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 […]

US offers Ghana assistance in moving forward on LGBT rights

The Assistant Secretary of the US Bureau of African Affairs has urged African nations to respect the rights of LGBT people and has offered to assist Ghana in strengthening its commitment to non-discrimination ‘The United States believes that all people are created equal,’ Thomas-Greenfield said. ‘I am an Africa American, I have gone through the […]

US court allows groundbreaking Ugandan case against anti-gay religious leader

Historic ruling confirms LGBTI rights as internationally recognized Yesterday in Springfield, Maryland, in a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human […]

Nigerian House of Representatives pass anti-gay marriage bill

The Nigerian House of Representatives today approved the bill banning gay marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. It has moved a step further to being passed into law. The bill will now be sent to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to […]

Changing Attitude part of Coalition group meeting Archbishop Justin

The meeting of 6 members of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition at Lambeth Palace with with Archbishop Justin Welby was good and  positive for the six of us representing the Coalition groups, if inevitably cautious and careful. It was a first meeting, an opportunity for the nine people present to talk briefly about ourselves and our […]

LGB&T Anglican Coalition meeting with Archbishop Justin Welby

Six members of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition are meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace tomorrow, Thursday. I’m representing Changing Attitude. The other five, representing with me all 8 member groups of the Coalition are Tina Beardsley, Mike Dark, Jeremy Marks, Savi Hensman and Clare Herbert. The goal of the meeting, agreed between […]

Speaker of Uganda parliament wants to pass anti-gay law as “Christmas gift”

Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s parliamentary speaker said at a meeting on Tuesday that she wants to pass as a “Christmas gift” for Ugandans the anti-homosexuality bill introduced by David Bahati in October 2009. It is at present before a parliamentary committee. Homosexual acts, or “carnal knowledge against the order of nature”, are already illegal under the […]

Nigeria’s House of Representatives pass anti-gay marriage bill

Nigerian lawmakers moved a step closer in Abuja on Tuesday to approving a bill that would harshly crack down on gay rights, including banning same-sex marriage and public displays of affection between homosexual couples, says a report by the Nigerian Vanguard newspaper. The bill which has already been approved by the Senate passed a second […]

Justin Welby – is he good news for LGB&T Anglicans?

The Rt Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham

The Rt Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, is being named as the next Archbishop of Canterbury with an announcement expected tomorrow. The BBC is asking me what Changing Attitude’s response is to his appointment. The MailOnline’s headline is: ‘Former oil boss who opposes same sex marriage emerges as favourite to become next Archbishop of Canterbury’. […]