Call for probe: Family let Mbede die to exorcise gayness?

Grieving friends and allies of gay rights icon Roger Mbede are calling for an investigation into his family’s role in his death on Jan. 10. After Mbede, 34, left a hospital in Yaoundé last month, he was reportedly denied access to health care and was confined by his family to one room in their home… Read more »

38 gay men arrested in Nigeria, 130 more to go

Human rights activists claim police have a list of 168 gay men in northern Nigeria and will arrest every last one Dozens of gay men are being arrested in northern Nigeria, human rights activists have said. The police have allegedly drawn up a list of 168 wanted gay men. 38 have been arrested in recent… Read more »

Nigeria: 11 Muslim men accused of being gay face possible death sentence by religious court

Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! An Islamic court in Nigeria has put on trial 11 Muslim men accused of violating their religion due to their alleged sexuality – if found guilty they could be sentenced to death by stoning. The trials are taking place in the country’s… Read more »

Nigeria bans gay marriage, gay meetings

Abuja, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president has signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Monday. It was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan and dated Jan.… Read more »

Gay ‘prisoner of conscience’ dies in Cameroon

Yaounde, Cameroon (AP) — A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying ‘‘I’m very much in love with you,’’ and who was later declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, has died, according to a lawyer who worked on his case. Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, 34,… Read more »

Ugandans top Google results for searches on ‘gay porn’

African nations including Kenya and Ethiopia also rank highly for gay porn searches Uganda tops search report for ‘homosexuality’ A new report on the most popular search terms of 2013 has revealed Uganda to be a nation obsessed with homosexuality online. According to Google’s Zeitgeist report of 2013, which lists the most popular terms used… Read more »

South African activists demand action against ‘corrective rape’ epidemic

Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! Campaigners have warned that sexual attacks by men against lesbians in South Africa are continuing to increase. Corrective rape is a hate crime in which men rape lesbians in what they see as an attempt to ‘correct’ their sexual orientation. Clare Carter… Read more »

DR Congo looks to ban gay sex

African country is one of the few to not explicitly ban homosexuality, but that could all change with the introduction of new legislation National Assembly member Steve Mbikayi wants to ban gay sex from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Gay sex could be banned in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). National Assembly… Read more »

Namibians turn to gay sex work to escape eating from garbage bins

Young LGBTI people who are forced out of their families homes through homophobia are particularly vulnerable Poverty-stricken Namibians are turning to gay sex work to escape widespread unemployment, which is so bad it forces people to eat out of the garbage. That’s according to leading Namibia sex workers rights campaigner Nicodemus ‘Mama Africa’ Aoxamub who… Read more »

A Graveyard For Homosexuals

Spurred by zealous American missionaries, Ethiopia has declared war on gay men In a bleak little apartment on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, nearly a dozen men in their 20s take turns trying on a pair of black skinny jeans and watching Project Runway episodes downloaded off YouTube. There’s no plumbing, Internet or furniture, but… Read more »

Ugandan Government ministries split over gay HIV clinics

Uganda’s Health Minister plans to roll out a series of HIV clinics targeting the needs of LGBTIs and sex workers in the East African nation, but the country’s Minster for Ethics and Integrity is outraged by the plan 18 months after attacking activists for opening a HIV clinic for LGBTIs in Kampala, Uganda’s Health Ministry… Read more »

Namibia Celebrates Pride

What’s been billed as Namibia’s first LGBT Pride march took place without incident in Windhoek on Saturday morning. The event was held in the city’s township of Katutura and saw about 100 people taking to the streets to proudly express their pride. The marchers held up placards calling for LGBT equality, with messages such as… Read more »

Cameroon LGBT activist granted asylum in US after receiving death threats for taking part in film

A Cameroonian LGBT activist has been reunited with her family in San Francisco after receiving death threats for appearing in a documentary on LGBT rights. The film documents how the LGBT community in Cameroon is forced to remain at the margins of society. The activist in the film, known only as Gertrude, has been granted… Read more »

A new anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

The legislature of Katsina State in northern Nigeria added to that country’s patchwork quilt of anti-gay laws on Dec. 3, passing a law providing for 14 years in prison for same-sex relations between either men or women. The same state law also applies to anyone convicted of same-sex sexual harassment of students, job-seekers, employees and… Read more »

“It’s Nature, Not a Crime”

Discriminatory Laws and LGBT People in Liberia Biological sex: The biological classification of bodies as female or male based on such factors as external sex organs, internal sexual and reproductive organs, hormones, and chromosomes. Bisexual: The sexual orientation of a person who is sexually and romantically attracted to both women and men. Closeted/being in the… Read more »

Cameroon HIV support group honored with award

Alternatives-Cameroun awarded for HIV education and medical support, particularly for sexual minorities, in difficult circumstances An organization who provide HIV education and medical support for sexual minorities in Cameroon, in the midst of increasing violence against LGBT people, has won the 2013 Awards for Action from the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network. ‘Alternatives-Cameroun is on the… Read more »

Cameroon: Man sentenced to 9 years behind bars for gay sex

Reports say a man has been sentenced to nine years in jail for breaking Cameroon’s laws against homosexuality – even though the country’s penal code stipulates a maximum sentence of five years for those found guilty of same-sex sexual acts. LGBT campaign blog Erasing 76 Crimes, which charts 76 countries with anti-gay laws, said last… Read more »

Gay activists protest arrests

Anger is brewing in the gay community at home and abroad, as a criminal case against the chairman of a sexual minorities group starts today at the Nabweru Magistrate’s court in Wakiso district. Samuel Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda and chairman of Sexual Minorities Uganda, was arrested last week and paraded before the media… Read more »

Cameroon: 9 years in prison for gay sex; no witnesses

A Cameroon man was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday (Nov. 20) on homosexuality-related charges. The sentence imposed on Cornelius Fonya, 35, in the coastal city of Limbe was for same-sex relations with a youth between age 16 and 21. In Cameroon, the maximum sentence for same-sex relations between adults is five years, but… Read more »

Senegalese women accused of lesbian acts freed by judge

Four women who were arrested in Senegal earlier this month after they were accused of kissing in public have been set free because of insufficient evidence by police, while the fate of another remains to be seen Four of five women who were arrested 11 November at a restaurant in Dakar’s Yoff district have been… Read more »

Ugandan President takes HIV test as part of prevention campaign

The President of Uganda.Yoweri Museveni, has taken an HIV test in public, saying he wants all Ugandans to know their HIV status if the country is to reduce new infections. President Museveni conducted the test at the Kiswa Health Centre in Kampala, in front of government officials and reporters on Friday. Politicians in Uganda rarely… Read more »

Kenya judges get ready for major gay legal battle

Kenya’s refusal to register an LGBTI organization is set to become a legal showdown between gay activists and anti-gay forces, raising ‘deep’ constitutional issues Kenya is forming a three-judge panel to review whether officials breached the Constitution by refusing to register an LGBTI organization. It could be a landmark case as it raises the question… Read more »

Torture Of LGBT Prisoners

In a shocking development, an HIV and LGBT human rights organisation has discovered a group of 10 previously unknown people jailed for homosexuality in a Cameroon prison. In a statement, CAMFAIDS said that it identified the prisoners, who had been arbitrarily detained on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity,… Read more »

Malawi Imam Backs Gay Rights

Lilongwe – A new controversy has hit Malawi after an imam has come out in the open to champion rights of homosexuals, sparking angry comments from Muslim scholars who advocate full enforcement of laws that criminalize same sex marriages in the southern African nation. “The stand of Islam on homosexuality is very clear. It’s against… Read more »

Global court to consider arresting author of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

The International Criminal Court may arrest a Uganda MP who put forward the bill, a tabloid newspaper who called on the public to ‘hang’ gay people, and a pastor who shows gay porn to stir up hatrd The International Criminal Court is considering arresting the author of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill. Magembe Norman, a… Read more »

How to help victims of anti-gay laws in Zambia

How can people help those who are facing criminal charges in Zambia on the basis of their sexual orientation or their advocacy of LGBT rights? The Southern Africa Litigation Center has a suggestion — write to your government to find out what your embassy in Zambia is doing on this issue. “Embassies are involved in… Read more »

Being gay in Algeria: ‘I’ll never live with the one I love’

Thursday was the seventh national LGBT day in Algeria, a country in which homosexuality is illegal. FRANCE 24 spoke with Amelle, an Algerian lesbian who hides her sexual preference rather than risk prison time and familial shame. Under Algerian law, Amelle* is guilty. Her crime: a sexual preference for women. In order to avoid the… Read more »

New gay apartheid sees LGBTs openly banned in Cameroon

As homophobic attacks continue to rise in the African country, several public venues have posted signs banning gay people A new gay apartheid in Cameroon has seen LGBT people being openly banned from several public venues. In the capital Yaoundé, a video taken by gay rights activists shows a bar with the sign ‘Espace Interdit… Read more »

Gambia gay man who fled country after being outed dies

One of the 20 charged with homosexuality last year attempted to flee Gambia after losing his job and being disowned by his family and move to Senegal A Gambia gay man who fled the country after being arrested and outed died yesterday evening (2 October). The man known only as EJ was one of the… Read more »

Gays fear police blackmail after Zimbabwe allows all phones to be bugged

Zimbabwe LGBTs fear police will witch-hunt and blackmail them as new law allows monitoring of all private phone calls, text messages and internet use Zimbabwe has given permission to security agencies to spy on every single citizen’s phone calls, text messages and internet use – and LGBT people fear they will be the worst hit.… Read more »

43 anti-LGBT violations in Zambia; ‘accident waiting to happen’

In the midst of a crackdown on homosexuals, Zambia has been the scene of at least 43 LGBT-related violations of people’s rights in the past six months, according to a new report by the local LGBT activist organization Friends of Rainka. Even worse incidents could occur, the report suggests, because “the situation for LGBTI persons… Read more »

Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Calls Homosexuality A Top Global Threat

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Friday called homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence.” In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, Jammeh said that homosexuality, greed and obsession with world domination “are more deadly than all natural disasters put together.” “Today, after fighting for our freedom and developing our continent… Read more »

‘A new low by Cameroon’s government’

The comments by the official state representative toward the late Eric Lembembe, who is no longer with us to defend himself against such vitriol, represent a new low by Cameroon’s government. – Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher on LGBT rights for Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Watch this week criticized the government of Cameroon for lies,… Read more »

Justice delayed, justice denied for 2 in Zambian gay trial

Supporters of two young Zambian men facing homosexuality charges say the men are being denied a fair trial. Philip Mubiana and James Mwape, who have been denied bail, have been jailed for five months while their trial is delayed again and again. In the previous attempt at continuing the trial, on Aug. 28, the scheduled… Read more »

10 clerics trained to handle gay people

Ten religious leaders yesterday graduated in a course on homosexuals. The leaders from the Muslim and Christian realm were among 35 graduates who completed a two-and-a-half-month training dubbed ‘Men who have Sex with Men sensitivity training’. The course was organised by the Kenya Medical Research Institute at Mtwapa Kemri centre in Mombasa. “The course is… Read more »

No action on homophobic violence in Cameroon

Yaounde (IRIN) – In Cameroon, one of the world’s most homophobic countries, not only is intolerance towards same-sex conduct widespread, but murder and threats against homosexuals and rights activists are met with inaction from authorities, abetting the violence, rights groups say. In July, Cameroonian gay right activist Eric Ohena Lembembe was found murdered at his… Read more »

Zambian activist must stand trial for opposing anti-gay law

The Lusaka High Court in Zambia yesterday rejected an appeal by AIDS activist Paul Kasonkomona, who is charged with “soliciting for immoral purposes” because he said on television last spring that Zambia should repeal its law against homosexual activity. Such laws in 38 African countries and 76-plus countries worldwide obstruct the fight against HIV/AIDS because… Read more »

Gays lament HIV treatment exclusion

The Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has said its members are being discriminated against in remote parts of the country when accessing HIV and AIDS treatments. GALZ programs manager Samuel Matsikure said unless addressed, the situation is likely to derail efforts by government to reduce further the national HIV prevalence which declined to… Read more »

The gay taboo in Nigeria: “I don’t lose sight of the struggle”

It’s now nearly nine years since Bisi Alimi made the decision to come out as gay on national Nigerian television. He hasn’t stopped fighting since. It’s now nearly nine years since Bisi Alimi made the decision to come out as gay on national Nigerian television. He hasn’t stopped fighting since. Bisi Alimi had trouble getting… Read more »

Cops and neighbors with machetes raid gay youth safe house

Lesbian activist assaulted in Congo, house torn down, 21 LGBT young people made homeless. Householder was poisoned when she returned Police and neighbors, wielding hammers and machetes, raided the house of a Congloese lesbian who was sheltering LGBT young people, Gay Star News has learned. Once inside the property in Bukavu, in the east of… Read more »