19th March 2012
Omar Sharif’s grandson comes out over political fears for Egypt 25
2:06 PM — The grandson of veteran Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has come out publicly as a gay, half-Jewish man citing fears for his country's political future after the Arab Spring.
16th March 2012
European Parliament calls on Nigeria to reverse anti-gay laws 30
12:36 PM — Following violence and economic concerns in the African state, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution on Nigeria which condemns in part the current legal threats to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
15th March 2012
Tunisian gay magazine hacked 19
12:07 PM — Yesterday, homophobic hackers attacked Tunisia’s main LGBT title, Gay Day Magazine, taking over its email, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Zimbabwe senator asks for ‘sex gadgets’ to stop prisoners turning gay 71
11:45 AM — A Zimbabwean senator has suggested giving prisoners sex toys to curb gay impulses while they are behind bars.
14th March 2012
Call to recommend gay and trans protections in new Commonwealth Charter 7
2:28 PM — Individuals and organisations are being called on to suggest specific gay, transgender and intersex protections in a new consultation on the draft Commonwealth Charter.
7th March 2012
Zimbabwe state media ‘backs’ Scottish cardinal on ‘grotesque’ gay marriages 41
11:29 AM — Zimbabwe's state-controlled Herald newspaper is backing the head of the Scottish Catholic Church in his attack on proposals to allow gay couples to marry.
2nd March 2012
Interview: Gays and the Libyan revolution, before and after (part two) 5
11:40 AM — In the second part of this interview with a Libyan activist, Dan Littauer says there is hope for the future among gay and trans Libyans after the revolution, but a recognition that progress towards a freer society may be slow.
1st March 2012
Former diplomat contests Tunisian leader on gay rights 26
11:29 AM — Farhat Othaman questions spiritual leader Rashid Ghannouchi over new Tunisia's commitment to human and LGBT rights
29th February 2012
Africa’s ‘first gay billboard’ unveiled 26
11:40 AM — The organisers of Mr Gay World believe they had unveiled the first ever gay-themed billboard in Africa.
27th February 2012
Robert Mugabe attacks gays in birthday rant 60
1:32 PM — Mugabe, 88, attacked the West and its promotion of equal rights for gays and appeared to add that his dog would be offended were it to be compared with British prime minister David Cameron.
Zimbabwean pulls out of Mr Gay World 2012 11
10:15 AM — The Mr Gay World contestant from Zimbabwe has pulled out of the competition citing personal reasons but organisers praised the "brave stand" he had taken by coming so far.
24th February 2012
Liberian senate set to consider anti-gay bill 23
2:44 PM — The Liberian senate is reported to be considering a bill today which would increase the penalties against gay people in the west African state, but there are conflicting reports of what sanction the crime would attract.
21st February 2012
Africa sends its first black contestants to Mr Gay World 79
11:37 AM — Africa has more finalists in the Mr Gay World competition than ever before this year with representatives from Namibia, South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
17th February 2012
Liberian senator tables ‘gay death penalty’ bill 64
1:58 PM — The former first lady of Liberia has reportedly tabled a bill which could make homosexuality in the country punishable by death in her new capacity as a senator.
15th February 2012
Activist calls Libyan anti-gay comment at UN an ‘attack on human rights’ 8
4:21 PM — A gay activist and journalist from Tripoli, Libya has responded to reports that a Libyan delegate to the UN Human Rights Council claimed gays threatened the continuation of the human race.
Gambian president: Gay rights ‘destroy culture’ 65
1:25 PM — Yahya Jammeh, the President of the Gambia, has said those who think gay rights are human rights in the African state are making a "great mistake".
14th February 2012
Ugandan gay rights workshop ‘raided’ 18
4:26 PM — Amnesty International has called on Uganda to end its "outrageous harassment" of activists after a cabinet minister reportedly raided a workshop being held by gay and trans rights advocates.
Libya: UN delegate says gays ‘affect continuation of humanity’ 35
11:50 AM — Gays threaten the continuation of the human race, Libya's UN delegate has reportedly told the organisation's Human Rights Council in the country's first appearance since Gaddafi was overthrown.
13th February 2012
South Africa: Four in court over gay club owner’s death
12:05 PM — Four men are due to appear in Cape Town Magistrate's Court today following after the owner of a gay nightclub was found dead.
9th February 2012
Ugandan government ‘does not support’ anti-gay bill 24
12:48 PM — The Ugandan government has distanced itself from the infamous bill which was reintroduced this week saying: "The facilitation of this debate should not be confused for the government's support for this bill."