27th January 2011
Tributes to ‘brave’ gay rights campaigner David Kato 12
6:08 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was brave, inspiring and stubborn, his friends and supporters say. The primary school teacher joined the fight for equal rights in Uganda in 1998, when he returned to Africa after the end of apartheid.
Ugandan gay rights activist beaten to death 79
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.