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November 11, 2014

Arrests were made in the Muslim north where gay sex is punishable with death by stoning

The Vigilante Group of Nigeria said it has arrested 25 gay men in the Muslim north in the last year and handed them over to the authorities for prosecution under Sharia law.

Leader of the Kebbi state command, Sanusi Ibrahim Geza, announced the arrests last week at a press briefing to mark the first anniversary of his group.

'Some of them were flogged while others were taken to court to face other punitive measures,' he told BBC Hausa.

November 7, 2014

Would replace Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down earlier this year

Anti-gay legislators in Uganda aren't giving up.

Three months after the Anti-Homosexuality Act was struck down on technical grounds, new legislation has been drafted that is even more draconian than what was previously in place.

A human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, obtained a leaked copy of the proposed legislation and describes it as 'even worse, even more draconian,' according to BuzzFeed.

November 2, 2014

David Little, the UKIP candidate for Dover, Kent, says the image is satirical, but the local MP says that the illustration has drawn complaints

A candidate standing to be a British MP for UKIP has drawn criticism after posting a cartoon image on his Facebook page that refers to London as being full of ‘cosmopolitan poofters’ and Africa as ‘Bongo Bongo Lands’.

David Little is standing in next year’s General Election in Dover, Kent for UKIP (UK Independence Party).

He posted an image on his Facebook page of a ‘UKIP Map of the world’. The original image was drawn by cartoonist Martha Richler (aka Marf) for the website politicalbetting.com

October 31, 2014

'We are still on course and in fact we are more energized that our culture, our norms, our religious norms are protected.'

Uganda lawmakers will return after a small recess determined to fast-track a new anti-gay bill next Tuesday (4 November).

Following the parliament's embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Constitutional Court in August, legislators say they are insistant that the law must be back as soon as possible.

October 30, 2014

A city rich in many ways, Jo’burg is home to many an architectural masterpiece and is an LGBT enclave worth checking out

Jo’burg is South Africa’s largest city population-wise, and that’s not even counting the 6 million trees.

As the biggest economy in Africa, Johannesburg is also a booming powerhouse for culture and entertainment.

Yes, sister Cape Town is Design Capital 2014, but not only does Jo’burg (as it’s affectionately called) have its own Beefcakes (see below), but it is a beautifully landscaped city with design merits all its own.

October 30, 2014

And your lips will smack at the thought there’s at least 14 more in the country that produce some of the world’s best reds, whites and everything in between

Calculating the liquid yield of 18 wine routes is best considered, in our humble opinion, while drinking at one (or more) of the said wine routes.

The Cape Routes, named for their proximity to South Africa’s capital city Cape Town, offer travelers some of the best vistas and consequently best vineyards on the planet.

The warm, protected climate coddles grape vines into eruption to help fuel an industry overseas and cater to oenophiles at home.

October 29, 2014

Sam Ganafa was arrested for 'unnatural offenses' last year

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against prominent LGBTI rights activist Samuel Ganafa.

The executive director of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and three colleagues were arrested in November last year for 'unnatural offenses,' which is punishable by up to life in jail.

The court dismissed the charges on 8 October, nearly a year after his arrest.

October 24, 2014

Churches blame the deadly virus on 'homosexualism'

LGBTI Liberians have gone into hiding after church leaders said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

LGBTI people in the capital Monrovia have been harassed, beaten and a few have had their cars smashed.

‘Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear,’ LGBTI activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters.

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.