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.
7th April 2009
Senegal: Nine men contest gay prison sentences
2:02 PM — Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are appealing against the decision. The men, most of whom belong to a group set up to combat HIV/AIDS, appeared at the Dakar Court of Appeal yesterday with their attorneys.
3rd April 2009
Uganda accuses UN of spreading homosexuality 8
5:39 PM — Ugandan ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo has accused United Nations member countries of being involved in a covert mission to 'impose' homosexuality' on other nations. Speaking at a press conference today, he also said that Uganda will not bow to international pressure to adopt gay rights.
2nd April 2009
Ugandan activists refute allegations of ‘gay recruitment’ 3
12:02 PM — Gays and lesbians in Uganda have denied embarking on "recruitment drives" to attract people to homosexuality. According to LGBTI Ugandans, Christian and government leaders are running a campaign to project gays 'recruiting' children into homosexuality by giving them money.
31st March 2009
Oprah’s girls’ academy suspends seven pupils over ‘lesbian’ behaviour 2
5:42 PM — The girls' school set up by Oprah Winfrey in South Africa has suspended seven pupils after they “contravened the school's code of conduct” by allegedly touching each other sexually.
Ugandan gay rights event ‘sparsely attended’ 1
4:49 PM — Fewer than 20 openly LGBT Ugandans attended a public protest in Kampala calling for equal rights. Speaking at the protest in the capital of the east African country, lesbian activist Jacqueline Masha said "We are law-abiding citizens. We deserve equal rights and protection under the law and constitution."
19th March 2009
Amnesty asks Pope to defend gay rights 19
11:53 AM — Amnesty International has urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the criminalisation of homosexuality when he meets with African bishops today in Cameroon, which criminalises same-sex relations.
17th March 2009
Pope claims condoms ‘could make African AIDS crisis worse’ 59
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI today added to the controversy over the Catholic church's stance on condoms when he argued that they were not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV and Aids and could even make the problem worse.
16th March 2009
Interview: Britain’s gay Consul General to Cape Town 6
5:28 PM — Coming from Leeds polytechnic university, Richard Wood was always going to be an unusual diplomat. Currently, he heads the British Consulate in Cape Town and lives in the city with his partner, riding a red Vespa to work.
Nigerian Archbishop ‘wants gay wedding witnesses to be jailed” 26
1:47 PM — Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, has said that gay marriage is "capable of engendering moral and social holocaust" and has called for those who attend gay weddings to be sentenced to a year in jail.
13th March 2009
Rise of ‘corrective rapes’ on lesbians in South Africa 5
2:57 PM — A new report has suggested a rise in 'corrective rapes' on lesbians in South Africa. According to charity ActionAid, women in Johannesburg and Cape Town are suffering an increase in homophobic attacks and sexual assaults which are seen as a form of punishment or "cure".
11th March 2009
Anti-gay laws in Nigeria ‘will lead to widespread human rights abuses’ 7
5:54 PM — Nigerian activists have said that a new bill outlawing same-sex marriage will lead to increased arrests and abuse of anyone suspected to be gay. Gay sex is already an imprisonable offence in the country, but the new bill would make it illegal for gay couples to live together.
5th March 2009
US Christians accused of exporting anti-gay message to Africa 7
10:56 AM — A conference in Uganda which begins today has been condemned by human rights groups.
4th March 2009
Jamaican PM will not “yield to pressure” on gay rights 14
4:02 PM — The Prime Minister of Jamaica has said that the country will not decriminalise homosexual acts and that he has a duty to "protect" the country.