Arrest of LGBTI leader in Uganda

Uganda police have arrested LGBTI leader Joseph Kawesi on charges of homosexual activity and “recruiting youth into homosexuality,” gay rights activists say. Kawesi is founder of the LGBTI group Youth on Rock Foundation. His lawyers are seeking his release on bail, Identity Kenya reported. Under current Ugandan law, sexual intercourse (“carnal knowledge”) between two men … Continue reading


Plea for support for Ugandan whom UK seeks to deport

The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns is seeking support for Frank Zalwango, a Ugandan lesbian who wants to remain in the United Kingdom rather than be deported to Uganda, where she fears prosecution and imprisonment for her sexual orientation. The group asks supporters to send an email to Kenya Airlines, asking it to reject Zalwango … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Faith and religion

Unpublicized religion: ‘Sex tourism of the Christian Right’

Multinational battles over LGBT rights — opposed by many conservative Christians and supported by progressive faith leaders — came in at No. 9 on a list of 13 under-publicized stories about religion in 2012. The list, published on the Religion Dispatches website, was compiled by Peter Laarman, executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting.  Here’s what he … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Commentary / Europe / Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

LGBT world 2012: victories, setbacks, close calls

The idea that people should be thrown in jail for loving the wrong people fell out of favor in a few countries in 2012. But the battle for basic human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people raged from Singapore to Moscow and from sub-Saharan Africa to the Caribbean. During the year, advocates … Continue reading

Faith and religion

From New Zealand, a view of world’s LGBT rights struggle

The battle against Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill has produced some positive results — and not just the failure of the bill to pass in this year’s parliamentary session, says the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle. In an interview on New Zealand’s “Gay Talk Tonight” online talk show with host Andrew Whiteside, Ogle says that in some … Continue reading


13-step plan to nudge Jamaica away from homophobia

The human rights advocacy group AIDS-Free World has filed a legal challenge against two Jamaican broadcasters that refused to air a paid announcement called “Love and Respect” advocating tolerance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. But that is merely the latest in a series of initiatives by activists, including the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals … Continue reading