Category: Southern Africa

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Zambian hypocrisy: Fighting ‘gayism’; accepting rape and corruption

Zambian hypocrisy: Fighting ‘gayism’; accepting rape and corruption

Commentary by the Rev. Kapya Kaoma exposes the hypocrisy of Zambian politicians' anti-gay posturing: "It is time we accepted that politicians have use [...]
Zambia bars performance by gay S. African celebrity

Zambia bars performance by gay S. African celebrity

The Zambian government has barred Somizi Buyani Mhlongo, a gay South African TV presenter, actor and singer, from performing in Zambia. Fro [...]
Botswana: Another country strikes down its anti-gay laws

Botswana: Another country strikes down its anti-gay laws

Botswana today overturned its colonial-era laws that made homosexuality a crime punishable by seven years in prison. From the African Human R [...]
S. Africa rejects Zambia refugee for saying he’s both gay and Christian

S. Africa rejects Zambia refugee for saying he’s both gay and Christian

A young Zambian gay man has been denied refugee status in South Africa by authorities who claim that he cannot be both Christian and gay. From [...]
Botswana court hears reasons to overturn anti-gay law

Botswana court hears reasons to overturn anti-gay law

Botswana's High Court heard arguments Thursday for and against overturning the nation's anti-gay law. It scheduled its ruling in the case for June 11. [...]
New online help for LGBT asylum-seekers in South Africa

New online help for LGBT asylum-seekers in South Africa

Gateway Health Institute, a South African human rights organization, has launched an online platform to help LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees access [...]
Trump official’s push for gay rights focuses on Iran, not Africa

Trump official’s push for gay rights focuses on Iran, not Africa

The 33 African nations with anti-gay laws seem to be a side issue for U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell, who has announced a worldwide campaign against [...]
Angola’s neighbors may copy its repeal of anti-gay law

Angola’s neighbors may copy its repeal of anti-gay law

Angola's repeal of its anti-gay law last month could lead to the repeal of all remaining anti-homosexuality laws in southern Africa, an international [...]
Male singer in a dress? Zambia freaks out, cracks down

Male singer in a dress? Zambia freaks out, cracks down

Flamboyant attire and provocative behavior on a Zambian reality TV show caught the eye of the country's religious affairs minister, who declared that [...]
Angola: Another African nation drops colonial masters’ anti-gay law

Angola: Another African nation drops colonial masters’ anti-gay law

Another African country has turned away from the homophobic laws originally imposed by European colonial powers. On Jan. 23, the former Portuguese col [...]
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