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Cameroon frees seven accused of breaking anti-gay law

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
Cameroon
YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- An official says seven people who were arrested this month on suspicion of violating Cameroon's anti-gay law have been released but will remain under close observation. Donatus Sembe, a police official in Yaounde, the capital, said Thursday that four of them were released Wednesday for lack of evidence...

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Uganda president warns lawmakers that anti-gay law could lead to trade boycott

| Saturday, October 4, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday said that his nation risks a trade boycott if lawmakers were to reinstate a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated on a technicality in August by the country's Constitutional Court.

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Arson suspected in overnight fire at South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque

AFP | Saturday, October 4, 2014
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday.

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Chad latest African country to consider anti-gay legislation

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Chad
Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country. The rights group said Tuesday that amendments to the penal code proposed by the government would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine ranging from $100 and $1,000.

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Prominent Ugandan gay activist to be granted asylum in U.S.

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced Tuesday. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was...

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Gambia passes bill imposing life in prison for some homosexual acts

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Gambian presidentYahya Jammeh
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast A Gambian lawmaker says the National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. Minority leader Samba Jallow said Monday the bill brings life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality." A draft bill seen by The Associated Press contains language identical to a controversial anti-gay bill signed i...

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Mugabe says China aid doesn’t require Zimbabwe to ‘embrace homosexuality’

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe told a Chinese TV interviewer that he resents Western international aid because it always depends on conditions such as accepting homosexuality. The Telegraph reports that Mugabe praised Beijing for being “very constructive” in its assistance towards Zimbabwe, remarking that aid from Europe and America “always attach conditions” ...

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Ugandan gays who fled persecution still feel danger in neighboring Kenya

| Sunday, August 17, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. "The reaction shocked me. I went there. I thought it would be a celebration, but ... nothing," said Brizan Ogollan, founder of an aid organization...

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Uganda president not keen on rushing anti-gay law

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated earlier this month, saying the measure is not a priority and could hurt the country's economic development. Museveni, who held a meeting Monday with lawmakers from his party, urged parliamentarians ...

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Kenya considers harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning

| Monday, August 11, 2014
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NAIROBI, Kanya -- Lawmakers in Kenya are considering a new draft bill that proposes harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning or life in prison. The Republican Liberty Party in Kenya's National Assembly introduced the bill, prohibiting any form of sexual relations between people of the same sex.

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