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April 3, 2014

Peruvian lawmaker Carlos Bruce has received a 10,000 signature petition collected by a coalition who are trying to drum up support for his plan to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions

Peru’s Lima Homosexual Movement and other groups trying to drum up support for the introduction of same-sex civil unions in Peru have presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to the lawmaker trying to spearhead the proposal.

March 31, 2014

A gay man from Lagos reported a group of gay Nigerians to the authorities after they refused to give him money for sex

Five gay Nigerian men were detained, stripped naked and beaten in public last week after they refused to give money to a sexual partner from Lagos who was blackmailing them.

According to local news reports and information from Nigerian gay activist Bisi Alimi, a gay man from Lagos joined some local gay men in Ekurede Urhobo for a sex party.

Afterwards, the man from Lagos demanded payment in exchange for not reporting the group to police.

When the rest of the group didn’t pay, the gay man from Lagos reported the group to local authorities.

March 27, 2014

A Zimbabwe judge has cited his country’s disapproval of homosexuals in his decision to allow a man who stabbed another man he claimed sexually propositioned him to go free

A Zimbabwean man who stabbed an acquaintance he claimed had hit on him has been allowed to walk free by a Zimbabwean court.

22-year-old Bongani Phiri was acquitted by a Bulawayo court over the stabbing incident which he claimed was provoked by the man’s ‘behaving like a gay’ and sometimes caressing him without his consent.

Phiri testified that he had quarreled with the man outside a bar on 26 October last year around 10pm after accusing him of being gay.

March 22, 2014

The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus calls on the ASEAN governments to place greater priority on the well-being and welfare of all peoples in its 10 member-states

LGBT rights activists attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) in Yangon, Myanmar from 21 to 23 March 2014 are continuing to lobby its 10 member-states to promote and protect the rights of its LGBTIQ people.

The 10 member-states are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The ACSC/APF is held ahead of the ASEAN Summit in May which will also be hosted by Myanmar, the Chair of ASEAN this year.

March 21, 2014

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament says it will tell its heads of states to stay away from an upcoming diplomatic summit with the EU if the West goes ahead with sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTIs

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament (ACP) of countries that have signed the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union (EU) has threatened to tell the heads of its member states to boycott the upcoming ACP-EU Summit in May if sanctions are laid against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTI people.

March 17, 2014

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister has warned that efforts to impose equal rights for LGBTI people in Africa may fail if imposed from outside

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Mbembe has advised that the Commonwealth should only try to make progress on LGBTI rights in member countries slowly as trying to impose them from outside may fail.

Mbembe made the comments Friday during a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which Membe chairs.

Mbembe had been responding to a question from a journalist who had asked him what the Commonwealth’s position was on the European Union and World Bank threatening Uganda with sanctions over its draconian anti-gay laws.

March 10, 2014

Police have repeatedly attempted to evict the LGBTI youths from the sewers, with attempts to 'burn' them out and conducting early morning raids 

Jamaica gay teens thrown out by their families, chased out of shelters and abandoned by the state have been told they can live in sewers.

A New Kingston judge has advised police that LGBTI teens are allowed to stay in their last option for refuge as sewers are public spaces.

Police have repeatedly tried to evict the youngsters from the sewers and gullies, on the pretext they ‘attract criminals’.

Last week on 5 March, officers once again raided the gutters and demanded the youth leave immediately.

March 7, 2014

Nigeria Global Day of Action will see 14 cities protest against draconian new gay laws

Protestors around the world are uniting today (7 March) against Nigeria’s new laws further criminalizing LGBTI people.

Signed in January, the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, punishing homosexuals with 14 years jail.

March 2, 2014

President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone has urged the West to consider ‘culture, tradition [and] religious beliefs’ in Uganda before cutting aid money following the country's new anti-gay law

Sierra Leone President Ernest Koroma has added his voice to the Uganda aid cut debate, saying ‘it is not right for issues to be imposed lock, stock and barrel from the international world’.

His remarks come after several European countries have frozen or redirected aid money in response to the signing of a new anti-gay bill by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday (24 February).

February 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry slams Yahya Jammeh for calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes

Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is 'deeply troubled' by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes.

Kerry labeled Jammeh's remarks 'hateful rhetoric' and called on the international community to condemn them.

'All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation,' Kerry said in a statement.

February 7, 2014

International community punishes Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria for new ‘Jail All The Gays’ law. London prepares for kissing protest for LGBTI rights

Nigeria should be punished by having its presidency of the Community of Democracies cancelled if it doesn’t axe its draconian new anti-gay law.

That’s according to a statement issued today by the international organization’s steering committee, deploring the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.

But the steering committee, made up of campaigners, doesn't make decisions.

The organization is made up of a number of governments from around the globe working together to strengthen democracy worldwide and support emerging democracies.

February 5, 2014

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan on making participation in a same-sex marriage a crime punishable with 14 years imprisonment

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has described the recent signing of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law by President Goodluck Jonathan as ‘a right step in the right direction for the protection of the dignity of the human person’ and commended him for what they say is a ‘courageous act, in spite of pressures from some international communities.’

January 24, 2014

Actress has since deleted photo with Jonathan who she called 'wonderful'

Actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo of herself meeting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and gushed to her more than 515,000 followers that the anti-gay leader was 'wonderful.'

Hawn met Jonathan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

It was quickly pointed out to the star of such films as Private Benjamin, Foul Play, The First Wives Club and Cactus Flower that Jonathan is deeply anti-gay.

January 23, 2014

Davis Mac-Iyalla, a Christian born in Nigeria and now living in the UK, is calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York to speak out against homophobic legislation

Religious leaders in Nigeria are responding to the passing of the ‘Jail All The Gays’ law with jubilation. 

As a Christian and a Nigerian, I have no words to describe this kind of anti-Christian behavior. I can understand that it’s possible for reasonable people to have different views about whether it’s morally acceptable to have sex with someone of the same gender.

In a free society, people can agree to disagree and work together to protect everybody’s right to free speech, freedom of religion and a private life.

January 17, 2014

Joaquim Chissano, the former President of Mozambique, has pleaded with African leaders to show more tolerance for sexual minorities and to respect their human rights in an open letter

Joaquim Chissano, president of Mozambique from 1986 to 2005, has pleaded for African leaders to be respectful of the human rights of sexual minorities and move away from discriminating against them.

January 15, 2014

Calls for review of constitutionality of law which 'may fuel prejudice and violence'

UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday (15 January) condemned Nigeria's new anti-gay law which have already resulted in numerous arrests and 11 allegedly gay men being put on trial in an Islamic court.

A spokesperson for Moon said the Secretary-General has 'deep concern' particularly about the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria which is 'in breach of fundamental human rights.'

January 15, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has broken his promise to block aid increase to Nigeria if they introduced homophobic legislation

The UK will be increasing aid to Nigeria this year despite introducing anti-gay laws.

This is in despite of Prime Minister David Cameron warning the UK would review its massive aid programme if Nigeria passed a law introducing 14 year jail terms punishing homosexuality.

Instead aid to Nigeria will be increased from £200 million last year to almost £270 million ($328m to $443m, €241m to €325m).

In 2011, Conservative leader Cameron said he would block the aid increase to Nigeria if it pressed ahead with its new law.

January 11, 2014

Malaysia's Home Ministry has banned and accused the country’s leading human rights coalition of pursuing gay, lesbian and transgender rights which "run contrary to Islam"

In a move that has been denounced by human rights groups including Amnesty International, Malaysia's Home Ministry on Wednesday issued a statement declaring the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (Comango) illegal because the group and 39 of its 54 member-organisations are not registered with the government.

December 18, 2013

Hindu nationalist BJP senior leader Yashwant Sinha has called for US diplomats who have gay sex on Indian soil to be arrested in response to a diplomatic incident where an Indian diplomat was charged in the US with visa fraud and for paying her housekeeper less than $4 an hour

A senior leader of India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has called for the arrest of gay US diplomats in the country after an Indian diplomat was arrested in the US – causing a major diplomatic incident between the two countries.

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was arrested in New York after her nanny and housekeeper went to the authorities after being sacked by Khobragade in June.

December 17, 2013

Church bodies working with advocates of alien cultures such as homosexuality, hidden under veil of human rights, according to Zambia’s Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba

Churches are working with LGBTI activists to threaten Zambia’s society, Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba has said.

He made the rebuke during a speech at a building fundraising service for St Bartholomew Congregation Church on Sunday (15 December) according to the Zambia Daily Mail newspaper.

Kabimba donated ZK3,000 ($547 €399) to the church.

‘We are disappointed as government to see that some church bodies have chosen to form coalitions to destroy the cultural fabric of this country,’ Kabimba said.

November 30, 2013

Alternatives-Cameroun awarded for HIV education and medical support, particularly for sexual minorities, in difficult circumstances

An organization who provide HIV education and medical support for sexual minorities in Cameroon, in the midst of increasing violence against LGBT people, has won the 2013 Awards for Action from the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network.

November 19, 2013

Christian Democratic Party candidate Claudio Arriagada became the first openly gay man to be elected to the national Chamber of Deputies on Sunday after coming out in August as a pro-gay rights coalition looks set to take power

Claudio Arriagada has become the first openly gay man to be elected to national office in Chile.

Arrigada stood as a candidate for Chile’s Christian Democratic Party and only came out in August.

Arrigada was previously the mayor of La Granja, Santiago Province, but felt the need to come out in running for Congress out of fear his sexual orientation would be used against him.

‘This condition always makes you vulnerable and can be used to threaten you,’ Arrigada said in coming out in August.

November 17, 2013

Jamaica’s Constitutional Court has ruled that three national television stations can legally refuse to screen a paid public service announcement promoting greater tolerance for homosexuals

The Constitutional Court of Jamaica has thrown out a law suit against three television stations that refused to screen a paid for public service announcement promoting tolerance of gays and lesbians in the Caribbean island nation.

Justices Paulette Williams, Bryan Sykes and Leighton Pusey found that the state owned Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) network could not screen the commercial as it does not screen any kind of paid advertisement.

November 14, 2013

Commonwealth leaders have refused to discuss LGBTI issues at their summit in Colombo and now the Sri Lankan government is cracking down on dissent

Sri Lankan gay activists have been threatened and ordered to keep silent as Commonwealth leaders gather in the country.

The LGBTI campaigners say they have been forced underground, reflecting a wider crackdown on civil society ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from tomorrow (15 November).

Commonwealth leaders have refused to discuss gay, trans and intersex issues at the summit – despite the fact 80% of member countries still criminalize homosexuality.