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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 14, 2014

Gay campaigners ‘jubilant’. Civil unions could be signed into law as early as tomorrow

The island nation of Malta is set to finally legalize civil unions for gay couples this evening (14 April).

Traditionally conservative, the small European Catholic nation is one vote away from giving gay couples the right to have their unions recognized.

If the bill passes, as is widely expected, it will be signed into law as early as tomorrow.

The bill will give gay couples exactly the same legal rights as straight couples have with marriage.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has described the change as a very important moment for Malta.

April 11, 2014

The Philippines Supreme Court has ruled that the government can provide condoms and other forms of contraception to the public for free following years of opposition by the Catholic Church

The fight against HIV and overpopulation in the Philippines has just been given an important new weapon as the country’s Supreme Court has ruled the government can provide free condoms and other kinds of contraception after a tooth-and-nail battle with the Catholic Church.

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 9, 2014

The President of South Africa has said he respects Uganda’s right to criminalize gays and lesbians despite his country having the strongest laws protecting LGBTI people on the African continent

South African President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday that he respects Uganda’s right to pass legislation severely criminalizing LGBTI people and their supporters in the latest sign that South Africa will not join with Western nations in taking formal action against the country.

‘South Africa respects the sovereign rights of other countries to adopt their own legislation,’ Zuma said in a statement in response to a question from a member of the National Assembly.

April 4, 2014

Authorities are alleged to have shut down the US-funded offices and interrogated one of the Ugandan citizens working there

Uganda police raided the offices of a HIV charity for ‘training youths in gay sex’, a spokesman said today (4 April).

The authorities are alleged to have shut down the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala yesterday, arresting and interrogating at least one Ugandan citizen.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo confirmed the raid, saying on Twitter: ‘Police burst Water Reed Project in Makerere University #training youths in homosexuality.’

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.

April 3, 2014

Government has decided to allow publishers of gay 'naming and shaming' newspapers to travel freely into the country

Members of Parliament of the UK government voted against travel bans on the publishers of Ugandan gay hate newspapers and anti-gay supporters.

The call was made for MPs to vote on whether travel bans should be given to those who promote gay hate in Uganda.

They voted to not ban travel into the UK, meaning people who call for the deaths and imprisonment of gay people in Uganda will be allowed to enter the country.

April 1, 2014

Members of the European Parliament have expressed their concern over a proposed Russian style ban on so-called propaganda of ‘non-traditional relationships’ in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan

The European Union has expressed its concern over a proposed ban on so-called propaganda of non-traditional relationships in Kyrgyzstan – similar to Russia’s ban on any positive discussion of LGBTI issues in the public sphere.

On 26 March the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan published a draft bill that would impose tough sanctions for any speech or action aimed at creating ‘a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual relations’ – a euphemism for same-sex relationships.

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 29, 2014

Kyrgyzstan has gone a step further than its former parent-state Russia to introduce a bill that not only prohibits 'gay propaganda' but statements that may 'create a positive attitude' towards 'non-traditional sexual relations'

The ex-Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan last week announced a new bill that would make any statement that creates 'a positive attitude to unconventional sexual orientation' – whether or not it amounts to a criminal act under the law – punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine.

Although there are no laws that prohibit sexual relations between men as it was decriminalised in 1998, a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has found that gay and bisexual men have been subjected to a range of physical, sexual, and psychological abuses at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan.

March 28, 2014

Homophobia has a price, and the African country is seeing that as it faces further threats of aid cuts as part of the international backlash

Uganda officials are to hold talks with the European Union over the anti-gay law today (28 March).

The east African nation is facing severe sanctions and aid cuts as part of the international backlash over the new homophobic law.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month that punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The country’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa will be meeting with the head of the EU delegation in Uganda Kristian Schmidt.

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 25, 2014

LGBTI friendly information technology giant Google has announced it will be official partners with the 2014 Korea Queer Festival – which starts with a street parade on 7 June and runs until 15 June

Google will be one of the biggest corporate partners of the 2014 Korean Queer Festival in June as the event celebrates its 15 year.

Begun in 2000, the event, held in the South Korean capital of Seoul, has grown into one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Asia and organizers are expecting 20,000 to take part this year.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Love Conquers Hate,’ and following the 7 June opening parade will be a week-long calendar of exhibitions, performances, parties and an LGBTI film festival.

March 19, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay law earlier this year, punishing homosexuality with up to life in prison

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay law today (19 March).

Ugandan LGBTI activist Edwin Sesange, who will be leading the protest, believes this is one of the best ways those who live in countries with gay rights can help those living under homophobic regimes.

The new Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison.

March 16, 2014

According to reports, two men have been arrested under Uganda's new anti-gay law after they were caught having sex in a hotel room

The first arrests are believed to have been made under Uganda’s new gay law which was passed by President Yoweri Museveni last month.

According to reports, two men were arrested in the town of Jinja in south-east Uganda earlier this week after they were heard having sex in a hotel room.

March 14, 2014

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted Thursday in support of targeted sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTI people after they passed harsh new laws eroding the rights of gay people

The European Parliament has voted in support of sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over the passage of draconian new anti-gay laws.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law in January which makes being anyway involved in a same-sex marriage an actual crime punishable by serious jail time and also bans any advocacy in support of LGBTI rights or support for gay people.

March 14, 2014

Uganda warns cutting health budget will mean they cannot buy HIV kits and antiretroviral drugs, medicine that half a million Ugandans rely on

The United States has suspended some of its reported $400 million in aid to Uganda.

This is the first move after President Barack Obama warned passing the law would ‘complicate’ the African country’s relationship with the US.

A senior US government official told Reuters that a portion of the US Centre for Disease Control’s agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health had been put on hold.

Uganda now says it can no longer afford to buy antiretroviral drugs and HIV testing kits, medicine that some members of the Ugandan LGBTI community relies on.

March 13, 2014

With the world still reeling from the new draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act, the legal battle to scrap it has already started

Our fight back against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act has started in earnest – in the courts.

The anti-gay law, signed less than a month ago, violates the constitution of Uganda and other international laws. President Yoweri Museveni knows this but assented anyway to protect his own political interests.

March 12, 2014

'The hate-mongers in America who have been repudiated here have found a place where they can bring their message'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the US House of Representatives, is blasting anti-gay Americans for spreading their message in Uganda.

'These people have been repudiated in America, they’re very unhappy,' Frank said in a radio interview this week.

'The American people have moved and are moving, every day toward the position that, if two people want to show attention to each other, two adults, that’s their business.'

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 10, 2014

Telecoms company is protesting against Uganda's anti-gay law that punishes homosexuality with life in jail

Telecom company Orange is pulling advertizing from a Uganda tabloid that outed hundreds of gay people in the country.

Red Pepper, a prominent tabloid, published 200 names and faces of LGBTI people in Uganda sparking fears of mob violence.

Orange spokesperson Jean-Bernard Orsoni said: ‘Orange Uganda is advertising in most newspapers and radio stations in the country.

March 8, 2014

Nude photos of Roberto Arango had previously shown up on Grindr leading him to resign from office in 2011

Former Puerto Rican Senator Roberto Arango has publicly come out as gay nearly four years after a nude Grindr photo scandal drove him from office.

Arango had aligned himself with conservative religious coalition and had a long history of anti-gay votes and actively worked against legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

On Friday (7 March), he officially came out in an interview with radio station Noti UNO.

He was asked by a reporter: 'Isn't it time for you to state whether or not you are a homosexual?'

March 7, 2014

Activists claim the women were taken Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé, notorious for its harsh conditions, overcrowding and poor sanitation

Four lesbians have been arrested and jailed on charges of being gay in Cameroon, a radio report has said.

It is alleged the four women were arrested at one of their homes in Ebolowa, southern Cameroon.

Activists claim the women were taken Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé.

The prison is notorious for its harsh conditions, with it receiving international criticism over its overcrowding, poor sanitation and inadequate food.