10th December 2013
Obama speaks at Mandela’s eulogy: ‘Around the world people are still persecuted for who they love’ 13
6:16 PM — Speaking at the eulogy for Nelson Mandela, President Obama made a powerful speech about equality around the world, noting LGBT rights as part of the speech.
World pays tribute to Mandela exactly 17 years since he signed Constitution against discrimination
4:40 PM — World leaders have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in Soweto – on the same day 17 years ago he famously signed South Africa’s landmark Constitution outlawing discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation.
9th December 2013
Journalist: ‘It would be wrong to say Mandela was always comfortable with gay rights’ 4
4:20 PM — The late Nelson Mandela has been described by some as a “gay icon”, but South African author and journalist Mark Gevisser says Mandela’s approach to LGBT rights was less pronounced.
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Uganda on Thursday 8
12:22 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Thursday.
6th December 2013
Bill Gates: I admire Nelson Mandela for speaking out against the stigma of HIV 2
7:05 PM — The philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and says he will remember the former South African president most for raising awareness of HIV.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Nelson Mandela was a gay icon but he failed on HIV, poverty & Mugabe’ 56
4:30 PM — Peter Tatchell writes for PinkNews of how Nelson Mandela became a "gay icon" - but says the former president "failed" when it came to dealing with the HIV epidemic, challenging Robert Mugabe, and tackling poverty during his time in office.
Comment: South Africa is not a ‘Rainbow Nation’ if you’re gay 21
2:25 PM — In a PinkNews article published before Nelson Mandela's death, Douglas Bruce Davies said homophobia and racism "still runs rampant" in his home country South Africa.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Nelson Mandela stood ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with those living with HIV 1
12:34 PM — The Acting Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, Paul Ward, says he was personally inspired by Nelson Mandela’s “compassion” and advocacy when it came to the issue of HIV.
Human rights campaigners pay tribute to Nelson Mandela 8
11:10 AM — Tributes are pouring in for Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, who along with pioneering today's era of racial integration for his country also presided over the establishment of gay rights in South Africa.
5th December 2013
Human rights defender Nelson Mandela dies aged 95 7
11:02 PM — South African human rights campaigner Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95.
Cameroon LGBT activist granted asylum in US after receiving death threats for taking part in film
12:06 PM — A Cameroonian LGBT activist has been reunited with her family in San Francisco after receiving death threats for appearing in a Human Rights Watch documentary.
4th December 2013
Trial of UK man held in Uganda for breaking anti-gay laws adjourned for second time
2:04 PM — The case of a British man charged in Uganda after images of him having sex with a man were published in a newspaper has been adjourned for a second time.
3rd December 2013
Nigeria: Seven arrested for violating anti-gay laws 5
4:43 PM — State officials in Nigeria say they have arrested seven individuals suspected of breaking the country’s anti-gay laws.
28th November 2013
UK man held in Uganda for breaking anti-gay laws could be deported next week
12:05 PM — A British man charged in Uganda after images of him having sex with a man were published in a newspaper says he is due to be deported back to the UK.
25th November 2013
Ugandan President pays funeral tribute to anti-gay bishop 15
7:02 PM — At the funeral of a bishop who died earlier this month, Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, has offered praise to a man who campaigned against homosexuality.
Cameroon: Man sentenced to 9 years behind bars for gay sex 5
11:42 AM — A man has been sentenced to nine years in jail for breaking Cameroon’s laws against homosexuality, reports say.
24th November 2013
18-year-old Nigerian man granted asylum in Malta following anti-gay persecution 4
1:46 PM — An 18-year-old Nigerian man has been granted asylum in Malta following anti-gay persecution in his country, protecting him from imprisonment and possible death by stoning or flogging.
18th November 2013
LGBT activsts protest against Uganda’s anti-gay laws outside London commission
12:54 PM — A protest has taken place outside Uganda’s High Commission in central London opposite Trafalgar Square over the plight of gay men facing potential imprisonment for breaking the country’s anti-gay laws.
14th November 2013
Swaziland confirms young black student suffered anti-gay and racist ‘trauma’ by Russian gang 8
5:22 PM — A young male student has returned to Swaziland having been allegedly tortured in a homophobic and racist fashion by a neo-Nazi Russian gang.
Senegal: Five women charged under anti-gay law to spend up to five years in prison 2
1:02 PM — A prosecutor in Senegal has said that five women arrested earlier this week accused of violating the country’s anti-gay law have now been charged, and are due to spend up to five years in prison.