3rd August 2011
HIV ‘epidemics’ emerging in gay men in North Africa and the Middle East 17
5:10 PM — New research suggests that HIV epidemics are emerging in North Africa and the Middle East among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan and Tunisia are seeing high rates of infection in gay and bisexual men.
1st August 2011
Ugandan gay rights group has computers, member list stolen 13
1:40 PM — A Ugandan gay rights group is urging police to fully investigate a burglary at its offices. Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), which has offices in Kampala, was broken into on Saturday night.
York Pride remembers murdered Ugandan gay rights campaigner 12
1:28 PM — York Pride has remembered murdered Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato, who studied in the city. Mr Kato, who was found dead at his home in Uganda in January, had studied at York University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights in 2009 and 2010. On Saturday, marchers at York Pride in Rowntree Park released coloured balloons […]
21st July 2011
Ghana minister orders arrest of all gays in Western Region 51
10:32 AM — A minister in Ghana has reportedly ordered the arrest of all gays and lesbians in the country's Western Region. Paul Evans Aidoo, the minister for the region, has directed the Bureau of National Investigations and other agencies to find gay people and bring them before the courts.
12th July 2011
Lib Dem MP says Home Office appears ‘institutionally homophobic’ on asylum 27
6:12 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused the Home Office and the UK Border Agency of appearing "institutionally homophobic" in cases of gay asylum seekers. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, wrote to immigration minister Damien Green on behalf of a gay Ugandan constituent who was due to be deported on Monday.
1st July 2011
FIFA criticises Nigeria’s football coach over ‘lesbian ban’ 16
5:35 PM — The governing body of football, FIFA, has criticised the coach of the Nigerian women's football team for saying she had forced out lesbian players. Last week, coach Eucharia Uche told the New York Times that since she was hired in 2009, she has eradicated homosexuality from the squad.
22nd June 2011
Nigerian women’s football team ‘eradicates lesbianism’ 111
2:32 PM — The Nigerian women's football team says it has successfully banned homosexuality among players. Coach Eucharia Uche claims that since she was hired in 2009, she has eradicated homosexuality from the squad.
21st June 2011
World Health Organization calls for anti-discrimination laws to tackle HIV 10
3:34 PM — The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV in gay and bisexual men and transgender people. According to the body, there has been a recent resurgence of HIV infection in men who have sex with men, especially in industrialised countries.
9th June 2011
Interview: Branded a liar by UK authorities, the Ugandan lesbian outed in a national newspaper 22
4:42 PM — Ugandan lesbian Betty Tibakawa has been branded three times. Twice, physically with a flat iron full of hot charcoal, in a brutal homophobic assault in Uganda which left her with permanent scars on her inner thighs. The third occasion took place here in the UK, where she has now been branded again, as a liar.
7th June 2011
Amnesty fights for Cameroonian man jailed for three years on charges of being gay 35
10:22 AM — Thousands of Amnesty International supporters are appealing to the authorities in Cameroon for the immediate release of a man jailed for charges of "homosexuality and attempted homosexuality".
2nd June 2011
Ugandan woman branded with iron for being a lesbian faces deportation from UK 87
11:43 AM — A 22-year-old Ugandan woman who was subjected to being branded with a hot iron in her home country as a punishment for being a lesbian, may be deported from the UK.
1st June 2011
Commonwealth secretary general speaks out against homophobia following Tatchell’s criticisms 29
4:55 PM — The Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, has written an article in the Nairobi Star speaking out against homophobia.
31st May 2011
South African ambassador to Uganda found guilty of gay-hate speech 15
11:29 AM — The South African Human Rights Commission has won a hate speech case against journalist Jon Qwelane over an anti-gay column he wrote prior to his appointment as the country’s ambassador to Uganda.
30th May 2011
Increasing number of countries becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, survey shows 69
10:43 AM — Results of a new cross-national study have shown that a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years - though the trend is markedly slower in Russia and other former Communist countries.
19th May 2011
Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to the anti-gay bill 11
12:09 PM — Reports suggest that Uganda's new parliament will consider the notorious anti-homosexuality bill. The last parliament, which was dissolved last week, ran out of time to debate the draft legislation, which calls for the death penalty for some cases of gay sex.
17th May 2011
Peter Tatchell: The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia 108
4:02 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is a "bastion of global homophobia" and has failed to condemn abuses of LGBT people.
13th May 2011
Ugandan parliament adjourns without vote on anti-gay bill 50
3:16 PM — Uganda's parliament adjourned today without voting on a gay execution bill. The anti-homosexuality bill was expected to be debated today but Speaker Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill in this session.
US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72
10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."
12th May 2011
Uganda to debate gay execution bill tomorrow 48
10:49 AM — Uganda's parliament will debate the anti-homosexuality bill tomorrow (Friday). There was confusion yesterday over the status of the bill, which was apparently removed and then replaced on the day's order paper.
11th May 2011
Updated: Confusion over Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 23
4:48 PM — Update: 17.30 GMT. Associated Press reports that officials have indicated that the bill will now be debated on Friday in an extra session.