31st July 2012
South African archer comes out at Olympics 10
12:59 PM — South African archer Karen Hultzer has confirmed for the first time she is a lesbian at the London Olympics.
30th July 2012
Tanzania: Gay rights activist found dead 14
5:29 PM — Tanzanian gay rights activist Maurice Mjomba has been found dead at his house in Dar es Salaam.
27th July 2012
Ghana: Newspaper says 82 percent ‘abhor gays’ due to religious affiliation 21
3:43 PM — A Ghanaian newspaper has claimed 82 percent of citizens 'abhor homosexuality' solely because they subscribe to religions whose leaders have spoken out against gay activity.
26th July 2012
Africa: New report accuses US evangelical Christians of promoting homophobia 34
10:53 AM — A liberal thinktank has claimed that right wing US Christian evangelical groups are targeting Africa with an anti-gay agenda.
23rd July 2012
Liberia: Senate votes to criminalise gay marriages 29
10:38 AM — The Liberian senate is reported to have approved a bill criminalising gay marriages in the west African state, but it is unclear whether the president would sign it into law.
11th July 2012
South Africa: Church billboard lists homosexuality with alcoholism 20
4:43 PM — The South African Advertising Standards Authority has received a complaint over a billboard which listed homosexuality among vices and personal problems a church could help people with.
6th July 2012
European Parliament condemns violence against lesbians in Africa 4
10:17 AM — The European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on violence against lesbian women and gay and transgender rights more generally in Africa.
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.