Africa

Cheers and praise for victory in Nigerian court

Congratulations,  thanks and cheers are pouring in for Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike and his attorney, Mike Enahoro Ebah, who won a lawsuit against Nigerian police for violating Orazulike’s constitutional rights by arresting and detaining him in 2014. No charges were filed against him. The Federal High Court ordered Nigerian police to apologize publicly … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

Easter 2016: A prayer for all LGBT prisoners

An Easter message for 2016 Easter 2016 — a time when the Anglican Church of Nigeria refuses even to attend a meeting attended by a few representatives of the inclusive Episcopal Church for fears that, if they did, they would be in the midst of “a well-prepared camp of recruitment, blackmail, indoctrination and toxic relationship.” … Continue reading

Europe

Ukraine: City ignored rock-throwing anti-LGBT protesters

Homophobic violence in Lviv, Ukraine, that disrupted last weekend’s Equality Festival occurred after the mayor, city council and police ignored organizers’ pleas for help in responding to growing signs of upcoming trouble, according to the festival organizing committee and the LGBT advocacy group Insight. They have asked the national Security Service to investigate. The Equality … Continue reading

Americas

Support for LGBT community grows in Guyana

Official advocacy of fair treatment for LGBT people is gaining popularity in Guyana, even though the nation remains the only South American country on the list of the world’s 76+ countries with anti-homosexuality laws. Although Guyana has an unenforced law that calls for life imprisonment for homosexual acts and another that bans cross-dressing, President David … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Egypt crackdown targets human rights defenders

LGBT people aren’t directly targeted in Egypt’s latest wave of repression, but that’s because no advocacy group for sexual minorities enjoys any sort of official recognition there. The latest crackdown in Egypt focuses on staff members of prominent human rights organizations, many of whom have been summoned on charges including “receipt of illegal foreign funding” … Continue reading

Africa

How gay-friendly Scots provoked anti-gay ‘hysteria’ in Ghana

The political leader of Scotland has reportedly stirred up a hornet’s nest of anti-LGBT hysteria in Ghana by pressuring Ghana’s president about LGBTI rights without first conferring with LGBTI activists in Ghana, KaleidoScot reports. Regarding the March 18 incident, a leading activist in Ghana said “the pressure on President Mahama was uncalled for. We, the … Continue reading