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.
1st March 2012
Former diplomat contests Tunisian leader on gay rights 26
11:29 AM — Farhat Othaman questions spiritual leader Rashid Ghannouchi over new Tunisia's commitment to human and LGBT rights
29th February 2012
Africa’s ‘first gay billboard’ unveiled 26
11:40 AM — The organisers of Mr Gay World believe they had unveiled the first ever gay-themed billboard in Africa.
27th February 2012
Robert Mugabe attacks gays in birthday rant 60
1:32 PM — Mugabe, 88, attacked the West and its promotion of equal rights for gays and appeared to add that his dog would be offended were it to be compared with British prime minister David Cameron.
Zimbabwean pulls out of Mr Gay World 2012 11
10:15 AM — The Mr Gay World contestant from Zimbabwe has pulled out of the competition citing personal reasons but organisers praised the "brave stand" he had taken by coming so far.
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.