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October 23, 2014

Go tête-à-tête with a great white shark or overcome your fear of heights zip-lining across the canopy of a forest… just a few thrills in the Rainbow Nation

What’s the craziest thing you can say you’ve done on holiday?

If you’ve ridden atop a racing ostrich or fed a white shark whilst inside a cage, then you’ve earned our jealousy and Gay Star News would love to see photos.

For those who want a vacation where they can scratch that adventure itch, buckle in tight for these death-defying, nature loving, high-five-when-you’re-done worthy type things available in a destination that is a world its own: South Africa.

October 22, 2014

From veggie baskets fitted for the roof of your car, to loincloth-inspired fashion and a brand new Forest Route, South Africa’s design industry is making waves around the world

South Africa is a country of firsts.

It was the first country in the continent to legalize same-sex marriage; the first in Africa to host the World Cup; and now the Rainbow Nation is the first in Africa to enjoy the biennial award of World Design Capital in Cape Town.

Awarded to capital cities around the world for using design for social, cultural and economic development, Cape Town’s World Design Capital accolade further strengthens South Africa’s position as an economic and cultural power to watch.

October 22, 2014

From veggie baskets fitted for the roof of your car, to loincloth-inspired fashion and a brand new Forest Route, South Africa’s design industry is making waves around the world

South Africa is a country of firsts.

It was the first country in the continent to legalize same-sex marriage; the first in Africa to host the World Cup; and now the Rainbow Nation is the first in Africa to enjoy the biennial award of World Design Capital in Cape Town.

Awarded to capital cities around the world for using design for social, cultural and economic development, Cape Town’s World Design Capital accolade further strengthens South Africa’s position as an economic and cultural power to watch.

October 22, 2014

They had been accused of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

Charges against a gay man and a trans woman in Uganda accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’ have been dismissed.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, had faced a potential life sentence in jail.

They were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code that bans consensual same-sex relations, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.

October 21, 2014

UK's Africa minister too sick to attend, but was going to refuse to speak to Yoweri Museveni anyway

The UK government is buying dinner for the anti-gay Uganda president Yoweri Museveni but have promised they have no plans to actually speak to him whatsoever this evening (21 October).

For the past two days, the Uganda president has been a high-profile speaker at the business forum The Global African Investment Summit in London.

To top it off, he is scheduled to appear at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial dinner and drinks reception at Lancaster House tonight.

October 21, 2014

UK's Africa minister too sick to attend, but was going to refuse to speak to Yoweri Museveni anyway

The UK government is buying dinner for the anti-gay Uganda president Yoweri Museveni but have promised they have no plans to actually speak to him whatsoever this evening (21 October).

For the past two days, the Uganda president has been a high-profile speaker at the business forum The Global African Investment Summit in London.

To top it off, he is scheduled to appear at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial dinner and drinks reception at Lancaster House tonight.

October 20, 2014

'This synod was not to make any decisions'

The Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan went on a Sunday news program to explain the most recent family report by the Catholic Church.

The cardinal was a guest on ABC News' This Week. He explained more conservative bishops, especially those from Africa, are worried about anything seen as undermining traditional marriage.

October 13, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, refutes claims the disease outbreak has anything to do with homosexuality

The Ebola virus doesn't care who it kills. Many straight and gay people have died, many have been orphaned, and others have had their lives ruined over this outbreak.

And even though this should be the last thing anyone should be thinking about, some church leaders like the ones in Liberia have chosen to blame the deadly disease on gay people.

October 10, 2014

The British tourist was released earlier this week

A Moroccan man arrested last month with his British partner for 'homosexual acts' has been released.

Jamal Jam Wald Nass, who is believed to be in his 20s, was detained at a bus stop in Marrakech on 18 September. He was sentenced to four months in an overcrowded jail with his 69-year-old partner Ray Cole, a retired magazine publisher he met online.

October 8, 2014

Ray Cole describes Moroccan prisoner as being like a ‘concentration camp’ and praises his family for helping to secure his speedy release

A UK man who was sentenced to four months in prison in Morocco for being gay has arrived back in the UK, after being released pending appeal.

Ray Cole, a retired publisher aged 69, was arrested on 18 September at a bus stop in Marrakech.

He was arrested alongside Jamal Jam Wald Nass, a local man in his 20s with whom the older man had struck up a relationship online several months previously.

This was Cole’s second visit to see Nass, and the two planned to spend five weeks together on a sightseeing tour of the country.

October 5, 2014

Founder of mosque says petrol and oil were used, claims vandals are to blame for the attack

A gay-friendly mosque, which opened in South Africa's Cape Town two weeks ago amid fierce criticism from the local Muslim community, was damaged by a fire shortly after midnight on Saturday.

October 4, 2014

Uganda President Museveni says he still wants to persecute gays, but not if the African country loses money through lack of foreign trade because of it 

The president of Uganda is having second thoughts about anti-gay laws, not because he has changed his mind on homosexuality, but because he fears for the Ugandan economy.

President Yoweri Museveni still wants to presecute gays, but doesn’t want Uganda to pay the price if foreign traders refuse to do business with the African country.

His comments were made yesterday (Friday 3 Ocotber) and were reported in the New Vision newspaper.

Museveni said he still wants to enforce harsh punishments on gays in Uganda, but not if foreign traders desert him.

September 30, 2014

To celebrate Animal Month at GSN, we’re looking at the natural habitats of the world’s cutest, scariest and rarest animals.

Safari may mean ‘we go’ in Swahili, but Africa is not the only continent where safaris are a major tourist attraction.

From the frozen tundra of Antarctica to remote islands off South America, nature lovers and adventure travelers are making the long journey to come face-to-face with nature’s most wondrous animals.

And what could be better than seeing animals in their natural habitat?

We traverse all seven continents for animal sanctuaries and adventure tours that bring you within touching (and sometimes biting) distance of your favorite animals.

September 30, 2014

He was fined $65 but his local partner is still on the run

A Vietnamese man arrested for gay sex in Burundi has been released after paying a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

The man was released on 19 September, 76 Crimes reported, citing Burundian human rights group Movement for Individual Liberties (MOLI).

He was the first person convicted under the African country's 2009 anti-gay law, which punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

September 29, 2014

Court postpones ruling on a case seeking to repeal the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act for a second time

A Nigerian court last week postponed the ruling on a case seeking to repeal of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act for a second time.

September 26, 2014

Man arrested for gay sex faces three months to two years in prison

A man is in hiding after he escaped police who wanted to arrest him on gay sex charges.

The arrestee, whose name has not been released, is a Burundi man who was found with his Vietnamese telecommunications worker partner.

Richard Nzokirantevye, the governor of Karuzi Province, told AFP the Vietnamese man is being held by police.

The Burundian partner escaped and is being sought by the authorities, the governor said.

September 26, 2014

A 24-year-old was discovered by a passerby in park, lying half naked surrounded by bloody rocks and stones

A gay man was reportedly stoned to death in South Africa this week.

The body of Skumbuzo Harold Mkefile, 24, was discovered by a passerby in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (23 September).

He was found lying half naked in a field surrounded by bloody rocks and stones. His head was reportedly smashed in. Tattered women's clothing was also found near his body.

The Afrikaans Son newspaper was told, and reported by Mamba Online, that his friends and family believe he was targeted 'because he was openly gay and often wore women's clothing'.

September 24, 2014

The Open Mosque broke a law by not having parking spaces

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque has been shut down because it violated a by-law by not having any parking spaces.

The Open Mosque in Cape Town only opened last week.

September 23, 2014

New partnership with IFAW will raise animal welfare awareness to Gay Star News readers across the globe during Animal Month and beyond

Take a walk on the wild side in October as Gay Star News teams up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for Animal Month.

Throughout October and beyond, we will be exploring some of the various issues that IFAW is tackling around the world in order to protect wildlife and domestic animals, from elephant poaching in Africa to whaling in Iceland and working with impoverished communities to improve the welfare of cats and dogs.

September 23, 2014

Cape Town’s progressive Open Mosque, which welcomes LGBTI people and allows men and women to worship and preach together, has been labelled a ‘cult’ and un-Islamic by a coalition of 14 conservative Muslim groups from across South Africa

A coalition of conservative South African Muslim groups have condemned the opening of a mosque that welcomes gay and lesbian worshipers and allows women to participate in prayers on an equal standing with men.

14 groups lead by the United Ulama Council of South Africa, the Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa, the Sunni United Ulama Council of South Africa and the Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa released a group statement against the so-called Open Mosque after it held its first prayer service on Friday.

September 23, 2014

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the country

A Vietnamese man was arrested last week in Karuzi in northern Burundi for gay sex.

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the African country.

Burundi adopted a new penal code in 2009 that punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

September 19, 2014

A former GSN intern sends us some postcards from her autumn getaway

A year ago Anisa Easterbrook, while interning for Gay Star News, sent us a postcard from her trip to Malaysia.

Now an independent reporter, on London’s lesbian scene and more, she sends us some more postcards, from an enviable trip on Egypt’s coast.

'I have traveled around the world, but I've found Egypt knows how to take luxury to a new level.

September 19, 2014

Uganda’s President Museveni is struggling to find accommodation during a trip to Texas where he is seeking to encourage tourism and investment in his country despite its persecution of LGBTI people

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is struggling to find a hotel to stay in as he prepares to meet with potential investors in his country this weekend in Irving, Texas.

President Museveni had been due to stay at the Irving Four Seasons hotel. However the hotel cancelled the booking after a blog post in the Dallas Voice noted his country’s record of persecuting LGBTI people and attempts to pass draconian laws to silence them.

September 17, 2014

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere has been arrested, evicted and beaten in his home country

A prominent Ugandan gay activist for more than 17 years has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today.

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere, co-founder of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, has been in the US since February and filed for asylum in May.

In Uganda, Wambere was outed as gay by newspapers, harassed by strangers, received death threats from anonymous phone calls, arrested, evicted from his home and beaten up.