21st June 2012
Ethiopia: Newspaper warns of gay ‘infestation’ 64
9:56 AM — A popular Ethiopian daily newspaper alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia.
20th June 2012
Uganda to dissolve 38 NGOs which ‘promote homosexuality’ 49
5:16 PM — Uganda is reportedly set to dissolve 38 non-governmental organisations in the African state who it believes are promoting homosexuality and 'recruiting' people into a gay lifestyle.
19th June 2012
Kenya: Bars introduce bans on LGBT customers 25
5:34 PM — Several reports from Kenya indicate that bars and clubs in the country’s main cities are now enforcing a ban on LGBT people.
14th June 2012
Kenya: Lesbian ‘held hostage by family’ commits suicide, reports say 6
1:10 PM — According to unconfirmed reports a lesbian who was being held hostage by her parents committed suicide in desperation last night in Kenya.
13th June 2012
Leaders of Ethiopia call for anti-gay measures 33
9:06 PM — Ethiopian government officials, religious leaders and civil representatives have declared their opposition to LGBT rights and condemned homosexuality as a western epidemic during an anti-gay conference
Trans gay activist believed to have been brutally murdered in South Africa 14
2:02 PM — Several reports have been circulating about a transgender and gay man brutally murdered after a homophobic and transphobic attack in South Africa.
6th June 2012
Tunisia rejects UNHRC recommendation to decriminalise gay sex 98
4:23 PM — Tunisian minister of human rights, transitional justice and spokesman of the Tunisian government, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating that sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.
30th May 2012
Updated: Robert Mugabe made a ‘leader for tourism’ by UN agency 49
1:55 PM — The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who said gay people 'offend against the law of nature' has been made a 'leader for tourism' by the UN's World Tourism Organisation.
4th May 2012
Kenya: Government watchdog backs repeal of laws against homosexuality and prostitution 8
1:03 PM — The Kenya National Human Rights Commission has published a report calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and prostitution in the east African state.
26th April 2012
Shadow foreign minister for human rights speaks out against Ugandan anti-gay bill 14
12:50 PM — The Shadow Foreign Minister for Human Rights, Kerry McCarthy MP, has spoken out against the ongoing persecution of gay, bi and transgender people in Uganda.
25th April 2012
Hillary Clinton: In Asia and Africa gay rights is a ‘totally foreign concept’ 30
11:32 AM — Echoing her landmark speech to the United Nations, to an audience at Syracuse University, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that many foreign leaders in Africa and Asia consider gay rights and indeed womens' rights to be a "totally foreign concept."
12th April 2012
Two women and a man arrested in the Gambia on gay charges 18
10:23 AM — Three people have been arrested in the Gambia this week on indecency charges related to homosexuality.
5th April 2012
Cameroon: Authorities ‘shut down gay rights workshop’ 51
9:48 AM — A gay rights workshop in Cameroon's capital city, Yaoundé, was shut down last week by authorities after it was discovered the human rights under discussion were relating to sexuality, Human Rights Watch said today.
3rd April 2012
Group in Liberia ‘issues hit list’ against gays 19
3:28 PM — A group in Liberia is reportedly threatening seven men it has publicly named as part of an anti-gay campaign.
New Senegalese president called on to protect gay rights 31
11:04 AM — Macky Sall, the new president of Senegal who takes office this week, has been called on to improve the legal protection for gay and lesbian people in his country.
20th March 2012
Tony Blair avoids question on Liberian anti-gay law 38
5:38 PM — Former UK prime minister Tony Blair avoided answering a question about his view on Liberia's anti-gay laws during an interview with President Sirleaf.
19th March 2012
Omar Sharif’s grandson comes out over political fears for Egypt 25
2:06 PM — The grandson of veteran Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has come out publicly as a gay, half-Jewish man citing fears for his country's political future after the Arab Spring.
15th March 2012
Tunisian gay magazine hacked 19
12:07 PM — Yesterday, homophobic hackers attacked Tunisia’s main LGBT title, Gay Day Magazine, taking over its email, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
2nd March 2012
Female apes’ volume during gay sex ‘depends on partner’s social status’ 11
12:34 PM — Research suggests a female bonobo will call out more loudly during sex with another female if her partner has a higher social status or a more important ape is watching.
Interview: Gays and the Libyan revolution, before and after (part two) 5
11:40 AM — In the second part of this interview with a Libyan activist, Dan Littauer says there is hope for the future among gay and trans Libyans after the revolution, but a recognition that progress towards a freer society may be slow.