Petition seeks to bar anti-LGBT pastor from Botswana too
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Petition seeks to bar anti-LGBT pastor from Botswana too

Anglo-Nigerian pastor Jide Macauley is urging people to sign a petition by the Botswanan activist group Legabibo that urges the Botswanan government to prevent anti-LGBT preacher Steven Anderson from traveling there. His planned visit to South Africa has already been blocked because of his hate-filled sermons. Macauley wrote: I signed this petition to prevent any … Continue reading

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Russia, India, Jamaica, Africa: Many attacks, some progress

News items in this recap mostly were excerpted with slight modifications from two published round-ups of the world’s LGBTI-related news– UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes and ILGA’s LGBulleTIn. Physical attacks and arrests Police arrested about 20 activists supporting the LGBTI community during the annual May Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two days before the march, Meduza … Continue reading

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Victory for LGBTI advocates in Botswana court

Botswana’s LGBTI advocacy group Legabibo today won an appeals court decision ordering the Botswana government to grant it official recognition. The government had argued that it should not recognize Legabibo (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana) because LGBT people’s rights are not recognized by the Constitution and because Legabibo’s goals were “incompatible with peace, welfare … Continue reading

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Botswana: Upcoming films will tell LGBTI stories

Activists struggling for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people are increasingly adopting the strategy of sharing people’s stories, which honors LGBTI people’s efforts and helps the wider society understand what’s at stake in their struggle. Examples of this strategy include Kuchu Times in Uganda (“Our voices, our stories, our lives”) and the No … Continue reading

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Botswana appeals ruling in favor of LGBTI rights group

The Botswana government is appealing a November 2014 court ruling that instructed it to  register the LGBTI rights organization LeGaBiBo (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana). LeGaBiBo vowed to oppose the government’s appeal. It is currently consulting with attorneys about what steps to take next. LeGaBiBo coordinator Annah Mmolai-Chalmers said Jan. 21 that the group was disappointed by … Continue reading