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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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IDAHOT anti-hate campaign: Even in 20 anti-gay nations

LGBT rights activists and supporters — even those in 20 nations where homosexuality is illegal — will celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Saturday, May 17. The day is billed as a worldwide celebration of sexual and … Continue reading

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19 in prison for being gay, 18 more awaiting trial

(This is the latest update of a page that is often revised — again and again — as new information is received.) Worldwide, at least 19 people are currently in prison for violating laws that punish those who are born … Continue reading

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Tunisia politician guilty of gay sex; prison term nears end

Gay Star News reports: Mounir Baatour, a political party leader and lawyer, was found guilty of ‘sodomy’ with a 20-year-old man. Baatour was sentenced to three months in prison by the court of first instance in Tunis. The judge found … Continue reading

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Repeal 76 countries’ anti-gay laws? Road ahead is long

Is it possible that we can move toward a world where no adult couples are thrown in jail for being in love? That prospect, which would require repeal of 76-plus countries’ laws against homosexual activity, seems more daunting than ever … Continue reading

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Tunisia cheers lesbian love film, rejects actual lesbian love

PRAISE FOR MOVIE, NOT FOR REALITY Tunisia’s culture minister congratulated French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche on Monday for winning the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, without mentioning the huge gap between what Tunisia society accepts and what the film depicts. The … Continue reading

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24 days on, Tunisian politician still in jail on sodomy charge

The Tunisian political leader arrested March 30 on sodomy charges remains in jail after being subjected to a rectal examination, Tunisia Live reported. Mounir Baatour, head of the Liberal Party, denies the accusations against him. He was arrested 24 days … Continue reading

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Tunisia politician’s sodomy arrest leads to call for repeal

The Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities has called for the repeal of Tunisia’s sodomy law, which the group said is used to intimidate political opposition. Yamina Thabet, president of the association, made that appeal in a statement to … Continue reading

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In Tunisia, gay sex accusations are a political tool

The leader of Tunisia’s opposition Liberal Party, Mounir Baatour, has been arrested and jailed on sodomy charges, his attorney told Agence France-Presse. Court action on April 3 followed an incident on March 31 at the Sheraton Tunis Hotel, when hotel … Continue reading

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Two men arrested under Tunisian sodomy law

Two men were arrested on sodomy charges in Tunisia on March 31, the news website Tunisia Live reported. Staff at the Sheraton Tunis Hotel reportedly discovered the men having sex and called security forces, which led to the arrest. The … Continue reading

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