15th August 2011
Amnesty: Cameroon must release men on gay sex charges 10
3:37 PM — Amnesty International has called for Cameroonian officials to immediately release two young men charged with homosexuality offences. The pair, a 19-year-old known only as Jonas, and a 20-year-old known only as Francky - were arrested on July 25th in a car outside a night club in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé.
22nd June 2011
David Cameron says UK will pressure Africa on gay rights 274
8:45 PM — After kicking off his speech with a risqué joke about queens, prime minister David Cameron told guests at a Downing Street LGBT reception that the government would keep working on LGBT issues.
7th June 2011
Amnesty fights for Cameroonian man jailed for three years on charges of being gay 35
10:22 AM — Thousands of Amnesty International supporters are appealing to the authorities in Cameroon for the immediate release of a man jailed for charges of "homosexuality and attempted homosexuality".
14th April 2011
Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe calls Britain ‘gay filth’ 47
5:49 PM — Homophobic Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe called Britain's tolerance of gay rights "unnatural" and "filth" at the funeral of his deputy intelligence chief today. The African leader, speaking at the funeral of Menard Muzariri, hit out at continued European sanctions on his country.
3rd March 2011
Homophobia reportedly widespread in UK African communities 9
5:39 PM — According to Mambo, the African healthier lifestyle magazine published by Terrence Higgins Trust, hostile attitudes towards gay men and lesbians within UK African communities is on the rise.
21st November 2010
Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27
5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.
16th November 2010
Elton John to guest-edit The Independent 2
11:06 AM — Elton John is to guest-edit a special edition of The Independent for World AIDS Day. The gay singer, who set up an HIV/AIDS charity in 1992, said he was looking forward to the chance of raising awareness of the issue.
28th October 2010
Ugandan MP says anti-gay bill ‘will be law soon’ 27
5:43 PM — David Bahati, the Ugandan MP who tabled a bill calling for gays to be jailed or executed, says he is confident his bill will soon become law.
21st October 2010
Rolling Stone condemns anti-gay Ugandan newspaper 16
1:48 PM — US magazine Rolling Stone has condemned the Ugandan newspaper of the same name for calling for gays to be executed. The US title said it had demanded that the African publication cease using its name.
12th August 2010
Gay German foreign minister does not take partner to anti-gay countries 15
12:23 PM — German vice-chancellor and foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has stated that he does not take along his partner when making diplomatic trips to countries in which homosexuality is punishable by law.
24th June 2010
Ugandan Bishop speaks out against homophobia 22
1:56 PM — Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has spoken out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is being proposed in his native Uganda. Bishop Senyonjo was speaking at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at the end of a speaking tour of Ireland.
24th May 2010
Zimbabwean gay rights activists accused of ‘undermining’ President Mugabe’s authority 6
6:39 PM — Ellen Chademana (34) and Ignatius Muhambi (38), the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe organisation (GALZ) who were arrested at their Harare offices last Friday, will not be released today according to their attorney, David Hofisi.
23rd February 2010
Uganda MP says he would kill gay son 20
3:10 PM — A Ugandan MP provoked shock at a human rights forum in Kampala last week when he said he would kill his son if he discovered he was gay.
22nd February 2010
Mass screening ‘could eradicate AIDS in 40 years’ 28
2:41 PM — A leading researcher has claimed that testing billions of people could eradicate HIV/AIDS within 40 years. Dr Brian Williams of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis said that focus needed to shift to stopping transmission.
8th February 2010
New site set to support African HIV/AIDS epidemic
4:35 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity (RED) has launched a new online flower service that will help provide AIDS drugs for people living in Africa. The project, named FLOWE(RED), will sell ethically sources flowers imported from Africa and donate all profits to projects aimed at tackling HIV/AIDS in Africa. Last week saw the launch of its website www.flowered.com
3rd February 2010
7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38
1:17 PM — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's state-funded visit to the UK. The petition was set up two days ago by the National Secular Society, which estimates the Pontiff's four-day visit in September will cost the UK £20 million.
11th January 2010
Pope calls gay marriage an ‘attack on creation’ 129
1:17 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has called gay marriage laws an "attack" on the natural differences between men and women. He was speaking today after Portugal's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage.
5th January 2010
Warning over high HIV rates in gay African men
6:28 PM — A study in the medical journal The Lancet has warned that HIV rates among gay men in some parts of Africa are ten times higher than their straight counterparts.
19th December 2009
US Assistant Secretary of State condemns Uganda’s proposed anti-gay laws 4
12:43 AM — The USA's Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs has said that it is urging Ugandan politicians to block a proposed law that would impose life imprisonments of gay people, arguing that it would set back the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
17th December 2009
Comment: BBC’s Gay execution debate was murderous breach of impartiality 27
1:16 PM — By inviting a discussion on whether gays should be executed, the BBC surrenders to mob rule and fans the flames of homophobic hatred at a time when the safety of lesbians and gays is under threat as never before, argues Adrian Tippetts.