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Cameroon LGBT groups learning to be businesslike

Governance, paperwork, management techniques, human resources, financial conflicts of interest — those are some of the training modules discussed in workshops held Jan. 22 to 25 for nine representatives of three community-based organizations serving the community of men who have sex with men (MSM). “This training was needed because most of these young associations have … Continue reading

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Gay sex tourism in anti-gay Gambia

Gambia’s strong-man president, Yahya Jammeh, devoted his recent speech at the opening session of parliament to railing against homosexuality along with the nation’s growing murder rate, police corruption and European countries’ deportation of Gambian citizens. At much the same time, the United States-based Gambian website Freedom Newspaper published a harsh depiction of life in the … Continue reading

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African anti-gay backlash is a sign of LGBT progress?

“Gay Rights in Africa Move Slowly, Cautiously Forward,” states the headline of a Voice of America article. Believing that requires a leap of faith, since anti-LGBT legislation is under discussion or nearing approval in Uganda, Nigeria and Liberia, while Zimbabwe just voted for a new constitution that prohibits same-sex marriages. But the idea has some … Continue reading

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Gay recruiters in Uganda? A missed chance for truth

A Danish official on a visit to Uganda missed a chance last week to counteract the widespread but mistaken belief by Ugandan politicians, journalists and religious leaders that LGBT rights groups recruit people to become homosexuals. Christian Friis Bach, Danish minister of development cooperation, was asked about that issue in an interview with Uganda’s Daily … Continue reading