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.
Ugandan asylum seeker wins Sappho prize 1
12:36 PM — The editor of a website that documents the violence and intimidation suffered by the gay community in Uganda has won a prestigious prize.
5th October 2008
Gay rights supporter Jack McConnell’s Malawi job postponed
3:59 PM — Former First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell has been appointed an envoy to countries recovering from conflict.
2nd October 2008
MEPs concerned over state persecution of gays in Uganda
1:36 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has expressed concern over the treatment of gay, lesbian and trans people in Uganda.
29th September 2008
Malawi’s gays hope new High Commissioner will help their cause
2:32 PM — The Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim), which was launched earlier this month as a public campaign group after six years underground, has sparked a political row.
Morocco may give gays some rights ‘within fifty years’ 6
1:49 PM — An international congress on gay rights in Muslim countries has been told that the north African nation of Morocco may grant rights to homosexuals "within fifty years."
26th September 2008
Nations pledge to support gay rights at UN meeting 1
6:23 PM — Several countries have responded positively to recommendations on gay rights at the 8th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Ugandan activists detained in “pattern of police harassment”
5:34 PM — Two human rights advocates in Uganda were held for a week without charges after police accused them of "recruiting homosexuals."
15th September 2008
Vitamin campaigner abandons libel case over AIDS drugs 1
4:14 PM — Matthias Rath, the doctor who discouraged use of AIDS treatments in favour of his own nutritional pills, has dropped a libel case against The Guardian newspaper.