The Bishop of Leicester speaks passionately in a Lords’ debate about the “Treatment of Homosexual Men and Women in the Developing World”

The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, speaking in the House of Lords

The House of Lords held a debate on Thursday 25 October on a question posed by Lord Lexden. He asked  Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world. Changing Attitude’s interest in the debate is twofold. Firstly, members of our groups in Nigeria […]

Retired Ghana judge asks court to disregard homosexuality as a human rights issue

Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Yaonansu Kpegah

A Ghanaian newspaper, the Daily Graphic, has reported that a retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Yaonansu Kpegah, has filed an application asking the Ghana Supreme Court to disregard homosexuality as a human rights issue. According to the report, “He is further praying the highest court of the land to declare that under the country’s customary […]

Ugandan activists lobby Parliamentary meeting to participate in gay rights discussion

IPU president Abdelwahed Radi (receiving flowers) and Ugandan Speaker Kadaga (left)

Uganda’s Parliamentary spokeswoman, Helen Kaweesa has said the 126th Inter Parliamentary Union Summit in Kampala will not discuss gay rights to health for Uganda because “homosexuality is illegal here,” according to Behind the Mask. Kaweesa told a group of gay rights activists seeking accreditation to observer status to two of the summits deliberations on ‘HIV/Aids […]

Lobby group advocates for new Commonwealth Charter on LGBT people

Britain’s Kaleidoscope Trust has submitted its recommendations for changes to the Commonwealth Charter and called for an agreed timetable to end the criminalisation of LGBT people. The call came in response to a request by the Royal Commonwealth Society for proposals to amend the new draft Charter of the Commonwealth. Eighteen countries in Africa are […]

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 […]

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 […]

A lone activist crusades for change in Cameroon

Alice Nkom, Cameroon LGBT civil rights attorney

Civil rights attorney Alice Nkom is in an isolated fight for the west central African nation’s vulnerable gay community. Alice Nkom is accustomed to polarized public opinion about her civil rights work on behalf of Cameroon’s marginalized LGBT community. The defense attorney is highly praised by international human rights groups, yet vociferously denounced by many […]

Minister confirms UK will redirect aid, not cut it, for human rights violations

The UK government has confirmed plans to redirect aid away from overseas governments who fail to recognise human rights, but has said it will still ensure aid reaches those in need. Some African states reacted angrily to Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell’s comments that aid would be redirected away from governments to […]

Churches defend prejudice as campaign to decriminalise homosexuality is launched

Alice Nkom, the human rights lawyer fighting the anti-gay laws in Cameroon

The Human Dignity Trust (HDT) has launched a global campaign in London today to decriminalise homosexuality in the 80-odd countries where consensual sexual activity between adults of the same gender is outlawed by embarking on a first test case in the courts of Belize. Forty two are Commonwealth countries which inherited their statutes as a […]

Equality in the Church of England (and the Anglican Communion)

On Monday and Tuesday I attended meetings in London and Melksham which addressed the Equality Act and the Government’s Consultation on Civil Partnerships in religious buildings. The Archbishop of Canterbury has already stated that the Church of England will not give permission for Civil Partnerships in church buildings. Changing Attitude does not accept this and […]