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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.

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

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Kaytee Riek

Uganda passes tough new law against homosexuality

Friday, December 20, 2013
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay law that punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment. [ Read more → ]
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, APA flag of the South African gay community sits next to a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela and other mementos in the Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa  on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

Nelson Mandela was a hero to gays, yet anti-LGBT bias still rampant in Africa

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Africa's gays are looking for their own Nelson Mandela - someone who will rescue them from violence and a raft of laws that criminalize gay sex. In other words, precisely what Mandela could not do, despite his efforts. [ Read more → ]

Democratic Republic of Congo to consider banning gay sex

Sunday, December 15, 2013
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo -- A draft bill has been proposed to criminalize gay sex the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). [ Read more → ]

Cameroon man sentenced to nine years in prison for same-sex relationship

Monday, November 25, 2013
LIMBE, Cameroon -- A Cameroon man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for breaking that nation's laws against homosexuality. [ Read more → ]

Senegal judge frees women accused of violating law banning homosexual acts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal — A judge in Senegal says there is insufficient evidence to convict four women accused of violating the country's law banning homosexual acts. [ Read more → ]
Macky Sall

Five women charged under Senegal’s anti-gay law

Thursday, November 14, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- A prosecutor in Senegal says five women have been charged under the country's anti-gay law that imposes prison sentences of up to five years for homosexual acts. [ Read more → ]
Dakar, Senegal

Five women arrested under Senegal’s anti-gay law

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- Senegalese police detained five women accused of violating the country's anti-gay law, highlighting increased pressure on suspected lesbians in the deeply conservative West African nation, an activist group said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

In rare move, Uganda president publicly tests for HIV

Friday, November 8, 2013
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's president tested for HIV in public on Friday to encourage millions of untested people to check their status, a critical step to stemming the spread of the virus in the East African country. [ Read more → ]

Gambia president to United Nations: Homosexuality top global threat

Friday, September 27, 2013
UNITED NATIONS — The president of Gambia is using his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuality one of the three "biggest threats to human existence." [ Read more → ]
Chibuihem Amalaha

Nigerian student claims he’s discovered ‘scientific proof’ gay marriage is wrong

Sunday, September 15, 2013
A post-graduate student at the University of Lagos in Nigeria claims he has made a scientific "breakthrough" by proving that homosexuality and same-sex marriage are wrong. [ Read more → ]
Sidiki Kaba

Senegal Justice Minister: Law criminalizing homosexuality here to stay

Saturday, September 7, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- Senegal's new Justice Minister says the country’s law criminalizing homosexuality is here to remain, despite previously leading a campaign for LGBT rights. [ Read more → ]

South Africa to consider legislation to criminalize anti-LGBT hate crimes

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa is planning to introduce hate crime legislation, which would include laws to prosecute physical and verbal attacks on foreigners and LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
Stanley Ntagali

Uganda archbishop: Gay bishops are ‘spiritual cancer’ that ‘infected’ Anglican church

Thursday, August 15, 2013
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, the head Uganda’s Anglican Church of Uganda, said that gay bishops are a "spiritual cancer" and do not belong in the Church. [ Read more → ]
Eric Ohena Lembembe

Cameroon detains colleagues of slain gay rights activist Eric Lembembe

Monday, July 29, 2013
YOUNDE, Cameroon — Police in Cameroon have refused to release two LGBT activists detained on Saturday as potential witnesses in the investigation of the murder of activist and journalist Eric Lembembe. [ Read more → ]
Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe president calls for the beheading of gays

Friday, July 26, 2013
MUTARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe stepped up his campaign against LGBT Zimbabweans during an election rally of his Zanu PF party supporters in Mutare this week, calling for the beheading of gays. [ Read more → ]

Two men convicted of homosexuality under Cameroon’s anti-gay law

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A court in Cameroon on Tuesday found two men guilty under the country's harsh law banning gay sex, a lawyer said, continuing a string of recent convictions that has drawn international condemnation. [ Read more → ]
Olugbenga Ashiru

Nigeria Foreign Minister warns the West against ‘imposing’ gay rights

Sunday, July 21, 2013
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister on Saturday declared that the West is trying to “impose” gay rights on the country. [ Read more → ]
Eric Ohena Lembembe

Cameroon blasts reporting of gay rights activist’s murder

Saturday, July 20, 2013
YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- Cameroon lashed out at the media on Friday for its reporting on the recent killing of a prominent gay activist and warned that future "provocative commentary" on the case would be illegal. [ Read more → ]

Prominent gay rights activist tortured, killed in Cameroon

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent LGBT rights advocate and journalist was found dead at his home in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Monday evening. Lembembe was the executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS). [ Read more → ]
Gnamien Konan

‘Gay marriage will mark the end of the world,’ warns Ivory Coast minister

Friday, July 12, 2013
BROBO, Ivory Coast -- Gay marriage is an “aberration” and “will mark the end of the world,” according to Gnamien Konan, Ivory Coast’s Minister of Public Service. [ Read more → ]
Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe president says gays, lesbians who do not conceive should be jailed

Sunday, July 7, 2013
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to jail gays and lesbians for failing to conceive an offspring as he launched his party’s campaign for this month’s general election. [ Read more → ]
Macky Sall

Senegal president defends anti-gay law following clash with Obama

Friday, June 28, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- Senegal President Macky Sall is defending his refusal to decriminalize homosexuality one day after publicly clashing with President Barack Obama on the issue at a joint press conference. [ Read more → ]

Obama clashes with African host over gay rights

Thursday, June 27, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage as a "victory for American democracy" but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally. [ Read more → ]
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APIn this March 28, 2013 photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, after a meeting with, from left, Senegal President Macky Sall; Malawi President Joyce Banda; Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma; and Cape Verde Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves. The U.S. embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast made history in June 2013 by hosting a gay pride reception attended by about two dozen openly gay Ivorians. Despite the groundbreaking nature of the event, reporters were barred from attending, and the only mention of it was a short blurb on the embassy website posted the following week. The discreet handling of the event encapsulates the Obama administration's cautious promotion of gay rights in Africa, an issue that is likely to come up during his visit, beginning June 26, 2013 to three African nations, two of which punish homosexuality with jail time.

Obama walks tight rope in Africa by cautiously supporting gay rights

Monday, June 24, 2013
The U.S. has made it a priority to promote gay rights overseas, but officials pick and choose when they talk about it, often citing concerns about igniting a backlash that could endanger local activists. [ Read more → ]
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