Africa

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

Africa

Uganda’s anti-gay bill will return: Soon or pretty soon?

The harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act of Uganda, overturned by Uganda’s Constitutional Court, is likely to return to parliament for a new vote by that overwhelmingly anti-gay assembly. How soon? After a month of analysis, says the ruling NRM (National Resistance Movement) party, led by President Yoweri Museveni.  In a statement, the party caucus today said they … 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

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law

Uganda’s Constitutional Court today threw out the country’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act on the grounds that it was passed illegally without a quorum of parliament. Fridah Mutesi, a plaintiffs’ attorney, stated: “History has been made today in Uganda when the panel of five justices of appeal unanimously agreed with our submissions that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014, … Continue reading

Africa

In Ugandan court, ‘tomorrow is the big day’

Judges in the Ugandan Constitutional Court have scheduled a key ruling for tomorrow in the challenge to the legitimacy of the country’s harsh new Anti-Homosexuality Act. Yesterday the signs had seemed to point to a ruling today, as noted in yesterday’s  blog post, “Ugandan court might overturn anti-gay law tomorrow.” But instead today’s court session … Continue reading

Commentary

Uganda: Canny political ploy sets stage for gay deaths

The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest from Zambia and a project director at Political Research Associates in Massachusetts, discusses the politics of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law and the need to protect LGBT people from its consequences. By THE REV. CANON KAPYA KAOMA “Scandal,” “Exposed” and “200 Top Homos” are some of the headlines in … Continue reading