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July 15, 2014

At least three men are still serving up to 14 years in prison for homosexuality

Malawi has officially suspended arresting people for gay sex, the justice minister has said.

Janet Chijaya-Banda has said the law, which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in prison, is effectively no longer used.

She was in front of the UN Human Rights Committee to answer question about the status of the homophobic law last week.

In her response, Banda said police have been told to not arrest anyone for being gay while the country’s Law Commission prepares to review its constitutionality.

July 11, 2014

A 16 and 18-year-old were among five men given anal examinations after being arrested in Pader, northern Uganda

Five men, one as young as 16, were tortured with an anal probe test after being arrested by Uganda cops.

That’s according to activists who investigated the arrests in Pader district, northern Uganda, which GSN first reported yesterday.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum Uganda (HRAPF), said:

‘The background to the case is that one of the arrested persons, the now 18-year-old (who was a minor at the time the case was first reported) was arrested on 10 October 2013 for attempted suicide.

July 7, 2014

60 people were arrested by Kenyan police during a raid on popular night spot Club Envy over the weekend – though it remains to be seen what charges can be laid against them

60 people spent the night in Kenyan police cells over the weekend after Nairobi Police raided popular night club Club Envy for serving LGBTI people.

Ghafla.co.ke reports the raid was not to do with the club breaking opening hours rules to do with the service of alcohol but because suspected homosexuals frequented the club.

July 7, 2014

Government issues a statement claiming the Anti-Homosexuality Act is not anti-gay, but is instead intended to protect children

The Ugandan government has released a statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Act, claiming it is not anti-gay.

Not getting the clue from the law’s title, Ugandan officials have taken a page from Russia’s book to say the law is about protecting children – not hunting down homosexuals.

The statement claims it was ‘misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of “homosexual orientation”, especially by our development partners.'

July 4, 2014

'All through my career it (being gay) was a huge issue'

Rupert Everett is, once again, saying that his being openly gay limited his career in Hollywood films.

The 55-year-old actor, who appears next on the London stage in Amadeus, had major roles in My Best Friend's Wedding, An Ideal Husband, Inspector Gadget and The Next Best Thing and also voiced the Shrek sequels.

July 2, 2014

Slip alongside ‘water unicorns’, watch polar bear cubs emerge in the world for the first time, join 300 elephants at a watering hole, or see a real-life march of the penguins

The official name for ‘water unicorns’ is narwhal, and while they are more wales than magical horse, they are no less extraordinary to see up close and personal.

This is just one of the ridiculously incredible safari experiences on offer from Natural World Safaris, who have just launched a Nature’s Events collection of safaris around the world to witness some of the world’s coolest natural occurrences.

June 25, 2014

President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to behead LGBTI people and has has branded homosexuals as vermin that should be squashed like mosquitos

The Gambia has revealed a new bill to ban all homosexuals and charities from the country.

Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally has said a bill has been submitted to parliament saying it will ‘strengthen’ Gambian culture.

He said it was important to ward off attempts to promote homosexuality, drug abuse and other crimes.

‘Gambia will not import any western culture into the country in exchange for foreign aid,’ Sabally said.

June 25, 2014

One of a group of Ugandan activists the Canadian Government tried to refuse visas to out of fear they will claim asylum has spoken about why he refuses to flee his homeland despite being outed by a tabloid and says he is prepared to die for his cause

Ugandan LGBTI rights activist Richard Lusimbo has spoken to CTV about his decision to remain in his homeland despite its anti-gay climate and draconian new laws further criminalizing gay people and their freedom of expression.

‘Uganda is home. It's where my family is. It's where my livelihood is. It's where I've grown up and there's a lot of work to be done,’ Lusimbo said.

June 23, 2014

US cuts aid in response to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, President Yoweri Museveni responds with tax rises

LGBTIs fear they could be targeted in riots as Ugandans express their anger over tax rises caused by the country's new anti-gay law.

The US government punished the Ugandan government for the Anti-Homosexuality Act by cutting some aid and redirecting some to non-governmental organizations.

President Barack Obama had been under pressure for months to act against Uganda for the draconian new law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

June 20, 2014

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year

Uganda’s officials have said they will not be blackmailed by the US to appeal its laws against gay people.

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year.

Aid will be cut and redirected, and visas will be banned for any official responsible for introducing the anti-gay law to Uganda.

June 19, 2014

Funds also being cut for some programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute

The United States has detailed the measures it is taking against Uganda in response to draconian homophobic laws implemented in February.

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Thursday (19 June) that the government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 'runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship.'

Hayden said the US seeks to reinforce its support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 19, 2014

President Barack Obama warned President Yoweri Museveni that the law would 'complicate relations' between the US and Uganda

The United States government is set to announce new measures against Uganda today (19 June).

It will be in response to the signing of one of the most draconian homophobic laws in the world, which was implemented in February.

The White House announcement, to be made later today, will punish Uganda for the law according to Reuters.

President Barack Obama warned President Yoweri Museveni that the law would ‘complicate relations’ between the two countries.

June 17, 2014

Botswana has backed a call by the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights for states to take steps to protect people from being subjected to human rights abuses because of their sexual orientation or gender identity

Botswana has backed a call by the African Union’s highest human rights body to protect the human rights of LGBTI people – though it has not yet said it will repeal its laws criminalizing same-sex relationships.

The 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted a resolution in May calling for member states to respect the rights of LGBTI people in the strongest statement to date from a continent level body in Africa.

June 12, 2014

Several thousand LGBTI advocates and allies signed a petition calling for him to be blocked from taking the petition, but the UN failed to listen

Uganda’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa, accused of helping to pass the anti-gay law, has been elected United Nations president.

It was Africa’s turn to make the appointment, and 65-year-old was the continent’s unanimous choice for the role.

Several thousand LGBTI advocates and allies signed a petition calling for him to be blocked from taking the petition, but the UN failed to listen.

They accused him of playing a role in the enactment of Uganda’s strict anti-gay law, which sets up sentences of up to life in prison for homosexuality.

June 3, 2014

The martyrs were burned to death by King Mwanga for refusing his homosexual advances and for failing to renounce Christianity

Today is an important celebration in Uganda – the day Christians remember the Uganda Martyrs. And people from around the world are flocking to the shrine in Namugongo.

The town in southern Uganda is where thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, were burned to death on 3 June 1886 for their refusal to renounce Christianity.

June 3, 2014

The martyrs were burned to death by King Mwanga for refusing his homosexual advances and for failing to renounce Christianity

Today is an important celebration in Uganda – the day Christians remember the Uganda Martyrs. And people from around the world are flocking to the shrine in Namugongo.

The town in southern Uganda is where thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, were burned to death on 3 June 1886 for their refusal to renounce Christianity.

May 27, 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.

May 26, 2014

Lynne Brown was elected Minister of Public Enterprises, and is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa

The president of South Africa has elected a gay woman as a cabinet minister, thought to be first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa.

Lynne Brown assumed office on 25 May, and will serve as Minister of Public Enterprises.

58-year-old Brown, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, was the former Premier of the Western Cape Province.

May 23, 2014

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has warned members of the African Union that they must respect the rights of LGBTI people or fail their commitments to human rights

The 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has adopted a resolution calling for the member states of the African Union to respect the rights of LGBTI people in the strongest statement to date from a continent level body in Africa.

May 22, 2014

Zakhele Mbhele, the first gay black MP to be elected to the National Assembly, was sworn in on Harvey Milk Day

Africa has elected its first black gay member of parliament today (22 May).

Zakhele Mbhele, a member of the opposition Democratic Alliance, was sworn in to the South African National Assembly.

The 29-year-old is also the second ever gay MP in an African government, following UK-born Mike Waters' first appointment in South Africa in 1999.

An activist, as well as a politician, Mbhele has said he hopes to encourage equality and oppose violence against the LGBTI community while in office.

May 21, 2014

The UK Home Office is deporting a lesbian to Uganda despite globally-respected LGBTI activists saying she is a genuine asylum seeker

A Ugandan mom who was forced to flee beatings, rape and persecution is set to be deported from Britain on Saturday (24 May).

Aidah Asaba told Gay Star News believes she will be beaten, jailed or even killed if the UK sends her back home.

But after her initial asylum application was mishandled, she has been locked up by the British and is being fast-tracked to be flown back to Uganda.

May 21, 2014

Gay men who are in committed monogamous relationships will join those who are not sexually active in being allowed to donate blood to the South African National Blood Service

South Africa has ended its ban on gay men donating blood for six months after they have last had sex which aimed to prevent HIV infected blood from entering the blood supply.

Under new rules announced by the South African National Blood Service gay men who are in monogamous committed relationships will be able to give blood alongside those who have not been sexually active for at least six month.

May 14, 2014

Gay rights activists believe a man targeted and raped a schoolgirl because of her sexuality

A lesbian teenager was raped after a Gay Pride event in South Africa, according to gay rights activists.

The schoolgirl had allegedly enjoyed Limpopo Pride in Polokwana on Saturday (10 May), and was trying to get home in the early evening.

A man offered to help her with directions but, as they neared a graveyard, he turned on her and allegedly raped her.

She was able to escape, found help, and called the police who returned to the scene and arrested the alleged rapist.

May 13, 2014

President Yahya Jammeh has claimed that Gambians are lying about their sexuality and claiming to be persecuted in his country in order to gain entry to European countries

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has made the extraordinary claim that Gambians are faking being gay in order to claim asylum in European countries and has threatened anyone who does so with death.

‘Some people go to the West and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe,’ Jammeh said on Thursday according to APA.

‘If I catch them I will kill them.’