Challenge to Ugandan anti-gay law seeks regional impact

Activists in Uganda are continuing their legal battle against the country’s now-defunct Anti-Homosexuality Law, hoping that the Tanzania-based East African Court of Justice will issue a ruling that will make clear such anti-gay laws are unacceptable throughout East Africa. Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the law on Aug. 1 on procedural grounds — the lack of … Continue reading


$64 fine settles 1st court case citing Burundi’s anti-gay law

A Vietnamese telecommunications worker has been released after paying a fine to settle changes that he engaged in illegal “homosexual practices,” according to the Burundian human rights organization MOLI (Movement for Individual Liberties). The man, whose name was not disclosed, was released Sept. 19 after paying a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs (US $64), MOLI … Continue reading


New in Burundi: An arrest for ‘homosexual practices’

A Vietnamese telecommunications worker was arrested Sept. 16 in northern Burundi on charges of “homosexual practices,” according to Agence France-Presse and other media accounts. Under a Burundian law, passed in 2009, homosexual intimacy is punishable by three months to two years in prison and/or a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 Burundian francs (US $32 to … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

32 anti-gay African leaders, 32 smiling Obama photos

The issue of African countries imprisoning LGBTI people for their sexual orientation wasn’t on the agenda at this week’s United States/Africa summit in Washington, D.C. Instead, President Obama spoke about security, trade and economic development. Then, on Aug. 5, he and First Lady Michelle Obama posed for friendly photos with 32 leaders of countries with … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

IDAHOT anti-hate campaign: Even in 20 anti-gay nations

LGBT rights activists and supporters — even those in 20 nations where homosexuality is illegal — will celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Saturday, May 17. The day is billed as a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity. Erasing 76 Crimes has been tracking IDAHOT activities in  nations where LGBT activities … Continue reading


Money fights AIDS where homosexuality is illegal

The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has awarded a total of $75,000 to seven projects in seven African countries, all aimed at combating the AIDS epidemic among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and men who have sex with men (MSMs). Kevin Robert Frost,  chief executive  amfAR, said: “There is continuing concern … Continue reading


Arrestation pour ‘pratiques homosexuelles’ au Burundi

Publié le 26 septembre 2014 Un travailleur de télécommunications vietnamiennes a été arrêté le 16 septembre dans le nord du Burundi sur des accusations de «pratiques homosexuelles», selon l’Agence France-Presse et d’autres médias. Au Burundi, l’intimité homosexuel peut être punie de trois mois à deux ans de prison et / ou une amende de 50.000 … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

Campagne anti-haine IDAHOT : Même dans 20 pays homophobes

Publié le 16 mai 2014   par Denis LeBlanc (Also published in English) Les militants et sympathisants des droits des LGBT – même ceux dans 20 des pays où l’homosexualité est illégale – célébreront la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie et la transphobie (IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) le samedi 17 mai. Le jour … Continue reading