Botswana health system struggling to deal with gender identity confusion patients

The general lack of information about gender identity issues that plagues the country’s health care service means that Botswana’s Transgender community is suffering. A recent incident involving an eighteen year old was brought to the attention of Rainbow Identity, an organization that deals with transgender and intersex people and their issues. The incident took place […]

Ugandan court decides homophobic smear preachers have case to answer

A Ugandan magistrate ruled on Wednesday 14 December that three Christian clerics accused of conspiracy to damage the reputation of their fellow preacher Robert Kayanja by claiming he sodomises young men have a case to answer, according to a report on Behind the Mask. Magistrate John Patrick Wekesa ruled this morning in Kampala that the […]

Poison spreads in the Anglican Communion as conference describes homosexuals as lepers who spread a disease of epic proportions and malignancy in the Church

A poison has been spreading in the Anglican Communion since the publication of the Kuala Lumpur Statement on Human Sexuality in February 1997 by the second Anglican Encounter in the South. It was a statement about the Bible, homosexuality, the ordination of practising homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex unions. Its target was the Episcopal […]

A lesson in sexual tolerance in South Africa

The Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), in collaboration with Gala, has produced a booklet titled Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights in Education. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) learners often feel isolated and depressed because of how their schools handle different sexual orientations. “The problem is […]

Nigerian Embassy in Berlin tries to defend the indefensible

Behind the Mask reports that the Nigerian Embassy in Germany responded to the international reaction to the passage of the same sex marriage prohibition by the Nigerian Senate with a statement on its website defending the Nigerian senate’s vote on the issue. The statement said, “The debate on this issue, within and outside Nigeria, becomes an […]

South Africa: LGBT Rights in Name Only?

Black lesbians and transgender men in South African townships and rural areas face an overwhelming climate of discrimination and violence despite protections promised them in the country’s constitution, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 93-page report, “‘We’ll Show You You’re a Woman’: Violence and Discrimination Against Black Lesbians and Transgender Men,” […]

Gay rights sensitive issue for Pakistan following CHOGM

Pakistan said gay rights were a sensitive issue that could “directly clash” with the cultural and religious ethos of the people. Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said Pakistan and several other countries did not support the inclusion of a reference to gay rights in the communique issued at the recent Perth Commonwealth Heads of Government […]

Retired Archbishop Peter Akinola urges support for Nigerian anti-gay marriage bill

Archbishop Peter Akinola, the retired Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has endorsed the anti-same gender marriage bill which would impose criminal penalties on same-sex unions and LGBT organisations and gatherings. Joseph Okoghenum writes in the Nigeria Guardian: In what seems to be mounting support for the passage of anti-Same-Sex Marriage Bill by […]

Philippine LGBT rights activists to Catholic prelates: Be compassionate

The Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (ProGay) called on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to stop issuing what it describes as “poisoned” and “misguided” information regarding anti-discrimination proposals pending in Congress. The CBCP announced its opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 2814 or the Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling […]

Philippinos react to UN chief’s condemnation of gay ‘bullying’ as grave human rights abuse

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stepped into the growing social phenomenon of “homophobic bullying” by denouncing sustained verbal abuse, taunting, and serious physical attacks against children as young as 11 “because of their presumed sexual orientation or gender identity.” “This is a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights, and a […]