20th December 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust: Uganda’s passing of anti-gay law represents a terrible fortnight for LGBT rights 10
3:15 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust says today’s news out of Uganda represents a “terrible fortnight in the struggle for LGBT rights.”
Peter Tatchell: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill breaks country’s own Constitution 11
1:53 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the decision of Uganda’s Parliament to pass the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill violates constitutional law.
Activists urge Ugandan President not to sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law 8
1:01 PM — Campaigners are calling on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, following today’s vote by the Uganda Parliament.
Nigel Evans: ‘Ugandan MPs who voted for anti-gay bill are a complete disgrace’ 8
12:36 PM — Nigel Evans, the former deputy speaker of the House of Commons has heavily criticised MPs in Uganda who voted in favour of a bill harshening punishments for homosexuality.
Diane Abbott: Uganda’s anti-gay bill is ‘dreadful news’ especially just after Nelson Mandela’s death 7
12:03 PM — Labour MP Diane Abbott has spoken out to condemn today's passage of an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda.
Ugandan Parliament passes bill that could mean gays face life in prison 22
11:30 AM — Uganda's Parliament has passed the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
17th December 2013
Uganda: Former national football team coach arrested for allegedly having gay sex with player 2
11:07 AM — The former head of Uganda’s national football team has reportedly been arrested for breaking the country’s laws against same-sex sexual activity.
16th December 2013
Trial of UK man held in Uganda for breaking anti-gay laws adjourned until 2014 6
6:59 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 third time.
13th December 2013
Facebook accounts go #GayForADay in protest against Indian gay sex ban 7
5:06 PM — Swathes of Facebook users, both gay, bisexual and straight, have been changing their profile pictures to pictures of themselves engaging in same-sex kisses in a viral protest against India's recently reintroduced gay sex ban.
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.