Zambia’s first lady speaks against MSM discrimination

Zambia’s first lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, speaking at a UNAIDS hosted reception last night said that “the silence around issues of Men who have Sex with Men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated on the basis of their sexual orientation, rather, we should address reproductive health issues around this issue.” She further […]

The global HIV crisis among MSM and Transgender people

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) is sounding the alarm on the unprecedented HIV crisis facing gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people around the world. Held on July 21, directly preceding the International Aids Conference in Washington D.C., the full-day event is titled “From Stigma to […]

Anti-gay forces sabotaging Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS

Kikonyogo Kivumbi is Behind the Mask’s Arcus Correspondent in Kampala and a Human Rights Defender. Uganda is stuck at 6.4per cent HIV/Aids prevalence, with new figures released this week showing an increment in infections. The new Uganda Aids Indicator Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) reveals not only has the HIV prevalence rate […]

Ghanaian activist defends gay community against charges of “recruiting”

Mac-Darling Cobbinah

Mac-Darling Cobbinah a Ghanaian HIV activist and human rights defender last week attacked as “misleading” the methodology of a 2011 study of MSM in Ghana which accused gay men of recruiting heterosexual men for sex. In an article entitled “Gays recruiting for MSM study?” which he distributed to activists across Africa, Cobbinah said the authors […]

Changing Attitude action group launched in Kenya

Yesterday afternoon a group of 24 LGBTI people met in a conference room at the Arkland Palace Hotel, predominantly but not entirely Anglican. The objective was to learn about the distinctive work of Changing Attitude and to discuss how progress towards practical change in the church might be made. The Revd Michael Kimindu, Changing Attitude’s […]

Gay activists present demands for health to Ugandan Parliament

Gay activists have presented Uganda’s parliament with a report on the performance of the health sector in Uganda and demanded a stop to anti-LGBTI discrimination with regards to access to health. The shadow report 2011, which was compiled by the gay activists in conjunction with mainstream human rights defenders, is a reflection of civil society […]

Ghana AIDS Commission Statement on Homosexuality sparks hate speeches, condemnation and threats from religious, traditional and political leaders

A statement by The Coalition Against Homophobia in Ghana (CAHG) in response to a statement issued by the Ghana Aids Commission (GAC) The Coalition Against Homophobia in Ghana (CAHG) is deeply concerned about a statement issued by the Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), captured by the Daily Guide on Friday 3rd June 2011. This statement was […]

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 […]

Interview with John Mathenge Mukaburu about Kenyan sex worker movement

Behind the Mask Correspondent Melissa Wainaina spoke to Kenyan male sex worker John Mathenge about his work raising awareness amongst fellow sex workers and those living positively with HIV or Aids. Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I am John Mathenge Mukaburu, a sex worker and founder of Hoymas, a male sex […]