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April 16, 2014

An anti-gay march was planned in Addis Ababa to protest against homosexuality and raise support for tougher anti-gay laws

Gay rights victories in Ethiopia are scarce. But officials announced today (16 April) a rally protesting against homosexuality was cancelled.

Two groups had been planning to hold a large rally against gay people in Addis Ababa on 26 April.

The initiative was planned after Uganda and Nigeria recently passed anti-gay legislation, with a religious group hoping to raise support of toughening up Ethiopia’s anti-homosexuality laws.

April 16, 2014

An anti-gay march was planned in Addis Ababa to protest against homosexuality and raise support for tougher anti-gay laws

Gay rights victories in Ethiopia are scarce. But officials announced today (16 April) a rally protesting against homosexuality was cancelled.

Two groups had been planning to hold a large rally against gay people in Addis Ababa on 26 April.

The initiative was planned after Uganda and Nigeria recently passed anti-gay legislation, with a religious group hoping to raise support of toughening up Ethiopia’s anti-homosexuality laws.

April 12, 2014

Ethiopia may be next as an increasing number of African countries adopt stiffer anti-gay legislation

Two groups in Ethiopia have announced that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa on April 26.

The government-affiliated Addis Ababa Youth Forum and a religious group associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church told a news conference on Thursday that the move is necessary as the rate of homosexual acts in the country has reached an 'alarming' rate, according to the Associated Press.

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.’

March 22, 2014

Lawmakers want to pass a law to equate gay sex with other offenses such as terrorism, human-trafficking and rape

Ethiopian officials are planning to follow in the footsteps of countries like Nigeria and Uganda by introducing harsher anti-gay laws.

A proposed law would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable crime in the African country.

The act would change Ethiopia’s Pardon and Amnesty Law by grouping gay sex alongside other non-pardonable offenses such as corruption, human-trafficking, smuggling, rape and terrorism.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

June 30, 2013

An influential Ethiopian paper published an article saying homosexuality, equated with child rape, is disease spreading throughout the country, as well as announcing a new documentary film about the ‘satanic issue’

Yegna Press a highly influential Amharic newspaper published an article warning the general public of the ‘problem’ of homosexuality, a ‘disease imported’ from the west, is spreading in Ethiopia.

The article uses deliberately provocative and sensationalist language equating paedophilia, rape and male sex work with homosexuality, blaming gays for rape and molestation of teens and spreading of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.

February 7, 2013

A leading Kenyan sports website claims that it has uncovered rampant ‘lesbianism’ across women’s sports teams in the country and allegations that lesbians were responsible for a recent loss against Ethiopia

Kenyan sports news website Michezo Africa has published a special investigation into what it says is the ‘shocking revelation of lesbianism in Kenyan women [sports] teams.’

‘The topic of lesbianism is so controversial that no interviewed sources, gay or straight, agreed to speak on record about it,’ the report says.

June 21, 2012

A popular Ethiopian daily alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia

Homosexuality is a rapidly growing 'infestation' whose carriers are now estimated to have reached 16,000 in Ethiopia according to one of the country's newspapers.

The article published by Yenga daily this week also alleged that gays have an average of 75 sexual partners a year, and their ‘promiscuous’ nature propels some to have seven to nine sexual partners a day.

June 21, 2012

A popular Ethiopian daily alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia

Homosexuality is a rapidly growing 'infestation' whose carriers are now estimated to have reached 16,000 in Ethiopia according to one of the country's newspapers.

The article published by Yenga daily this week also alleged that gays have an average of 75 sexual partners a year, and their ‘promiscuous’ nature propels some to have seven to nine sexual partners a day.

June 13, 2012

Ethiopian goverment official uses anti-gay conference to say country 'will be the graveyard of homosexuality,’ while religious leaders call for severe punishment to fight this 'western disease'

Ethiopian government officials, religious leaders and civil representatives have declared their opposition to LGBT rights and condemned homosexuality as a western epidemic.

A national conference entitled 'Homosexuality and its associated social disastrous consequences' on Saturday (9 June) was held in the newly built African Union headquarters, in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

June 13, 2012

Ethiopian goverment official uses anti-gay conference to say country 'will be the graveyard of homosexuality,’ while religious leaders call for severe punishment to fight this 'western disease'

Ethiopian government officials, religious leaders and civil representatives have declared their opposition to LGBT rights and condemned homosexuality as a western epidemic.

A national conference entitled 'Homosexuality and its associated social disastrous consequences' on Saturday (9 June) was held in the newly built African Union headquarters, in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

April 7, 2012

Mr Gay World competitors in Johannesburg, South Africa take on sports, receptions, parties, elephants and the Belgian embassy

Mr Gay World contestants have spent the last few days absorbing South African culture and stripping off to take part in a ‘sports challenge’.

Delegates from around the world are attending the event in Johannesburg but Mr Gay New Zealand, Andrea Derleth, have picked up the prize so far, for an obstacle course and written exam on questions about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

April 2, 2012

Competition to be hosted by cabaret star and South African entertainer

A multi award winning South African entertainer and a cabaret star have been announced as hosts of the Mr Gay World (MGW) grand finale.

Taking place on 8 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, the event will also see performances from a number of acts including a Russian pop star and former Mrs World, a South African soap star and a local performance troupe.

Founded in 2009, the MGW contest is held annually and claims it allows gay men representing their nation to compete to become ambassadors for equality.

February 28, 2012

Fears for safety of Mr Gay World's black African contestants, as Zimbabwean pulls out and Ethiopia's entry receives death threats

The Mr Gay World contestant from Ethiopia may not be able to return to his country after receiving death threats.

The global male beauty pageant, which is this year held in Johannesburg, from 4 to 8 April, was last week celebrating after getting its first black African finalists.

February 22, 2012

Mr Gay World's first black African finalists may help fight anti-gay laws across the continent

Mr Gay World's first black African finalists will send out a 'powerful message of hope', say organizers.

Robel Gizaw Hailu from Ethiopia, Wendelinus Hamutenya from Namibia, Lance Weyer from South Africa and Taurai Zhanje from Zimbabwe, will compete in the global male beauty pageant in Johannesburg, from 4 to 8 April.

Homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries, with Mauritania, Sudan, and northern Nigeria allowing for the death penalty.

Mr Gay World's Africa director Coenie Kukkuk has hailed the news as a major development.