Gambia passes bill for life imprisonment for “some homosexual acts”

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said on Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality.” That is […]

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 […]

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh challenged over anti-gay statement

A Gambian human rights organization, the Gambia Secular Assembly (GSA), has challenged Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh over a recent anti-gay statement he made. In a 19-page open letter sent to the press, GSA said in part, “We sincerely approve the President’s concern to prove the rationality of homosexuality and wish to seize the opportunity to […]

The spectrum of human sexuality and the spectrum of prejudice

If, instead of celebrating SS Philip and James yesterday you had continued with the lectionary readings from Exodus, you would have read about Moses coming down from Mount Sinai and discovering the Israelites dancing around the golden bull calf that had come out of the fire after Aaron had thrown the gold in – so he […]

Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh’s latest attack on gay people

Yahya Jammeh, the President of the Republic of the Gambia, is back on the rampage against homosexuals in his country this time condemning gay adoptions. During his most recent statements made during last Saturday’s state opening of Parliament in the capital Banjul the president said, “We will uphold our cultural values to the high heights. […]

Opinion: I refuse your label – a human rights activist is a SOGI activist

Joseph Sewedo Akoro is Behind the Mask’s Arcus correspondent in Lagos, Nigeria Human Rights advocacy in Africa can be a challenging task for anyone to engage in. My six years experience, from the age 18, has brought me closer to the reality of advocacy than the ideals. During my initiation in the human rights advocacy […]

African NGOs at Gambia forum adopt recommendations on sexual orientation rights

The NGO forum preceding the 51st session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights has adopted recommendations on the promotion and protection of human rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, SOGI. The resolution presented by the Thematic Group sitting in Banjul, Gambia on SOGI included the following recommendations to […]

Towards a progressive culture in South Africa

In the last few weeks South African representatives have launched an extraordinary human rights offensive at the United Nations, within the context of a growing global debate about the rights of sexual minorities. European, North American and Latin American states are moving increasingly towards guaranteeing full rights — including same-sex marriage — for sexual minorities […]

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh promises stricter laws on homosexuality

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has promised to toughen laws that punish the act of homosexuality in his country. President Jammeh reiterated his stance that he would never accept homosexuality in the Gambia, after recent pressure from the international community on African states to respect and protect LGBTI persons in Africa. During a swearing-in ceremony for […]