Middle East / North Africa

Saudis arrest man preparing for gay party

An editor at a well-known Arabic-language daily newspaper was arrested in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for applying makeup in preparation for attending a “homosexual party” there, Emirates 24/7 reported yesterday. The arrest was made by the Saudi religious police known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. The journalist was also … Continue reading


Uganda’s slow progress toward LGBT rights

Insightful commentary in Gay Star News from Jamaican (and international) LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson about slow progress in Uganda: Though clearly delusional in his denial of ongoing LGBT abuses in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni’s recent statement nevertheless signals his support for the move by a few Ugandan Parliamentarians to permanently shelve the dreadful Anti-Homosexuality Bill … Continue reading


LGBT rights group cheers new Zimbabwe constitution

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) says its members welcome the recent overwhelming vote in favor of the country’s new constitution, despite its provision banning same-sex marriage. With a new constitution, the country can move forward to new elections and to protection of the rights of all citizens, GALZ said. GALZ Director Chesterfield Samba urged … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

In brief: Abu Dhabi worry, Uganda priest, medical video

Recap of recent news: NYU students unsafe at Abu Dhabi campus? John Sexton, president of the prestigious New York University NYU, was asked by the United Arab Emirates, gay rights group over the ethics and conduct regarding their flagship Abu Dhabi campus, which NYU is preparing to expand. Recently, Sexton answered dismissively to NYU professors … Continue reading


New video of protest about 76+ countries’ anti-LGBT laws

A new video about last month’s B.Right.On Festival provides glimpses of the festival’s protest against the anti-homosexuality laws that are on the books in 76-plus countries. Organizer/poet/activist Vince Laws said an estimated 400 people attended the protest, with 100 to 140 of them standing under a “Banned” banner with their faces painted with the names … Continue reading


Uganda’s David Bahati rebuffs Kennedy human rights team

[Correction: The first version of this article stated that Ugandan legislator David Bahati refused to meet with visitors from the R.F. Kennedy Center. Apparently he did meet with them, but rejected their message that his Anti-Homosexuality Bill would violate human rights.] Ugandan legislator David Bahati wants to throw homosexuals in jail or kill them, as … Continue reading


English bishops seek repeal of 78+ countries’ anti-gay laws

Accepting a challenge from an openly gay peer in the House of Lords, the Rt. Rev. Martin Wharton of the Church of England spoke forcefully this month against anti-gay laws in 78-plus countries, especially those in former British colonies. Bishop Wharton’s comments reiterated the position articulated in October by the Rt. Rev. Timothy Stevens, Bishop … Continue reading


Report: Cameroon jails many LGBTs to settle scores

Most people charged with violating Cameroon’s law against homosexual activity are convicted based on little or no evidence, Human Rights Watch states in a report released today.  The study was prepared in cooperation with Cameroonian  LGBT-rights organizations Alternatives-Cameroun, the Association for the Defense of Gays and Lesbians (ADEFHO), and the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS). … Continue reading