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April 11, 2014

The 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art being held in Dakar from May to July this year will showcase a number of African artists exploring LGBTI themes despite the host country criminalizing homosexuality

The 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art will bring an LGBTI themed art exhibition to the Senegalese capital Dakar from May when it hosts the exhibition ‘Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness.’

The exhibition is being held at Dakar’s Raw Material Company center and will feature works by artists Kader Attia, Andrew Esiebo, Zanele Muholi, Amanda Kerdahi M and Jim Chuchu.

Muholi, a South African photographer, will show her series of portraits of black African lesbians and transgender women which she has been collecting since 2007.

April 10, 2014

The 18-year-old staged a prison break but was picked up by a police roadblock and thrown back in jail, an LGBTI activist claims

An 18-year-old Ugandan gay has been detained since last year in Namibia after he fled his country over its anti-gay laws.

Chris Kelly and a group of other LGBTI people from Uganda paid truck drivers to transport them out of the country so that they seek asylum status in Namibia and South Africa.

Wendelinus Hamutenya, one of leading LGBTI rights campaigners in Namibia, told Gay Star News he was in possession of a letter smuggled out from Narraville prison cells in the coastal town of Walvis Bay. Kelly has been detained there since last December.

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

April 9, 2014

The President of South Africa has said he respects Uganda’s right to criminalize gays and lesbians despite his country having the strongest laws protecting LGBTI people on the African continent

South African President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday that he respects Uganda’s right to pass legislation severely criminalizing LGBTI people and their supporters in the latest sign that South Africa will not join with Western nations in taking formal action against the country.

‘South Africa respects the sovereign rights of other countries to adopt their own legislation,’ Zuma said in a statement in response to a question from a member of the National Assembly.

April 9, 2014

The Rainbow Nation’s sands go beyond tans and turf. From surfing to sunning we dive deep into the best South Africa’s coasts offer

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to stop at a killer tan.

South Africa’s beaches are world-renowned as epicenters for sport, nature and of course, socializing at the local restaurants and bars teeming with locals and travelers.

South Africa claims more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, a title given only to the world’s best beaches rated on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

April 7, 2014

Muslim group TELL MAMA got backlash when it made gay rights champion Peter Tatchell a patron – here its boss explains why he made that decision

When the TELL MAMA project, founded on tackling anti-Muslim bigotry, invited the human rights campaigner, invited Peter Tatchell, to be one of a number of patrons for the national project, we got a surprise.

We expected some push back. But what we did not expect was a malicious smear campaign against me that suggested I was trying to reform or change Islam.

April 4, 2014

The world’s second openly gay leader of a country has told a European Union-Africa leadership summit that the rights of minorities, including LGBTI people must be respected

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has told a European Union-Africa summit that he is hosting in Brussels that the rights of LGBTI people must be respected in Africa.

Di Rupo, only the second openly gay person to be elected a national leader, made the comments in a speech in front of the leaders of Nigeria and Uganda amongst other delegates.

‘We cannot tolerate that some are denied their rights and persecuted for their origins, their sexual orientation, their religion and their convictions,’ Di Rupo said on Wednesday at a dinner for some 80 leaders.

April 3, 2014

Government has decided to allow publishers of gay 'naming and shaming' newspapers to travel freely into the country

Members of Parliament of the UK government voted against travel bans on the publishers of Ugandan gay hate newspapers and anti-gay supporters.

The call was made for MPs to vote on whether travel bans should be given to those who promote gay hate in Uganda.

They voted to not ban travel into the UK, meaning people who call for the deaths and imprisonment of gay people in Uganda will be allowed to enter the country.

April 2, 2014

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has given African countries the strongest warning yet – calling laws that criminalize homosexuality a ‘disgrace’ and warning they will lead to cuts to development aid

The President of the European Parliament has given African leaders the strongest warning to date over their criminalization of homosexuality – suggesting Europe is not prepared to back down when it comes to the rights of LGBTI people in Africa.

European Parliament President Martin Shulz told a told a joint summit with MPs from the Pan-African Parliament on Monday that such laws were a ‘disgrace’ in response to Ethiopia making homosexuality an unpardonable offense.

Shulz called such laws ‘an unacceptable violation of the basic rights of individuals.’

April 1, 2014

Oenophiles rejoice! LGBT event company Out In The Vineyard is taking a select few on the ultimate South Africa wine safari

Out In The Vineyard, a luxury LGBT wine, travel and event company is welcoming oenophiles to join an exclusive wine and food safari October 13 – 26, 2014.

For guests taking the intimate 14-day adventure through South Africa’s LGBT-owned wineries and private estates, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to indulge in an itinerary that took over two years to curate.

April 1, 2014

'We can live without aid,' Yoweri Museveni says to thousands in order to drum up support for the homophobic law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni led a homophobic hate march to drum up more hate for LGBTI people yesterday (31 March).

Speaking to thousands of supporters, religious leaders and politicians in Kampala, he said Uganda could live without Western aid.

International outrage has led to around $118 million (€85m) being halted or redirected in aid as punishment for the law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 31, 2014

Five men reportedly raped a 20-year-old gay man in an abandoned house before setting the bed and the room on fire

South Africa police are investigating an anti-gay rape and arson case.

A 20-year-old from Schmidtsdrift, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, was reportedly gang-raped in an empty housing development in Lerato Park. According to IOL News, the attackers then sit fire to the bed where they allegedly raped the young man.

March 31, 2014

A gay man from Lagos reported a group of gay Nigerians to the authorities after they refused to give him money for sex

Five gay Nigerian men were detained, stripped naked and beaten in public last week after they refused to give money to a sexual partner from Lagos who was blackmailing them.

According to local news reports and information from Nigerian gay activist Bisi Alimi, a gay man from Lagos joined some local gay men in Ekurede Urhobo for a sex party.

Afterwards, the man from Lagos demanded payment in exchange for not reporting the group to police.

When the rest of the group didn’t pay, the gay man from Lagos reported the group to local authorities.

March 31, 2014

Ghana’s former deputy speaker of parliament has said that people advocating for the rights of LGBTI people in Africa are carrying out ‘satanic’ works and that if children are allowed to be raised by same-sex couples they will grow up to be ‘miscreants’

Ghanaian retired MP Mike Ocquaye has called calls for the protection of LGBTI people in Africa ‘satanic attacks’ and has claimed that Africa’s traditional family system is being threatened by the West.

The former Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament claimed homosexuality was a foreign ‘abomination’ being pushed on Africa.

‘We consider this an abomination,’ Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra, according to GhanaWeb.

March 28, 2014

A 21-year-old was tied up with wire, beaten, tortured and left for dead in Western Cape

A young gay man was tortured, beaten, set on fire in South Africa as teens watched on, it was reported this week.

David Olyn, 21, from Ceres was killed over the weekend in front of six people who did nothing.

On Saturday evening (22 March), the youths aged 14 to 18 were invited by a man to watch how he was ‘going to kill a moffie [a gay slang term, similar to fag]’.

They arrived near a dam where they saw the victim was already covered in blood and tied up with wire.

March 28, 2014

Homophobia has a price, and the African country is seeing that as it faces further threats of aid cuts as part of the international backlash

Uganda officials are to hold talks with the European Union over the anti-gay law today (28 March).

The east African nation is facing severe sanctions and aid cuts as part of the international backlash over the new homophobic law.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month that punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The country’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa will be meeting with the head of the EU delegation in Uganda Kristian Schmidt.

March 24, 2014

Retired Ghanaian MP Mike Ocquaye believes African countries will be able to resist Western nations’ calls for Africans to stop persecuting gay people by refusing to buy any Western goods

Mike Ocquaye, deputy speaker of Ghana’s Parliament until January last year, believes that a closer relationship with Asia and refusing to buy products produced by Western nations will allow African countries to resist efforts to curb the persecution of LGBTI people across the African continent.

March 21, 2014

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament says it will tell its heads of states to stay away from an upcoming diplomatic summit with the EU if the West goes ahead with sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTIs

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament (ACP) of countries that have signed the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union (EU) has threatened to tell the heads of its member states to boycott the upcoming ACP-EU Summit in May if sanctions are laid against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTI people.

March 20, 2014

There’s a reason the Rainbow Nation is a choice location for shooting music videos, and it goes beyond cityscapes and sceneries

It’s not just local bands that have been showing South Africa pride in their music videos.

The country has made a name for itself as a hot bed of musical talent, an inspirational place where international styles fuse seamlessly with local flavors.

The local music scene has exploded with music festivals from Woodstock South Africa toOppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen. Numerous international musical artists have also been drawn to film on South Africa’s scenes, from polished city streets to dusty safari roads.

March 19, 2014

Alice Nkom: ‘Every time a homosexual is negatively affected, it’s a negative effect on all of humanity.’

A lawyer in Cameroon was honored for her work promoting gay rights in Africa yesterday (18 March).

Alice Nkom, who faces death threats almost daily in her life defending gay people, was awarded by Amnesty International.

Male and female homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon and can be punished by up to five years in prison.

Receiving the award in Berlin, Nkom described it as a ‘prize of hope’.

Last week, Nkom described the situation for LGBTI people as an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’.

March 19, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay law earlier this year, punishing homosexuality with up to life in prison

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay law today (19 March).

Ugandan LGBTI activist Edwin Sesange, who will be leading the protest, believes this is one of the best ways those who live in countries with gay rights can help those living under homophobic regimes.

The new Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison.

March 19, 2014

The Madeiran city of Funchal is not a typical capital: Cable cars and gay nightclubs mix with charming hotels and banana tree plantations in the middle of the city

I must admit I had never seen a papaya tree before.

So, a quick stop in Arco da Calheta, on the southern coast of this wonderful island surpassed years of press trips and adventures.

I've had plenty of memorable travel experiences but without a papaya tree. And when I saw it, my heart started to beat faster.