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 […]

Ugandan LGBTI activists and doctors disagree over mental classification of homosexuals

Gay rights activists in Uganda want the government to declassify homosexuality as a mental health disorder in the country’s Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The Ugandan DSM was adopted from the US many years ago. At a validation meeting in Kampala on preliminary findings on lesbian and MSM health survey, the activists expressed concern […]

Lesbians strive to end economic and social discrimination

Discrimination hurts many women economically and socially, but it has an even greater and sometimes dangerous impact on lesbians, according to a group of women working on lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in dozens of countries. The women, most of them lesbians, discussed their experiences at a session called “Economic Justice for Lesbian Women: Setting […]

Malaysian MP says ‘No’ to LGBT PM

According to Zahrain Hashim, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender should not be allowed to become PM or hold public office

No lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender should be allowed to become the prime minister of Malaysia, said independent Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Hashim today. Although he did not mention names, the ex-PKR leader’s remark was seen by observers as being targetted at Pakatan Rakyat supremo Anwar Ibrahim, who was twice charged with sodomy and later […]

Botswana LGBTI meet to discuss discrimination within the community

Rainbow Identity Botswana

Last weekend members of Gaborone’s LGBTI community met to thrash out differences amongst themselves which they felt have been caused by discrimination within the LGBTI community. They met on Saturday April 14 in the small town of Tlokweng, almost 12km from Gaborone under the auspices of the Rainbow Identity Association. The RIA provided a safe […]

Struggling Alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have Sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria

The Queer African Youth Networking Center (QAYN) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication: Struggling Alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have Sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria. While there is a general awareness among human rights activists, particularly women’s rights activists, sexual rights and LGBTQQ activists and […]

South Africa: LGBT Rights in Name Only?

Black lesbians and transgender men in South African townships and rural areas face an overwhelming climate of discrimination and violence despite protections promised them in the country’s constitution, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 93-page report, “‘We’ll Show You You’re a Woman’: Violence and Discrimination Against Black Lesbians and Transgender Men,” […]

Mounting violence haunts South Africa’s gays and mobilizes activists

From the streets of New York City to the townships of South Africa, the LGB&T rights movement and its opposition are engaged on an unprecedented international battle. Globalpost carries an article by Erna Smith, the first of 12 in-depth reports from key locations at this pivotal time in history, telling highly personal, often overlooked stories […]

South Africa celebrates progress on fighting lesbian “Corrective Rape”

Free Gender made history last weekend by hosting the very first black lesbian conference in South Africa as a whole. The conference met in Khayelitsha ahead of the first official Department of Justice task force meeting on Wednesday to combat “corrective rape” in South Africa. Free Gender sits on the task force. Free Gender issued […]

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 […]