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Africa

  • 27th January 2011

    Ugandan gay rights activist beaten to death 79

    David Kato's name, photo and address were published in Rolling Stone

    10:40 AM — A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who sued a newspaper for publishing the names and photos of gay people has been beaten to death. David Kato's death is being investigated by police and activists say he was attacked in his home near Kampala yesterday afternoon.

  • 12th January 2011

    Ghanaian reggae star calls homosexuality a ‘disorder’ 141

    Blakk Rasta said people should "empathise" with the "disorder" of homosexuality

    4:30 PM — A Ghanaian reggae artist has been criticised after he called homosexuality a "disorder" in an interview. Blakk Rasta told GhanaMusic.com: "It is not the normal concept of life. Every man must sex a woman and not otherwise. Homosexuality is a mental/genetically disorder, in my opinion."

  • 11th January 2011

    Ugandan opposition leader says he won’t prosecute gays 6

    Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda

    4:38 PM — The Ugandan opposition leader has reportedly suggested that homosexuality should be decriminalised. Kizza Besigye, who leads a four-party opposition group, is to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in a vote next month.

  • 4th January 2011

    Judge bans Ugandan media from outing gays and lesbians 10

    Rolling Stone called for gays and lesbians to be hanged.

    9:53 AM — A high court judge in Uganda has banned all media from outing gays and lesbians. Judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuke said lives were being put at risk by newspapers identifying people known or thought to be gay.

  • 21st December 2010

    UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26

    The UN General Assembly voted 93 in favour of the United States' proposal to restore the reference to sexual orientation, 55 countries voted against and 27 abstained

    11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.

  • 20th December 2010

    South Africa launches “bold” Mr Gay World bid 7

    The bid has been launched in opposition to rising homophobia

    12:58 PM — The 2012 bid is launched against a rising tide of homophobia, the Guardian reports.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Kenyan prime minister denies saying gays should be arrested 3

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:37 PM — The prime minister of Kenya claims he never said that gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga was recorded discussing homosexuality at a rally last Sunday but says he was misquoted.

  • 30th November 2010

    Kenyan gay groups concerned after prime minister says they should be arrested 9

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    3:48 PM — Gay groups in Kenya are concerned after the country's president said gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. He said that men and women caught in the middle of gay and lesbian sex would be detained.

  • 29th November 2010

    Kenyan prime minister says gays should be arrested 26

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:06 PM — The prime minister of Kenya says that gay men and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Judge extends ban on Ugandan tabloid outing gays 6

    A previous edition of Rolling Stone

    6:20 PM — A Ugandan judge has extended a ban on a tabloid outing gay men and lesbians. Rolling Stone, which is no relation to the US magazine, has been publishing lists of people it identified as gay, plus their addresses and photographs.

  • 1st November 2010

    Updated: Ugandan newspaper ordered to stop outing gay men 16

    Rolling Stone has published the names, photos and addresses of gays and lesbians

    3:17 PM — Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone has been ordered to stop outing gay men and lesbians. The publication, no relation to the US magazine, began publishing the names of gays and lesbians last month. In a previous issue, it carried a banner stating that the individuals should be hanged.

  • 28th October 2010

    Ugandan MP says anti-gay bill ‘will be law soon’ 27

    David Bahati said he was confident the bill would become law

    5:43 PM — David Bahati, the Ugandan MP who tabled a bill calling for gays to be jailed or executed, says he is confident his bill will soon become law.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Ugandan gays and lesbians ‘attacked after being outed’ 7

    There have been reports of attacks on gays and lesbians

    5:20 PM — Several gays and lesbians in Uganda say they have been attacked after a newspaper published their names, photographs and addresses. After the Rolling Stone newspaper called for them to be hanged, a gay activist in the country says that one woman was almost killed when her neighbours pelted her house with stones.

  • 21st October 2010

    Rolling Stone condemns anti-gay Ugandan newspaper 16

    The Ugandan Rolling Stone newspaper called for gays to be killed

    1:48 PM — US magazine Rolling Stone has condemned the Ugandan newspaper of the same name for calling for gays to be executed. The US title said it had demanded that the African publication cease using its name.

  • 20th October 2010

    Ugandan newspaper publishes ‘list of gays’ and calls for executions 28

    Uganda introduced a bill last year to execute gays and lesbians

    5:22 PM — A Ugandan newspaper has published the names, addresses and photographs of the country's "top" gays and lesbians. Rolling Stone, which has no connection to the US magazine of the same name, had a banner across its front page which read "hang them".

  • 7th October 2010

    One half of Malawian couple is seeking asylum in Canada 11

    Tiwonge Chimbalanga, pictured right, is seeking asylum in Canada

    12:40 PM — Tiwonge Chimbalanga, one half of the Malawian couple sentenced to 14 years' hard labour before being released in May, is seeking asylum in Canada.

  • ‘Pink Protest’ to be held at University of Cape Town

    LGBTI activists are to protest at the University of Cape Town today

    10:09 AM — Student activists at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, are planning to stage an anti-homophobia protest today after a symbolic 'pink closet' sculpture intended to highlight the effects of homophobia was burnt down.

  • 4th October 2010

    Africa’s biggest Pride draws crowds of 18,000 5

    'Joburg' Pride was on Saturday

    3:00 PM — More than 18,000 people attended Africa's biggest Pride celebration in Johannesburg on Saturday, organisers said. The event in South Africa is the continent's largest gay celebration.

  • 17th September 2010

    Gay Nigerian asylum seeker faces deportation 15

    The deportation has been postponed (Photo: B Hernandez)

    1:13 PM — A Nigerian man who was due to be deported from the UK last night has been given a temporary reprieve. Hope Nwachukwu, 33, says he was tortured and forced to watch his sisters being raped in his home country because he is gay.

  • 14th September 2010

    Gay Saudi diplomat says he’ll be killed if sent home 6

    Saudi Arabia criminalises homosexuality

    3:39 PM — A gay Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking asylum in the US because he says he will be killed if returned to his home country. The man, who has been named as Ali Ahmad Asseri, says his homosexuality and his friendship with a Jewish woman will lead to his death.

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