24th October 2011
Zimbabwe prime minister says gay rights are ‘human rights’ 107
4:20 PM — Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has done a U-turn on gay rights and says he now wants them protected under the new constitution. Speaking to BBC News, he said gay rights were a "human right" that should be respected by Zimbabweans.
21st October 2011
Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59
4:06 PM — Lawmakers in Nigeria hope to pass a bill which strengthens laws against homosexuality. The legislation seeks to criminalise same-sex marriage. Its sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, claimed that gay marriage is "spreading" and must be stopped.
19th October 2011
Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30
4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.
18th October 2011
Commonwealth country leaders ‘to be asked to decriminalise gay sex’ 48
11:42 AM — Leaders of Commonwealth countries will be asked to decriminalise homosexuality to help to stop the spread of HIV, an Australian official has said.
Zimbabwe refuses to give prisoners condoms because homosexuality is illegal 41
10:16 AM — Prisoners in Zimbabwe are being denied condoms despite high rates of HIV - because homosexuality is illegal. The Prison Service said last week that condoms could "encourage" illegal gay sex among the 13,000-strong prison population.
16th October 2011
Andrew Mitchell: UK will withhold aid from African countries with poor gay rights 48
11:06 AM — Andrew Mitchell, the International development secretary has confirmed that the British government will withhold aid from countries with homophobic countries but denied that it will harm the most poor in those countries.
14th October 2011
‘Inspirational’ Ugandan lesbian campaigner wins human rights award 8
1:54 PM — Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, the Ugandan gay rights campaigner, has been honoured with a prestigious human rights award. The activist, who has risked death to speak up for other LGBT people, received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Geneva on Wednesday.
Elton John speaks out for new gay rights group 18
1:22 PM — Elton John has penned an article in support of new gay rights group Kaleidoscope. Writing for the Huffington Post with Johann Hari, John called the non-profit group "remarkable" and called for readers to support it.
12th October 2011
Ghana gay rights leader urges UK government not to cut aid 51
1:29 PM — The leader of Ghana's only gay rights group has urged the government not to cut aid to homophobic countries. Mac-Darling Cobbinah said the move would only cause "pain" to the struggling country and could backfire.
11th October 2011
Johannesburg police dismiss ‘gay serial killer’ reports 14
3:44 PM — Police in Johannesburg, South Africa, say there is no evidence a serial killer is targeting gay men. According to the Star newspaper, there have been six killings of gay men over the last 18 months which bear similarities.
10th October 2011
Four convicted of Cape Town lesbian’s murder 2
2:08 PM — Four men have been found guilty of murdering a lesbian in Cape Town, South Africa. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha on February 4th 2006.
Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury to explain views on gays 72
1:47 PM — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to explain the church's views on homosexuality. The African leader's spokesman said yesterday that Mr Mugabe wants to know why homosexuality is being "prescribed" to Zimbabweans.
Government to cut aid to anti-gay countries 156
10:28 AM — The government will cut aid to poor countries which persecute gay people, international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has warned. Aid 'fines' may be imposed on countries such as Uganda and Ghana for hardline anti-gay laws, it was reported.
6th October 2011
Gay rights activists report another murder in Johannesburg 8
4:40 PM — Gay rights campaigners in South Africa say a fifth gay murder in Johannesburg suggests there may be a homophobic killer at large. In the last year, there have been four cases in which gay men were found dead in similar circumstances - bound and strangled in their homes with no sign of a break-in.
Ugandan campaigner says gay bar was shut down 14
3:55 PM — A Ugandan LGBT campaigner says that her gay bar was forcibly shut down. Jacqueline Kasha said that her bar Sapphos Island, in Kampala, was padlocked shut on Sunday by the landlord.
3rd October 2011
‘Serial killer’ may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg 8
3:18 PM — There are fears that a serial killer may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa. Four gay men have been discovered bound and strangled in their homes in the last ten months.
16th September 2011
Travel: Dazzlin’ Dallas — not your average Western Cowtown 6
2:44 PM — Live Large. Think Big. That’s the Dallas marketing slogan and one on which the metropolis delivers in true Texan style. But there is also a very different side to Dallas, as JD van Zyl found – one which boasts a buzzing gay scene, a rich cultural experience and unrivalled Texas hospitality.
14th September 2011
In photos: Launch of Kaleidoscope at Speaker’s House 1
11:11 AM — A selection of images from the launch of Kaleidoscope, the new trust to support legislative and cultural changes in attitudes to homosexuality abroad.
8th September 2011
Two freed over South African lesbian’s murder
4:19 PM — Two of the nine suspects accused of murdering a South African lesbian have been released. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on February 4th 2006.
7th September 2011
Ugandan ‘family’ campaign calls for progress on anti-gay bill 79
3:40 PM — A 'family' campaign in Uganda is urging lawmakers to pass the anti-homosexuality bill. The Family Life Network and Uganda Coalition for Moral Values says the government should do the "right" thing, rather than bow to international pressure.