Topics :: African nations

Human Rights Groups Criticize Gambia's Anti-Gay Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Sep 10, 2014
A number of officials from human rights organizations have taken aim at an anti-gay bill passed by Gambia's lawmakers last month and now awaits to be approved by the African country's anti-gay president, Yahya Jammeh.

Gambia Lawmakers Pass Bill to Jail Gays for Life

By Robbie Corey-Boulet | Tuesday Sep 9, 2014
Gambia's National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders.

Days After Repeal of Anti-Gay Law, Uganda's President Meets Obamas

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Aug 6, 2014
President Barack Obama and his first Lady Michelle Obama have set LGBT activists in an uproar after meeting with Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni just days after the repeal of the draconian anti-gay law.

Uganda President: We Were Not Forced to Drop Anti-Gay Law

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Aug 4, 2014
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Saturday that the East African country was not forced to nix its highly controversial anti-gay law last week because of an upcoming Africa-U.S. summit.

Uganda Court to Rule on Legality of Anti-Gay Law

By Rodney Muhumuza | Friday Aug 1, 2014
A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country's new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Speak Out About HIV’s 30/30 Project

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Singers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are putting their fame to good use, speaking out about the 30/30 Project, which aims to create worldwide healthcare facilities in communities impacted by HIV/AIDS.

No Refugee Status for Gay Ugandans, Says Namibia

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Apr 17, 2014
Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

Africa’s Anti-Gay Movement Spreads to Ethiopia

By Elias Meseret | Thursday Apr 10, 2014
Two groups in Ethiopia say they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital.

Will Another Anti-Gay Law Come to Tanzania?

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Apr 1, 2014
Although Tanzania already has an anti-gay law that sentences those found guilty of homosexuality activity to 20 years to life in prison, a member of the East Africa country’s parliament is drafting a new bill that would go further.

Uganda Holds ’Thanksgiving’ Event for Anti-Gay Law

Monday Mar 31, 2014
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality "is criminal and it is so cruel."