Faith and religion

New W. African interfaith group fights anti-LGBTI bias

Progressive faith leaders and activists from West Africa have joined forces to work to end anti-LGBTI bias in the region and seek “a world governed by respect and dignity.” The new Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNoWA) includes members from Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Liberia. The network’s founder and co-chair is Anglo-Nigerian … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Africa’s most and least homophobic countries

Most tolerant countries The Afrobarometer network, which conducts public opinion surveys in Africa, recently listed the continent’s most and least homophobic countries. In these four African countries, the majority of residents say they would welcome or would not be bothered having a homosexual neighbor: Cape Verde, 74%. South Africa, 69%. Mozambique, 56%. Namibia, 55%. Least … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary / Faith and religion

19 calamities where gays get the blame, besides Ebola

Now that some conservative Christians are blaming gays for the Ebola epidemic — with no rational reason, as usual — it’s a good time for a recap of other calamities that LGBTI people have been blamed for. More than a dozen natural disasters are on the list, each one interpreted as God’s violent response to … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

32 anti-gay African leaders, 32 smiling Obama photos

The issue of African countries imprisoning LGBTI people for their sexual orientation wasn’t on the agenda at this week’s United States/Africa summit in Washington, D.C. Instead, President Obama spoke about security, trade and economic development. Then, on Aug. 5, he and First Lady Michelle Obama posed for friendly photos with 32 leaders of countries with … Continue reading

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African anti-gay backlash is a sign of LGBT progress?

“Gay Rights in Africa Move Slowly, Cautiously Forward,” states the headline of a Voice of America article. Believing that requires a leap of faith, since anti-LGBT legislation is under discussion or nearing approval in Uganda, Nigeria and Liberia, while Zimbabwe just voted for a new constitution that prohibits same-sex marriages. But the idea has some … Continue reading

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‘Gay Hate Day’ fizzles in Cameroon and worldwide

Aug. 21 came and went without any sign of the large protests against homosexuality that were  announced in June and widely denounced since then. That day was supposed to be “International Day Against Homosexuality,” nicknamed “Gay Hate Day” by its opponents. The anti-homosexuality protest was proposed by the Movement of Young Cameroonians, or RJC, which … Continue reading

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Liberian president opposes anti-LGBT bills, but …

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia would veto any bill seeking to impose prison terms for homosexuality, the leader’s spokesman says. The statement came in a letter to the British Guardian newspaper, which had reported on Johnson Sirleaf’s videotaped response to a question about decriminalizing homosexuality in Liberia. Her reply was, “We like ourselves the … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Asia / Commentary / Europe / Oceania

9 catastrophes blâment les homosexuels, en outre l’Ébola

Publié le 31 octobre 2014 par Colin Stewart Aux dernières nouvelles, certains chrétiens conservateurs blâment les homosexuels pour l’épidémie d’Ébola – sans raison rationnelle, comme d’habitude – il est temps de récapituler d’autres calamités où les personnes LGBTI sont blâmés. En ce qui concerne le virus Ébola, le Conseil des églises du Libéria a déclaré … Continue reading