15th December 2008
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
10th December 2008
South Africans still not OK with same-sex relationships
6:00 PM — 82% of the adult population of South Africa think that sex between two men or two women could be considered ‘always wrong,' according to the latest South African Social Attitudes Survey.
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.
5th December 2008
LGBT Africans demand action on AIDS pandemic ahead of international conference 1
5:42 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from more than 25 African countries have demanded an urgent response to the HIV pandemic affecting their communities.
Two year study concludes seaweed extract ‘ineffective’ against HIV
3:32 PM — A trial of a compound extracted from seaweed that was thought to prevent the spread of HIV has proved disappointing.
4th December 2008
South African journalist to face equality court over homophobic article 4
4:34 PM — Gay rights advocates in South Africa have expressed delight that after pickets and protest the country's Human Rights Commission are to take a journalist to court over a homophobic newspaper article.
Burundi urged not to criminalise homosexual acts
12:49 PM — A leading human rights group has called on politicians in Burundi to drop plans to amend the penal code and prohibit same-sex acts.
1st December 2008
Britain’s £15m support for change in direction on AIDS in South Africa
2:21 PM — The UK's International Development Minister travelled to Johannesburg last week to offer the new South African Health Minister, Barbara Hogan, direct support as she embarks upon a new drive to tackle the HIV epidemic.
27th November 2008
Burundi activists seek internal solution to new law on homosexual acts
1:21 PM — HIV groups in the African nation of Burundi have met with the country's health minister to discuss parliamentary moves to criminalise homosexual acts.
25th November 2008
Burundi MPs vote to criminalise same-sex acts ahead of UN appeal 3
1:12 PM — An African nation has become the latest to criminalise homosexual acts, just weeks before France will plead for universal decriminalisation at the UN.
24th November 2008
South African gays picket Human Rights Commission over ‘hate speech’ article
12:42 PM — Gay rights advocates in South Africa have attacked the country's Human Rights Commission for failing to comment on the case of a columnist who wrote a homophobic newspaper article.
1st November 2008
Obama had “no knowledge” his aunt was in US illegally 3
7:30 PM — The Democratic party candidate for President of the United States has moved to distance himself from a relative who has been living in the country illegally.
27th October 2008
Texts are latest weapon in South Africa’s HIV battle
1:30 PM — A million text messages a day will be sent as part of a new scheme to encourage South Africans to be tested for HIV.
21st October 2008
Gays are “recruiting” claims Ugandan paper 12
3:28 PM — The gay community in Uganda is recruiting new members, according to a leading newspaper in the East African nation.
Nigerian ambassador to EU pressured over treatment of gay Christians 1
2:01 PM — Members of the European Parliament have drawn attention to the harassment faced by people working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Nigeria.
20th October 2008
Ugandan lesbian granted asylum in UK 3
2:10 PM — A judge has ruled that a lesbian woman from Uganda may remain in the UK. Prossy Kakooza, 26, fled her homeland after her family found her in bed with her partner.
16th October 2008
Gays motivated by greed, Ugandan bishop tells school 27
2:57 PM — Bishop of Mukono Eria Paul Luzinda claimed that homosexuality is increasing in Uganda, and that this increase can be blamed on a desire for wealth.
14th October 2008
Malawi paper claims gay group will meet with country’s President 2
5:08 PM — Gay rights activists have been invited to meet with Malawi's President at the State House later this month, it has been reported.
South African schoolboys in defamation case after creating gay picture of teachers 2
3:20 PM — Three schoolboys in Waterkloof, South Africa have appeared before the Pretoria High Court in a civil trial after creating a pornographic picture of their former vice principal.
8th October 2008
Nigerian speaks out against son who founded gay church 1
3:04 PM — A leading academic in Nigeria has said he loves and respects his son who founded a ministry for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, but does not agree with him.