Africa / Americas / Commentary

N.Y. Times under continued attack for anti-LGBTI article

The New York Times has not backed off its damaging and inaccurate article of Dec. 20 about the alleged problems of U.S. support of LGBTI rights in Africa, but today it has published two letters to the editor that challenge the article’s accuracy. The letter from Tom Malinowski, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Researcher: Museveni outsmarted US LGBTQ activists

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni seems to have outsmarted U.S. gay rights activists by arranging for a temporary lull in his country’s war on LGBT people, says the Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, the Zambian native who analyzes African LGBT controversies for Political Research Associates in Massachusetts. On Aug. 5, Kaoma wrote, “Now, at the U.S. Africa … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Winners in reversal of Uganda’s anti-gay law; now what?

Antigone Barton in the Science Speaks blog focuses on what’s next after this week’s Ugandan court decision that overturned the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act.  First, though, she asks who emerged as the winners in that court ruling: Winners Perhaps [Uganda President Yoweri Museveni] emerges as a winner, having exploited a position on either side of … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Don’t cut ties with Uganda; that’s an anti-gay trap

The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest from Zambia and a project director at Political Research Associates, predicted last month that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni would sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.  Now that Museveni has done so, Kaoma discusses what’s to be done now. He warns that some LGBT advocates’ calls for countries to cut … Continue reading

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Draconian details of Uganda’s misguided new anti-gay law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni today signed into law the harsh, long-disputed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which provides for imprisonment for five to seven years for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” or who  “in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.” The official text of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (PDF) was only released after it was signed. It  provides … Continue reading

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Reports: Ugandan anti-gay bill not blocked, or was it?

After Buzzfeed foreign correspondent J. Lester Feder tracked down an apparent copy of President Yoweri Museveni’s letter to parliament, he concluded that Museveni has only criticized the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and has not officially rejected it. In his Buzzfeed article, Feder wrote that in the letter: “Museveni accuses Speaker Rebecca Kadaga of defying … Continue reading

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Uganda president: I’ll block ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, says he will prevent that country’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill from becoming law. Museveni will block the enactment of the bill if it is passed by the parliament, he said in comments made in an unexpected context — an interview with a travel journalist. He downplayed the controversy over the proposal, which … Continue reading