2 arrests in Tunisia; protests block anal tests
Middle East / North Africa

2 arrests in Tunisia; protests block anal tests

Two men, age 20 and 21, were arrested on homosexuality charges yesterday in Sousse, Tunisia. The Tunisian LGBTI rights group Shams said that police ordered an anal test to “prove” their homosexuality, but Shams and the Tunisian Human Rights League protested, urging doctors at local hospitals to refuse to perform the test. As a result, the … Continue reading

Ugandan bishop: Here’s why queer films are important
Africa / Faith and religion

Ugandan bishop: Here’s why queer films are important

Prominent Ugandan straight ally Bishop Christopher Senyonjo (Ssenyonjo) delivered an introductory message to urge people to attend screenings at the Queer Kampala International Film Festival. The event, scheduled for Dec. 9-11, will be East Africa’s first LGBTQ film festival, aims at bringing together the Ugandan gay community, potential allies, and film enthusiasts from abroad. In … Continue reading

1000s march in Malawi to protest abortion, same-sex marriages
Africa / Faith and religion

1000s march in Malawi to protest abortion, same-sex marriages

Thousands of believers marched yesterday in Malawi to protest strongly  against abortion and, at the same time, to express opposition to same-sex marriage. Rumors of possible legislation to legalize abortion triggered the protests. The marchers’ hostility to LGBTI people brought a promise of support from Anglo-Nigerian activist the Rev. Jide Macauley. Continue reading

‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman
Africa

‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman

Yahya Jammeh, one of the world’s most outspokenly homophobic leaders, has agreed to step down as president — and repressive strongman — of the Gambia after losing Thursday’s presidential election in that West African country. [Dec. 10 update: “Defeated anti-gay strongman demands Gambian revote.”] Property developer Adama Barrow, who has never held political office, won … Continue reading

Malawi debates its anti-LGBTI law, still on hold
Africa

Malawi debates its anti-LGBTI law, still on hold

For now, Malawi is abiding by the principle that fundamental human rights, including the human rights of LGBTI people, should not be jeopardized by putting them to a vote in a referendum. Janet Banda, Malawi’s solicitor general, last month said the government will conduct unspecified “public inquiries,” not a referendum, into whether the country’s anti-homosexuality … Continue reading