Ugandan president praises gay forefathers

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni this week gave LGBT activists a glimmer of hope that he will prevent enactment of the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill, which would toughen the country’s laws against homosexual activities. In a meeting with several European Union ambassadors on Wednesday, March 28, Museveni praised the work of homosexuals in Uganda’s past. … Continue reading


Russian bill would ban ‘homosexual propaganda’

A bill submitted Thursday, March 29, to the lower house of the Russian parliament would impose fines of 500,000 rubles (about $17,000) for “spreading homosexual propaganda” among minors, AP reported. Laws against homosexuality were eliminated in Russia in 1993. Supporters said the bill was in response to media “promoting gay lifestyles as ‘normal behavior.’ ” … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Three executions in Iran for sodomy in 2011

Three people were executed in Iran last year for sodomy, according to Amnesty International’s newly released 2011 report on capital punishment. Amnesty International report on capital punishment in 2011. A total of at least 676 people were executed for all types of crimes last year, not counting executions in China, where they are estimated to … Continue reading


Dutch fund supports endangered LBGT activists

The Amnesty International chapter in the Netherlands and a Dutch gay-rights group are raising money to help LGBT activists facing violence and intimidation. The websites Expatica.com and Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported: The Pride Fund is intended to provide support to activists facing acute danger or imprisonment. The Fund will pay for legal costs or travel … Continue reading