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April 1, 2014

Violence and discrimination continue, but the government is unlikely to back a new anti-gay bill, says leading organization for men who have sex with men

Life in jail for homosexuality is not enough to protect Tanzania from gays, an MP has argued, as he drafts a new anti-LGBTI bill.

The law in Tanzania already gives 20 years to life for homosexual activity, with slightly lighter sentences in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar.

But Ezekiel Wenje from the main opposition party, Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo, claims homosexuality is on the rise because that law is not enough of a deterrent.

March 17, 2014

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister has warned that efforts to impose equal rights for LGBTI people in Africa may fail if imposed from outside

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Mbembe has advised that the Commonwealth should only try to make progress on LGBTI rights in member countries slowly as trying to impose them from outside may fail.

Mbembe made the comments Friday during a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which Membe chairs.

Mbembe had been responding to a question from a journalist who had asked him what the Commonwealth’s position was on the European Union and World Bank threatening Uganda with sanctions over its draconian anti-gay laws.

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.

June 18, 2013

Tanzanians who are most at risk of HIV face widespread police abuse, being driving into further risk of infection said a report 

LGBT people, along sex workers and people face abuses including torture, rape, assault, arbitrary arrest, and extortion documents a report released today.

In just one example of many interviewees, Saidi W., a gay man arrested in December 2011 reported how he was forced to assemble other gay men in a local bar at gun point, and told by police: ‘If you don’t call your friends, we’ll shoot you.’

June 17, 2013

A Nigerian argues Obama would be doing Africa a favor by pointing out gay rights will help the continent develop

From 26 June 26 to 3 July, US President Barack Obama will be visiting Africa. The visit takes him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

According a statement released by the White House, Obama will use his visit ‘to reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders’.

February 27, 2013

Tanzania's telecommunications watchdog slapped a fine on a Radio station and banned its program which featured pro gay content

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) banned and fined a Radio station for broadcasting a pro gay rights content during its breakfast program.

During the station's morning program known as 'Power Breakfast', a segment dubbed ‘Jicho la Ng’ombe’, featured reporting of Obama's inauguration and a positive mention of the prayer for inclusivity, which included LGBT people.

Regulators alleged that the station was aiming to have Tanzanians 'sensitised' to the ideas in order to 'copy' them.

February 27, 2013

Tanzania's telecommunications watchdog slapped a fine on a Radio station and banned its program which featured pro gay content

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) banned and fined a Radio station for broadcasting a pro gay rights content during its breakfast program.

During the station's morning program known as 'Power Breakfast', a segment dubbed ‘Jicho la Ng’ombe’, featured reporting of Obama's inauguration and a positive mention of the prayer for inclusivity, which included LGBT people.

Regulators alleged that the station was aiming to have Tanzanians 'sensitised' to the ideas in order to 'copy' them.

November 5, 2012

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach pledges over $4 million dollars.

The Danish government has agreed to give $4.4 million to help gay and bisexual men affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The 25 million Danish Krone will fund the International HIV/AIDS Alliance's work in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, where same-sex relationships are illegal.

Executive Director of the Alliance, Alvaro Bermejo, said: 'It’s heartening to see the Danish government and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) showing such leadership for the HIV response in Africa.

October 26, 2012

UK's Lib-Dem, Tory and Labour Lords and Baronesses stand up for gay rights in short, late afternoon debate

The House of Lords has called for a stronger government stance against the mistreatment of gay men and women in the developing world.

Members of the British parliament's upper house united in a debate led by Conservative peer Lord Lexden yesterday (25 October).

August 2, 2012

Details of the apparent murder of Maurice Mjomba emerge, along with graphic pictures of his body at his funeral

A Tanzanian LGBT activist who was found dead at his house was found tied up, gagged and savagely beaten, according to eye witnesses.

Details of the apparent murder of Maurice Mjomba, who campaigned for gay rights but whose own sexuality is not known, have now emerged. GSN reported the death on 30 July when his body was discovered.

July 30, 2012

Maurice Mjomba, a leading LGBT rights activist and sexual health advocate was found dead this morning at his home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Maurice Mjomba, a leading LGBT rights activist and sexual health advocate, was found dead today at his home in Dar es Salaam this morning.

The circumstances of his death are still unclear

According to Julius Lumanyika Kyaruzi, coordinator of the Centre for Human Rights Promotion (CHRP), Mjomba was found dead at his home early this morning.

April 19, 2012

Decision to grant Edson 'Eddy' Cosmas refugee status in UK is a 'huge victory' for LGBT rights, say Movement for Justice

A gay rights activist from Tanzania has won refugee status in the UK after a year long battle to stay in the country.

Edson ‘Eddy’ Cosmas was finally granted asylum in Britain this week, despite the Home Office initially turning him down in May 2011, claiming that the African country was safe for LGBT people and refusing to believe he is gay.

March 12, 2012

San Franciscan couple Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang are traveling the world seeking out the ‘supergays’. Nine months in, we hear about where they’ve been, who they’ve met and what they’ve experienced

When Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang left their home in San Francisco last June to travel around the world in search of ‘supergays’, they didn’t know who they would meet or how it would affect their relationship. Nine months into their journey they’ve met dozens of inspirational gays, from Prince Manvendra Sign Gohil to the organisers of Shanghai Pride and are now engaged, but Jenni’s traditional Chinese parents still won’t accept their relationship. Gay Star News interview them in Brazil over Skype.