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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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Zimbabwe: Preacher, don’t spew anti-gay bias

Activists in Zimbabwe are challenging a popular local preacher’s description of homosexuals as mentally ill, including homosexual “politicians, billionaires and big businesspeople whose influence often serves as some smokescreen to cover their mental sickness.” Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa of the United … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe police again raid LGBT rights meeting

Police in Zimbabwe today stormed a local hotel where human rights defenders were attending a media training workshop by Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). They arrested two of those at the meeting and brought the meeting to an end. … Continue reading

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Court rules for LGBT rights group in Zimbabwe

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) today won a court case that was aimed at shutting it down. Magistrate Don Ndirowei ruled that GALZ was exempt from the registration requirement that the prosecution had accused it of ignoring. “This is … 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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Zimbabwe’s new police powers provoke fear of more blackmail

The Zimbabwean government has authorised security agencies to have wide-ranging access to personal information about everyone in the country who has a telephone or Internet access, effective Oct. 1. Human rights defenders and legal experts say the new regulations violate … Continue reading

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Tino’s story: AIDS and the perils of a double life in Zimbabwe

From Zimbabwe, a special correspondent to the Erasing 76 Crimes blog contributes this story about Tino, a man who plans to get married to his fiance but also has sex with men. In one study of three southern African nations, … Continue reading

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In Zimbabwe, Mugabe resumes his gay-bashing

MUGABE’S LATEST ANTI-GAY TIRADE As has become the norm, as soon as Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was inaugurated for his seventh term in office, he resumed making scathing remarks against homosexuality. During his inauguration ceremony on Aug. 22, attended by … 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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Confronting a fearful future, some gay Zimbabweans flee

By the special correspondent of Erasing 76 Crimes in Zimbabwe Names have been altered to protect the identity of endangered individuals. His phone rings. Bright, a young gay man in Zimbabwe, answers it with a smile that is quickly wiped … Continue reading

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