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5 months in Zambian jail as gay trial falters; no eyewitnesses

Observers in Zambia supplied this information about the ongoing trial of Philip Mubiana and James Mwape, who could face up to 14 years in prison on charges of homosexual activity: The clock keeps ticking in the homosexuality trial of James Mwape and Philip Mubiana in Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia.  They’re heading toward five months in jail without … Continue reading

Asia

Bangladesh newspaper urges repeal of anti-gay law

A newspaper in Bangladesh has announced its opposition to the country’s harsh anti-gay law. The Dhaka Tribune, which was launched in April, today published an editorial that urged “Decriminalising same-sex relations.” Under the laws of Bangladesh, same-sex relations are punishable by up to a life sentence. The opinion piece ran under a secondary headline arguing … Continue reading

Americas / Europe

Putin must be delighted as LGBT activists attack each other

Russian President Vladimir Putin must be chuckling with joy at the spectacle of LGBT rights activists acting as though other gay-rights activists, rather than Putin and his cronies, are their worst enemies. Activists’ harsh disagreements, especially over whether to boycott the Sochi Olympics or demonstrate for human rights there, have now reached new extremes. As … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Another anti-gay mob attacks in Jamaica. Why??

LATEST HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK Why such a series of anti-gay attacks in Jamaica? Is it a populist homophobic response to human rights activists’ challenges to the country’s anti-sodomy law, to TV stations’ prohibition on ads urging tolerance for LGBT people, and the controversies over anti-gay singer Queen Ifrica? How much blame should be assigned to the … Continue reading

Americas

Canada was right to nix tax-funded Jamaican hate

Jamaican anti-gay lawyer, Shirley Richards, wrote a letter to the editor condemning the cancellation of a performance by homophobic reggae artiste, Queen Ifrica.  Ifrica was scheduled to perform at Rastafest in Toronto on August 24.   This event was partially funded by the Toronto Public Library and Service Canada, both of which are taxpayer-supported entities. … Continue reading