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Uganda leader: If folks are born gay, I’ll nix anti-gay bill

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has declared that he will not sign the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill unless scientists prove to him that homosexuality is an acquired behavior and that LGBT people are not “born that way.” Museveni stated that position at a caucus of his NRM party on Jan. 24, The Observer of Uganda reported. Citing … Continue reading

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Anti-gay rage: Sign of progress toward gay rights?

Why are sub-Saharan Africa and Russia undergoing a wave of anti-gay attacks, arrests and legislation? Two reasons are frequently cited: Politicians’ use of anti-gay rhetoric and anti-gay legislation to deflect attention from their nations’ problems; Encouragement from anti-gay Christian fundamentalists. But another explanation for the anti-gay crackdown is that it is a conservative reaction to … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Ivory Coast attack sends guard to hospital

Anti-gay attackers today broke into the office of an LGBT rights group in Ivory Coast, sending a security guard to the hospital and ransacking the premises. It was the fourth such attack this week on Alternative Côte d’Ivoire, which combats AIDS and advocates for human rights for LGBT people. Claver Touré, the association’s executive director, … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast: Seeking help for LGBT activists under attack

The human rights advocacy group Front Line Defenders has urged the government of Ivory Coast to intervene to stop death threats and attacks against LGBT rights activists there. (For background, see this blog’s article “Ivory Coast: Activists under attack by anti-gay mobs.”)  Front Line Defenders writes: Ivory Coast – Death threats and attacks against LGBTI rights … Continue reading