Explain the theological and scriptural arguments for homosexuality being acceptable to God

This challenging question started a new thread recently on the Changing Attitude Facebook page. The person who asked the question said: “I’m fairly new to Christianity, so I lack a great knowledge of theology and Scripture. We hear all the time about those scriptures which condemn homosexuality and the problem I have is that I […]

Bishop John McIntyre of Gippsland, Australia addresses gay and lesbian issues

Bishop John McIntyre

Two excerpts from Bishop John McIntyre’s  annual presidential address to the 2012 Synod meeting of the Diocese of Gippsland, Australia On same-sex attraction: “In the life of our diocese, we rather belatedly committed to a listening process to hear the stories of gay and lesbian people, and to reflect on how seriously we take the commendation […]

The world of lesbians in Nigeria

The African society views same-sex relationships as repulsive. Yet in Nigeria, homosexuals live among us. A few hide their status from the world’s prying eyes, while the majority however do not care. Some of them take Ruth Olurounbi through their worlds, insisting that they have been unfairly judged and misunderstood. Her report: Temitope Ali (not […]

The Word on Women – interconnected struggles: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) activism In Africa

LGBTQI individuals in Africa face numerous civil, political, economic, social and cultural barriers. AWID spoke to Hakima Abbas, the Executive Director of Fahamu about the challenges of LGBTQI activism and how the politics of foreign aid impacts the struggle. AWID: There are currently many setbacks to LGBTQI rights in Africa, what are the greatest risks […]

Violence and sexual health in Mombasa, lesbian blessings in Nairobi

The two couples and guests with Revd Colin Coward and Revd Michael Kimindu

Last Friday afternoon, I visited the office of KEMRI, the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Mtwapa. KEMRI is a national organisation researching the potential for an HIV vaccine in conjunction with IAVI, the International Aids Vaccine Initiative, of which KEMRI is a local branch. At the local level, KEMRI provides peer education and counselling and […]

Ugandan lesbian rugby player granted asylum in Germany

The former head of Uganda’s female rugby team has been granted asylum in Germany after facing harassment after Ugandan sports officials found out that she was a lesbian. The Ugandan tabloid, Red Pepper reported Thursday in Kampala that, “She was the captain of the all conquering Kyadondo Rugby Club-based Thunderbirds Women’s Team.” The paper added, […]

Increase of corrective rape cases reported in Nairobi, Kenya

The young woman is nursing a drink in a local bar. A group of men approach her table and confront her. A skirmish ensues; they rain blows on her and rip her clothes off. “We will teach you a lesson today. You will finally know who, between you and us, is male,” hisses one of […]

African lesbians launch West African LGBT human rights defenders project

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), launched its LGBT Human Rights Defenders, HRD project in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday August 26, 2011. Participants in the HRD workshop, which was held in collaboration with The Initiative for Equal Rights, TIER, a Nigerian-based LGBT human rights organization, attended the launch alongside some members of the Lagos LGBT […]

Egyptian LGBT community ‘increasingly visible’

Egypt’s gays emerged buoyed from the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February. Increasingly visible and willing to speak up, they show how upheavals across the Arab world could prove to be social and cultural revolutions, albeit with uncertain outcomes. Could Egyptian gays emerge as the pioneers of social liberalization in a region where […]