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


As many as 12 awaiting gay-sex trials in Uganda

As a result of Uganda’s ongoing anti-gay crackdown, many LGBT people are in hiding and as many as a dozen Ugandans are currently awaiting trial on homosexuality-related charges. Three of them are in prison pending the outcome of their trials. Since President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act in  February, an LGBT security hotline in … Continue reading


Congo: LGBT activists arrested, beaten, released (update)

[This article in French: Congo: 2 militants LGBT arrêtés, battus, libérés] Earlier this month, police in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested two members of the non-governmental organization Rainbow Sunrise Mapambazuko, which works for sexual health and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Bukavu, DRC. In following up on the … Continue reading


U.S.: Relatively few public LGBT abuses in central Africa

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in central Africa have a chance to live their lives relatively free of obvious public repression, at least compared to LGBT people in more publicly homophobic African nations, according to the accounts recently released in human rights reports from the U.S. Department of State. That even applies to … Continue reading


Pays francophones d’Afrique «laissés pour compte de la révolution sida»

Publié le 29 Avril 2014 (Also published in English) Les scientifiques et les médecins sont présents à la conférence francophone sur le VIH et les hépatites (l’AFRAVIH) en cours à Montpellier en France du 27 au 30 avril.  Le lauréat Nobel et association médicale et humanitaire, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) est là et hausse sa … Continue reading