5th April 2013
UK: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers ‘inappropriate’ questions such as ‘Have you read Oscar Wilde?’ 11
5:25 PM — New research shows LGBT asylum seekers are regularly being asked “inappropriate and insensitive” questions by judges.
3rd April 2013
UK: Government think tank gives cautious response to Border Agency reforms
5:22 PM — The Institute for Government has commented on the decision to scrap the UK Borders Agency – which handles claims made by asylum seekers fleeing homophobic persecution.
Brazil: Anti-gay evangelical politician who believes ‘AIDS is a gay cancer’ appointed to run human rights commission 28
12:43 PM — A row has erupted in Brazil after the House of Representatives elected an evangelical politician with homophobic views to run the country's Human Rights and Minority Commission.
1st April 2013
Wife of Uganda’s president denies Anti-Homosexuality Bill is designed for persecuting gays 27
4:51 PM — First Lady Janet Museveni reportedly told a delegation last month that the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is not for persecuting gay Ugandans.
29th March 2013
Ugandan asylum seeker has Heathrow deportation flight cancelled 9
10:16 AM — The deportation flight of a female asylum seeker to Uganda has been cancelled with just hours to spare against Friday’s deadline.
28th March 2013
UK Border Agency accused of trying to deport Ugandan female rape victim 3
3:52 PM — Human rights campaigners have once again accused the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of trying to deport a vulnerable female asylum seeker to Uganda.
25th March 2013
EU eases restrictions on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s government 9
3:26 PM — Despite its reputation for violating human and LGBT rights, the EU has suspended the majority of its sanctions against Zimbabwe’s government.
21st March 2013
Somalia: Man stoned to death for alleged sexual act with teenage boy 20
2:47 PM — Reports out of Somalia say a man has been stoned to death for carrying out an alleged sexual act with a 13-year-old boy.
20th March 2013
Pope Francis criticised for greeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe 39
2:13 PM — Pope Francis has been criticised by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for meeting with President Robert Mugabe.
18th March 2013
50,000 sign online anti-homophobia in football petition following Nigerian coach’s anti-gay remarks
1:14 PM — Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition that calls on FIFA to take action against homophobia in football following the recent comments of a Nigerian women’s football coach.
14th March 2013
UK: Green Party LGBT group criticises UK Border Agency following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker Jackie Nanyonjo 16
10:47 AM — The Green Party’s LGBT campaign group has criticised the UK Border Agency for deporting a lesbian asylum seeker who died last Friday in Uganda - with campaigners staging a protest outside the Home Office at 12.30pm.
13th March 2013
UK: Protest planned outside Home Office following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker 53
1:15 PM — Campaigners are blaming the UK Border Agency for deporting an asylum seeker who has reportedly died in Uganda after she claimed she was at risk of homophobic persecution.
11th March 2013
Justice for Gay Africans: ‘Queen’s Commonwealth charter is silent on sexuality’ 27
7:21 PM — Justice for Gay Africans says the new Commonwealth Charter – due to be signed by the Queen shortly – lacks teeth when it comes to protecting LGBT rights throughout the Commonwealth.
Nigerian Football Federation says it hasn’t banned lesbians from professional football 1
3:05 PM — The Nigerian Football Federation says lesbians have not been banned from playing in the West African country following recent reports.
8th March 2013
Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai accused of ‘hate speech’ by gay rights group 11
3:15 PM — Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai has been criticised for denouncing homosexuality and reportedly saying marriage “should be between a man and a woman.”
5th March 2013
Malawian asylum seeker who claimed of being at risk of homophobic persecution deported from UK 15
1:34 PM — An asylum seeker from Malawi, who claimed he was at risk of homophobic persecution and said that the authorities in Malawi are looking to punish him for the actions of his father in the killing of a religious leader, has now been deported from the UK.
26th February 2013
US radio host praises African countries for refusing to decriminalise homosexuality 24
4:27 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has praised countries which refuse to decriminalise homosexuality and said that the "radical" effort of the White House to achieve equal human rights
21st February 2013
Ghana’s president attempts to appease anti-gay critics of children’s minister 8
3:26 PM — Ghana’s President John Mahama has commented for the first time in the row over the country’s new children’s minister, with critics saying she is too sympathetic on the issue of homosexuality.
19th February 2013
Oscar Pistorius dropped from ‘It Gets Better’ South Africa campaign against anti-gay bullying 9
11:12 AM — The South African branch of the 'It Gets Better' campaign, which tackles anti-LGBT bullying, has severed its ties with Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius following his arrest over the shooting of his girlfriend.
18th February 2013
UK theatre producer David Cecil: Most Ugandans are not homophobic and it is not a terrible place 28
8:42 PM — British theatre producer David Cecil has spoken of how he was taken from his family in Uganda for staging a play with a gay character, but says that the majority of Ugandans are not homophobic.