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Ghanaian gay refugee tells his horrific story

Imagine if your family published a newspaper story saying you were evil, and that the story made some neighbours feel obligated to smash your skull with rocks. There are thousands of stories like this in Africa. This one is horrific but has a happy ending. We know there’s a crisis facing lesbian, gay and transgender… Read more »

Mr. Gay Namibia Assaulted – Motive Could be Hate and/or Greed

On Sunday evening , 04 December 2011, Wendelinus Hamutenya, Mr Gay Namibia title holder, was physically assaulted near his residence in Katutura, Windhoek, in what can be described as a brutal “mugging” with monetary gain as incentive. Hamutenya arrived home around 22:00 from visiting with friends. He was dropped off at the corner of his… Read more »

Human rights key in combating AIDS among gay men: WHO

Adddis Ababa — Vast improvements in human rights and access to treatment are needed to protect gay men against HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Monday. “If you want to achieve zero new infections, you have to address the human rights issues,” WHO official Ying-Ru Lo said after a meeting about infection rates among… Read more »

We’ll Show You You’re a Woman

This 93-page report is based on more than 120 interviews conducted in six provinces. Human Rights Watch found that lesbians and transgender men face extensive discrimination and violence in their daily lives, both from private individuals and government officials. The abusers of people known or assumed to be lesbian, bisexual, or transgender act with near-total… Read more »

60,000 petition Nigerian President not to sign anti-gay law

Activists have delivered a copy of a 60,000-strong global petition addressed to the Nigerian President, urging him not to sign in new laws that target gays. Representatives from the Nigerian LGBTQI in Diaspora, and campaigners from AllOut.org, who are running the petition on their website, rallied outside the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations, New… Read more »

Bonela reiterates call for legalising sex work

Moshupa –  An official of the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and AIDS (BONELA) has called on government to legalise prostitution and allow foreigners free access to anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) if it is serious about winning the battle against HIV and AIDS. Speaking at an event held ahead of the World AIDS Day commemoration in… Read more »

The Gray Area of Gay Refugees

A gay Ugandan couple fled to a Kenyan refugee camp after being disowned by their families and threatened by their community Nairobi, Kenya — The two tender, soft-spoken Ugandans shared a circle of good friends back in their hometown of Kampala. They were close with their families and they started a restaurant together. Life was… Read more »

Education Ministry fights homosexuality in schools

The Ministry of Education is optimistic homosexuality in the country’s Junior and Senior High Schools will soon be a thing of the past. Ahead of World AIDS day which falls on December 1, Paul Krampah, the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, in an interview with Xfm 95.1 said the Ministry’s HIV/AIDS Secretariat has trained teachers who… Read more »

Botswana President Warns Not Everyone Can Get Free ARVS

Botswana’s President Sir Seretse Khama Ian Khama warned on Thursday that Botswana does not have the capacity to extend free ARVs to everybody forever. Speaking at a function to commemorate World Aids Day 2011, the president said, “The only alternative is for the country to focus its efforts of the prevention of new infections.” This… Read more »

Lesbian/Gay issues in schools; Education Ministry steps in

The Ministry of Education’s Public Relations Officer, Paul Krampah has said that the Ministry’s HIV/AIDS Secretariat has trained teachers to educate students homosexuality and its “adverse consequences” including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVSSU) of the Ghana Police Service, more teenage boys in Junior High… Read more »

Male sex workers face social stigma and poor access to care

In Cameroon male sex workers have been left out of HIV and Aids prevention and control programmes and face discrimination in gaining access to healthcare by Anne Mireille Nzouankeu, in Douala, guardian.co.uk Aurélie is a transvestite sex worker in Cameroon’s largest city, Douala. Last month, after a condom he was using broke during sex, he… Read more »

Kenya: The Gray Area of Gay Refugees

A gay Ugandan couple fled to Uganda, thousands of kilometers from home with little more than the clothes on their backs. They came as brothers to live in a scorching refugee camp in northern Kenya. Surrounded by thousands of others who have fled wars and drought in neighboring countries, they came here to save their… Read more »

Doing Nice Things for Men Who Have Sex With Men

Cape Town — Working up the courage to discuss your sex life with a health worker is challenging at the best of times. For men who have sex with men and transgender women, it’s simply too tough to contemplate and many of them simply decline seeking healthcare or delay until it is too late. A… Read more »

Decriminalising sexual orientation: Three African states compared

At the beginning of 2011, 36 states in Africa criminalised sexual orientation, with penalties ranging from fines in Algeria and Kenya, to the death penalty in Sudan and Nigeria. The ‘criminalisation of sexual orientation’ is a blanket term that refers to criminal sanctions imposed on individuals that engage in adult same-sex conduct, which in turn… Read more »

Press Conference Meant to Condemn Homosexuality Cancelled

Addis Ababa,  (Ezega.com) –  On Tuesday this week, religious leaders in Ethiopia called a press conference to condemn an upcoming meeting planned for Saturday organized by an African gay lobby group, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (Amsher). The meeting is being held ahead of the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted… Read more »

Kenyab MSM Activist, Simon Mamicha, Dies Aged 29

Simon Mamicha a well-known MSM activist and peer educator has died in a Nairobi hospital aged 29. Mamicha who was born on May 5 1982 died at 7am today at the Nairobi Coptic Hospital where he had been admitted following an illness. Until his death, Simon was an active member of ISHTAR MSM and was… Read more »

Gay and Brave

Frank Mugisha was only a teenager when he came out as gay to his family and classmates in Uganda, a country where that admission didn’t just subject him to possible bullying; it put his life at risk. Uganda is one of more than 70 countries worldwide that criminalize consensual gay conduct, and Mugisha says that… Read more »

Health System Struggling Too Deal With Gender Identity Confusion Patients

The general lack of information about gender identity issues that plagues the country’s health care service means that Botswana’s Transgender community is suffering. A recent incident involving a young teenager was brought to the attention of Rainbow Identity, an organization that deals with transgender and intersex people and their issues. The incident took place at… Read more »

GALZ Denies Policy On Outing LGBTI Peiple In Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party

A statement on the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) website has rejected accusations made in Monday’s Zimbabwe’s Daily News which said the group plans to out top Zanu PF officials. The newspaper had reported that GALZ director Chesterfield Samba had said his organisation would name ruling party politicians who lambasted the LGBTI community,… Read more »

Uganda’s Health Professionals Finally Recognise Need For LGBTI Inclusion In HIV Programmes

Amidst calls by gay activists for LGBTI inclusion in access to treatment, care and prevention, senior Ugandan health officials have conceded the national HIV/Aids intervention framework is “faltering badly.” At a meeting of health planners, donors and civil society in Kampala on Thursday November 17, the stakeholders acknowledged that Uganda was “The only PEPFAR focus… Read more »

Irresponsible Recommendation for Uganda from Lonely Planet

Well, this is pretty revolting! Lonely Planet, the widely-respected travel information and guidebook company has chosen one of the world’s most homophobic and gay-violent countries as their number one pick for “Best in Travel” listings for 2012 –Uganda, Africa. A country where human rights should more correctly be called religious fundamentalist rights or in-power political… Read more »

Mozambique discovers its gay minority

The issue of homosexuality is being discovered in Mozambique, where the existence of gays is described as “a reality.” While homosexuality surely is not a matter largely concerning citizens, organisations in defence of the rights of this minority are being established, and politicians do not rule out future legal pro-gay reforms. Still not officially registered,… Read more »

Anti-gay Sentiment in Africa is Creating a New Kind of Refugee

I first met Charles at a prayer service for the Jehovah in Nathan Uganda Koboko where even on a Sunday morning, the noise was deafening. The service was part biblical study and part support group. The other men who were worshiping with Charles in the dingy and cavernous room that day were Sudanese, but he… Read more »

I am Gay and Afraid; Should I Flee my Country?

I am a young Moroccan, and I want to publish my story. 1989: At age 4, I get raped by a neighbor who is older than me. For fear that the whole family is aware, my parents did not file a complaint. They are confined to move in the neighborhood where we lived. 1999: At… Read more »

Gay Uganda News & Reports 2011 Sep-Dec

Also see: Behind the Mask LGBT African website S.M.U.G. Uganda’s Gay Lesbian Alliance Gay Uganda Behind the Mask Uganda Blogspot Gay Kampala personals GalaUganda SMUG HIV – AIDS Report 2008 SMUG HIV – AIDS – Report Appendix – V Same Sex Sexual Behavior. HIV and Health Care in Uganda SMUG HIV – AIDS- Report Appendix… Read more »

Uganda HIV infections shoot up

NEW HIV infections this year have already outstripped those of the previous year by 20,000 people, the executive director of the AIDS Information Centre-Uganda (AIC), Dr. Raymond Byaruhanga, has revealed. The new infections recorded in 2010 stood at 130,000 and they are projected to hit 150,000. The statistics show that there has been an upward… Read more »

Togo’s MSM Community Hold Transvestite Beauty Pageant

The MSM community in Togo recently organised and held its annual Mr and Miss MSM Togo event in the capital, Lomé. The event is an initiative of the Club of Seven Days, the first LGBTI organisation in Togo, with the sponsorship of PSI (Population Services International) via RAS+ (the network of people living with HIV/Aids… Read more »

Gay RSA News & Reports 2011 Jul-Dec

1 A condom in every jail cell 7/11 2 Lessons From HCT Campaign – Living With Aids # 481 7/11 3 Out of the Box: Queer Youth in South Africa Today 8/11 4 Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 8/11 5 Life as a gay refugee in South Africa 8/11 6… Read more »

Gay Rwanda News & Reports 2011

Also see: Behind the Mask LGBT African website 1 The Human Rights Status of LGB in East Africa 2009-2010 7/11 2 Rwanda Leads East Africa on the Progress of LGBTI Human Rights 8/11 21 July 2011 – MSM Global Forum 1 The Human Rights Status of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual in East Africa 2009-2010 by Andiah… Read more »

Gay Nigeria News & Reports 2011

Also see: Behind the Mask LGBT African website 1 LGBT Africans Face Blackmail and Extortion on a Regular Basis 2/11 2 Nigerian newspaper warns gay asylum seeker that ‘jungle justice’ awaits 4/11 3 Nigeria’s gay church is reborn amid a climate of fear 4/11 4 Nowhere to Turn 6/11 5 Nigerian women’s football team ‘eradicates… Read more »

Gay Ghana &Reports 2011

Useful websites for LGBT Africa Gay Ghana web sites Personals web site with many Ghana postings 1 LGBT Africans Face Blackmail and Extortion on a Regular Basis 2/11 2 Gay Couple Wed in Kumasi, Ghana 5/11 3 BNI investigates homosexuality in Western, Central regions 6/11 4 LGBTI Persons in Ghana Have the Right to Health… Read more »

Madagascar: Sex for school fees

Antananarivo,(IRIN) – The ambition of 16-year-old Madagascan schoolgirl Nadine* is to open a clothes boutique after completing a college course in textile design, but in the meantime, along with eight of her friends, she has turned to sex work to pay her tuition fees. Charging up to US$7 a time, she works in the poor… Read more »

Gay Senegal News & Reports 2011

1 Religious Leaders Fuel Homophobia Says Amnesty International 6/11 2 Reporting About LGBTI Issues in the African Media 7/11 3 Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to STD and HIV/AIDS 9/11 June 29th, 2011 – Behind The Mask 1 Religious Leaders Fuel Homophobia Says Amnesty International by Jerina Chandze Messie Amnesty International’s 2010 annual report on… Read more »

A cross-sectional assessment of population demographics

HIV risks and human rights contexts among men who have sex with men in Lesotho. Abstract Background: Evidence is increasing of high HIV risks among southern African men who have sex with men (MSM). This represents the first study of HIV risks and human rights contexts among MSM in Lesotho. Methods: Two hundred and fifty-two… Read more »

Gay Uganda News & Reports 2011 May-Aug

Also see: Behind the Mask LGBT African website S.M.U.G. Uganda’s Gay Lesbian Alliance Gay Uganda Behind the Mask Uganda Blogspot Gay Kampala personals GalaUganda SMUG HIV – AIDS Report 2008 SMUG HIV – AIDS – Report Appendix – V Same Sex Sexual Behavior. HIV and Health Care in Uganda SMUG HIV – AIDS- Report Appendix… Read more »

Gay RSA News & Reports 2011 Jan-Jun

1 South Africa’s New LGBTI Pride Flag 1/11 1aa Gay, HIV+ and not sad 1/11 1a African Same-Sex Sexualities and Gender Diversity Conference 2/11 1b BBC Debate on "Is homosexuality un-African?" Deeply Emotional 2/11 2 Cape Town – South Africa’s Rainbow City 3/11 3 South African lesbians campaign against corrective rape 3/11 4 ANC poised… Read more »

Gay Tunisia News & Reports 2011

Links & Comments: Wikipedia: Article 230 of the Penal Code of 1913 (largely modified in 1964) decrees imprisonment of up to three years for sodomy between consenting adults…The Tunisian government tightly censors the internet and in addition to blocking sites containing political opposition; Tunisia also filters pornography and gay-related content. Gay Tunisia forum Gay Tunisian… Read more »

Gay Uganda News & Reports 2011 Jan-Apr

Also see: Behind the Mask LGBT African website S.M.U.G. Uganda’s Gay Lesbian Alliance Gay Uganda Behind the Mask Uganda Blogspot Gay Kampala personals GalaUganda SMUG HIV – AIDS Report 2008 SMUG HIV – AIDS – Report Appendix – V Same Sex Sexual Behavior. HIV and Health Care in Uganda SMUG HIV – AIDS- Report Appendix… Read more »

Gay Namibia News & Reports 2011

See also: Behind the Mask LGBT African website 1 OutRight Nambia To Amplify Voices Of Nambian LGBTI People 2/11 2 Africa: New light shed on male sex work 6/11 February 15th, 2011 – Behind the Mask 1 OutRight Nambia To Amplify Voices Of Nambian LGBTI People As the movement for gay rights intensifies in Africa,… Read more »

Confusing Rebuttal of a Rebuttal Regarding Male Circumcision in Africa Males; Effectiveness of Circumcision Questioned

Introduction In 2007, WHO/UNAIDS recommended male circumcision as an HIV- preventive measure based on three sub-Saharan African randomised clinical trials (RCTs) into female-to-male sexual transmission. A related RCT investigated male-to-female transmission. However, the trials were compromised by inadequate equipoise; selection bias; inadequate blinding; problematic randomisation; trials stopped early with exaggerated treatment effects; and not investigating… Read more »