LGBT rights: As Canada cheers, Jamaica jeers

By Maurice Tomlinson Before today’s ceremonies marking WorldPride in Toronto, Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican-born activist and first winner of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, wrote the following account of the contrast between the celebrations in Canada and the anti-gay protest planned in his home country. Pride celebrations were also held this weekend in Istanbul, New … Continue reading


Sri Lanka: 10 years of work for LGBTIQ rights and health

By Rosanna Flamer-Caldera and Denis LeBlanc The Sri Lankan LGBTIQ group Equal Ground celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 10 with a special event at the Goethe Institute in Colombo. The organization works to overcome the challenges that the LGBTIQ community faces — criminalization of same-sex relationships, cultural and social stigma, discrimination, marginalization, violence, mental health … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Commentary: Let’s face facts about Zambian corruption

Juliet Mphande, a human rights, media and peace activist from Zambia, writes: ZAMBIA IN CRISIS On June 8, 2014, Zambian deputy minister of foreign affairs Gabriel Namulambe made a well-orchestrated media performance in response to visiting United States of America state department officials. The deputy foreign affairs minister, without delving into what was discussed in … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Zambia to West: Don’t watch when we jail LGBT people

Zambian officials took offense this week at the presence of diplomatic observers in a courtroom where two allegedly gay young men are on trial on charges of violating Zambia’s anti-homosexuality law. “US, German support for sodomy-accused disappoints State” stated the headline in the Zambian Daily Mail. “Zambia govt upset with USA, Germany envoys for supporting … Continue reading


Cameroon athlete suspended on rumors of homosexuality

By Erin Royal Brokovitch (Voir version en français) The author is an activist for LGBT rights in Cameroon who writes under a pseudonym. Thierry Essamba, an internationally competitive runner in the 110-meter hurdles, was suspended from the Cameroonian track squad on May 24 because of rumors about his alleged homosexuality. Essamba, 29, has competed in … Continue reading


Ugandan judge OKs crackdowns on LGBTI rights groups

“A Ugandan court essentially sanctioned a crackdown on LGBTI rights organizations in a ruling issued Monday morning,” BuzzFeed reports. In the ruling, a Uganda High Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against  Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo by LGBTI activists who charged that he violated their rights by shutting down a training workshop for activists in February … Continue reading