Bishop of Newcastle condemns African criminalization of homosexuality

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Martin Wharton speaking in House of Lords debate has strongly condemned the criminalization of homosexuality in many countries. Bishop Martin said that on the issue of homosexuality the Anglican Communion was “deeply divided” but insisted there could not be “any grounds for denying the equality before the law […]

European Parliament condemns consideration of anti-gay laws

The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning anti-gay laws in Europe last week, specifically calling on Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania as well as Ukraine to address existing and draft legislation and ‘demonstrate, and ensure respect for, the principle of non-discrimination’. The resolution was adopted with 430 in favour and 105 against, saying it was “gravely […]

New awareness programme in South Africa set up to help curb attacks on LGBTI people

Gay and lesbian activists in KwaZulu Natal Province have launched an awareness programme to curb attacks on LGBTI people in the region. The launch of the programme comes 14 months after the brutal murder of Ncumisa Mzamelo in a north Durban Inanda informal settlement. Mzamelo, 21, was an out and proud lesbian newspaper seller well-known […]

Uganda Human Rights Commission report urges right to health for all

The Uganda Human Rights Commission Chair, Medi Kaggwa

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has presented its annual report on the situation of human rights in the country to Parliament urging the right to health for all Ugandans, without discrimination. The report, presented on Monday to Parliament, also contains text from Uganda’s Universal Periodic Review (a mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights […]

Securing a safe place for all Liberians

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently expressed in an interview opposition to LGBT rights — specifically decriminalization — and was vague about support for increased criminal penalties for LGBT people, a shockwave was felt around the world. LGBT Liberians everywhere and all who have great respect for […]

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 gay Nigerian speaks about the anti same gender marriage bill

Last Wednesday, This Day Live had an online chat with Rashidi Williams, the Executive Director of Queer Alliance Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation that promotes the well-being of, and advocates for the rights of sexual minorities in Nigeria. You have been advocating for the rights of persons with unique sexual orientation in a country that is […]

Sierra Leone LGBTI activists suffer after radio appearance

George Freeman on Good Morning Sierra Leone

The appearance of an LGBT activist on radio in Sierra Leone has led to a nasty, threatening, homophobic backlash. WhyCantWeGetMarried.Com West Africa Regional Director, George Reginald Freeman was invited for a radio discussion program on Tuesday November 8 2011, at Radio Democracy FM 98.1, Freetown, Sierra Leone at 7:30 a.m. on the program titled “Good […]

Protest about the rape and murder of Noxolo Nogwaza in South Africa

Hundreds of LGBTI activists marched on the KwaThema police station on 19 August to protest against police inaction on “corrective rape” in the township. The march was organised by the Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee (EPOC). It has been three months since the rape and murder of lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza and the case has not […]

Death zone for lesbians in Philippines

The Philippine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Hate Watch has released a study calling out Mindanao as the deadliest place in the country for lesbians. Since 1996, half of all fatal hate crimes against queer women have occurred in the easternmost island, the nation’s second-largest city. That’s 6 out of 12 deaths, so we’re talking […]