Africa

Death of a Ugandan refugee; advice for those he left behind

The LGBT-friendly Sebaspace blog has tough advice for LGBT Ugandan refugees in Kenya, inspired by the sad recent death of refugee John Paul Mulumbi. The blog states: “Life’s tough … for the Ugandans who’re claiming LGBT asylum in Kenya and, without a proper income, strict medication adherence and no firm economic and social anchor, John … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary / Europe

Why does Germany accept refugees, reject LGBTI activists?

COMMENTARY Why are German embassies denying visa requests from LGBTI activists seeking to take a brief trip to Germany for a workshop on security? [See articles here, here, and here on the repeated invitations of the German activist group HAMIAM to dozens of African activists to attend the seminars. After more than a year of … Continue reading

Africa / Europe

Advocates for LGBTI Africans on UK shortlist for award

The United Kingdom-based African LGBTI advocacy organization Out and Proud Diamond Group has been shortlisted for honors at the National Diversity Awards 2015. The awards, including the one for community organizations working on LGBTI issues, will be presented Sept. 18 at the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool. Out and Proud Diamond Group (OPDG)  was formed in … Continue reading

Africa

Ugandan LGBTI refugees protest treatment in Kenya

LGBTI Ugandan refugees in Kenya protested today at the Nairobi office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees, seeking  improved human services, interviews, resettlement and, until then, protection from homophobic attacks. Kuchu Times reported: LGBTI refugees camping at UNHCR after delivering demands in a protest Ugandan LGBTI refugees from Kakuma camp and parts of Nairobi … Continue reading

Africa / Europe

Germany blocks Ugandans’ trip to safety seminar

The German embassy in Uganda has rejected applications by LGBTI activists for visas to travel to Cologne, Germany, for a seminar about security for activists and continuing medical care for HIV-positive patients despite Uganda’s new anti-gay law. The denial apparently was similar to the rejection of Canadian visas requested by some Ugandan activists to travel … Continue reading

Europe

LGBT news roundup: Uganda, Russia, Zimbabwe, more

AFRICA IN GENERAL ‘Homophobia’ in Africa condemned (Amnesty International via BBC) AFRICA AND EUROPE Persecuted homosexuals can be granted refuge. Gays and lesbians from nations that have criminalized their sexual orientation can be granted refuge in the European Union, but only if they are demonstratively persecuted, a top EU lawyer recommended on Thursday in a … Continue reading