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August 19, 2014

A council representing faiths groups in Uganda has had to fire all its staff after the US Government redirected funding to other groups over its support for draconian legislation punishing LGBTI people

Uganda’s multi-faith Inter-Religious Council has had its funding terminated by the United States government over its members’ support for draconian legislation punishing LGBTI people and those who support them, and the European Union has followed suit.

The Inter-Religious Council is made up of Uganda’s Muslim Supreme Council, the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and Anglican, Orthodox and Seventh Day Adventist churches.

USAID stripped the group of 89.6 billion Ugandan shillings ($US34.5 million), causing the group to lay off all its staff.

August 19, 2014

Human rights leaders around the world have been trying to discover more about the alleged slayings

A row has broken out over a claim that three gay men, two lesbians and a trans person were stoned to death this month in rural Uganda.

Over the past couple of days, the question of whether these murders happened has stunned, shocked and infuriated activists and groups around the world – as people know very little more than this.

Human rights leaders around the world have been trying to discover more about the alleged slayings.

August 15, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, calls on the world to continue fighting for LGBTI rights in his country

Uganda’s anti-gay law is no more, and even the President might be changing his views. Could we finally be moving in the right direction?

President Yoweri Museveni’s recent comments, after the Constitutional Court nullified the law, are right. A bill like this is difficult to pass.

There are clearly so many open LGBTI people in Uganda that criminalizing them all would be a massive headache.

August 14, 2014

Chou Shu-chi and Wang Shu-yi are raising twins together but the Taiwanese Government refuses to recognize Wang as a legal guardian of her children as she was not the birth mother

Taiwanese lesbians Chou Shu-chi and Wang Shu-yi are suing the Taiwanese Government after it refused to recognize them both as legal guardians of the twins they are raising together.

The couple have been together for 15 years since meeting in college and four years ago they decided they wanted to start a family so Chou traveled to Canada to undergo an assisted reproduction procedure.

The couple were told there was a 60% chance the procedure would not work so they were blown over when they discovered they were having twins - a boy and a girl.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 12, 2014

Ruling party leader has said the law could be watered down to allow gay people to have sex without fear of prosecution

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he will ‘water’ down the anti-gay law, allowing consenting adults to have sex.

Under the original law overturned by the Constitutional Court, homosexuality and the promotion of homosexuality was punishable by life in prison.

It was already watered down, as lawmakers decided to not punish gay people for having sex with the death penalty.

But now, a ruling party lawmaker has said it could be watered down even further to focus the law’s efforts on the ‘promotion of homosexuality’.

August 11, 2014

Uruguayans celebrated the one year anniversary of same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry this month, with over 200 couples marrying in the first 12 months they have been able to

Over 200 same-sex couples have married in Uruguay in the 12 months since it legalized gay marriage in the small South American nation of 3.3 million people.

According to the civil registry of Montevideo, which covers half the country’s population, 134 same-sex couples have married since same-sex marriage became legal in Uruguay on 5 August last year.

August 8, 2014

Ahead of a secret gay pride celebration in Uganda, lawmakers refuse to let the Anti-Homosexuality Act die and push the case to the Supreme Court

Uganda’s attorney general will appeal the Constitutional Court’s decision last week to nullify the country’s anti-gay law.

Even though the Constitutional Court agreed with gay rights activists that parliament did not follow the proper procedure when passing the anti-Homosexuality Act, the attorney general has pushed for the Constitutional Court to revisit its latest decision.

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.

August 5, 2014

At least 25 mostly African delegates to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne failed to board their flights home after the conference closed and are seeking asylum in Australia

A large group of delegates to the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne are hoping to be recognized as refugees by the Australian Government and are in the process of seeking asylum.

Reports say the delegates are mostly from Africa and from countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ethiopia - while a few of the delegates that did not fly home are from Asian countries but it is unknown from which at this stage.

August 3, 2014

Uganda president Museveni said his trip to Washington next week had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill, and sounded defiant on the future of the bill

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has said the US had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill on Friday (1 August).

Speaking at a press conference, the anti-gay leader denied the US put any pressure on him to get rid of the draconian bill.

‘I was going to Washington with the bill when it was stopped. It has nothing to do with us going to Washington,’ he told Agence France Press.

He also commented on reports circulating about countries stopping their aid to Uganda, which he also denied.

August 2, 2014

A video of a trans woman being beaten by two men, one of them reportedly a police officer, had sparked outrage in Honduras

A news channel in Honduras has captured a video of a trans woman being brutally beaten by a police man.

The video released by Channel 6 shows a transgender woman on the receiving end of punches and kicks from two men, one reportedly a member of the military police.

The scene took place in San Pedro Sula, a city in the north west of Honduras.

August 2, 2014

The English seaside city will spend the weekend dancing, with a park festival and street party

A group of LGBTI Ugandans were the happiest people dancing in the Brighton Pride parade on the south coast of England today (2 August).

They were celebrating the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the Anti-Homosexuality Act yesterday.

While homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, the court’s decision removes one of the world’s most draconian pieces of anti-gay legislation.

August 1, 2014

‘Make no mistake the gymnastics and simple technicalities will never rule this country'

August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

July 31, 2014

Activists are hoping the Constitutional Court will do the right thing and repeal one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world

One of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world could be repealed tomorrow (1 August).

For two days, the Uganda’s Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

In this ruling, the court will judge on whether parliament broke the rules.

The central argument of the pro-gay activists was the law was passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 29, 2014

The government of Sweden will give Uganda around $200 million in development aid over the next five years after it became one of the first countries to suspend or redirect aid to the country over the passage of its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sweden has announced it will provide $200 million in aid to Uganda over the next five years to improve health care, with a focus on sexual health and human rights - despite being one of the first to withdraw aid over the Central African country’s passing a law punishing homosexuality with terms of up to life in prison.

July 29, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A theater in London and one in Birmingham have refused to host a Ugandan rapper for his homophobic lyrics.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.

July 25, 2014

Lyrics in his songs include: 'Fire will burn the batty man. Burn all the batty man. All Ugandans get behind me and fight the batty man’

A Ugandan rapper that wants to ‘shoot all the battymen’ will be performing in the UK.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’.

He has a reality show in his country with a comparable popularity to something like the Kardashians, focusing on his music career and life with his three wives.

He is scheduled to appear alongside drama and music troupe, The Ebonies, in London and Birmingham on 10, 11, 23 and 24 August.

July 21, 2014

LGBTI activists in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan are calling for help from the international community to fight their country’s proposed ban on so-called gay propaganda and have suggested five ways they can help

LGBTI activists in Kyrgyzstan have called on the global LGBTI community to come to their aid before they are silenced by a bill before the parliament that would go even further than Russia’s ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda to children’ by banning any public discussion of LGBTI issues.

July 15, 2014

At least three men are still serving up to 14 years in prison for homosexuality

Malawi has officially suspended arresting people for gay sex, the justice minister has said.

Janet Chijaya-Banda has said the law, which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in prison, is effectively no longer used.

She was in front of the UN Human Rights Committee to answer question about the status of the homophobic law last week.

In her response, Banda said police have been told to not arrest anyone for being gay while the country’s Law Commission prepares to review its constitutionality.

July 11, 2014

A 16 and 18-year-old were among five men given anal examinations after being arrested in Pader, northern Uganda

Five men, one as young as 16, were tortured with an anal probe test after being arrested by Uganda cops.

That’s according to activists who investigated the arrests in Pader district, northern Uganda, which GSN first reported yesterday.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum Uganda (HRAPF), said:

‘The background to the case is that one of the arrested persons, the now 18-year-old (who was a minor at the time the case was first reported) was arrested on 10 October 2013 for attempted suicide.

July 7, 2014

Government issues a statement claiming the Anti-Homosexuality Act is not anti-gay, but is instead intended to protect children

The Ugandan government has released a statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Act, claiming it is not anti-gay.

Not getting the clue from the law’s title, Ugandan officials have taken a page from Russia’s book to say the law is about protecting children – not hunting down homosexuals.

The statement claims it was ‘misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of “homosexual orientation”, especially by our development partners.'

July 5, 2014

As LGBTI pride was celebrated all over the world, a small group of Ugandans gathered together in secret to avoid police attention

Over 100 LGBTI people in Uganda gathered together in secret to celebrate pride, despite the harsh anti-gay laws currently in place in the east African country.

Last week (28 June), 100 people gathered on a Ugandan beach to celebrate LGBTI pride.

The event was organized in secret to avoid attracting the attention of the police. Homophobic laws currently in place in Uganda sees life imprisonment for anyone caught having gay sex, and up to seven years in prison for anyone who ‘aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage in acts of homosexuality.'