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September 19, 2014

Uganda’s President Museveni is struggling to find accommodation during a trip to Texas where he is seeking to encourage tourism and investment in his country despite its persecution of LGBTI people

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is struggling to find a hotel to stay in as he prepares to meet with potential investors in his country this weekend in Irving, Texas.

President Museveni had been due to stay at the Irving Four Seasons hotel. However the hotel cancelled the booking after a blog post in the Dallas Voice noted his country’s record of persecuting LGBTI people and attempts to pass draconian laws to silence them.

September 19, 2014

From a a boogie-down in Bogota's biggest gay club to a Segway tour through the streets of Cartagena, here are some tips for enjoying two of Colombia's most popular destinations

When it comes to reputations Bogota - the capital of Colombia – used to be right up there with Bagdad, Mogadishu and Pyongyang as a holiday destination.

Bogota was as notorious for kidnappings as Ibiza still is for a night of debauched clubbing. Years of being the cocaine capital of the world had left the city as a no-go area for all but the brave or mad.

But times have changed and in the space of just a few years Bogota has turned itself around and it’s now one of the safer cities in Latin America.

September 18, 2014

Whoever you are, whomever you love, you will forever be fabulous in W Hong Kong’s eyes!

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W Hotel Hong Kong is redefining what it means to have a fabulous hotel stay with its DARE TO BE FABULOUS package for couples.

‘W Hong Kong has always been supportive to all communities. This time, we’ll be taking our support even further with the DARE TO BE FABULOUS room package. Everything from rooms, food, romantic surprises and even spa treatments will be covered.’

September 17, 2014

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere has been arrested, evicted and beaten in his home country

A prominent Ugandan gay activist for more than 17 years has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today.

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere, co-founder of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, has been in the US since February and filed for asylum in May.

In Uganda, Wambere was outed as gay by newspapers, harassed by strangers, received death threats from anonymous phone calls, arrested, evicted from his home and beaten up.

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

September 11, 2014

The sport's governing body says it was unaware of the country's stone the gays law

The Australian Football League (AFL) has said it is 'reassessing' its sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines amid a global boycott of the anti-gay country. 

The league said it was unaware of the law Brunei enacted law in April that punishes gay sex with death by stoning and will come into effect next year.

September 11, 2014

The Court of Final Appeal has ended a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests

Hong Kong's highest court yesterday dismissed a police appeal against a ruling in favor of LGBTI activists who danced at an anti-homophobia rally in 2011, putting an end to a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests.

Three out of five judges ruled in favor of the activists, who staged a dance performance at an International Day Against Homophobia rally in May 2011. 

September 9, 2014

Activists fear the gay marriage bill has been shelved indefinitely

More than forty marriage equality and civil rights groups gathered outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei this morning calling on lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill they say has been deliberately set aside.

They also announced a larger protest that will see 99 civil rights groups surround the Legislative Yuan when it reopens on October 5.

September 4, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga wants to bring back the anti-gay law

The speaker of the Ugandan parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been cut from a business forum in London due to her homophobic views.

She was meant to speak later this month at the fourth Ugandan Investment Forum, which promotes the country as a favored investment destination. Other speakers include the vice president and several ministers and business leaders.

Kadaga vowed to pass the now defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2012, which would have made gay sex punishable by death or life imprisonment, and last month she re-tabled the bill.

September 1, 2014

The Zimbabwean president made the comment while visiting China but left without a single yuan in aid or soft loans

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said he prefers aid from China because Beijing did not force Africa to 'embrace homosexuality' like the West.

'Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions,' he told a Chinese TV interviewer. 'And that is our objection.'

He continued, ‘We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control. China uses aid to promote the African personality.’

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

August 26, 2014

An advertising campaign for a Kazakhstan gay bar has taken out a bronze award at a regional advertising competition despite causing outrage by showing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing

A controversial advertising campaign for a gay bar in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan is causing controversy despite winning a regional advertising award.

Posters for Almaty gay bar Studio 69 show Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing passionately and have been the subject of official complaints – though homosexuality has not been illegal in the country since 1998.

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.