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  • 6th October 2011

    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.

  • 17th August 2011

    Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK 42

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been denied a UK visa

    1:17 PM — A Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in her home country, was invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week.

  • 16th August 2011

    Supporters launch petition for Ugandan asylum seeker 12

    Uganda is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT people

    2:26 PM — Supporters of a Ugandan asylum seeker have launched a petition to call for him to be allowed to remain in the UK. Those who have met 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi say he is "obviously gay", despite a judge's ruling that there is no evidence of this.

  • 15th August 2011

    Amnesty: Cameroon must release men on gay sex charges 10

    Amnesty has called on Cameroon to release the men

    3:37 PM — Amnesty International has called for Cameroonian officials to immediately release two young men charged with homosexuality offences. The pair, a 19-year-old known only as Jonas, and a 20-year-old known only as Francky - were arrested on July 25th in a car outside a night club in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé.

  • 11th August 2011

    Judge rules Shrien Dewani can be extradited to South Africa for trial

    Shrien Dewani can be extradited to South Africa, a judge ruled

    2:57 PM — A British judge has ruled that millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial over the murder of his wife. Anni Dewani, 29, was shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa, in November during an apparent hijacking. Local police believe her husband arranged for her to be killed by hitmen.

  • 9th August 2011

    ‘Obviously gay’ Ugandan asylum seeker faces deportation 15

    A past protest over homophobia in Uganda

    4:33 PM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who supporters say is "obviously gay" is due to be deported on Wednesday. Robert Segwanyi, 33, says he was tortured and jailed in Uganda for being gay but an immigration judge ruled there was no evidence that he is gay and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder – in contrast to a psychiatrist’s report.

  • 3rd August 2011

    HIV ‘epidemics’ emerging in gay men in North Africa and the Middle East 17

    More cases of HIV in MSM are being found across North Africa and the Middle East

    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

    The group has accused police of failing to investigate

    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.

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