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March 8, 2015

The incident comes a day after a group of 'suspected' lesbians in the same community were stoned and pelted with human faeces by an angry mob

A group of homophobic residents in a slum in Ghana’s capital of Accra have put up posters of 'suspected' lesbians living in the community

The Starr newspaper reported that the homophobic residents have 'vowed to hunt down and (are) bay(ing) for the blood of all lesbians' after flooding the shanty town of Teshie with posters of what is reported to be a 'private selfie of a tattooed girl kissing her partner in the privacy of their bedroom.'

February 23, 2015

Police are also searching for four foreigners who allegedly made gay porn in the country

Kenyan police last week arrested two men for gay sex.

George Njeri and Caleb Idris were arrested in Kwale county on Thursday (19 February) and reportedly told police they were a married couple, even though gay marriage is illegal in the African country.

They were charged with 'engaging in unnatural acts' at Kwale law courts on Friday but did not plead to the charges pending investigations.

Gay sex is illegal in Kenya and punishable by five to 12 years in jail.

February 11, 2015

Well-known event promoter was lured into the attack by the man he loved

A well-known event promoter was brutally beaten by a mob in Ghana over the weekend for being gay.

Kinto Rothmans was lured into the ambush by a man named Salim, whom he had told he loved.

During the attack, Rothmans was forced to confess his desire to 'chop' (have sex with) Salim in a video, which has since gone viral in the west African country along with a photo of him dripping in blood.

Rothmans is the CEO of Get Familiar GH, which organizes the popular Friday Friends club night in the capital Accra.

December 8, 2014

Police accused them of 'perversion', 'promoting AIDS' and group sex

Egyptian police arrested at least 33 men for 'perversion' after raiding an alleged gay Cairo hammam (sauna) last night (7 December).

Paraded naked as they were loaded on to trucks, the men shielded their faces from the glare of the media and other onlookers.

Along the police were Central Security Forces, an army forces formed of new recruits.

General Ali al-Demerdash, head of the Cairo security directorate, said the men were arrested in 'a common public bathhouse in the Azbakeya neighborhood of Cairo for practising debauchery'.

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 23, 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 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.

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.