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April 17, 2014

The Namibian Government plans to deny refugee status to gay and lesbian Ugandans fleeing persecution from their homelands and Namibia’s gay community is not happy about it

Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga has said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

‘Our domestic refugee law does not have a provision granting refugee status for being gay. And we will never do that,’ Mushelenga said in comments reported by the Namibian Sun newspaper.

‘We will not accept them. They are not part of the criteria we use.’

April 10, 2014

The 18-year-old staged a prison break but was picked up by a police roadblock and thrown back in jail, an LGBTI activist claims

An 18-year-old Ugandan gay has been detained since last year in Namibia after he fled his country over its anti-gay laws.

Chris Kelly and a group of other LGBTI people from Uganda paid truck drivers to transport them out of the country so that they seek asylum status in Namibia and South Africa.

Wendelinus Hamutenya, one of leading LGBTI rights campaigners in Namibia, told Gay Star News he was in possession of a letter smuggled out from Narraville prison cells in the coastal town of Walvis Bay. Kelly has been detained there since last December.

April 10, 2014

The 18-year-old staged a prison break but was picked up by a police roadblock and thrown back in jail, an LGBTI activist claims

An 18-year-old Ugandan gay has been detained since last year in Namibia after he fled his country over its anti-gay laws.

Chris Kelly and a group of other LGBTI people from Uganda paid truck drivers to transport them out of the country so that they seek asylum status in Namibia and South Africa.

Wendelinus Hamutenya, one of leading LGBTI rights campaigners in Namibia, told Gay Star News he was in possession of a letter smuggled out from Narraville prison cells in the coastal town of Walvis Bay. Kelly has been detained there since last December.

February 11, 2014

McHenry Venaani of the DTA opposition party says homosexuality has always existed and is not ‘un-African’

A Namibian opposition leader, who openly backs LGBTI rights, is being sworn in as a parliamentarian today (11 February).

McHenry Venaani, president of the opposition Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) party, came out for gay and trans rights in an interview with Gay Star News last year when he branded claims that homosexuality is ‘un-African’ as ‘manufactured lies’.

Venaani has pledge to fight for the rights of minorities once in parliament.

December 17, 2013

Student returns from university in South Africa to discover his biological parents now keen to welcome him back after sending him to a foster family because he was born intersex

A 24-year-old intersex student has returned from university to his home in Namibia to a bright future and two sets of parents fighting over him.

Daniel Strauss told local weekly newspaper The Villager he was rejected by his biological parents as a child and sent to live with a foster family in the same street.

While Strauss, who uses the male pronoun, knew his biological parents they didn’t involve themselves in his life.

December 16, 2013

Leader of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance in Namibia says ‘Africans must stop hiding the reality’ of LGBTI citizens

The leader of one of Namibia’s political parties has spoken out for gay rights and gone head-to-head with his opponents who claim homosexuality is un-African.

McHenry Venaani, the leader of Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), told Gay Star News claims homosexuality is un-African are ‘manufactured lies’.

‘For many years gays have been part of the society all along. It is scientifically proven all races and cultures have gays,’ Venaani said.

December 16, 2013

Leader of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance in Namibia says ‘Africans must stop hiding the reality’ of LGBTI citizens

The leader of one of Namibia’s political parties has spoken out for gay rights and gone head-to-head with his opponents who claim homosexuality is un-African.

McHenry Venaani, the leader of Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), told Gay Star News claims homosexuality is un-African are ‘manufactured lies’.

‘For many years gays have been part of the society all along. It is scientifically proven all races and cultures have gays,’ Venaani said.

December 13, 2013

Young LGBTI people who are forced out of their families homes through homophobia are particularly vulnerable

Poverty-stricken Namibians are turning to gay sex work to escape widespread unemployment, which is so bad it forces people to eat out of the garbage.

That’s according to leading Namibia sex workers rights campaigner Nicodemus ‘Mama Africa’ Aoxamub who told Gay Star News: ‘Poverty leads Namibian men to sell their bodies to eke out a living.’

Aoxamub has been a male sex worker for the past 33 years in the mineral rich Southern African country which has a high unemployment rate.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 10, 2013

Despite having a bounty on his head, Wendelinus Hamutenya is a well-known politician, in an openly gay relationship, who has put LGBT issues to the top of the agenda

The first winner of Mr Gay Namibia has started a bid to become a member of parliament, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

Wendelinus Hamutenya is campaigning for a position on the parliamentary list of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) party’s national convention which will take place next month.

October 10, 2013

Despite having a bounty on his head, Wendelinus Hamutenya is a well-known politician, in an openly gay relationship, who has put LGBT issues to the top of the agenda

The first winner of Mr Gay Namibia has started a bid to become a member of parliament, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

Wendelinus Hamutenya is campaigning for a position on the parliamentary list of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) party’s national convention which will take place next month.

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.

November 26, 2012

Wendelinus Hamutenya claims organizers of gay pageant are trying to 'sabotage' his work

Last year's Mr Gay Namibia winner has been suspended over domestic violence claims, just days before he is due to hand his crown to a new lucky finalist.

Wendelinus Hamutenya won the title in November 2011 in the country's first ever gay pagaent and was also one of the first black Africans to compete in Mr Gay World 2012 in neighboring South Africa.

However, organizers of the event have suspended Hamutenya after it emerged he is being investigated for domestic violence in Johannesburg.

April 2, 2012

Competition to be hosted by cabaret star and South African entertainer

A multi award winning South African entertainer and a cabaret star have been announced as hosts of the Mr Gay World (MGW) grand finale.

Taking place on 8 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, the event will also see performances from a number of acts including a Russian pop star and former Mrs World, a South African soap star and a local performance troupe.

Founded in 2009, the MGW contest is held annually and claims it allows gay men representing their nation to compete to become ambassadors for equality.

February 28, 2012

Fears for safety of Mr Gay World's black African contestants, as Zimbabwean pulls out and Ethiopia's entry receives death threats

The Mr Gay World contestant from Ethiopia may not be able to return to his country after receiving death threats.

The global male beauty pageant, which is this year held in Johannesburg, from 4 to 8 April, was last week celebrating after getting its first black African finalists.

February 22, 2012

Mr Gay World's first black African finalists may help fight anti-gay laws across the continent

Mr Gay World's first black African finalists will send out a 'powerful message of hope', say organizers.

Robel Gizaw Hailu from Ethiopia, Wendelinus Hamutenya from Namibia, Lance Weyer from South Africa and Taurai Zhanje from Zimbabwe, will compete in the global male beauty pageant in Johannesburg, from 4 to 8 April.

Homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries, with Mauritania, Sudan, and northern Nigeria allowing for the death penalty.

Mr Gay World's Africa director Coenie Kukkuk has hailed the news as a major development.

February 22, 2012

Mr Gay World's first black African finalists may help fight anti-gay laws across the continent

Mr Gay World's first black African finalists will send out a 'powerful message of hope', say organizers.

Robel Gizaw Hailu from Ethiopia, Wendelinus Hamutenya from Namibia, Lance Weyer from South Africa and Taurai Zhanje from Zimbabwe, will compete in the global male beauty pageant in Johannesburg, from 4 to 8 April.

Homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries, with Mauritania, Sudan, and northern Nigeria allowing for the death penalty.

Mr Gay World's Africa director Coenie Kukkuk has hailed the news as a major development.

December 9, 2011

Muggers demand cash in possibly homophobia-motivated attack against Wendelinus Hamutenya

The winner of the first-ever Mr Gay Namibia is recovering from being attacked with a glass bottle after being followed by two men while on his way home.

Wendelinus Hamutenya was hit in on the head, face and ribs in the assault in the country's capital, Windhoek, which led to him being treated in a private clinic for 24 hours.

Gay rights group Out-Right Namibia said it 'strongly condemns the homophobic, and what could be a politically motivated, attack on the first ever Mr Gay Namibia, Wendelinus Hamutenya'.