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  • 13th May 2011

    Ugandan parliament adjourns without vote on anti-gay bill 50

    The bill would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against homosexuality (Photo: Brett Lock)

    3:16 PM — Uganda's parliament adjourned today without voting on a gay execution bill. The anti-homosexuality bill was expected to be debated today but Speaker Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill in this session.

  • US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72

    Uganda may debate the bill today

    10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."

  • 12th May 2011

    Uganda to debate gay execution bill tomorrow 48

    An earlier protest against the bill (Photo: Brett Lock)

    10:49 AM — Uganda's parliament will debate the anti-homosexuality bill tomorrow (Friday). There was confusion yesterday over the status of the bill, which was apparently removed and then replaced on the day's order paper.

  • 11th May 2011

    Updated: Confusion over Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 23

    The status of the bill is unclear

    4:48 PM — Update: 17.30 GMT. Associated Press reports that officials have indicated that the bill will now be debated on Friday in an extra session.

  • 10th May 2011

    Foreign secretary William Hague says Britain is lobbying Uganda over anti-gay bill 57

    William Hague said the UK was continuing to lobby Uganda

    6:39 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague says that the UK is continuing to urge Uganda not to pass a bill that could see gay people executed. The bill may be discussed further tomorrow.

  • Anti-gay pastor rejects Ugandan death penalty for gays 76

    Pastor Martin Ssempa said he did not agree with the death penalty for homosexuality

    1:46 PM — Anti-gay pastor Martin Ssempa has told a Ugandan parliamentary committee that he does not agree with the death penalty for gays and lesbians. The preacher told the committee that he supports other measures for punishing homosexuality because it is "killing" society.

  • 9th May 2011

    Girl, 13, is latest victim of South African ‘corrective rape’ 45

    South Africa's government condemned the attack

    4:39 PM — A 13-year-old girl in South Africa has reportedly become the latest victim of the 'corrective rape' epidemic. The girl, who was attacked on Thursday in Pretoria, was said to be open about being a lesbian and it is believed she was targeted for this reason.

  • Gay activists’ petition against Ugandan ‘kill gays’ bill 30

    An earlier protest against the bill (Photo: Brett Lock)

    12:55 PM — Gay rights campaigners hope to collect enough signatures to ask Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to refuse to sign an anti-homosexuality bill. The legislation, in its current form, calls for harsher punishments for homosexuality. For "aggravated" case, such as those involving disabled people, those with HIV or minors, it calls for the death penalty.

  • 4th May 2011

    South Africa government plans ‘task team’ to tackle homophobic hate crime 7

    South Africa is apparently taking action

    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

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera was hailed "an exceptional woman of rare courage"

    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’

    South African police want Shrien Dewani extradited

    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

    Police have not made any arrests yet

    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

    Noxolo Nogwaza was murdered in the township of Kwa-Thema, South Africa

    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

    Robert Mugabe attacked Britain for accepting homosexuality

    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

    Uganda's anti-gay bill has reportedly been killed

    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

    The House approved the bill almost unanimously

    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

    A London protest against the anti-homosexuality bill (Photo: Brett Lock)

    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

    The BBC debate will be broadcast next week

    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

    Cape Town- the rainbow city (photo: Adam Smith)

    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

    UK communities of African origin are said to be increasingly hostile toward LGBT people

    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.

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