LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Geography of Africa

December 2, 2014

Spectacular vistas and foodie heaven in the South African capital

For part one, click here.

The unrivaled star attraction in Cape Town is Table Mountain. Recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, little can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty of this flat-topped icon.

It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park – a craggy spine, stretching from Cape Town’s city centre along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, where it plunges into the Atlantic’s surf. 

November 30, 2014

South Africa's multicultural melting pot is also the gayest city on the continent

‘You have to be kidding me!’ he says, a confident smile spreading across his Latino face
.

‘Why?’ I reply, a touch surprised.


‘You’ve come to the most beautiful city in the world and you’re only staying for a week? Change your plans. Give her two weeks at least. Let her work her magic with you…’


November 4, 2014

Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested on the same day a challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested and detained without charge on the night of 22 October, the same day a constitutional challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed.

The executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health was arrested at his office in Abuja while celebrating his birthday with friends and colleagues.

He has filed a motion in Abuja High Court alleging he was arrested, detained and dehumanized without charge.

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.

September 9, 2014

Bill targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV

Gambia has passed a bill that imposes life sentences for 'aggravated homosexuality' in what is already one of the most homophobic countries in Africa.

Officials told AP on Monday that the bill was passed last month and gives life sentences to 'serial offenders,' people living with HIV and those suspected of having sex with someone who is under 18, disabled or drugged.

Suspects who are parents or guardians of the other person or 'in authority over' him or her are also targeted by the bill.

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

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.

May 29, 2014

One of the last text messages a young gay man sent to his friends was a request to be 'buried nicely'

A gay man hanged himself in Kenya last night (28 May).

Flexx Amollo, in his 20s, is said to have committed suicide with an electric cable in his house in the city of Kisumu.

According to activists, the young man was seen to be ‘depressed’ and had been reaching out to several people asking for help.

In one of his last texts, he is alleged to have asked one of his friends to be ‘buried nicely’.

His body was moved to the Kisumu mortuary awaiting a post-mortem report.

April 22, 2014

Delta state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has used an Easter address to warn that a gay cult of teenagers called ‘Yansh’ is operating in his state

A Nigerian state governor has promised to crack down on a gay teenage ‘cult’ he claims is operating in his state.

Delta state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan made the claims in an Easter address, saying officials had identified a building in Warri that the cult, which he said goes by the name of Yansh, was operating out of.

Uduaghan told worshipers at Warri’s First Baptist Church that gay youths aged 16 to 18 were renting rooms in apartments close to Enerhen Junction and prostituting themselves to men through the cult.

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.

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 3, 2014

Gay bars and gay festivals abound in Cape Town where Barry Johnston, editor of London’s Beige magazine, spent the last week relaxing in his hometown

This weekend, South Africa erupted into revelry with the annual Cape Town Pride celebration.

With its stunning natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture and liberal mindset, it is no surprise Cape Town is a thriving destination for the LGBTI traveler.

World-class beaches, internationally acclaimed dining and beautiful people await under the slopes of Table Mountain, in this, the vibrant Mother City. From sports to music enthusiasts, the Rainbow Nation has a little for everyone.

This week alone Santana and Eminem rocked venues across the city.

November 7, 2013

Hotel owner demands victim’s mom pays for damage to car caused by men who threw rocks at her daughter in the Congo

A bar bouncer and five other men allegedly beat and stabbed a 25-year-old transgender woman in Bukavu, eastern Congo.

Francine Moweta was patronizing Parc de Prince, a bar in downtown Bukavu, a city in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

But she claims she was accosted by the bar’s doorman and five other men.

Moweta (née Madamu) and witnesses report a gang of six beat her, pelted her with stones, stole her high heels and clothes during the attack, and left her for dead in a gutter.

October 2, 2013

‘I’m not going to let petty criminals sway my dedication to Pride', head organizer says as she is forced to move LGBT event

Johannesburg Pride will be postponed after the chief organizer was beaten, and threatened with rape and death.

Kaye Ally, project manager, announced that ‘due to circumstances much beyond our control, we’re moving the 24th Annual Johannesburg Pride Festival to the Sandton precinct on the 26 October 2013.’

It was due to take place this Saturday (5 October).

According to Ally, the decision was taken ‘with regards to the LGBTIAQ community’s well-being’.

September 23, 2013

Nearly 70 people have been killed, including foreign nationals, in the Nairobi shopping mall shooting

Two gay men are among at least 69 murdered in the Kenya terrorist massacre.

Another is believed to be one of the 10 still being kept hostage in the Nairobi shopping mall.

More then 170 people have been injured, with the numbers expected to rise as the situation continues.

The attack began at about 12pm local time on Saturday (21 September), when the militants entered the Westgate mall throwing grenades and firing automatic weapons.

A children’s day was being held at the time.

August 5, 2013

Ugandan LGBTs have marched openly for a second time in Entebbe but police did not intervene despite being given advanced notice about the event

LGBTs in Uganda have again marched openly in what is the country’s second only pride event.

On Saturday over a hundred people marched along a beach and through a botanical garden in the city of Entebbe but police stayed away despite organizers giving them advanced notice about the event.

Things did not go so smoothly last year when a pride event was broken up by police, with several activists being detained before being released without charge.

July 29, 2013

Joseph Saidi, founder of an LGBT group in DRC, says he was kicked by police and raped in custody. Man who bailed him out was also abused

A gay activist in the Congo claims he was detained by police and raped with wooden sticks by prisoners as officers looked on.

Three months have passed since Joseph Saidi, 26, has managed to sleep through the night. Even when he does, vivid nightmares of his torture in prison torment him.

According to early reports, it started with a phone call. In early May 2013, he received an urgent ring. A man named ‘Guilin’ requested his immediate assistance, claiming to have been sexually assaulted so violently as to need hospitalization.

July 17, 2013

One man dies from attacks. Group points to fallout from discredited study on gays and blames religious extremists for whipping up hatred

Gay men have been slashed with machetes and beaten with hammers in a series of hate attacks in Kenya which have already claimed at least one life.

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) has released a report detailing  a growing number of violent acts against gays in recent weeks and is calling on government to help.

The report urges the repeal of laws criminalizing adult consensual same-sex conduct and the enforcement of laws protecting gays from discrimination, harassment and violence.

June 19, 2013

Gay man in Freetown, Sierra Leone, said he was attacked by masked men after he refused to marry the woman his father wanted. Link to imam father not proved

A gay taxi driver in his mid 20s has narrowly escaped an attack by two men armed with machetes who he believes were sent by his father to kill him.

The unidentified men, who covered their faces with black masks, vowed to kill Mohamed Barrie for being gay as they assaulted him at his apartment on Sibthorpe Street, central Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The west African nation is known for its homophobic laws which criminalize gay sex.

Barrie, a taxi driver, went home at 11:30pm local time on 7 June after working all day.

June 9, 2013

A self-styled prophet in Ghana has said that God is starting fires at market places because he is upset about gay sex

The self-self styled prophet of a Ghanaian church is blaming a recent spate of fires at markets in Accra on gay sex and other sins – saying the fires are divine punishment from God.

Prophet Kwabena Tawiah of the Church of Rabbi claims to have predicted last year that God would punish Ghana with fires and told Ghana’s Peace FM that God would continue to judge Ghana with fires until July unless people in the country turn to God.

May 13, 2013

Eritrea has labeled professor Paolo Mannina ‘a dangerous individual who is potentially destabilizing to the moral order and public of the country’

An Italian teacher working in the North African country of Eritrea has been deported for his sexuality.

The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) reported that Paolo Mannina was working as a literature professor in an Italian school located in the capital city of Asmara.

Authorities reportedly forced the professor from his job and made him leave the country without offering an official explanation.

April 15, 2013

Ricardo Raymond Amunjera and Marc Omphemetse have wed in Johannesburg and plan their official wedding reception in Namibia this weekend

Mr Gay Namibia, Ricardo Raymond Amunjera and his partner Marc Omphemetse Themba and have tied the knot in Johannesburg.

The official wedding reception ceremony will take place at Namibia`s Hilton Hotel, this Saturday (20 April), where the gay couple will also celebrate Amujera`s 30th birthday.

Gay marriage is illegal in Namibia and in Botswana, Themba’s home, forcing the couple to travel to South Africa’s Johannesburg where they had a civil ceremony.

April 3, 2013

Deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi said a musical with negative stereotypes of LGBT people can help 'our children to understand it'

Malaysian deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi said yesterday that 'there is nothing wrong' with taking a musical with negative stereotypes of LGBT characters (who turn straight in the end) to schools and universities.

'We don't want our children to be involved in such activities and if the content of the musical helps our children understand it, then there is nothing wrong,' said Puad to the Malay Mail.