21st June 2011
World Health Organization calls for anti-discrimination laws to tackle HIV 10
3:34 PM — The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV in gay and bisexual men and transgender people. According to the body, there has been a recent resurgence of HIV infection in men who have sex with men, especially in industrialised countries.
9th June 2011
Interview: Branded a liar by UK authorities, the Ugandan lesbian outed in a national newspaper 22
4:42 PM — Ugandan lesbian Betty Tibakawa has been branded three times. Twice, physically with a flat iron full of hot charcoal, in a brutal homophobic assault in Uganda which left her with permanent scars on her inner thighs. The third occasion took place here in the UK, where she has now been branded again, as a liar.
7th June 2011
Amnesty fights for Cameroonian man jailed for three years on charges of being gay 35
10:22 AM — Thousands of Amnesty International supporters are appealing to the authorities in Cameroon for the immediate release of a man jailed for charges of "homosexuality and attempted homosexuality".
2nd June 2011
Ugandan woman branded with iron for being a lesbian faces deportation from UK 87
11:43 AM — A 22-year-old Ugandan woman who was subjected to being branded with a hot iron in her home country as a punishment for being a lesbian, may be deported from the UK.
1st June 2011
Commonwealth secretary general speaks out against homophobia following Tatchell’s criticisms 29
4:55 PM — The Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, has written an article in the Nairobi Star speaking out against homophobia.
31st May 2011
South African ambassador to Uganda found guilty of gay-hate speech 15
11:29 AM — The South African Human Rights Commission has won a hate speech case against journalist Jon Qwelane over an anti-gay column he wrote prior to his appointment as the country’s ambassador to Uganda.
30th May 2011
Increasing number of countries becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, survey shows 69
10:43 AM — Results of a new cross-national study have shown that a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years - though the trend is markedly slower in Russia and other former Communist countries.
19th May 2011
Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to the anti-gay bill 11
12:09 PM — Reports suggest that Uganda's new parliament will consider the notorious anti-homosexuality bill. The last parliament, which was dissolved last week, ran out of time to debate the draft legislation, which calls for the death penalty for some cases of gay sex.
17th May 2011
Peter Tatchell: The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia 108
4:02 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is a "bastion of global homophobia" and has failed to condemn abuses of LGBT people.
13th May 2011
Ugandan parliament adjourns without vote on anti-gay bill 50
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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.