Category: East Africa

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New Uganda archbishop is less extreme but nixes same-sex marriage

New Uganda archbishop is less extreme but nixes same-sex marriage

The new Archbishop of the Church of Uganda has dropped the most homophobic rhetoric that used to flow from the archbishop's office. Still, he used his [...]
Kenya: LGBTQ refugees face cutbacks; how to respond

Kenya: LGBTQ refugees face cutbacks; how to respond

Organizations that assist LGBTQ refugees in Kenya are preparing to stop paying financial support for refugees in Kenyan cities, a decision that has th [...]
‘Uganda will never accept same-sex marriages’ – outgoing Anglican Archbishop

‘Uganda will never accept same-sex marriages’ – outgoing Anglican Archbishop

The homophobic outgoing archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, used his final Sunday service to declare that Uganda will not be intimida [...]
Uganda: On trial after marrying a man, Muslim cleric released on bail

Uganda: On trial after marrying a man, Muslim cleric released on bail

A magistrate in Uganda has released on bail the Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, who is accused of marrying a fellow man. From the Afri [...]
Chaos, gunshots after Uganda court releases LGBT ally

Chaos, gunshots after Uganda court releases LGBT ally

Ugandan LGBTQ ally Stella Nyanzi was ordered freed today after she had served 15 months in prison for insulting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and [...]
Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown: ‘If we won’t get services we will die’

Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown: ‘If we won’t get services we will die’

Tanzania is ignoring effective anti-AIDS strategies and replacing them with a prejudiced anti-gay crackdown. That's the conclusion of a new report fro [...]
Uganda Muslim pleads innocent at trial after marrying a man

Uganda Muslim pleads innocent at trial after marrying a man

A Ugandan Muslim cleric accused of marrying a fellow man -- “unknowingly,” he says -- has pleaded not guilty to charges of having carnal knowledge aga [...]
Uganda HIV stigma drops, but it’s still high against gays

Uganda HIV stigma drops, but it’s still high against gays

Stigma against HIV+ homosexuals and sex workers in Uganda is almost six times greater than stigma faced by HIV+ Ugandans in general, a new survey foun [...]
Anti-gay Tanzania official blocked by United States

Anti-gay Tanzania official blocked by United States

The U.S. Department of State has barred a Tanzanian official who launched an anti-gay crackdown from visiting the United States. From the Afr [...]
Muslim cleric back in Ugandan jail awaiting trial for marrying a man

Muslim cleric back in Ugandan jail awaiting trial for marrying a man

Muslim cleric Mohammed Mutumba was sent back to prison today because officials at a Ugandan court couldn't get their signals straight. He will have to [...]
Ugandan LGBT activists celebrate David Kato on Kuchu Memorial Day

Ugandan LGBT activists celebrate David Kato on Kuchu Memorial Day

Human rights defenders in Uganda have earmarked Jan. 26 as Kuchu Memorial Day to remember and celebrate the life of David Kato and other LGBT human ri [...]
Uganda: Muslim cleric in prison awaiting trial for marrying fellow man

Uganda: Muslim cleric in prison awaiting trial for marrying fellow man

A Ugandan magistrate has sent a Muslim cleric back to prison to await trial on charges of homosexuality despite the imam's protestation that he marrie [...]
U.N. promises one-on-one attention to Kenya refugees

U.N. promises one-on-one attention to Kenya refugees

It's wait-and-see time for LGBTQ refugees who took refuge at the main gate of the huge Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. From the African Human [...]
Ugandan pastor apologises for sodomy smear

Ugandan pastor apologises for sodomy smear

In a rare change of heart among Ugandan evangelical Christian leaders, prominent Pastor Michael Kyazze has publicly apologised to his fellow pastor, R [...]
Uganda: Muslim cleric suspended for marrying fellow man ‘unknowingly’

Uganda: Muslim cleric suspended for marrying fellow man ‘unknowingly’

In a case likely to test the limits of tolerance of same-sex intimacy among Ugandan Muslims, an Islamic religious leader has been suspended from all h [...]
Kenya: Renewed attack on LGBTQ refugees as U.N. refuses to act

Kenya: Renewed attack on LGBTQ refugees as U.N. refuses to act

The U.N. refugee agency remained frozen in denial of the dangers facing LGBTQ refugees even as anti-gay assailants launched an organized attack yester [...]
U.N. denies water to refugees to move them back into danger

U.N. denies water to refugees to move them back into danger

The U.N. refugee agency is denying water to LGBTQ refugees so they will return to locations in the Kakuma Camp in Kenya where they have been repeatedl [...]
Kenya: Call for probe of U.N. agency as anti-gay attacks continue

Kenya: Call for probe of U.N. agency as anti-gay attacks continue

Attacks on LGBTIQ refugees in Kenya continued as 2019 came to an end amid calls for an investigation into inaction or worse by the U.N. High Commissio [...]
Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Year in review: Despite signs of progress, 2019 remained a dangerous time for LGBTQ people in Africa and worldwide.   In the United S [...]
Gay refugees in Kenya: Repeatedly attacked, unable to leave

Gay refugees in Kenya: Repeatedly attacked, unable to leave

On Christmas Day, LGBT refugees in Kenya again were the targets of homophobic attacks. It was just the latest outrage against LGBT asylum-seekers who [...]
Activist Stella Nyanzi in good spirits after a year in prison

Activist Stella Nyanzi in good spirits after a year in prison

Imprisoned Ugandan LGBTQ ally Stella Nyanzi remains in good spirits after spending a year behind bars for her rude opposition to Ugandan President Yow [...]
U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors are promoting LGBTQ rights worldwide even as gay-rights activists blast the Trump administration for anti-LGBTQ domestic policies. [...]
Uganda challenger Bobi Wine supports gay rights

Uganda challenger Bobi Wine supports gay rights

Popular singer and Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi) this week spoke out in defense of LGBT rights, an issue that divides [...]
When will LGBTIQ Ugandan prisoners be released?

When will LGBTIQ Ugandan prisoners be released?

Lawyers for imprisoned LGBTIQ Ugandans hope that tomorrow, Nov. 26, will see the release of the last 20 people detained at Luzira Prison in the wake o [...]
Uganda, you promised to protect LGBTIQ people, so why arrest 125 of us?

Uganda, you promised to protect LGBTIQ people, so why arrest 125 of us?

In the wake of a raid that arrested 125 people partying at a gay-friendly bar, LGBTIQ activists are calling on Ugandan officials to make good on a rec [...]
Dozens in Uganda prison after anti-LGBTI nightclub raid

Dozens in Uganda prison after anti-LGBTI nightclub raid

Ugandan authorities have sent 67 people to Luzira Prison to await court action related to their arrest during a Nov. 10 raid on the gay-friendly Ram b [...]
Ugandan vies for global parliament post where LGBT rights are shunned

Ugandan vies for global parliament post where LGBT rights are shunned

A Ugandan has been nominated to a leadership position at the Inter-Parliamentary Union a year after Uganda persuaded the IPU never to discuss LGBT rig [...]
Uganda: Two trans women brutally attacked; one is missing

Uganda: Two trans women brutally attacked; one is missing

Transgender women in Uganda are living in fear after a brutal attack on two trans women Oct. 12 in Kampala, which came amid renewed calls by some of t [...]
Uganda: Officials disagree on need for a new anti-gay bill

Uganda: Officials disagree on need for a new anti-gay bill

Ugandan officials are divided over whether to bother introducing a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
Uganda: U.S. reassures local LGBT community of health inclusion

Uganda: U.S. reassures local LGBT community of health inclusion

We haven't forgotten about you. That's the word to the LGBT community in Uganda, even though the latest national HIV impact survey contains no data a [...]
LGBTI Ugandans denounce latest brutal murder, demand protection

LGBTI Ugandans denounce latest brutal murder, demand protection

LGBTI activists in Uganda have denounced the latest brutal murder of a member of their community and are demanding that the government guarantee thei [...]
Uganda: Push for new Anti-Homosexuality Bill gets bizarre

Uganda: Push for new Anti-Homosexuality Bill gets bizarre

Anti-gay politicians in Uganda are working both behind the scenes and bizarrely in public to lay the groundwork for bringing back Uganda's notorious A [...]
Uganda: Icebreakers’ new academy boosts LGBTQ health

Uganda: Icebreakers’ new academy boosts LGBTQ health

Gay rights activists in Uganda have launched a Peer Educators Academy to empower young LGBTQ persons with vital health information and access to neede [...]
Global Fund to the rescue as Uganda tries to deny lubricants

Global Fund to the rescue as Uganda tries to deny lubricants

The Global Fund has found a way to ease a Ugandan government-created shortage of lubricants, which are an important method of combating the spread of [...]
Anguish and abuse after Rwandan gospel singer came out as gay

Anguish and abuse after Rwandan gospel singer came out as gay

Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo is still pained by people's harsh responses to his revelation last month that he is gay. From the Afric [...]
Mauritius activists seek to overturn anti-gay law

Mauritius activists seek to overturn anti-gay law

Four LGBT rights activists in the island nation of Mauritius off the east coast of Africa are taking legal action against that country's anti-gay law. [...]
Uganda activists seek repeal of laws that abuse HIV+ people

Uganda activists seek repeal of laws that abuse HIV+ people

Gay rights activists in Uganda this week joined health rights defenders and people living with HIV to demand an end to the country’s HIV criminal laws [...]
Uganda plans to be ignorant about extent of HIV among gays

Uganda plans to be ignorant about extent of HIV among gays

Health rights advocates in Uganda are worried about a pending ministerial order to health care providers stopping them from recording data about homos [...]
New push to give sex lubricants to Ugandan women, gay men

New push to give sex lubricants to Ugandan women, gay men

It's time for homophobic Ugandan officials to stop limiting access to sex lubricants especially because, without them, straight women as well as homos [...]
Anti-gay Ugandan archbishop is leaving; suspense about new leader

Anti-gay Ugandan archbishop is leaving; suspense about new leader

The Anglican Church of Uganda has elected a new archbishop who has not yet made clear whether he will follow in the footsteps of his homophobic predec [...]
Uganda faces ‘a crisis of political will’ in fight against AIDS

Uganda faces ‘a crisis of political will’ in fight against AIDS

Health rights advocates in Uganda warn that the country is “faltering in its response to the HIV epidemic” especially among LGBTI people, sex workers [...]
Ugandan gay activists appeal for formal recognition

Ugandan gay activists appeal for formal recognition

Gay rights activists in Uganda have resolved to push on with a court case challenging Uganda government refusal to register their network, Sexual Mino [...]
Ugandan activists welcome new UNAIDS leader, Ugandan Winnie Byanyima

Ugandan activists welcome new UNAIDS leader, Ugandan Winnie Byanyima

Gay rights activists in Uganda have welcomed the appointment of Ms Winifred ‘Winnie’ Karagwa Byanyima, a Ugandan national, as the new executive direct [...]
Fear: If unchained, faith-based bias would crush LGBT medical care

Fear: If unchained, faith-based bias would crush LGBT medical care

Gay Africans barred from medical care. A rise in HIV infections in homophobic countries. Reduced access to health care for LGBTI people both in the Un [...]
Uganda: Activist ‘was already condemned’ before trial

Uganda: Activist ‘was already condemned’ before trial

Political activist and strong gay ally Stella Nyanzi was sentenced on Aug. 2 to 18 months in prison after being convicted of "cyber harassment" for pu [...]
Petition to Uganda: Let us celebrate Pride peacefully

Petition to Uganda: Let us celebrate Pride peacefully

Ugandan activists are seeking international support for a petition to Simon Lokodo, the homophobic Minister of Ethics and Integrity, urging him to sto [...]
Debate: Was it right to bar asylum deniers from UK Black Pride?

Debate: Was it right to bar asylum deniers from UK Black Pride?

LGBTI rights activists in the United Kingdom are divided about the decision by UK Black Pride to exclude the Home Office from last weekend's Pride cel [...]
Nigeria’s first lesbian documentary film is finally here

Nigeria’s first lesbian documentary film is finally here

The Equality Hub, a Lagos-based Nigerian human rights non-governmental organization, has produced Nigeria's first lesbian-focused documentary film. [...]
Roundup of 76 gay African refugees: Desperate, dangerous, confusing times

Roundup of 76 gay African refugees: Desperate, dangerous, confusing times

Confusion surrounds this week's heartless decision to move 76 gay refugees from Nairobi back to the often violently homophobic Kakuma refugee camp fro [...]
Religious leaders warn gay tourists: Ethiopia might kill you

Religious leaders warn gay tourists: Ethiopia might kill you

Conservative Christian and Muslim leaders in Ethiopia are trying to block a trip planned for gay American tourists who want to see ancient religious s [...]
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