29th January 2012
UN secretary general: African governments must respect gay rights 36
3:24 PM — The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told African leaders that they must respect gay rights in an unusually outspoken declaration made at an African Union summit in Ethiopia.
26th January 2012
Gay Tunisians speak out 11
4:30 PM — The socio-political upheaval Tunisia has undergone since the revolution has led many Tunisians to question their place within this new society – Tunisia’s often undiscussed LGBT community is no exception to this uncertainty.
‘Disrespectful’ gays demanded Zulu king’s apology 19
9:41 AM — While the question of what exactly the Zulu king said about gays in a speech on Sunday remains, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa said the gay rights group who demanded an apology showed the king disrespect.
25th January 2012
Peter Tatchell on arresting Robert Mugabe and interrupting Archbishop Carey 6
10:09 AM — In Peter Tatchell's own words, his account of hijacking the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter Sermon in 1998 and his first attempt at a citizen's arrest of Robert Mugabe.
24th January 2012
Zulu king’s alleged anti-gay comment to be investigated 8
12:32 PM — Anti-gay comments reportedly made by the king of the Zulu people are set to be investigated by South Africa's Human Rights Commission, but the royal family insists it was a mistranslation by a national newspaper.
23rd January 2012
Ex-South African president: Ugandan anti-gay bill makes no sense 23
4:53 PM — The former president of South Africa, Thabo MBeki, has criticised Uganda's infamous anti-gay bill, saying it does not "make sense" to intervene in people's private lives.
Zulu prince: King’s ‘rotten gays’ comment was ‘mistranslated’ 23
3:56 PM — Comments by the Zulu king that gay relationships were "rotten" have been dismissed as a mistranslation by the royal family.
Zulu king: Gays are rotten 25
10:39 AM — Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, King of the Zulu people, has reportedly said gay relationships are a new invention and are "rotten".
11th January 2012
Liberian Speaker rules out gay rights bills 32
4:20 PM — The Speaker of Liberia's House of Representatives has said no gay rights bills will make progress during his tenure. The African state has a population of 3.8 million people and reportedly no gay rights organisations
6th January 2012
Zimbabwe mayor rubbishes claims his pink bins were pulled 7
1:09 PM — A Zimbabwe mayor has insisted his city council will use the twenty pink dustbins donated by a pro-gay rights group as soon as he can find prominent spaces for them.
3rd January 2012
Comment: On running club nights and marathons 4
10:01 AM — Sam Feller runs QueerlyOut, a gay club night in London and is training to complete a marathon this year in Rwamagana, East Rwanda to benefit the survivors of the 1994 genocide.
29th December 2011
Zimbabwe MP bailed after allegedly claiming Robert Mugabe had gay affairs 15
4:06 PM — A Zimbabwean MP who was arrested last week after saying President Robert Mugabe had sex with other male politicians has been released on bail of $200 today, the state newspaper says.
28th December 2011
Muslim leader in Ghana offers anti-gay Christmas message 75
10:32 AM — The National Chief Immam of Ghana issued a Christmas message this year which praised the efforts of Christians and members of other religions for their efforts to denounce homosexuality. GhanaWeb reports that Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu issued the message to wish Christians well during their festivities.
22nd December 2011
Nigerian health minister says bisexuals “pose a challenge” to HIV efforts 15
12:14 PM — Nigeria's health minister has warned that bisexual men pose a "challenge" to efforts to tackle the spread of HIV in the country, as the prevalence of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the country was found to have risen. Onyebuchi Chukwu, launching the 2010 Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance in Abuja, said that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has risen to 17.2%, up from 13.5% in 2007.
21st December 2011
Zimbabwe MP arrested for claiming Robert Mugabe “practised homosexuality” 63
10:28 AM — A female member of parliament in Zimbabwe has been arrested after claiming the president, Robert Mugabe, had a sexual relationship with former president Canaan Banana.
14th December 2011
Ghana’s education ministry “optimistic” it can stop homosexuality 96
9:45 AM — A spokesman for Ghana's Education Ministry has told the Accra Mail he is confident a programme in which teachers warn students of the "adverse consequences" of being gay will make it "a thing of the past".
13th December 2011
Newly-crowned Mr Gay Namibia was “mugged for prize money” 17
1:47 PM — The holder of the Mr Gay Namibia title says he was mugged outside his home in the African state by attackers demanding the prize money he had won. The assailants escaped with N$200, about £15.
8th December 2011
Malawi says it will review anti-gay laws in light of “public opinion” 35
4:41 PM — The Malawian Justice Minister has included the country's anti-gay laws in a list of legislation he wants reviewed, saying the rules may not reflect "public opinion".
6th December 2011
60,000 petition Nigerian President not to sign anti-gay law 56
10:19 AM — Activists have delivered a copy of a 60,000-strong global petition addressed to the Nigerian President, urging him not to sign in new laws that target gays. At the end of last month, the Nigerian Senate voted through a bill criminalising gay relationships, with prison sentences of up to 14 years.
30th November 2011
Nigerian Senate votes to punish gay marriage with 14 years in prison 150
9:46 AM — The Nigerian Senate has voted through a bill criminalising gay marriage, with prison sentences of up to 14 years for those couples who try to enter into an unofficial union and ten years for witnesses. The law already punishes acts of homosexuality with 14 years’ imprisonment or, in regions under Shari’a law, with a sentence of death by stoning.