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April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

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

The world’s second openly gay leader of a country has told a European Union-Africa leadership summit that the rights of minorities, including LGBTI people must be respected

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has told a European Union-Africa summit that he is hosting in Brussels that the rights of LGBTI people must be respected in Africa.

Di Rupo, only the second openly gay person to be elected a national leader, made the comments in a speech in front of the leaders of Nigeria and Uganda amongst other delegates.

‘We cannot tolerate that some are denied their rights and persecuted for their origins, their sexual orientation, their religion and their convictions,’ Di Rupo said on Wednesday at a dinner for some 80 leaders.

April 1, 2014

'We can live without aid,' Yoweri Museveni says to thousands in order to drum up support for the homophobic law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni led a homophobic hate march to drum up more hate for LGBTI people yesterday (31 March).

Speaking to thousands of supporters, religious leaders and politicians in Kampala, he said Uganda could live without Western aid.

International outrage has led to around $118 million (€85m) being halted or redirected in aid as punishment for the law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

April 1, 2014

'We can live without aid,' Yoweri Museveni says to thousands in order to drum up support for the homophobic law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni led a homophobic hate march to drum up more hate for LGBTI people yesterday (31 March).

Speaking to thousands of supporters, religious leaders and politicians in Kampala, he said Uganda could live without Western aid.

International outrage has led to around $118 million (€85m) being halted or redirected in aid as punishment for the law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

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 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 24, 2014

‘No gays everywhere’ shouted a religious leader as he marched supporters through the streets

Religious leaders marched in Uganda to drum up yet more hate for LGBTI people and back the new anti-gay law.

Pastors led people through West Budama, east Uganda, yesterday (23 March) to show the public is in favor of ‘abolishing’ homosexuality.

In a video posted on YouTube, a religious leader can be repeatedly seen shouting ‘No gays! No gays everywhere!’ to the sound of cheers and chanting.

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

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 18, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry says Ugandan president has agreed to meeting and is hopeful 'we can reach a point of reconsideration'

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday (18 March) that he is sending scientific experts on homosexuality to Uganga which recently made law the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The new law, which punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, has been hugely controversial and Kerry is hopeful 'we can reach a point of reconsideration.'

Kerry said he spoke personally with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni a few weeks ago about meeting with the experts.

Museveni had said after signing the law that he does not believe anyone can be born gay.

March 18, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry says Ugandan president has agreed to meeting and is hopeful 'we can reach a point of reconsideration'

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday (18 March) that he is sending scientific experts on homosexuality to Uganga which recently made law the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The new law, which punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, has been hugely controversial and Kerry is hopeful 'we can reach a point of reconsideration.'

Kerry said he spoke personally with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni a few weeks ago about meeting with the experts.

Museveni had said after signing the law that he does not believe anyone can be born gay.

March 17, 2014

Ugandans plan to march in support of their draconian laws criminalizing same-sex relationships next week in the face of Western donors looking to redirect aid away from the government to civil society groups

Ugandans have planned a march through the capital next Monday to show their support for the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would see repeat offenders and gay people with HIV jailed for life.

The march is being organized by Pastor Martin Ssempa who notoriously toured Uganda and screened extreme gay porn to crowds to drum up support for the bill and found viral internet fame for his claim that it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo.’

March 17, 2014

Ugandans plan to march in support of their draconian laws criminalizing same-sex relationships next week in the face of Western donors looking to redirect aid away from the government to civil society groups

Ugandans have planned a march through the capital next Monday to show their support for the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would see repeat offenders and gay people with HIV jailed for life.

The march is being organized by Pastor Martin Ssempa who notoriously toured Uganda and screened extreme gay porn to crowds to drum up support for the bill and found viral internet fame for his claim that it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo.’

March 17, 2014

Janet Museveni was congratulating bishops on their recent work campaigning against homosexuality in Uganda

Uganda’s First Lady has said if cows can’t be gay, then humans can definitely not be gay.

The bizarre statement was uttered during a speech Janet Museveni made while congratulating the Church of Uganda’s bishops for their recent work.

Uganda recently made law the Anti-Homosexuality Act, punishing gay sex with up to life in prison.

Museveni, who is also the minister for affairs in the region of Karamoja, said because of the bishops Uganda has ‘progressed’.

‘We must listen to God and obey him,’ she said. ‘Thank you God for leading us.’

March 16, 2014

Alice Nkom, a Cameroonian lawyer who has defended gay men and women for the last decade, says the country is battling an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’, comparing the situation to slavery

Alice Nkom, a pro-gay lawyer from Cameroon has spoken out about the treatment of gay people in her country, calling it an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’.

She also likened the situation to that of slavery in the United States before it was abolished in the nineteenth century.

Nkom, who has defended gay men men and women for more than a decade, said: ‘Currently in Cameroon, it’s an anti-homosexuals apartheid.’

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 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 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 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 7, 2014

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has said it will not cut aid to Uganda over its treatment of LGBTI people despite the country’s deputy leader saying it will affect relations between the two countries

Ireland will not be cutting any development aid to Uganda despite the country’s deputy leader’s comments in February that its passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would affect relations between the two countries.

Tanaiste (deputy prime minister) Eamon Gilmore had said ‘the enactment of this draconian legislation would affect our valued relationship with Uganda,’ in reaction to the news that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni would sign the bill which would see some LGBTI people jailed for life.

March 7, 2014

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has said it will not cut aid to Uganda over its treatment of LGBTI people despite the country’s deputy leader saying it will affect relations between the two countries

Ireland will not be cutting any development aid to Uganda despite the country’s deputy leader’s comments in February that its passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would affect relations between the two countries.

Tanaiste (deputy prime minister) Eamon Gilmore had said ‘the enactment of this draconian legislation would affect our valued relationship with Uganda,’ in reaction to the news that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni would sign the bill which would see some LGBTI people jailed for life.