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March 18, 2014

The Australian Senate has passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to do more on the world stage to help end the criminalization of LGBTI people

Australian senators voted yesterday on a motion acknowledging the persecution of LGBTI people in many parts of the world and called on the Australian Government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to do more to combat the problem.

The motion was moved by opposition Australian Labor Party Senator Claire Moore on behalf of Labor Senator Louise Pratt and ruling Liberal Party Senator Sue Boyce at around 4.30pm in a bipartisan effort.

March 12, 2014

An MP with the Parti Travailliste Congolais wants the Democratic Republic of Congo to jail homosexuals for up to 5 years and transgender people for up to 12 years – with minimum sentences of 3 years in jail for both

Parti Travailliste Congolais (PTC) MP Steve Mbikayi is moving forward with a bill to criminalize homosexuality in the Democratic Republic of Congo – alarming human rights advocates and HIV groups.

Mbikayi introduced a draft of his bill in the Congolese National Assembly in December and has now threatened to build a religious coalition around the bill and stage protests until the bill is passed.

February 27, 2014

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was so controversial few saw it before it became law. Now we know what LGBTI Ugandans really have to face

It’s only three days old but the full horror of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is already shrouded in myth.

Most know it’s draconian, few realize just how bad it is. The confusion has been fuelled by government lies, media misreporting and the fact the text of the act has only just become available.

It was originally dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ but the death penalty was replaced by life imprisonment before it became law.

So here we explain the letter of the law and what it means for LGBTI people in Uganda.

February 26, 2014

A new analysis by The Mirror newspaper has found that 40% of the world’s gay population are living in countries that still criminalize gay sex – including a handful with the death penalty

An estimated 165 million gay people live in countries where there are laws targeting them because of their sexuality according to a new global snapshot by The Mirror newspaper.

According to the analysis the countries these gay people live in account for 40% of the global population of humans and thus 40% of the gay and bisexual people on the planet.

February 11, 2014

Kenyan LGBTIs have held a protest action in solidarity with their Ugandan brothers and sisters – calling on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissuade Uganda from passing a law which could see people jailed for life for being gay

Kenyan LGBTI rights activists protested outside the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi on Monday to stand in solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTI community as their Parliament again prepares to consider draconian legislation to further criminalize homosexuality.

February 5, 2014

Gay people live in and travel to places that may not have the best LGBTI rights record. Should that stop us from traveling to these destinations?

Last month, some of the LGBTI community’s leading activists met in London to debate the ethics of LGBTI travel.

Should individuals travel to a country hostile to the gay, bi and trans community?

Should travelers boycott these countries in attempts to influence them by hurting their travel industry, or should we go anyway to engage with the locals and support the local LGBTI movement?

January 15, 2014

Greens in the European Parliament have moved to condemn homophobic laws in India, Uganda, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo and have sought a vote by MEPs to relay that to them

Greens Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have put forward a motion condemning the reinstatement of India’s ban on gay sex, recently passed laws oppressing LGBTIs in Uganda and Nigeria, and efforts to criminalize gay sex in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Greens MEPs also welcomed the Indian Government's attempts to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the colonial era Section 377 law banning gay sex.

January 3, 2014

If 2013 was marked by setbacks for LGBTI rights, what can we expect from 2014?

LGBTI activists in many parts of the world will look back on 2013 as one of the worst years in memory for the cause of equal rights. In countries as far apart as Uganda and India, Russia and Australia, organizations and human rights defenders have been trying to assess the damage and work out new strategies to make 2014 a year of progress rather than retreat.

Many of the worst blows came in the closing weeks of 2013. In a long-awaited decision, the Indian Supreme Court effectively re-criminalized homosexuality, overturning an earlier ruling in Delhi.

December 29, 2013

It was an uphill battle in the struggle for LGBTI rights in Asia during 2013, with some small gains but also some major set backs

2013 was a year in which LGBTI rights reforms were more warmly welcomed by many governments across the Asian region, but the Indian Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality cast a heavy shadow over the year.

2013 was also a year where new frontrunners emerged in the race to become the first Asian nation legalize same-sex marriage, with Vietnam and Taiwan emerging as strong contenders to become the first to allow same-sex couples to wed.

December 20, 2013

Ugandan gay activist Edwin Sesange of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group calls for action as his country passes life in jail for homosexuality

The speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has today fulfilled the promise she made a year ago in Canada.

Rebecca Kadaga has been a champion of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, now an act – a vicious crackdown on LGBTI people in the country.

By contrast Kadaga, while launching the human rights check list for parliamentarians, said: ‘The people of Uganda will not find comfort until the rights of all are observed.’

November 11, 2013

A coalition of over 20 LGBTI rights groups from across the Commonwealth of Nations has released a report outlining the tragic situation for LGBTIs living in most of its member nations

LGBTI rights groups from across the former British Empire have joined forces to highlighting the plight of LGBTIs in many Commonwealth member states during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka this week.

Homosexuality is still illegal in 41 of the 53 Commonwealth member states and the groups, including Australia’s Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation, have come together to release a damning report which demands Commonwealth leaders take action to stop widespread human rights abuses against LGBTI people.

November 4, 2013

Pro-LGBTI Christian pastors say homophobia goes against God’s love. Gay-friendly church services start in Nairobi

Christian leaders in Kenya have launched a movement to champion gay rights.

The pastors say some religious people have ‘gone against God’s love by condemning gays’.

And one church has now put a rainbow flag above its door and is inviting LGBTI people to come and experience ‘liberated worship’.

Reverend Michael Kimindu, president of the Kenya chapter of United Coalition of Affirming Africans, vowed his new group of over 50 pastors would fight for gay rights.

October 29, 2013

LGBTI group is suing Kenya’s government after board refused to let them register legally. Case will be landmark challenge of the Constitution

Gay people in Kenya are taking the government to the High Court, saying officials have breached the Constitution by refusing to recognize LGBTI organizations.

The case, which starts with a preliminary hearing tomorrow, is set to cause a media storm.

But if judges back them, they will pave the way for the government to legally recognize other LGBTI groups. And it will make it clear the Kenyan Constitution protects everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

October 29, 2013

Kenya has refused to allow an LGBTI group to register its existence legally. But does this denial breach gay, bi, trans and intersex people’s constitutional rights?

On Wednesday (30 October), Kenya’s High Court will hear a petition from my organization, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC).

We are complaining about the Kenyan government’s refusal to register the commission. The government’s NGO Board declined our application, because of our presumed support or promotion of ‘homosexual’, ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ activities and ‘same-sex marriages.’

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.

July 4, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new Mental Health Minister who is anti-same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbians having access to reproductive technologies but LGBT rights groups are cautiously optimistic

Australian Prime Minister has appointed Senator Jacinta Collins to be the country’s new Minister for Mental Health and Aging despite her opposition to same-sex marriage and lesbians getting access to in-vitro fertilization.

Collins was the Social Welfare Officer and Research Officer and then National Industrial Officer with the right wing Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association union before entering politics and last year spoke in parliament to oppose same-sex marriage and parenting.

June 3, 2013

Human rights groups in Nigeria, and Nigerian LGBTI rights groups abroad, condemn 'Jail the Gays' bill and call for its immediate withdrawal

May 16, 2013

A new report by Amnesty International reveals homophobia reached endemic levels in Ukraine

A report launched in Kiev a day before the International Day Against Homophobia, shows that homophobia and anti LGBT discrimination is spiraling out of control in the Ukraine.

The 17 page report launched today (16 May), entitled ‘Nothing to be proud of: Discrimination against LGBTI people in Ukraine’, highlights a number of violent attacks on individuals.

April 5, 2013

Sunil Pant has come along way from not even knowing the word for gay before he was twenty to getting LGBTI rights recognized by the Supreme Court in Nepal, and he's not going to let current troubles hold him back

It's not an easy time for Sunil Pant, founder of the largest LGBT rights group in Nepal, Blue Diamond Society (BDS). A government office has sat on the renewal of BDS's license, holding-up funding so that staff haven't been paid for months. LGBTI activists are also being harassed, which Pant links to the same government officer.

December 10, 2012

Freedom House announces new program to help LGBTI people under threat

A human rights watchdog to help gay and trans activists to help with legal advice, prison visits, security and other emergencies.

US-based Freedom House has announced the move as activists around the world celebrate Human Rights Day today (10 December).

They will help the most at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists in the world, particularly in countries where being gay is criminalized.

June 25, 2012

Archbishop Tutu and others make joint statement in response to Uganda’s ban on gay organizations and threats of new death penalty law

Four Nobel Laureates – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu – have called on people all over the world to respect gay rights.

The statement issued by the Robert F Kennedy Center (correct) for Justice Human Rights and Human Rights was released in conjunction with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) in response to that country’s government restricting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

June 20, 2012

Activists slam authorities for stopping meeting by LGBT campaigners in Kampala

Activists around the world have condemned a raid by Ugandan police on a gay rights workshop in Kampala, warning harrassment of LGBT people by authorities is becoming worryingly common.

Police interrupted the meeting at the Esella Country Hotel on the outskirts of the African capital on Monday (18 June) and questioned people in attendance who included activists from Canada, Kenya and Rwanda.

June 7, 2012

GALCK are asking for gay men who have been victims of blackmail cartels to tell their stories and find out the hidden cost of being gay in Kenya

A criminal gang is using dating sites and Facebook to meet closeted LGBT people in Kenya, who they then blackmail.

A crime cartel operating from the Thika Road, which links the capital, Nairobi to Thika Town, is targeting gay or bisexual men who are in relationships with women or with families, men who would be the most unlikely to report these crimes to the authorities.

June 5, 2012

Gay rights activists have opened up a clinic to treat people with HIV/AIDs

Gay rights activists have opened the first ever clinic for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people in Uganda’s capital Kampala.

The clinic will specifically focus on HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Gay lobby group Ice Breakers Uganda (IBU) opened the centre which will be run by professional health workers.