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Draconian details of Uganda’s misguided new anti-gay law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni today signed into law the harsh, long-disputed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which provides for imprisonment for five to seven years for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” or who  “in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.” The official text of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (PDF) was only released after it was signed. It  provides … Continue reading

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No porn. No miniskirts. No gays. (Ugandan political ploy)

As African countries continue their crackdown on LGBT people, Charlie Denzel Mwiyeretsi of Uganda criticizes that country’s politicians for using the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and the newly enacted law against miniskirts and pornography to distract attention away from the country’s real problems.  This composition previously appeared on the Facebook page of the LGBT rights group Spectrum … Continue reading

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Cameroon police release LGBT activist doctor

Police in Douala, Cameroon, have released the vice president of the anti-AIDS pro-LGBT-rights group Alternatives-Cameroon, who was arrested Feb. 14 after he was accused of being a homosexual. Yves Yomb, executive director of Alternatives-Cameroon, said that Dr. Richard [Richard Kwa Bette] was released yesterday afternoon.  Richard serves both as an officer of the association and … Continue reading

Europe / Faith and religion

If you hate gays, you insult God, archbishop says

Diarmuid Martin, Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin, in an interview this month with the Irish Independent: “God never created anybody that he doesn’t love.  … “Anybody who doesn’t show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. “They are not just homophobic if they do that – they are actually Godophobic because God loves … Continue reading

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Cameroon police arrest LGBT activist, block AIDS clinic

Le communiqué est disponible en français ici. Police in the Deido section of Douala, Cameroon,  arrested the vice president of the anti-AIDS pro-LGBT-rights group Alternatives-Cameroon on Feb. 14 after receiving an accusation that he is a homosexual. The man who was arrested, identified as Dr. Richard [Richard Kwa Bette], remained in detention today, awaiting word … Continue reading

Asia

13 arrests in crackdown as India revives anti-gay law

Police in the town of Hassan, near Bangalore, in southern India arrested 13 people on homosexuality charges in November, and they now face criminal charges under Section 377, the colonial-era anti-sodomy law that the Indian Supreme Court reinstated in December. BuzzFeed reported: At first, the arrests appeared to be an example of police lawlessness, and … Continue reading

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Cameroon goal: Reopen vandalized LGBT rights office

A fund-raising appeal is under way to help an LGBT-friendly organization in Cameroon recover from an attack by anti-gay vandals who destroyed the group’s office in December. The organization is CAMEF (the Cameroon Association for Empowerment Outreach Programs), which fights for human rights and against AIDS among LGBT people and sex workers in Limbe in … Continue reading

Americas

Obama ‘disappointed’ with Uganda’s anti-gay law

U.S. President Barack Obama said today that he is “deeply disappointed” with the decision by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to sign the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The new law “will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda,” Obama said. He did not threaten any reprisals against Uganda, though some have urged him to do so. “It’s complicated” … Continue reading