11th April 2012
Liberian President backtracks on anti-gay comments 22
9:15 PM — The President of Liberia, Nobel-laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has vowed to veto any legislation that would criminalise homosexual behaviour in the country, despite having defended the law during a joint interview with Tony Blair.
9th April 2012
Mr Gay World 2012 won by German man 34
9:40 AM — The fourth Mr Gay World contest took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday. This was the first time that the contest included black African participants, whose involvement brought its own fraught set of problems.
6th April 2012
Mr Gay World finals take place this weekend in Johannesburg 2
3:14 PM — The 2012 Mr Gay World competition is to be held at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa, this Sunday, but some of the African competitors will be absent or participating apprehensively.
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.
30th March 2012
New magazine and hope for LGBT people in Sudan 12
5:02 PM — A new online LGBT magazine in Sudan, north Africa, will offer an opportunity for the country's gay people to start discussing their lives and hopes for the future. This is a first for the country, where homosexuality is still punishable by death.
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.
16th March 2012
European Parliament calls on Nigeria to reverse anti-gay laws 30
12:36 PM — Following violence and economic concerns in the African state, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution on Nigeria which condemns in part the current legal threats to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
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.
Zimbabwe senator asks for ‘sex gadgets’ to stop prisoners turning gay 71
11:45 AM — A Zimbabwean senator has suggested giving prisoners sex toys to curb gay impulses while they are behind bars.
14th March 2012
Call to recommend gay and trans protections in new Commonwealth Charter 7
2:28 PM — Individuals and organisations are being called on to suggest specific gay, transgender and intersex protections in a new consultation on the draft Commonwealth Charter.
7th March 2012
Zimbabwe state media ‘backs’ Scottish cardinal on ‘grotesque’ gay marriages 41
11:29 AM — Zimbabwe's state-controlled Herald newspaper is backing the head of the Scottish Catholic Church in his attack on proposals to allow gay couples to marry.
2nd March 2012
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.