Peaceful celebration in Cameroon a year after mob attack

Three associations in Cameroon’s capital city organized a week’s activities to commemorate this year’s International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Unlike last year, the activities were not disrupted by anti-gay violence. La version française: “Yaoundé célèbre IDAHO 2013 avec faste et sérénité” IDAHO 2013 IN CAMEROON Time: around 6 p.m., May 17. Location: The Bastos Roundabout … Continue reading


Nigeria lawmakers OK 14-year sentences for gay marriage

AP reports: “Lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill Thursday banning gay marriage and [Editor’s note: perhaps, perhaps not] outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. “Nigeria’s House of Representatives approved the bill in a voice vote, likely sending it immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan … Continue reading


Zambian leader draws false lesson from French protest

Zambia’s acting president says his country should be true to itself, without paying attention to Western countries — but that apparently doesn’t apply if what he sees in the developed world can be used to reinforce his pre-existing prejudices. Specifically, the Zambia Daily Mail reported, Acting President Edgar Lungu says his government’s opposition to same-sex … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Tunisia cheers lesbian love film, rejects actual lesbian love

PRAISE FOR MOVIE, NOT FOR REALITY Tunisia’s culture minister congratulated French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche on Monday for winning the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, without mentioning the huge gap between what Tunisia society accepts and what the film depicts. The film is about a lesbian love affair, which in Tunisia would be a taboo subject.  … Continue reading


Russian LGBT rights group under attack as ‘foreign agent’

The Russian LGBT rights organization Coming Out was in court today seeking to defend itself against a claim that it is a “foreign agent.” Shockingly, Coming Out said, the court implied that the St. Petersburg-based organization must be guilty because why else would it be facing prosecution. The court also decided that considering the constitutionality … Continue reading