Africa

Homophobic Zimbabwe obstructs anti-Aids workshop

Zimbabwe officials disrupted a workshop for people most at risk of HIV infections over the weekend, seizing documents at the Harare airport and tearing down an exhibition stand displaying materials they found offensive. The seizure is just the latest example of government obstruction of Aids fighters’ attempts to provide health information to sexual minorities, who … Continue reading

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Disappointed by Pope, Ugandan activists remain hopeful

Pope Francis has avoided talking about homophobia during his trip to Africa, despite urgent pleas that he rein in the un-Christian hatred that many of his followers and other Christians display for LGBT people. But Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) “still hopes that the Vatican will take sexual minorities issues seriously. We are open to working … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Support ailing gay Kenyan author, but beware of scams

Popular Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina, recently hospitalized after suffering a stroke, needs help paying his medical bills. His friends and fans have launched fundraising appeals to provide him with financial assistance, but some scam artists apparently have taken advantage of the situation to launch fraudulent fund drives. Shortly after news of Wainaina’s hospitalization spread, the … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary / Faith and religion

Rainbow Catholics to Pope: Preach love of gay neighbors

A newly formed coalition of LGBTI Catholics is urging Pope Francis to speak out against faith-based homophobia during his current trip to Africa. The Rainbow Catholic Network of Africa issued this appeal to the pope: No to Religious Homophobia and Yes to LGBTI Catholic Inclusion in Africa Today Rainbow Catholic Network of Africa welcomes the … Continue reading

Africa

Uganda OKs bill that allows repression of activist groups

The Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill late Nov. 26 that would give the government broad powers to disband any nongovernmental organization that it considered contrary to the public interest or “contrary to the dignity of the people of Uganda.” Leaders of any organization operating without government approval could be imprisoned for up to eight … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia

Protesters seek to end LGBTI repression in Commonwealth

African LGBTI activists and their allies are urging 40 countries that formerly were part of the British Empire to throw off the chains that the colonial empire created for LGBTI citizens in the form of now-ancient anti-homosexuality laws. During a protest at the Commonwealth’s London headquarters on Nov. 25, they called for action during the … Continue reading