5th July 2012
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign 7
5:17 PM — Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister for human rights has praised a new viral video imagining a world in personal traits like hair colour or height were criminalised in the same way as homosexuality.
4th July 2012
Video: Imagine if you could face execution for being blond, bald, short, elderly or blue eyed 7
12:15 PM — In a compelling new viral video, international LGBT rights organisation Kaleidoscope Trust asks viewers to imagine if it were illegal to be themselves. The video imagines a society where blond people, people with blue eyes, bald people, short people and older people faced discrimination or persecution by society and the state.
Zimbabwe: Gay rights group to be charged with insulting Mugabe 58
10:09 AM — Police in Zimbabwe have summoned the director of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe group and intend to charge the organisation with insulting the president, Robert Mugabe.
South Africa and Brazil demand UN action on gay rights 17
9:18 AM — United Nations ambassadors for South Africa and Brazil have demanded more action and discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity as part as universal human rights standards, and to combat hate crimes.
2nd July 2012
Casablanca: Gay cruise diverted 28
12:57 PM — A gay cruise has been diverted from Moroccan city of Casablanca with organisers saying they were turned away from the port, where homosexuality is illegal.
29th June 2012
Kenya: Media link US ambassador’s resignation to Pride reception 7
4:23 PM — The US ambassador to Kenya has resigned citing 'differences' with Washington DC, but reports from Africa have suggested a link between the decision and a gay pride event hosted at the embassy in Nairobi this week.
27th June 2012
Egyptian diplomat suggests gays are ‘not real people’ 46
3:11 PM — Egypt’s chief diplomatic representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva declared last week at a meeting about the universal right to association that gays do not warrant protections and are considered not to be “real people” in the Middle East.
26th June 2012
Man charged with murder of South African trans gay activist as anti-gay violence continues 6
7:13 PM — A suspect in brutal murder of South African gay man Thapelo Makuthle has been charged. Activists say that anti-LGBT related crime and violence is on the rise. A suspect in the brutal murder of Thapelo Makuthle is reported to have been charged. The suspect, named Sizwe Tajini, resides with his father in the village of Seoding, the same of the victim, near Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa.
25th June 2012
Nobel Laureates, including Desmond Tutu, call for global LGBT equality 37
10:25 PM — Four Nobel Prize winners, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have released a joint statement decrying violence against LGBT people, and calling on people around the world to support gay rights.
New Archbishop of Uganda called gays ‘unacceptable’ but opposed death penalty bill 26
6:22 PM — The new Archbishop of Uganda has been announced as the Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali, who has spoken out against the death penalty for people convicted of homosexuality in the African state while also calling the sexual orientation "categorically unacceptable".
22nd June 2012
Ugandan minister: Gays have freedom of assembly 5
4:37 PM — The Ugandan government has issued a statement following reports of gay rights workshops being broken up and NGOs being dissolved saying gay people have the right to freely assemble in the African state.
21st June 2012
Ethiopia: Newspaper warns of gay ‘infestation’ 64
9:56 AM — A popular Ethiopian daily newspaper alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia.
20th June 2012
Uganda to dissolve 38 NGOs which ‘promote homosexuality’ 49
5:16 PM — Uganda is reportedly set to dissolve 38 non-governmental organisations in the African state who it believes are promoting homosexuality and 'recruiting' people into a gay lifestyle.
19th June 2012
Uganda: Police interrupt training workshop for gay rights activists 16
10:09 PM — Police officers in Uganda raided a gay rights training session in Kampala yesterday, alleging that the assembly was illegal.
Kenya: Bars introduce bans on LGBT customers 25
5:34 PM — Several reports from Kenya indicate that bars and clubs in the country’s main cities are now enforcing a ban on LGBT people.
14th June 2012
Kenya: Lesbian ‘held hostage by family’ commits suicide, reports say 6
1:10 PM — According to unconfirmed reports a lesbian who was being held hostage by her parents committed suicide in desperation last night in Kenya.
13th June 2012
Leaders of Ethiopia call for anti-gay measures 33
9:06 PM — Ethiopian government officials, religious leaders and civil representatives have declared their opposition to LGBT rights and condemned homosexuality as a western epidemic during an anti-gay conference
Trans gay activist believed to have been brutally murdered in South Africa 14
2:02 PM — Several reports have been circulating about a transgender and gay man brutally murdered after a homophobic and transphobic attack in South Africa.
6th June 2012
Tunisia rejects UNHRC recommendation to decriminalise gay sex 98
4:23 PM — Tunisian minister of human rights, transitional justice and spokesman of the Tunisian government, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating that sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.
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.