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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.'

June 30, 2014

As several nations celebrate Pride, one country decided to hold a homophobic response to the growing 'homosexuality problem'

Several nations across the world may have held their Pride events celebrating LGBTI people, but there was one country that did the complete opposite.

On Saturday (28 June), thousands of Jamaicans were a part of a rally to stop the ‘gay agenda’ in Kingston.

Church groups, under the umbrella coalition CAUSE, organized the rally to highlight what they claim is a growing threat of homosexuality.

Helene Coley Nicolson told RJR News that the LGBTI community was a cause for concern.

June 30, 2014

John Oliver on HBO's Last Week Tonight examines one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world

Several nations across the world celebrated LGBTI Pride at the weekend, and among them many US states and UK cities.

But what you might not realise was the UK and the US had a deep influence on one country, Uganda, and their persecution of LGBTI people.

John Oliver, a British comic, looked closely at the issue on the HBO’s Last Week Tonight.

He interviewed Pepe Julian Onzeima, a Ugandan LGBTI rights activist, who said the homophobic law would not have happened if it wasn’t for British colonial laws or US evangelical influence.

June 25, 2014

One of a group of Ugandan activists the Canadian Government tried to refuse visas to out of fear they will claim asylum has spoken about why he refuses to flee his homeland despite being outed by a tabloid and says he is prepared to die for his cause

Ugandan LGBTI rights activist Richard Lusimbo has spoken to CTV about his decision to remain in his homeland despite its anti-gay climate and draconian new laws further criminalizing gay people and their freedom of expression.

‘Uganda is home. It's where my family is. It's where my livelihood is. It's where I've grown up and there's a lot of work to be done,’ Lusimbo said.

June 23, 2014

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodríguez has told ambassador James Brewster to ‘take his gay pride elsewhere,’ after he released a video with his husband for Gay Pride Month

Dominican Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodríguez has lashed out at a video released by US ambassador James ‘Wally’ Brewster and his husband Bob Satawake for LGBTI Pride Month.

In the video Brewster reiterated recent comments by US President Barack Obama marking Pride Month and celebrated his first six months in the diplomatic posting.

Brewster said he and Satawake had been welcomed by Dominicans but also spoke about those who had criticized their relationship and how their predictions about how the couple would be greeted had not come true.

June 23, 2014

US cuts aid in response to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, President Yoweri Museveni responds with tax rises

LGBTIs fear they could be targeted in riots as Ugandans express their anger over tax rises caused by the country's new anti-gay law.

The US government punished the Ugandan government for the Anti-Homosexuality Act by cutting some aid and redirecting some to non-governmental organizations.

President Barack Obama had been under pressure for months to act against Uganda for the draconian new law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

June 20, 2014

Nothing against Hawaii, the Maldives or Thailand, but the Pacific island of Boracay stole our hearts with its pristine beaches, green mango smoothies and lively locals. Mahal Kita Philippines!

The Philippines is a fascinating country.

Consisting of over 7,000 islands, this is a part of the world that you can spend months exploring.

However if you only have limited time and you’re wanting a bit of a beach holiday, then you are going to end up at Boracay.

Boracay is one of the best beaches in Asia, and when you are looking at beach holidays in the Philippines then Boracay is probably the easiest one to get to - normally about a one hour flight from the capital Manila.

June 19, 2014

Funds also being cut for some programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute

The United States has detailed the measures it is taking against Uganda in response to draconian homophobic laws implemented in February.

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Thursday (19 June) that the government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 'runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship.'

Hayden said the US seeks to reinforce its support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 18, 2014

Similar to Russia's own anti-gay laws, the European Union has described it as one of the most sweeping homophobic draft laws in the world

A Kyrgyzstan human rights group has passed a ‘gay propaganda’ bill in parliament.

The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-gay law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ in the former Soviet country.

This means it will be a crime for anyone to discuss anything related to LGBTI people in public spaces either through the media, or by organizing public events to discuss human rights.

Those found guilty will be punished with fines and up to six months in prison.

June 14, 2014

More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter urging the US to force Brunei to abandon its draconian laws that call for amputation for thieves, and the stoning of gays and adulterers – or not be allowed to participate in a 12-country trade pact talk

One hundred and nineteen members of the House of Representatives signed a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry and US Trade Representative Michael Froman to shun Brunei in talks on a Pacific free trade zone agreement unless it addresses its recently introduced Islamic laws that  threatens the human rights of groups including women and LGBTIs.

June 14, 2014

Stefanie Sun, a Mandarin popstar popular across East Asia and Southeast Asia, says she supports the 'Freedom to Love' and calls on fans to attend Singapore's pro-LGBT Pink Dot rally

Singapore-born, Taiwan-based singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun has declared her support for Pink Dot 2014, Singapore's annual LGBTI rally which attracted a record turnout of 21,000 people last year.

In a 20-second video posted on YouTube and shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, Sun said in Mandarin, 'Being able to find true love, is one of life's happiest things.'

June 13, 2014

The Dominican Republic’s national chief of police and defense minister have reiterated this week that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces

The head of the Dominican Republic’s national police force has reiterated that homosexuals will not be allowed to serve in its ranks.

National Police Chief Manuel Castro made the comments in response to a journalist’s question about the United States allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve in its armed forces.

In response, Castro said ‘those types of people,’ are barred by law from joining the police, according to Dominican Today.

June 12, 2014

Diplomatic staff at the British Consulate for Hong Kong are reviewing a decision to not allow same-sex couples to marry there after it was revealed that the Spanish Consulate in Hong Kong is already marrying same-sex couples

British consular officials are reviewing a decision to comply with a Hong Kong Government request that they not perform same-sex marriages for couples where at least one partner is a British citizen.

The Hong Kong government asked the Consulate not to begin performing same-sex marriages over the weekend but its protocol department has since clarified that it is up to Consular officials whether they heed that request.

British law says that embassies should not marry same-sex couples at their consulates if the host country objects.

June 10, 2014

Due to be deported from the UK today, a 30-year-old fears she will be beaten, imprisoned and killed if she is forced to go back to Uganda

A Uganda lesbian, who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her, has been given a chance to have her life saved.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, was hours away from being deported from the UK where she feared she would be beaten, imprisoned, or even killed.

She was scheduled to leave today (10 June).

June 9, 2014

Read reports on plight of gay and trans people around Caribbean. Youths say: ‘Our generation is impatient for change and the time to do it is now’

Young Caribbean LGBTI youths are not prepared to wait for equality and have told politicians to stop talking and start delivering.

That was the message from a unique summit in Trinidad on the weekend.

It saw young LGBTI people from around the region coming together in the capital, Port of Spain, under the banner ‘Generation Change’.

‘We have heard fine words from some of our prime ministers and people with the power to make change happen but so far we see nothing being done,’ said Jeremy Steffan Edwards, one of the event organizers.

June 7, 2014

'In the end we were waiting for over four hours to move forward and turned back'

The Korea Queer Festival was disrupted by Christian protestors.

According to information provided to Gay Star News by a Ph.D student in South Korea, conservative Christians held mass prayer services during the 7 June event.

'To put it simply today was a kind of battle between extremist Christians and LGBT attendees of said pride,' the student wrote in an email account.

June 2, 2014

Kate has decided to not side with the many celebrities, like Ellen DeGeneres, who are boycotting hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei – a man who wishes for gay people to be stoned to death.

Kate, the 32-year-old royal, slipped in and out of the underground car park of the Dorchester Hotel inside a blacked-out people carrier.

Several celebrities, like Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneres and Anna Wintour, have boycotted hotels owned by Brunei over the introduction of Sharia law.

June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.