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April 20, 2014

President of Zimbabwe tells the BBC: 'I pity the one lady I admire, the Queen, that she is in these circumstances, I'm sure down deep she must be groaning [at] the loss of values in Britain'

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has lashed out on Britain claiming it had 'gone to the dogs' and people with 'gay habits' should be ashamed.

In a BBC interview that aired on Saturday night, the 90-year-old president, added that he felt 'pity' for the Queen 'at the loss of values'.

April 20, 2014

President of Zimbabwe tells the BBC: 'I pity the one lady I admire, the Queen, that she is in these circumstances, I'm sure down deep she must be groaning [at] the loss of values in Britain'

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has lashed out on Britain claiming it had 'gone to the dogs' and people with 'gay habits' should be ashamed.

In a BBC interview that aired on Saturday night, the 90-year-old president, added that he felt 'pity' for the Queen 'at the loss of values'.

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

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 2, 2014

In a sermon to thousands of folllowers, Emmanuel Makandiwa said gay billionaires were tricking people to believe same-sex marriage is normal

In a sermon to 50,000 eager followers, a self-declared 'prophet' in Zimbabwe has branded gay people to be tools of the devil.

Emmanuel Makandiwa pronounced gays to be 'mentally sick' and said Satan has a strategy to make it hard for the public to realise LGBTI people are evil.

The leader of the United Family International Church (UFIC) said: ‘What amazes me is that some of these people are billionaires. Some of these people with reprobate minds are in political positions.

'Now they are passing laws to support homosexuality.’

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 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

Jerry Mugandze, a Texas-based neurotherapist who uses color therapy to 'expel gay demons', is considering suing the makers of Channel 4's documentary Cure Me, I'm Gay

A ‘therapist’ is threatening to sue after a UK documentary featured his theory that gay people can be ‘cured’ using crayons.

Jerry Mungadze, a Zimbabwe minister turned Texas neurotherapist, was featured in a Channel 4 film Cure Me I’m Gay.

In the show, gay British doctor Christian Jessen set out to experience ‘gay cure’ treatments offered around the world.

He meets with Mugandze, undercover, in order to experience his theory that children’s wax crayons could be the key in ‘curing’ homosexuality.

March 12, 2014

After Robert Mugabe hinted to a further crackdown of LGBTIs in his country, police have accused a gay rights group of holding meetings without permission

Zimbabwe police stormed a hotel to arrest two gay group leaders today (12 March).

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) were holding a media training course for around 20 human rights defenders in Bronte Hotel in the city of Harare.

Authorities arrived at the hotel and demanded to see the organizers of the meeting.

The officers insisted on seeing the IDs of participants, and wrote down their names and addresses.

March 12, 2014

After Robert Mugabe hinted to a further crackdown of LGBTIs in his country, police have accused a gay rights group of holding meetings without permission

Zimbabwe police stormed a hotel to arrest two gay group leaders today (12 March).

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) were holding a media training course for around 20 human rights defenders in Bronte Hotel in the city of Harare.

Authorities arrived at the hotel and demanded to see the organizers of the meeting.

The officers insisted on seeing the IDs of participants, and wrote down their names and addresses.

March 3, 2014

Zimbabwean president defends anti-gay laws in Uganda, and hints at a further crackdown of LGBTI people in his own country

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has said he has just learned there are gay people in his country.

The president, who has ruled for 27 years, has described homosexuality as ‘un-African’ and called gay people ‘worse than dogs’.

He said he was only made aware of the presence of gay people in Zimbabwe, which has a population of 13.72 million, a couple of days ago.

And now that he is aware of them, Mugabe has hinted to stricter laws and a further crackdown to wipe out the LGBTI community.

March 3, 2014

Zimbabwean president defends anti-gay laws in Uganda, and hints at a further crackdown of LGBTI people in his own country

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has said he has just learned there are gay people in his country.

The president, who has ruled for 27 years, has described homosexuality as ‘un-African’ and called gay people ‘worse than dogs’.

He said he was only made aware of the presence of gay people in Zimbabwe, which has a population of 13.72 million, a couple of days ago.

And now that he is aware of them, Mugabe has hinted to stricter laws and a further crackdown to wipe out the LGBTI community.

February 24, 2014

‘We don't accept homosexuality here. God made men and women so they can bear children'

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 90th birthday with an anti-gay rant.

Speaking to thousands of people at a Marondera soccer stadium, he reaffirmed his views on homosexuality.

‘We don't accept homosexuality here. God made men and women so they can bear children,’ Mugabe said, as part of his hour-long speech.

It was part of a giant extravagant birthday party, with 90 cows butchered and a 90kg cake served.

It comes amid intense speculation about Zimbabwe’s future as his grip on power lessens.

February 24, 2014

‘We don't accept homosexuality here. God made men and women so they can bear children'

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 90th birthday with an anti-gay rant.

Speaking to thousands of people at a Marondera soccer stadium, he reaffirmed his views on homosexuality.

‘We don't accept homosexuality here. God made men and women so they can bear children,’ Mugabe said, as part of his hour-long speech.

It was part of a giant extravagant birthday party, with 90 cows butchered and a 90kg cake served.

It comes amid intense speculation about Zimbabwe’s future as his grip on power lessens.

January 15, 2014

Zimbabwe’s High Court has ruled police must return seized property to LGBTI rights group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), finding the group does not need to be registered with the government

Zimbabwean LGBTI rights group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) have scored a major victory, with the country’s High Court ruling that the group does not need to register with the government and that police must return property seized during raids on the group.

High Court Judge Priscillah Chigumba, today ordered that the Ministry of Home Affairs return the property that was seized from GALZ in a raid that was conducted by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in August of 2012.

January 9, 2014

Insulting the notoriously homophobic Zimbabwe president is a crime punishable by a jail sentence or hefty fine

A woman who dared to call Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe gay has finally been set free.

Lynette Karenyi, a former lawmaker, was thrown into custody for her jibe in December 2011.

Insulting the notoriously homophobic Mugabe is a criminal offence punishable by a jail sentence or a fine.

But on Tuesday (7 January), a magistrate allowed Karenyi to be freed after it was discovered the state prosecutor did not have the authority to charge the former legislator.

January 9, 2014

Insulting the notoriously homophobic Zimbabwe president is a crime punishable by a jail sentence or hefty fine

A woman who dared to call Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe gay has finally been set free.

Lynette Karenyi, a former lawmaker, was thrown into custody for her jibe in December 2011.

Insulting the notoriously homophobic Mugabe is a criminal offence punishable by a jail sentence or a fine.

But on Tuesday (7 January), a magistrate allowed Karenyi to be freed after it was discovered the state prosecutor did not have the authority to charge the former legislator.

November 28, 2013

Karma is apparently not a bitch, as reports have falsely claimed the notoriously homophobic Zimbabwe president has a gay son

Robert Mugabe’s son has not come out as gay.

In contrast to several misleading tabloid articles currently going viral, the child of the notoriously homophobic Zimbabwe president has not come out.

One tabloid report claims Mugabe’s third oldest son ‘Chipape’ revealed his sexuality in an interview with a British radio station.

‘[It] consequently confirms a cliché,’ the tabloid writes, ‘karma is a bitch’.

November 7, 2013

Organizers cancel talks by Mufti Ismail Menk at leading British universities

Organizers have cancelled a UK university tour by a Muslim cleric who says gays are ‘worse than those animals’.

Ismail Menk was due to visit nine venues around Britain next week, including the universities of Oxford, Cardiff, Leicester, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow.

While often viewed as a moderate, he has been criticized for calling lesbian, gay and bisexual people ‘filthy’.

As a mufti, or religious legal expert, he is authorized to give definitive rulings, called fatwas, based on Islamic law.

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.

October 23, 2013

Song will support those threatened by prejudice and criminal sanctions solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity

A West End star has revealed her charity single Yellow to support LGBT victims around the world.

Jodie Prenger, who had the most ridiculously amazing reaction to winning BBC reality show I'd Do Anything, said she 'leapt to the chance' to raise awareness of the dicrimination many gay people face. It is in support of UK charity Kaleidoscope Trust.

The single, 'Yellow', is one of four celebrating hope, love, trust and an end to hate.

October 2, 2013

Zimbabwe LGBTs fear police will witch-hunt and blackmail them as new law allows monitoring of all private phone calls, text messages and internet use

Zimbabwe has given permission to security agencies to spy on every single citizen’s phone calls, text messages and internet use – and LGBT people fear they will be the worst hit.

Many gay, bi and trans Zimbabweans already live in fear of persecution by the authorities and are ostracized from their families. Same-sex activity is illegal and newly re-elected President Robert Mugabe has threatened further crackdowns.

Now Zimbabwe’s government has said police and security agencies no longer need a justifiable reason to monitor phones or private internet use.

September 7, 2013

Buddhist monk arrested for alleged gay pedophilia, transgender schoolboy entrapped in smear campaign

After state-supported homophobic campaigns in Russia, Zimbabwe and several other African countries, the Buddhist island state of Sri Lanka has also begun a systematic crackdown on its gay community, rights activists say.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, which controls the army, law enforcement agencies and the media, is now orchestrating a smear campaign against the community to project its members as criminals and pedophiles and alienate them from civil society, according to human rights defenders.