Americas / Faith and religion

Uganda’s anti-gay law divides U.S. churches

Journalist Jim Naughton from the gay-friendly Episcopal Church in the United States argues that the relatively small breakaway Anglican Church in North America is in a bind — seeking support from people who support the human rights of LGBT people, but unwilling to anger allies in the Church of Uganda by criticizing that country’s harsh … Continue reading

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Francophone countries in West-Central Africa ‘left behind’ by the AIDS revolution

In Montpellier, France, from April 27 to 30, scientists and doctors are meeting at the International francophone conference on HIV and Hepatitis (AFRAVIH).  Doctors Without Borders – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) the Nobel Prize winning international humanitarian medical organization is there and speaking out.  MSF has issued a statement about the lack of progress in … Continue reading

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For lover’s sake, gay man spent years in Cameroon prison

(Disponible en français) Diderot Atsafack, a 25-year-old gay man, has paid the equivalent of US$470 to regain his liberty after spending two and a half years in a Cameroonian prison on  homosexuality-related charges, attorney Michel Togué reports. Atsafack was arrested in Oct. 17, 2011, in large part because he refused to reveal his sexual orientation and … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Europe / Faith and religion

Stone LGBT Ugandans to death? The Bible says what?

Change is in the wind. In Europe and North America, there’s increasing recognition of the human rights of LGBT people. But in Africa, hatred is on the upswing. Some anti-gay Christians even believe that LGBT people should be killed, that that’s what God wants. What’s to be done? Here’s a discussion with one such Christian. … Continue reading

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As many as 12 awaiting gay-sex trials in Uganda

As a result of Uganda’s ongoing anti-gay crackdown, many LGBT people are in hiding and as many as a dozen Ugandans are currently awaiting trial on homosexuality-related charges. Three of them are in prison pending the outcome of their trials. Since President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act in  February, an LGBT security hotline in … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Civil Rights worker seeks an end to anti-gay hatred in Africa

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, an African-American former Civil Rights activist and a retired United Methodist minister, responded with passion to the recent commentary by South African Justice Edwin Cameron, who bemoaned the repression of LGBT people in Africa. In a commentary titled, “The Sexual Minority of Africa Should Also Be Heard,” Cameron wrote that … Continue reading