The Bishop of Leicester speaks passionately in a Lords’ debate about the “Treatment of Homosexual Men and Women in the Developing World”

The Rt Revd Timothy Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, speaking in the House of Lords

The House of Lords held a debate on Thursday 25 October on a question posed by Lord Lexden. He asked  Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world. Changing Attitude’s interest in the debate is twofold. Firstly, members of our groups in Nigeria […]

Zimbabwe’s president dismisses gay rights

Robert Mugabe×397.jpg 605w, 628w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />Zimbabwe’s president said on Thursday that homosexuality doesn’t belong in Zimbabwe and it violates women’s rights by denying the union of men and women needed to bear children.  Robert Mugabe, 88, speaking at a women’s HIV/Aids and gender rights conference in Harare, said the “gay world” goes […]

Gay rights out of Zimbabwe Constitution

The final draft constitution, earmarked to replace the Lancaster House Constitution, will criminalise homosexuality and ban same-sex marriages according to the views of the majority of Zimbabweans, it has emerged. In an interview, Constitution Select Committee (Copac) co-chair Mr Edward Mkhosi (MDC) said Zimbabwe had unequivocally affirmed that homosexuality should be outlawed. “During the outreach […]

The struggle in Africa continues even as former presidents speak in favour of gays

Festus Mogae

On a continent where homosexuality is a taboo and considered inconsistent with cultural and religious norms and values, anti-gay sentiments are a vote winner. As a result, many sitting African presidents have elected to remain silent on this issue and the few that do speak, do so only to condemn gays and reinforce prejudice. Recently […]

African LGB&T activists return from three weeks training in Sweden armed with skills

After three weeks in Stockholm, Sweden 50 African LGBT activists are back home with knowledge and skills acquired from a human rights training programme. During the training, organised by amongst others the Swedish National Association for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (RFSL) the activists were trained to advocate, protect and defend LGBTI rights in their […]

Five men arrested in Zimbabwe for being gay

Bulawayo24 News reported on Tuesday that five men were arrested in Domboshava near Harare on allegations of “being gay and committing acts of sexual immorality.” The five men include a 55-year-old white and 4 black men whose ages have not yet been released, they are currently detained at Domboshava Police Station awaiting trial. The incident […]

Zimbabwean Gay Activists Angry over Rape Reports

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) says that it is outraged by the way that the country’s media has targeted homosexuality in its reporting on the case of a police officer accused of sodomising his brother’s ten-year-old son. Assistant Inspector Obert Magebede (38) was arrested in Harare last week after his nephew reported the alleged […]

Lesbian and Gay debate threatened to split Zimbabwe Christian Alliance

Zimbabwe Telegraph The Zimbabwe Telegraph reports on a recent Constitutional Indaba held in Bulawayo by the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance. A 45 minute debate about the place of gay and lesbian people in the new constitution threatened to the minsters present. Harsh words were exchanged in defence of and against the accommodation of lesbian and gay […]

African LGBT Anglicans witness at Lambeth

Yesterday witnessed a dramatic first for Lambeth. Under a blue English summer sky, Africans from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe were drummed onto the university campus. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Anglicans danced at the heart of the Lambeth Conference, witnessed by over 200 people and a number of TV cameras. Nigerian […]

Kunonga of Harare claims Zimbabwe bishop practices homosexuality

Press release Dr Nolbert Kunonga, bishop of Harare, Zimbabwe, is reported as having made the sensational claim that one of the bishops in Zimbabwe is practicing homosexuality. At the same time he accused bishop Michael Doe, a patron of Changing Attitude, of secretly lobbying the province with donations. According to a report published by the […]