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Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Two men accused of homosexuality freed by Nigerian Shariah court

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BAUCHI, Nigeria -- A Nigerian Shariah court has freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN human rights official: Nigeria’s anti-gay law may harm public health

Thursday, March 13, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- The U.N. human rights chief says Nigeria's new anti-gay law may have "negative consequences" for public health. [ Read more → ]

Four men convicted of gay sex whipped in north Nigerian court

Thursday, March 6, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said. [ Read more → ]

‘Quiet diplomacy’ faulted for advancement of Africa’s anti-gay laws

Thursday, February 20, 2014
DAKAR, Senegal -- Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in his office with a team of U.S.-based rights activists concerned about legislation that would impose life sentences for some homosexual acts. South African retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined them by phone, pointing out similarities between Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and racist laws enforced under South Africa's former apartheid government. [ Read more → ]

Mob attacks suspected gays in Nigeria to ‘cleanse’ their neighborhood

Saturday, February 15, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human rights activists said Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York (left) and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Leaders of Anglican Communion speak out against anti-LGBT violence, laws

Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spiritual heads of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have called upon Church leaders and the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda to support and care for all people “regardless of sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]

Nigeria’s anti-gay law fanning violence, ‘mob justice’ against LGBT people

Sunday, January 26, 2014
I woke up at 5:00 am this morning unable to sleep and worrying over my fellow LGBT Nigerians. The violence in the wake of the passing of my country’s anti-gay law keeps me awake and I find myself constantly preoccupied with the security of my friends and countrymen. The violence is now being fanned throughout Nigeria’s churches and mosques, incentivizing violence and “mob justice” against LGBT people... [ Read more → ]
Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Nigerian protesters urge speedy convictions, executions of accused gay men

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BAUCHI, Nigeria -- Thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court in a north Nigerian city Wednesday, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11 men arrested for belonging to gay organizations. [ Read more → ]

Religious leaders praise Nigeria’s new anti-gay law, claim it’s ‘God’s will’

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Leading Christian and Islamic leaders are praising Nigeria's new law banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)

Arrests spread across Nigeria, unleashed by wide-ranging new anti-gay law

Friday, January 17, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Arrests have spread across Nigeria as dozens more people perceived to be gay have been rounded up and questioned, activists said Friday, describing another wave of police attention unleashed by a wide-ranging new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Nigeria gay crackdown: 1 man flogged, 10 others face possible death by stoning

Thursday, January 16, 2014
BAUCHI, Nigeria -- An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has convicted one man and sentenced him to 20 lashes for having sex with another man, and 10 Muslim men could face death by stoning if also convicted of the crime of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]

Amnesty International: Gays arrested in at least four Nigerian states

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Amnesty International says Nigerian police have arrested 10 people suspected of being gay in four majority Christian southern states in the highly religious nation. [ Read more → ]
APBan Ki-moon

United Nations chief alarmed by Nigeria’s new anti-gay law

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by reports of the arrest and torture of individuals in northern Nigeria believed to be homosexual and strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the country's new anti-gay law will be reviewed. [ Read more → ]

Dozens arrested for being gay in Nigeria in response to new anti-gay law

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Police, working off a list of 168 suspects purportedly obtained through torture, are arresting dozens of gay men in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state, human rights activists said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
David Karp, APNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria president signs bill outlawing same-sex marriage, gay rights groups

Monday, January 13, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has signed a draconian anti-gay law banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. [ Read more → ]

Nigeria Senate passes law banning gay marriage, formation of gay rights groups

Friday, December 20, 2013
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria’s Senate on Thursday passed a harsh anti-gay bill banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. [ 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 → ]
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 → ]
Screenshot of hacked website

Anonymous hacks Nigeria’s government website over anti-gay bill

Friday, July 5, 2013
DUBLIN, Ireland -- An Irish hacker, who claims that he is part of the Anonymous hackivist group, took down Nigeria's official government website over its intent to pass a law that would jail LGBT people for up to 14 years. [ Read more → ]

U.S. gay rights cases could trail Obama in upcoming trip to Africa

Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trip to Africa next month may result in a stark juxtaposition between the growing power of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the African continent. [ Read more → ]

Nigeria bans gay marriage, gay rights groups; imposes 14 year prison terms

Thursday, May 30, 2013
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill Thursday banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. [ Read more → ]

My lovely transgender friend, struggling to survive in Nigeria

Saturday, April 27, 2013
I have a lovely friend. She is a transgender woman who lives in Nigeria. Her dream, at present denied her, is to be a professional dancer and actress. In her heart and in her spirit, she is both. As I think about her, I imagine the words and music from the song “Mirror and the Music” from the show A Chorus Line encompassing her as she goes to sleep each night... [ Read more → ]

Cheat Sheet for Thursday’s Prop 8 Hearing

Monday, December 5, 2011
Prop 8's back in court -- but why, exactly? I'll answer all your questions about what's going on this time. Plus, the backstory behind the most effective -- and adorable -- marriage equality video ever made. Prop 8's legal team celebrates a bill in Nigeria that would throw you in prison for over a decade just for witnessing a gay couple getting married. All that, plus robot marriage, and one gay couple looks back on their 50-year romance in a new book. [ Read more → ]
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