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State Department condemns Gambia’s new anti-gay law

Monday, November 24, 2014
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DAKAR, Senegal -- The U.S. State Department has condemned the decision by Gambia's president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. [...]

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Uganda’s new anti-gay bill could be debated in parliament before Christmas

Thursday, November 20, 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.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a new anti-gay bill that could be introduced for debate in the country's parliament before Christmas, a parliamentarian said Thursday. The new bill is in "advanced stages" and will focus on punishing the promotion of homosexuality, said Ugandan lawmaker Latif Ssebaggala, a strong [...]

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Botswana LGBT rights group wins legal recognition in landmark case

Sunday, November 16, 2014
LEGABIBO supporters celebrate outside the Botswana high court on Friday.
GABORONE, Botswana -- A judge in Botswana on Friday overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group, saying refusal to recognize the group was "under the mistaken belief that the applicants intended to engage in homosexual practices." [...]

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Cameroon frees seven accused of breaking anti-gay law

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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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 [...]

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

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
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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 [...]

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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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 [...]

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New book links U.S. conservatives and African ‘Kill the Gays’ laws

Sunday, May 25, 2014
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One of the original researchers to expose the ties between U.S. right-wing evangelicals and anti-LGBTQ laws in Uganda and other parts of Africa has released releasing a new book that shows U.S. activists exactly how to stop Americans like Scott Lively and Rick Warren from pushing their hateful beliefs abroad. [...]

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Global LGBT rights: Anti-gay laws, attitudes hold sway in many regions

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Binsar Bakkara, APA gay rights activist with multicolored paint on her face and matching umbrella participates in a 2012 protest demanding equality for LGBTQ people in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. In heavily Muslim Indonesia, gay sex is not criminalized, and many young, urban Indonesians are relatively tolerant of homosexuality, but most citizens consider it unacceptable.
While gay-rights activists celebrate gains in much of the world, their setbacks have been equally far-flung, and often sweeping in scope. Globally, the contrasts are striking... at least 76 countries retain laws criminalizing gay sex, including five where it's punishable by death. [...]

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Uganda passes tough new law against homosexuality

Friday, December 20, 2013
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KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay law that punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment. [...]

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