African Commission backs LGBT rights

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights recently adopted  a ground-breaking resolution against violence and other human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).  BuzzFeed reported: “It is a big deal,” said Monica Tabengwa, a longtime lesbian activist from Botswana who now works for Human … Continue reading


New fund aims to help endangered LGBT people flee

Denis LeBlanc, Editor A new emergency fund is seeking contributions to help LGBT people and allies flee from “immediate threats of arrest, attacks, violence and persecution in countries where harsh laws have fostered a climate of extreme homophobia.” This global, United States-based fund joins several existing Uganda-based funds that are assisting LGBT people during the … Continue reading

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African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, develop strategies to combat violence and discrimination of people on the basis of sexual orientation … Continue reading


African LGBT activists praise, mourn Nelson Mandela

Memories, mourning and inspiration The death of South African liberator Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5  brought sadness and words of deep appreciation from African LGBT activists. “Nelson was a person who fought against discrimination in all its forms,” said Dominique Menoga, president of Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS). Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline … Continue reading


Mandela’s queer legacy: freedom, more struggles for LGBTs

This appreciation of South African liberator Nelson Mandela, with accompanying analysis of what his work means for LGBT Africans today, was written by Phumi Mtetwa, co-founder of South Africa’s National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality (NCGLE) and former executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project. It first appeared in the Mail & Guardian … Continue reading


LGBT news roundup: Uganda, Russia, Zimbabwe, more

AFRICA IN GENERAL ‘Homophobia’ in Africa condemned (Amnesty International via BBC) AFRICA AND EUROPE Persecuted homosexuals can be granted refuge. Gays and lesbians from nations that have criminalized their sexual orientation can be granted refuge in the European Union, but only if they are demonstratively persecuted, a top EU lawyer recommended on Thursday in a … Continue reading


South Asian petition opposes Uganda anti-gay bill

A group of South Asian activists and academics has launched an online petition against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill being considered by the Ugandan parliament. The petition urges Uganda to grant full human rights to all citizens, recognizing  the countries’ shared history of colonialism that led to their original 19th century anti-homosexuality laws. The petition states in … Continue reading