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  • 14th October 2011

    Elton John speaks out for new gay rights group 18

    Elton John has backed Kaleidoscope

    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

    Gay rights leaders in Ghana say cutting aid will not help them

    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

    Police say there is no evidence of a serial killer

    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

    Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death.

    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

    Robert Mugabe's homophobia is well-documented

    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

    Aid will be cut to countries which persecute gay people

    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

    South African activists want a full investigation

    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

    Jacqueline Kasha's gay bar was closed down

    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

    The killings were reported in Johannesburgm South Africa

    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

    Dallas lives large, thinks big (Photo: Clay Coleman)

    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

    The trial continues

    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

    Ugandan 'family' groups want the anti-gay bill back

    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.

  • 1st September 2011

    Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22

    Many Commonwealth countries ban homosexuality

    4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.

  • 26th August 2011

    Marchers demand action for murdered South African lesbian 3

    Noxolo Nogwaza was murdered in the township of Kwa-Thema, South Africa

    11:51 AM — Four months after lesbian activist's rape and murder, South Africans petition police authority for action in finding her killers.

  • 23rd August 2011

    Ugandan lesbian rights activist allowed entry to UK 6

    Nabagesera has now been granted permission by UK authorities to lecture in Northern Ireland

    1:20 PM — Petition succeeds in overturning the UK authority's decision, allowing campaigner to speak at an Amnesty International event and attend Pride festival in Northern Ireland.

  • 22nd August 2011

    Zimbabwean bishop seizing church homes from ‘pro-gay’ Anglicans 12

    It is illegal for members of the same sex to hold hands in Zimbabwe

    12:54 PM — Kunonga, who supports Mugabe regime and denounces 'pro-gay' Anglican Church, has initiated seizure of priests' homes.

  • 19th August 2011

    Cameroon men arrested for ‘looking feminine’ 18

    The men were arrested in Cameroon's capital last month

    1:41 PM — The lawyer for two men facing trial in Cameroon for homosexuality offences says they were arrested for looking feminine. Alice Nkom, speaking to BBC News, said that her clients, aged 19 and 20, were accused of homosexuality because their hair was "dressed like women".

  • Ugandan asylum seeker wins reprieve 17

    Supporters of Robert Segwanyi said he would be persecuted if sent home to Uganda

    10:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who says he will face homophobic persecution if returned home has been permitted to make a fresh appeal. Robert Segwanyi, 33, was due to be deported from the UK at 8pm last night.

  • 18th August 2011

    MP and Ugandan bishop speak out for gay asylum seeker 19

    A previous protest against Uganda anti-gay laws (Photo: Brett Lock)

    11:52 AM — A Liberal Democrat MP and a Ugandan bishop are calling for a gay asylum seeker to be given the right to stay in the UK. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo say that 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi will face harassment and possibly violence if he is sent home.

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