Tanzania’s anti-gay effort raises risk of HIV rebound
Africa

Tanzania’s anti-gay effort raises risk of HIV rebound

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown is starting to harm anti-HIV efforts, as  predicted. The Washington Post reports: Last month, the minister of health announced that Tanzania will ban HIV/AIDS outreach projects aimed at gay men, pending a review. That forced the closure, at least temporarily, of U.S.-funded programs that provide testing, condoms and medical care to gays. About 30 percent … Continue reading

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown now targets AIDS programs
Africa

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown now targets AIDS programs

Tanzania is intensifying its denial of health care for LGBTI citizens in the wrong-headed belief that doing so will reduce homosexuality. Late last month, Tanzania’s health minister announced the suspension of HIV/AIDS prevention programs for gay men. Without such programs, a higher rate of HIV infection is likely among men who have sex with men, … Continue reading

Often-tolerant Indonesia turns against LGBTI people
Asia

Often-tolerant Indonesia turns against LGBTI people

Indonesia is hot and bothered about sex in general and LGBTI issues in particular. The country’s highest court is deliberating whether all sex outside marriage should be made illegal — the latest push by conservative Islamist organizations seeking religiously based changes in the country’s largely secular legal code. As the Washington Post reported, if the … Continue reading

Africa

In rural Uganda, 5 years of successes and challenges

Rainbow Health Foundation is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a champion for LGBTI people in western Uganda, advocating in particular for access to health services. Its history is “a story of humble beginnings, a slow steady start, which soon kicked into gear, propelling it to soaring heights of service provision, fighting stigma and creating a … Continue reading

HIV in Ghana: Progress toward protecting vulnerable gays
Africa

HIV in Ghana: Progress toward protecting vulnerable gays

Human rights abuses complicate fight against HIV/Aids GhanaWeb and Pulse.com.gh reported on Oct. 3 and 4: The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has asked policy makers to formulate policies to end human rights abuses against gays, commercial sex workers and other vulnerable groups in society. The centre noted that the practice of widespread discrimination … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

Dear Rick Warren, please save African lives, not just souls

[Editor’s note: In a message to the blog, Warren stated (1) that this commentary misstates his record of speaking out about Christians’ responsibility for loving their homosexual neighbors as themselves and (2) that the All Africa Purpose Driven Church Congress is now scheduled for late 2016. I am seeking further information on both those subjects … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

4 news briefs: Anti-gay laws undercutting AIDS efforts

In each of these four news items, the point is the same — countries’ anti-gay laws create problems for AIDS fighters. Each item was excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: Speaking to Caribbean leaders in Barbados at a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted  … Continue reading

Africa

LGBT Ugandans to share in $226 million for health care

Unlike the recent past, LGBT Ugandans will be eligible for health care services funded by newly received grants totaling more than $225 million, says Kikonyogo Kivumbi, who serves on a key Uganda’s health policy panel. On that board, known as the Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism, Kivumbi is the elected representative for LGBT people, sex workers, … Continue reading