The “Erasing 76 Crimes” blog focuses on the human toll of 76+ countries’ anti-LGBTI laws and the struggle to repeal them.

Editor/publisher: Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart
Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 40-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2012, he launched the Erasing 76 Crimes blog and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. For more profile information, see Google Plus. Contact him via Twitter @colinstewart or @76crimes or by email to cestewart (at) cox.net or to stewacster (at) gmail.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


Writer: Maurice Tomlinson

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Maurice Tomlinson

Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica was the inaugural winner of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award and has been involved in HIV and AIDS and LGBTI activism in the Caribbean for over 12 years. An attorney-at-law, he leads and supports legal challenges seeking the repeal of anti-sodomy and homophobic laws around the Caribbean. His current focus is the project LGBTI Aware Caribbean, which provides critical LGBTI awareness training for key sectors across the Caribbean. Contact him by email via 76crimes (at) gmail.com.



Writer: Mike Daemon

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Mike Daemon

Mike Daemon is the pseudonym of the founder and presenter of the No Strings podcasts, based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which provide a voice for the country’s LGBTIQ community. The first of their kind in Nigeria, they are presented in the form of a traditional radio program that chronicles the struggles, tells the stories, and reports on issues affecting the lives of LGBTIQ Nigerians. The Erasing 76 Crimes blog helps to support the podcasts’ online distribution and publishes Mike Daemon’s writings, which are based on his podcast interviews. To listen to past podcasts or to look for future ones, visit the No Strings website. Contact him by email via info (at) nostringsng.com.

Writer: Erin Royal Brokovitch

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Erin Royal Brokovitch

Erin Royal Brokovitch is the pseudonym for a Cameroonian human rights defender whose name is withheld for his protection. He fills the role of reporter covering LGBTI issues in Cameroon, where our previous reporter, Eric Ohena Lembembe, was murdered in July 2013. He is an experienced activist advocating for justice for LGBTI Cameroonians and against HIV/Aids. Both as a journalist and as an activist, he works to promote health education and to help keep gay and lesbian Cameroonians out of prison, despite the Cameroonian law against same-sex intimacy. Contact him by email via 76crimes (at) gmail.com.


Editor emeritus: Denis LeBlanc

Denis LeBlanc
Denis LeBlanc

Denis LeBlanc is a retired HIV+ gay activist based in Ottawa, Canada, and had been an active volunteer in the Gay Liberation Movement since 1971 and later with the HIV/AIDS movement. He was editor of GoInfo, Ottawa’s monthly Lesbian and gay tabloid newspaper, from 1982 to 1988. For more information, see his biography at the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives. See his occasional blogs at Gay and Positive Issues.



Writer: Jean Marc Yao

Jean Marc Yao
Jean Marc Yao

Jean Marc Yao of the Ivory Coast is a human rights defender who works at the Interafrican Association for the Promotion of Health and Human Rights (IPSDH). An anthropologist and Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, he is a member of the Ivorian League for Human Rights (LIDHO) and a consultant at the Association of Midwives of Côte d’Ivoire (ASF-CI) and at Alternative Côte d’Ivoire. He has contributed several articles to this blog about homophobic mob attacks on the anti-AIDS, pro-LGBT rights organization Alternative Cote d’Ivoire. Contact him on Facebook or by email via 76crimes (at) gmail.com.


Writer: The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle
The Rev. Albert Ogle

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, a gay Episcopal priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Millbrook, N.Y., is known around the world for his work in support of LGBT rights and HIV prevention. He is founder and president of St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which focuses on human rights, health, education and faith by providing resources for emerging grass roots organizations and leaders in the Global South. He was youth director at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center in 1983 and executive director of the Center in 1985. Since then, he has served at several Episcopal churches in California and New York. Contact him by email at: vicar (at) stpeterslithgow.org.


Writer: Miles Tanhira

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Miles Rutendo Tanhira

Miles Rutendo Tanhira of Zimbabwe, currently living in Sweden, is a journalist, LGBTI rights activist, human rights defender, feminist and pacifist. Miles also writes for Sweden-based SOGI News and works with various local, regional and international steering committees on youth, LGBTI and peace issues. Miles’ account of a 2012 police raid on the offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) appeared in the blog under the headline “A night in hell, Zimbabwe style” and later in the book From Wrongs to Gay Rights. Contact Miles by email at: sokomylz (at) gmail.com.



Writer: Eric Lembembe

Eric Lembembe
Eric Lembembe

Eric Ohena Lembembe of Cameroon wrote some of this blog’s best-read articles and commentaries, which continue to attract many readers. A journalist and activist based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, he was a co-founder of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS. He was murdered in July 2013, which many believe was because of his advocacy for LGBTI rights.

10 Responses

  1. Mimi
    Mimi at |

    Hello, i am an algerian gilr living in Scotland. Two days ago been rejected for Gay asylum with a reason of there is no risk to go back to Algeria and live your normal life there.
    I am going to appeal now but i need to provide evidence that i cant live in Algeria as a lesbian. Becaise my family will just kill me if they find out and i cant be accepted by the community.
    I need proofs of recent cases
    Articles of gay people in Algeria and haters of gay people.
    Thank you for your help

  2. rainbow news
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    please share and comment, help stop LGBT violence.
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  3. dvjstyles
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    Hello. Shouldn’t the Joseph Odero text be updated or removed from here in light of recent events?

  4. Girish
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    Hi I am from Britain’s Channel 4 News.

    Are you able to help me please. I am trying to ascertain which countries British Colonial Era Anti-Sodomy Laws are still in place. I have a list below but I do not know if it is up to date or if I have included all the countries that were subject to Colonial era sodomy laws.

    I would be grateful for you assistance.


    Section 377 was the first colonial “sodomy law”. It became the model for countries far beyond India. Its influence stretched across Asia, the Pacific islands, and Africa, almost everywhere the British imperial flag flew.

    Malaysia, and Uganda, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives,

    Marshall Islands, Myanmar (Burma), Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Western Samoa.

    African countries
    Botswana, Gambia, Ghana[16], Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[17]

    Among these, only New Zealand Australia, Hong Kong and Fiji have put the legacy, and the sodomy law, behind them.

  5. Denis LeBlanc
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    I reply very late, but it needs saying that your list did not include the former Dominion of Canada, which shed the old Sodomy laws in 1969, where Sexual Orientation is a part of Canadian Constitution’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms (by interpretation of the Supreme Court) and where fully protected civil and human rights for LGBT now exists, including marriage and adoption rights. Canada’s Rights protections have primacy over all other legislation.


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