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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 evidence...

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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 a fine ranging from $100 and $1,000.

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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 conditions” ...

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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.
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.

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Democratic Republic of Congo to consider banning gay sex

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

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

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

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