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August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

January 2, 2013

Ugandan police arrest a second LGBT advocate and youth worker for law on homosexuality that doesn't exist 

Kabuye Najibu, of the LGBT group Youth on Rock Foundation, was arrested in Uganda today while visiting his co-worker who had been arrested on New Year’s Eve.

Najibu has been arrested on charges which relate to homosexuality, and could possibly include the unfounded allegation of ‘recruitment into homosexuality’, which does not exist under Ugandan law.

January 1, 2013

An LGBT advocate and youth worker was arrested by Ugandan police for law on homosexuality that doesn't exist on New Year’s Eve

On New Year's Eve, Joseph Kaweesi, LGBT youth worker and advocate, was arrested by Ugadan police and charged with crimes relating to homosexuality.

According to reports from Uganda, Kaweesi, one of the founder of the LGBT group Youth on Rock Foundation, is being held at Kawempe police station, in Kampala, capital of Uganda.

July 5, 2012

Washington State’s ballot on ending equal marriage has not received enough support to carry on, but we still need to act, says Melanie Nathan

Through a failure to gain enough signatures, Washington State will not face the confusion of a second ballot initiative to defeat the existing law that provides marriage equality in the state.

The voter initiative 1192, that sought to restrict marriage to a partnership between a man and a woman, has failed to make the ballot, as the group, Protect Marriage Washington, headed by attorney Stephen Pidgeon, did not succeed in obtaining enough signatures to qualify.

July 3, 2012

The South African constitution should be used and enforced, not changed to freeze out gay and trans citizens, says lesbian human rights campaigner Melanie Nathan

South Africa has been lauded for its all-inclusive constitution, which entrenches full equality for all, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

But a group of empowered traditionalists have launched an attack on these rights through a parliamentary constitutional review process, exacerbating and honing the homophobic reality that has escaped the South African Constitution’s quest since its inception.

March 12, 2012

San Francisco activists will carry out a vigil in solidarity with Iraqi emo, LGBT and goth youth this Wednesday as massacres continue in Iraq

The US Embassy in Baghdad has sent a message of support to San Franciscan activists holding a vigil for Iraqi emo, goth and LGBT people who are currently being murdered.