1st June 2012
Feature: Is South Africa failing gay asylum seekers? 10
4:56 PM — With South Africa facing a flood of LGBT refugees from all over the African continent, a creaking asylum system is exposing them to corruption, homophobia and the risk of attack. In this feature article we investigate the gravity of the situation, its sources and possible solution.
30th May 2012
Updated: Robert Mugabe made a ‘leader for tourism’ by UN agency 49
1:55 PM — The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who said gay people 'offend against the law of nature' has been made a 'leader for tourism' by the UN's World Tourism Organisation.
25th May 2012
President Mugabe: homosexuality will ‘lead to extinction’ 86
4:52 PM — President Robert Mugabe has spoken out once more against homosexuality, saying it will kill off the human race, and does not belong in Zimbabwe.
21st May 2012
Zimbabwe rejects gay rights, says gay people will be imprisoned 61
8:44 PM — After meeting with the UN human rights chief, the justice minister of Zimbabwe vowed not to recognise any gay rights, and also rejected allegations that the country has state-sponsored violence.
18th May 2012
Malawi: New president ‘to decriminalise homosexuality’ 103
4:06 PM — The Malawian president has said she will repeal the laws which make it illegal to be gay in the central African state, it has been reported.
7th May 2012
South Africa: House of Chiefs oppose gay rights 57
12:19 PM — The House of Chiefs in South Africa, also known as the National House of Traditional Leaders, have asked for the parliament to delete a clause in the constitution that guarantees equal rights for gay and trans people, a local news publication reports.
4th May 2012
Kenya: Government watchdog backs repeal of laws against homosexuality and prostitution 8
1:03 PM — The Kenya National Human Rights Commission has published a report calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and prostitution in the east African state.
26th April 2012
Shadow foreign minister for human rights speaks out against Ugandan anti-gay bill 14
12:50 PM — The Shadow Foreign Minister for Human Rights, Kerry McCarthy MP, has spoken out against the ongoing persecution of gay, bi and transgender people in Uganda.
25th April 2012
Hillary Clinton: In Asia and Africa gay rights is a ‘totally foreign concept’ 30
11:32 AM — Echoing her landmark speech to the United Nations, to an audience at Syracuse University, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that many foreign leaders in Africa and Asia consider gay rights and indeed womens' rights to be a "totally foreign concept."
22nd April 2012
Gambia: We will not “cave in to pressure on homosexuality” 141
9:42 PM — The President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has warned foreign diplomats that his country would not be "bribed" with or dictated by promise of aid to accept homosexuality.
12th April 2012
Two women and a man arrested in the Gambia on gay charges 18
10:23 AM — Three people have been arrested in the Gambia this week on indecency charges related to homosexuality.
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.