29th October 2009
Kenya to conduct census of gays 9
6:15 PM — Kenya is to conduct a census of gay people in an attempt to control the spread of HIV. The confidential survey will be carried out by the National AIDS/STD Control Programme, starting in January or February next year.
16th October 2009
Human rights groups oppose Uganda’s proposed death penalty for homosexuality 29
6:49 PM — Seventeen human rights groups have called for proposed new laws on homosexuality in Uganda to be scrapped immediately. The proposals could see gay people being executed.
15th October 2009
Ugandan MP proposes that gays should be executed 32
3:22 PM — A Ugandan MP has proposed that lawmakers should create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality", which would be punishable by death.
22nd September 2009
Man jailed for life over murder and rape of lesbian footballer 1
5:32 PM — A man was jailed for life today for the murder and rape of a lesbian South African footballer. Eudy Simelane, a player for Banyana Banyana and prominent South African gay rights activist, was stabbed to death in April 2008.
Gay men ‘can be outed by their Facebook profiles’ 9
11:33 AM — Gay men can be outed by looking at their Facebook friends, a study has found. According to researchers, the information can be found despite discretion and privacy settings.
11th September 2009
Report claims South African runner is intersex 34
11:55 AM — Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose gender has come under scrutiny, is intersex, an Australian newspaper has claimed.
9th September 2009
Caster Semenya unveils glamorous look as she learns she’ll keep gold medal 27
10:04 AM — South African athlete Caster Semenya has learned that she will be entitled to retain her 800-metre gold medal regardless of the results of tests to ascertain whether she is really a man or a woman. She has also taken part in a glamorous magazine shoot.
26th August 2009
VIDEO: Athlete at centre of gender row given hero’s welcome in South Africa 3
12:41 PM — More than 3,000 people were at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg yesterday to welcome home athlete Caster Semenya.
21st August 2009
17-year-old faces homosexuality trial in Senegal 9
11:28 AM — A 17-year-old boy is due to face trial for "acts against nature" in Senegal next week, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
19th August 2009
Gender tests on South African gold medallist sprinter Caster Semenya 20
10:52 PM — South African sprinter Caster Semenya might have won the 800m in 1min 55.45sec but all eyes are now on whether she is indeed a woman.
11th August 2009
’50-50 chance’ of Zimbabwe constitution protecting gays 2
10:31 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Zimbabwe believe they have a 50-50 chance of having gay, lesbian and bisexual people protected under the country's new constitution.
30th July 2009
Appeal for Burundi to end criminalisation of homosexuality 2
6:12 PM — The Human Rights Watch (HRC) has called on Burundi to reverse its law criminalising gay sex.
29th July 2009
Trial resumes on rape and murder of lesbian sportswoman
7:40 PM — Protestors gathered outside the Delmas circuit court in South Africa on Wednesday as the trial of three men accused of murdering lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane resumed.
20th July 2009
Homophobia blamed for high levels of HIV in African gay men 7
4:28 PM — Research has suggested that HIV rates for gay men in sub-Saharan Africa are ten times higher than the average rate for the general male population.
7th May 2009
British minister condemns Burundi over law criminalising gay sex 3
3:43 PM — International Development minister Ivan Lewis has attacked the recent decision by the government of Burundi to criminalise gay sex.
5th May 2009
Gay man’s body removed twice from Senegal cemetery 5
11:56 AM — The body of a man believed to be gay has been removed twice from a cemetary in the town of Thies, Senegal. According to reports, the man, aged in his thirties, had died of natural causes.
28th April 2009
Zimbabwean gays demand to be recognised in new Constitution 1
5:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Zimbabwe have demanded to be recognised in the country's new Constitution which is currently being drafted, saying they need protection as a vulnerable minority.
Authorities ‘must protect’ nine Senegalese men from homophobic attacks
11:19 AM — Amnesty International has warned that the nine Senegalese men released from prison last week after being jailed for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are at risk of homophobic attacks.
27th April 2009
Burundi outlaws homosexuality 6
4:18 PM — The government of Burundi has criminalised homosexuality, punishing offenders with up to two years in prison. Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, secretly signed the legislation into law on April 22th.
20th April 2009
Senegal overturns ‘gay’ jail terms 1
1:19 PM — Nine men in Senegal who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" have had their convictions overturned. Dakar's court of appeal has ruled they must be released immediately.