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.
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.