … Continue reading

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With Nigeria’s anti-gay law, HIV care drops 10%-70%

The extent of the devastation that Nigeria’s anti-gay law is wreaking on Nigerian anti-AIDS efforts is coming into view. Among Nigerian men who have sex with men, the number of people reached for HIV prevention has dropped drastically since the … Continue reading

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After mob attack, Senegal blocks gay-themed art show

The government in Senegal has shut down an art show focusing on homosexuality in Africa. The action came after  a group of religious fundamentalists stormed the Dakar art center that housed the exhibit, breaking windows and exterior lights.  The mob … Continue reading

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Jamaican paper pushes gay marriage; should gays worry?

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, the country’s most influential and probably its largest, has endorsed same-sex marriage, which local LGBT rights activists have not been pushing for. In passing, the newspaper’s editorial spoke against the “buggery law” that makes male homosexual … Continue reading

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Nigerian activist: Focus on LGBT rights is not enough

Gay activists in Africa need to focus on more than just LGBT rights, says  Cheikh Eteka Traore, leader of a Nigerian LGBT rights coalition opposing that country’s new anti-gay law. Focusing on a broader range of issues is a strength … Continue reading

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African signers of Mayibuye Pledge vow to work for justice

In preparation for Africa Day on May 25, a group of human rights activists is promoting a pledge in which Africans resolve to work toward social and economic justice in the continent, including an end to violence against women and … Continue reading

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Nigeria: #BringBackOurGirls, but jail our gays?

Nigerian sociologist Ebenezer Obadare, currently teaching in the United States, argues that Nigerians should advocate for oppressed LGBT people as well as for the school girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok. Excerpts from his commentary in AllAfrica.com: We want … Continue reading

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102 who are in prison for being gay, 75 more awaiting trial

  A look at 169 people who fell victim to anti-gay laws Worldwide, at least 94 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 75 … Continue reading

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Scientists: No choice on being gay, no gay recruitment

The mistaken belief that sexual orientation is a choice — instead of a fixed aspect of a person’s identity — underpins the anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria and many others among the 76-plus countries with anti-homosexuality statutes. That faulty thinking … Continue reading

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