31st March 2009
Oprah’s girls’ academy suspends seven pupils over ‘lesbian’ behaviour 2
5:42 PM — The girls' school set up by Oprah Winfrey in South Africa has suspended seven pupils after they “contravened the school's code of conduct” by allegedly touching each other sexually.
Ugandan gay rights event ‘sparsely attended’ 1
4:49 PM — Fewer than 20 openly LGBT Ugandans attended a public protest in Kampala calling for equal rights. Speaking at the protest in the capital of the east African country, lesbian activist Jacqueline Masha said "We are law-abiding citizens. We deserve equal rights and protection under the law and constitution."
19th March 2009
Amnesty asks Pope to defend gay rights 19
11:53 AM — Amnesty International has urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the criminalisation of homosexuality when he meets with African bishops today in Cameroon, which criminalises same-sex relations.
17th March 2009
Pope claims condoms ‘could make African AIDS crisis worse’ 59
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI today added to the controversy over the Catholic church's stance on condoms when he argued that they were not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV and Aids and could even make the problem worse.
16th March 2009
Interview: Britain’s gay Consul General to Cape Town 6
5:28 PM — Coming from Leeds polytechnic university, Richard Wood was always going to be an unusual diplomat. Currently, he heads the British Consulate in Cape Town and lives in the city with his partner, riding a red Vespa to work.
Nigerian Archbishop ‘wants gay wedding witnesses to be jailed” 26
1:47 PM — Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, has said that gay marriage is "capable of engendering moral and social holocaust" and has called for those who attend gay weddings to be sentenced to a year in jail.
13th March 2009
Rise of ‘corrective rapes’ on lesbians in South Africa 5
2:57 PM — A new report has suggested a rise in 'corrective rapes' on lesbians in South Africa. According to charity ActionAid, women in Johannesburg and Cape Town are suffering an increase in homophobic attacks and sexual assaults which are seen as a form of punishment or "cure".
11th March 2009
Anti-gay laws in Nigeria ‘will lead to widespread human rights abuses’ 7
5:54 PM — Nigerian activists have said that a new bill outlawing same-sex marriage will lead to increased arrests and abuse of anyone suspected to be gay. Gay sex is already an imprisonable offence in the country, but the new bill would make it illegal for gay couples to live together.
5th March 2009
US Christians accused of exporting anti-gay message to Africa 7
10:56 AM — A conference in Uganda which begins today has been condemned by human rights groups.
4th March 2009
Jamaican PM will not “yield to pressure” on gay rights 14
4:02 PM — The Prime Minister of Jamaica has said that the country will not decriminalise homosexual acts and that he has a duty to "protect" the country.
23rd February 2009
Training seminar for Ugandans fighting against ‘promotion’ of homosexuality 1
2:16 PM — American fundamentalist Christians who advocate "ex-gay" treatments will speak at a three-day conference in Uganda next month.
17th February 2009
Burundi rejects proposal to criminalise homosexual relations 4
6:16 PM — The Senate of Burundi today rejected a proposed amendment to the new draft of the criminal code that would have criminalised homosexual conduct for the first time.
16th February 2009
Burundi urged not to criminalise same-sex acts 2
2:58 PM — The Senate of Burundi is to vote on a new draft of the criminal code this week that would criminalise homosexual conduct for the first time.
Nigeria tells UN that gays don’t exist in their country 11
1:25 PM — The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs has told a UN review of human rights in the African nation that there is no gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community in his country.
9th February 2009
Lawyers from across Africa gather to discuss LGBT rights 2
1:51 PM — Gay rights activists and lawyers who have worked on LGBT human rights cases met in South Africa last week.
4th February 2009
Al-Qaeda accused of using male rape to ‘create’ suicide bombers 31
1:56 PM — Islamic terrorists are raping young men in order to drive them into suicide bombings claims Algerian militant Abu Baçir El Assimi.
2nd February 2009
Ethiopian faith leaders call for constitutional ban on homosexuality 9
11:59 AM — The leaders of the Roman Catholic, Ethiopian Orthodox and Protestant churches have called on the government of Ethiopia for a constitutional ban on homosexuality.
28th January 2009
Amnesty calls on Nigeria to reject proposed homophobic law 2
3:00 PM — Legislation that would punish Nigerian gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by Amnesty International.
26th January 2009
Nigeria urged to drop proposed new law against gay relationships 4
11:17 AM — New legislation in Nigeria that would punish gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by human rights groups in the country and internationally.
22nd January 2009
EU and UN condemn arrest of AIDS workers in Senegal 1
1:01 PM — The United Nations AIDS organisation and representatives of the European Union have called on Senegal to decriminalise homosexuality after the arrest of nine gay men.