4th May 2011
South Africa government plans ‘task team’ to tackle homophobic hate crime 7
4:01 PM — The South African government has announced the formation of a task team to tackle anti-gay hate crimes. Government spokesman Tlali Tlali said that the decision was taken yesterday, a week after a lesbian was raped and murdered in in Kwa-Thema township.
Ugandan lesbian honoured for human rights work 12
11:08 AM — Ugandan lesbian campaigner Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been honoured with an international award for her bravery in speaking out for human rights. She was commended for her "rare courage" in a country which punishes homosexuality severely.
Shrien Dewani ‘told gay escort he wanted a way out of marriage’
10:48 AM — Shrien Dewani allegedly told a gay escort that he wanted a "way out" of his marriage months before his wife was murdered on honeymoon. Anni Dewani, 29, was shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa, in November and local police believe her husband arranged for her to be killed by hitmen.
3rd May 2011
Gay campaigners say South African lesbian’s murder was ‘hate crime’ 4
11:53 AM — A lesbian who was raped and murdered in a South African township last week was clearly attacked because of her sexuality, gay campaigners say. Noxolo Nogwaza, 24, was found dead in an alley in Kwa-Thema township, South Africa, on Easter Sunday morning.
27th April 2011
Lesbian raped and murdered in South African township 40
3:57 PM — Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian, was found dead in an alley in Kwa-Thema township, South Africa, on Easter Sunday. It is believed she was raped and murdered.
14th April 2011
Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe calls Britain ‘gay filth’ 47
5:49 PM — Homophobic Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe called Britain's tolerance of gay rights "unnatural" and "filth" at the funeral of his deputy intelligence chief today. The African leader, speaking at the funeral of Menard Muzariri, hit out at continued European sanctions on his country.
25th March 2011
Reports say Ugandan anti-gay bill has been killed 31
4:33 PM — Reports from Uganda say the country's anti-homosexuality bill has been dropped. The controversial legislation would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against gay sex but several reports say the government has intervened to drop it.
18th March 2011
US House committee approves measure for aid cut to anti-gay countries 28
3:41 PM — A US House committee has approved a measure which would discourage aid to homophobic countries like Uganda. The amendment to the House Financial Services Committee bill was tabled by Democrat representative Barney Frank, who is gay.
Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to anti-gay bill 48
10:56 AM — Reports say that the Ugandan parliament is to return to considering an anti-homosexuality bill next week. It is one of several bills to be debated by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs committee when parliament returns, ugpulse.com reports.
10th March 2011
BBC World Debate programme asks ‘Is homosexuality un-African?’ 70
1:28 PM — A BBC World News Debate will be screened next week on the topic 'Is homosexuality un-African?' The debate, which will not be broadcast in the UK but will be available to view online, features notorious Ugandan anti-gay MP David Bahati as a panellist.
3rd March 2011
Travel: Cape Town – South Africa’s Rainbow City 2
6:30 PM — Adam Smith traveled to Cape Town and finds that rainbows everywhere, from tourism board leaflets to the floor at the airport. While there's not handholding to the same degree as Madrid or Amsterdam, it’s evident there are plenty of gay couples out and about, and although there is a lively gay scene, that is certainly not the only place you’ll find the odd homo.
Homophobia reportedly widespread in UK African communities 9
5:39 PM — According to Mambo, the African healthier lifestyle magazine published by Terrence Higgins Trust, hostile attitudes towards gay men and lesbians within UK African communities is on the rise.
Suspected killer of David Kato remanded 1
1:38 PM — Enock Nsubuga Balibagga, 22, the suspected killer of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato, has been remanded to Luzira prison until the case continues on the 17th March.
2nd March 2011
Mozambicans seek constitutional amendment to enshrine gay rights 17
10:48 AM — Justice Minister tells UN Human Rights Council homosexuality is not illegal in the east African country, but fears subsist about unclear penal code.
23rd February 2011
Tory MEP says EU funds for Africa should depend on gay rights progress 30
11:52 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that EU financial aid to African countries should depend on their commitment to gay and human rights. Dr Charles Tannock, the foreign affairs and human rights spokesman for the Tories in Europe, said he raised the issue in the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week.
21st February 2011
Ugandan asylum seeker says publicity will put her life at risk 9
11:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who was ordered to leave the UK says that publicity means her life will be at risk if returned to Uganda. The woman, referred to as BN, initially claimed that she was a lesbian but a judge ruled that there was no evidence for this.
18th February 2011
WikiLeaks cables reveal Ugandan homophobia 7
4:41 PM — Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show the extent of Ugandan homophobia. American embassy cables describe a 2009 UN-sponsored meeting which gay rights campaigner David Kato spoke at.
15th February 2011
Video: Scott Mills experiences ‘bizarre’ Ugandan gay cure ritual 22
3:18 PM — Gay Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has described a "bizarre" ritual in which he was battered with chickens to turn him straight. The presenter travelled to Uganda for a BBC3 show about the country's attitudes to homosexuality.
11th February 2011
Botswana MP says he hates gays and lesbians 42
3:59 PM — A Botswana politician says he agrees with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's views on homosexuality. Pono Moatlhodi, who is the deputy speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, told a January meeting on HIV prevention that he would "never tolerate" gays and lesbians.
Scott Mills: ‘Gay hatred is everywhere in Uganda’ 68
11:29 AM — The situation for gay people in Uganda was far worse than he expected, Scott Mills says. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk about an upcoming documentary, the gay Radio 1 presenter told how he feared for his own safety in the country.