Africa / Commentary

Uganda Pride: ‘Passionate believer’ tells why it’s important

By Stella Nyanzi My custom of preparing for Uganda’s Pride activities starts a week before the annual event. Today, I am starting my excited posts about ‪#PrideUganda2015‬. I have posted about each year’s activities, starting with the first one in 2012. As an ally of the organised political LGBTIQ movement, as well as the social … Continue reading

Africa / Europe

Germany nixes Facebook’s dangerous ‘real names’ policy

Government regulators in Germany have ruled against Facebook’s policy of demanding that account holders use their real names — a policy that jeopardizes the lives of LGBTI people in homophobic countries. As The Guardian reported: “The Hamburg data protection authority said on Tuesday that the site could not force users to give official ID such … Continue reading


African LGBTI advocacy group gains official status

An Africa-based advocacy group working for continent-wide recognition of  the human rights of LGBTI Africans has won official recognition in South Africa. Pan-Africa ILGA (PAI), the continent’s regional chapter of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), announced its new official status in the following press release. In 2014, about 150 African … Continue reading


Human rights official blasts anti-LGBTI bias in Indonesia

From Indonesia’s Jakarta Post: The chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Hafid Abbas has called for an end to discrimination and stigma against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, urging the government to issue more supportive regulations. “They have been marginalized, inflicted with violence, isolation. It cannot be justified. … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Obama in Kenya: ‘Treat people equally under the law’

The Washington Blade reports: President Obama [today] discussed LGBT rights during a press conference in Nairobi with his Kenyan counterpart. “With respect to the rights of gays and lesbians, I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this,” said Obama in response to a question from Reuters reporter Jeff Mason about Kenya’s LGBT rights record. “I … Continue reading