Tag Archive | anti gay laws

Nigeria: 47 men plead not guilty to homosexuality charge

Nigeria: 47 men plead not guilty to homosexuality charge

(Reuters) – Forty-seven Nigerian men pleaded innocent on Wednesday to a charge of public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a 10-year jail term. Homosexuality is outlawed in many socially conservative African societies, where some religious groups brand it a corrupting Western import. The Nigerian men, who appeared […]

Singapore: Activists challenge anti-gay law after India ruling

Singapore: Activists challenge anti-gay law after India ruling

(Reuters) – Singapore’s top court on Wednesday heard the first legal challenges to its colonial-era anti-gay law, since similar legislation was scrapped in India last year, an issue that divides the socially-conservative city-state. Three activists are arguing that Section 377A, a rarely-used [anti-gay law] was unconstitutional. The law does not apply to lesbians.

Cameroon: LGBT+ sports stars battling anti-gay laws

Cameroon: LGBT+ sports stars battling anti-gay laws

Cameroonian athlete, Thierry Essamba, still trains every day, even though he has little hope of reviving a career cut off when he was ousted from the national squad, in a scandal over homosexuality. The 38-year-old hurdling champion was training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, when a senior sports official told a crowd of journalists and […]

Cook Islands set to retain anti-gay ban

Cook Islands set to retain anti-gay ban

In an apparent U-turn on plans to decriminalise homosexuality, lawmakers from the South Pacific Cook Islands are pushing to retain a law that could jail men for gay sex, in a blow for LGBT+ rights groups. The self-governing nation of 15 islands, with a largely Christian population of about 17,000 people, has been debating whether […]

Interview: Anti-gay law ‘like a gun pointing at us’ says eSwatini activist

Interview: Anti-gay law ‘like a gun pointing at us’ says eSwatini activist

When LGBT+ people took to the streets last year for the first ever Pride march in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, some hardly believed they could celebrate the event in a country where stigma is rife, and gay sex remains illegal. Now gay rights activist, Melusi Simelane plans to go further by timing Pride events […]

Uganda: Moves to allay fears over anti-gay law

Uganda: Moves to allay fears over anti-gay law

Uganda has sought to reassure sexual minorities that they are safe, saying it has no plans to introduce the death penalty for gay sex after reports of rising homophobic attacks. In a statement on Thursday, President Yoweri Museveni’s office denied that, and said attacks on LGBT+ people should be reported to police for investigation so […]

India: LGBT+ rights anniversary, but challenges persist

India: LGBT+ rights anniversary, but challenges persist

India’s LGBT+ community on Friday celebrated the first anniversary of a historic judgment that decriminalised gay sex, but campaigners warned major hurdles lay ahead with same-sex marriage still “many years” away. India’s Supreme Court last year struck down Section 377, a colonial-era law that outlawed same-sex relations, sparking hopes of equality for the country’s LGBT+ […]