Tag Archive | anti-gay legislation
About sixty people were arrested by Kenyan police recently at a nightclub in Nairobi, and were detained at the Central Police Station in the city for ‘suspected homosexuality’. Patrons of the Envy nightclub in central Nairobi were arrested by Kenyan authorities over the weekend according to local media, who claim that the reason for […]
A major American LGBT conference, which was scheduled to take place in May, was moved from a Brunei-owned hotel in California, in protest at Brunei’s attitudes against homosexuality. OutGiving, a group of philanthropes who fund LGBT groups and organisations, had intended to hold their ‘Winning the Heartland’ conference in the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, […]
The government in Sweden made the decision to suspend aid to Uganda, following Uganda’s introduction of anti-gay legislation, saying Swedish aid is “not unconditional”, according to Minister Hillevi Engstrom. Ms Engstrom is Minister for International Development Cooperation since September 2013, and a member of the Moderate Party. The government statement, published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs […]
An American federal judge has ruled that persecution of LGBT people can be considered a crime against humanity, as a Ugandan LGBT advocacy organisation filed a lawsuit against the notoriously anti-gay extremist, Scott Lively. This sets a somewhat unexpected precedent in international law, securing the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people on a global level.
“My dear @BinyavangaW writes a piece that springs open the prison doors of the heart,” is what Nigerian-born writer, Teju Cole, tweeted about the beautifully heartfelt piece written by Kenyan author, Binyavanga Wainaina. The article, titled “I am a homosexual, Mum.” was first published on the website, Africa Is A Country, where it was widely spread across social media before […]
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s decision not to sign a highly-controversial anti-gay bill into law shocked many people, in the African nation and abroad, but his reasons not to do so were unlikely to comfort LGBT Ugandans. While President Museveni’s refusal to sign the bill might have been initially seen as a small sign of hope […]
LGBT rights activists in Nigeria say a new anti-gay law is not just a setback for gay rights, but for human rights as a whole for the country. The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, signed the bill into law last Tuesday. Read more about the events here.