24th February 2012
Liberian senate set to consider anti-gay bill 23
2:44 PM — The Liberian senate is reported to be considering a bill today which would increase the penalties against gay people in the west African state, but there are conflicting reports of what sanction the crime would attract.
21st February 2012
Africa sends its first black contestants to Mr Gay World 79
11:37 AM — Africa has more finalists in the Mr Gay World competition than ever before this year with representatives from Namibia, South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
17th February 2012
Liberian senator tables ‘gay death penalty’ bill 64
1:58 PM — The former first lady of Liberia has reportedly tabled a bill which could make homosexuality in the country punishable by death in her new capacity as a senator.
15th February 2012
Activist calls Libyan anti-gay comment at UN an ‘attack on human rights’ 8
4:21 PM — A gay activist and journalist from Tripoli, Libya has responded to reports that a Libyan delegate to the UN Human Rights Council claimed gays threatened the continuation of the human race.
Gambian president: Gay rights ‘destroy culture’ 65
1:25 PM — Yahya Jammeh, the President of the Gambia, has said those who think gay rights are human rights in the African state are making a "great mistake".
14th February 2012
Ugandan gay rights workshop ‘raided’ 18
4:26 PM — Amnesty International has called on Uganda to end its "outrageous harassment" of activists after a cabinet minister reportedly raided a workshop being held by gay and trans rights advocates.
Libya: UN delegate says gays ‘affect continuation of humanity’ 35
11:50 AM — Gays threaten the continuation of the human race, Libya's UN delegate has reportedly told the organisation's Human Rights Council in the country's first appearance since Gaddafi was overthrown.
9th February 2012
Ugandan government ‘does not support’ anti-gay bill 24
12:48 PM — The Ugandan government has distanced itself from the infamous bill which was reintroduced this week saying: "The facilitation of this debate should not be confused for the government's support for this bill."
7th February 2012
Ugandan gay death penalty bill back in parliament 31
4:18 PM — An infamous gay death penalty bill has been reintroduced to the Ugandan parliament today.
6th February 2012
Tunisian human rights minister: No free speech for gays 68
1:17 PM — Tunisia's human rights minister Samir Dilou has attacked new online magazine Gayday and said gays need ‘medical treatment’ in a TV interview.
29th January 2012
UN secretary general: African governments must respect gay rights 36
3:24 PM — The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told African leaders that they must respect gay rights in an unusually outspoken declaration made at an African Union summit in Ethiopia.
26th January 2012
‘Disrespectful’ gays demanded Zulu king’s apology 19
9:41 AM — While the question of what exactly the Zulu king said about gays in a speech on Sunday remains, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa said the gay rights group who demanded an apology showed the king disrespect.
19th August 2011
Cameroon men arrested for ‘looking feminine’ 18
1:41 PM — The lawyer for two men facing trial in Cameroon for homosexuality offences says they were arrested for looking feminine. Alice Nkom, speaking to BBC News, said that her clients, aged 19 and 20, were accused of homosexuality because their hair was "dressed like women".
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.