Zambia’s growing intolerance towards LGBTI persons

From Zambian human rights activist Juliet Mphande: During recent weeks, we have received numerous reports of increased violations against sexually diverse and gender-variant persons, particularly gay men, in Zambia. Beating by anti-gay mob, including police On January 3, 2014, a self-identifying gay man was beaten up by a mob of people in Lusaka’s Garden compound. … Continue reading


21 varieties of traditional African homosexuality

At least 21 cultural varieties of same-sex relationships have long been part of traditional African life, as demonstrated in a new report  that is designed to dispel the confusion and lies surrounding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The following discussion and the 21 examples are from that report, “Expanded Criminalisation of Homosexuality in Uganda: A Flawed Narrative / … Continue reading

Commentary / Europe / Faith and religion

LGBT Nigerian: ‘Religious leaders have abandoned us’

[BREAKING NEWS: Davis Mac-Iyalla reports that both the archbishops of Canterbury and York have now spoken out about Nigeria’s harsh new anti-gay law. See update.] Nigeria native and gay rights activist Davis Mac-Iyalla cares deeply about the silence of leaders of the Anglican Communion about Nigeria’s crackdown on LGBT people and its harsh new anti-gay … Continue reading


Anti-gay attacks disrupt AIDS efforts in Ivory Coast

Anti-gay mobs have forced a human rights group in Ivory Coast to suspend its work, which includes AIDS services, the human rights advocacy group Front Line Defenders reported. Alternative Côte d’Ivoire, which combats AIDS and advocates for human rights for LGBT people, was attacked four times last week.  In the fourth attack, the group’s offices … Continue reading


Cameroon police free accused gay-bashing blackmailer

Police in Cameroon have freed an anti-gay blackmailer, despite testimony from numerous victims that he ambushed, assaulted and threatened them. That is the complaint made today in a public statement by Alternatives-Cameroon, which fights against AIDS and advocates for human rights for LGBT people in coastal Cameroon. Shortly after his release, with no charges against … Continue reading


Prediction: Here’s why Museveni will sign anti-gay bill

The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest and a project director at Political Research Associates, wrote this commentary about the influence of Russian homophobia on Africa and what to expect with regard to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. A native of Zambia, Kaoma wrote  the reports Colonizing African Values and Globalizing the Culture Wars. … Continue reading


India court keeps anti-gay law; next hope, parliament

The Supreme Court of India today refused to reconsider its Dec. 11 ruling that reinstated Section 377, the country’s colonial-era law against homosexual activity. The decision means that efforts to change Section 377 through legislation will take priority, unless opponents of the law succeed through one remaining avenue for judicial appeal, which seems unlikely. Sonia … Continue reading