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 […]

Campaign against the Ugandan anti-gay bill

Coffins outside Scott Lively’s coffee shop where preaching hate is a daily tool

Changing Attitude is just one of the many international organisations and campaigns that are opposing the pernicious Ugandan anti-gay bill. The bill hovers on the parliamentary timetable, driven by the speaker of parliament who has promised to secure passage of the bill as a Christmas present to the Ugandan people. It is one of the […]

U.S. envoy meets Ugandan leaders over anti-gay bill

According to the US State Department, the leading U.S. diplomat in Africa, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, met with high-profile leaders in Uganda “over the weekend” and raised concerns about the anti-gay bill, which among other things would punish homosexual acts with life in prison. During a daily briefing on Monday, […]

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 […]

AMSHeR outraged at the shutting down of a human rights workshop in Uganda

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] strongly condemns the unlawful shutting down of a human rights workshop in Kampala on Monday, 18 June 2012 by the police under the auspices of Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister, Simon Lokodo. The training workshop, organized by the Kampala-based East and Horn of Africa Human Rights […]

Gay activists fight for human rights in Africa

The world listened last week as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defended her country’s laws that discriminate against its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex population. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, she spoke of preserving Liberia’s “traditional values” and said in part, “We like ourselves the way we are.” It’s a sad sentiment […]

Uganda’s gays see public opinion gains

Four years ago Frank Mugisha begged his colleagues to join him for his first demonstration in support of gay rights in Uganda. Only four came along. This week, during a march against gender-based violence led by the gay advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda, the Ugandan activist saw more than 30 colleagues walk the streets of […]

From Oregon to Uganda: A “Lively” Legal Debate on Gays, Sex, and Christianity

Most people have never heard of Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor living in the United States. But in Uganda he has developed quite a following—whether his followers know his name or not. As the founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, he has played a leading role in furthering the so-called “anti-homosexuality bill” in the Ugandan parliament. […]

Frank Mugisha, leading gay activist, condemns Uganda Anti-Gay Bill

Colin Coward and Frank Mugisha at the Kaleidoscope event

Two weeks ago I met Frank Mugisha for the first time, although we had connected on Facebook from time to time. Frank is the director of Sexual Minorities Uganda. We met in the House of Commons at an event organised by Kaleidoscope when Frank spoke alongside Maurice Tomlinson from Jamaica and Pang Khee Teik from […]

Kaleidoscope hosts discussion with three leading LGB&T figures from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia

Maurice Tomlinson

Yesterday evening in the House of Commons, Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust hosted a discussion with three leading figures from the LGB&T movement in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. Maurice Tomlinson is a lawyer and has been involved in LGBT and HIV and AIDS activism in Jamaica and the Caribbean for over 12 years. He is […]