Africa / Commentary / Faith and religion

Plea to Ugandan archbishop: Love your LGBT neighbor

Nigerian Christian Davis Mac-Iyalla, the founder of Changing Attitude Nigeria, pleads for compassion toward LGBTI Christians in this open letter to Stanley Ntagali, the anti-gay archbishop of Uganda: To: Subject: LGBT members of the Anglican Communion share full membership as baptised members of the Body of Christ. The Anglican Church of Uganda giving its … Continue reading

Shameful: Anti-LGBT denials by bishops, Ghana leader
Africa / Faith and religion

Shameful: Anti-LGBT denials by bishops, Ghana leader

Christianity is, and remains, a foreign addition to African culture and, in truth, does not honestly reflect Africa’s organic image. We all know how the religion is said to have started, where its practices originated — which surely was not in Africa. Many religious leaders, especially in Africa, are ignorant, self-centered and deceptive. Despite what … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Iran rejects U.N. plea to stop abuse of LGBTI youths

By Jack Flanagan Iran has rejected a series of proposals that the country stop abusing LGBTI youths. The proposals, released Feb. 4 by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, were discussed during a January meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, between committee members and Iranian delegates. According to 6rang, an Iranian lesbian and transgender … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

New Uganda law opens door to anti-LGBTI repression

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly signed into law a bill that could impose harsh restrictions on organizations working with people considered to be social outcasts, including LGBTI people, sex workers, drug users and those involved with abortions. The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) pointed out “three thorny issues” with the bill, which … Continue reading


Challenge to Jamaican anti-sodomy law gets under way

At the first hearing of my constitutional challenge to the Jamaican anti-sodomy law held today [Feb. 23], the Public Defender (PD) applied to be joined as an Interested Party. The PD is seeking to exercise her statutory right and obligation to protect and promote the rights of Jamaicans. [Editor’s note:  Jamaica’s Public Defender is Arlene … Continue reading


Russia proposes exam rooms to treat homosexuality

BuzzFeed reports: The Russian Ministry of Health is proposing new regulations that would mandate the creation of dedicated exam rooms throughout the country for the treatment of what it calls “non-traditional sexual relationships,” including homosexuality and pedophilia. The recommendations are part of a package of amendments to rules that govern care for “mental and behavioral … Continue reading


One arrest, one scam, one threat in Cameroon

In the capital of Cameroon, LGBT people were victims of three cases of human rights violations and violence in January, the Cameroonian LGBTI rights organization Camfaids reports. The details of the three incidents were reported in the monthly publication “Hope of Life” by Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for Aids), which campaigns in Yaoundé for recognition … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Victory in Tunisia: Activist group Shams wins in court

Shams, the Tunisian group pushing for the decriminalization of homosexuality, has won its legal challenge against a government order that it suspend operations. “Shams can resume normal activities, thanks to the decision of the court,” the organization announced on Facebook today. The trial dealt with a legal notification Shams received Jan. 4, ordering the suspension … Continue reading