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  • 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.

  • York Pride remembers murdered Ugandan gay rights campaigner 12

    Gay rights campaigner David Kato was killed in January

    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

    Ghana does not tolerate homosexuality

    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

    Mike Hancock said he had 'grave concerns'

    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

    The coach of the Nigerian women's team said lesbianism was 'dirty'

    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

    The coach of the Nigerian women's team says she has eradicated lesbianism

    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.

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