Tag: gay ethiopia

Gay Ethiopian faces uncertainty, peril if deported

19-year-old was arrested in January Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a man — who has posted online that he is gay — to a nation where same-sex relationships are illegal, just days after President Obama criticized a harsh new antigay law in Uganda. Officials arrested the 19-year-old man from Ethiopia in… Read more »

Ethiopia: Anti-gay forces seek action against anti-HIV agency

Ethiopia’s one gay-friendly anti-AIDS agency, Rainbow-Ethiopia HIV and Social Support Services, promotes public health, social justice and human rights in the country. In particular, it serves LGBT people as its clients, seeking health, social justice and human rights for them. That has angered powerful anti-gay forces in Ethiopia, as the affiliated Rainbow-Ethiopia HIV and Media… Read more »

Ethiopia: Newspaper warns of gay ‘infestation’

A popular Ethiopian daily newspaper alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia. In an article published by Yenga daily, on the 18 June, homosexuality was described as rapidly-growing ‘infestation’ whose carriers are now ‘estimated’ to have reached 16,000. The paper also alleged that gays have an… Read more »

Ethiopian Mr Gay World Contestnat May Have Difficulty Returning Home After Show

There are reports that Ethiopia’s Mr Gay World contestant may have difficulties returning home after the contest as a result of receiving death threats he has received. The news of Robel Gizaw Hailu’s probable forced exile was revealed by Mr Gay World’s Africa director, Coenie Kukkuk in an interview with the Gay Star News website… Read more »

UN secretary general: African governments must respect gay rights

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told African leaders that they must respect gay rights in an unusually outspoken declaration made at an African Union summit in Ethiopia. Mr Ban told delegates at the event held in Addis Ababa: “One form of discrimination ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long… Read more »

The Crime of Being Gay (and Having to Hide It)

The dream of the AIDS-free generation will never be realized as long as there remain countries in the world that kill and imprison people for being gay. Same goes for countries that won’t even acknowledge homosexuality exists within their national boundaries and therefore fail to provide targeted HIV prevention and treatment services. Such are the… Read more »

Gay and Sex tourism growing in Ethiopia says NGO

Many Ethiopians fear that homosexuals and other Western tourists are taking advantage of the poverty and the large orphan population in Ethiopia. Ever since the news of the gay conference went public, Ethiopians have been discussing the issue mainly on digital platforms such as Facebook. Most of the statements on the social networks reflect public… 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 »

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 »