ARTICLES RELATING TO GAY RIGHTS

Gambia urged to drop life sentences for gays

2014-09-10 21:09

Rights campaigners have called for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to reject proposals by lawmakers to introduce a punishment of life in prison for aggravated homosexuality.

Gambia allowed to jail gays for life

2014-09-09 08:36
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Gambia's National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders.

Ugandan MPs working to reintroduce anti-gay law

2014-09-03 14:35

Ugandan MPs have begun work on reintroducing tough anti-gay legislation, a month after the east African nation’s constitutional court declared a previous law “null and void”, a report says.

Chile navy officer makes history, saying he is gay

2014-08-28 12:47

A navy officer has became the first member of the Chilean military to reveal he is gay, a groundbreaking admission in this conservative Catholic country.

Govt condemns spate of women killings

2014-08-18 18:57

Government has expressed sadness at the recent spate of killings and abuse of women and children in the country.

Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger

2014-08-18 05:59

Ugandan gays who have fled to Kenya still feel in danger, despite court striking down anti-gay laws.

Uganda president not keen on rushing anti-gay law

2014-08-12 18:05

A lawmaker with Uganda's ruling party says President Yoweri Museveni is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law.

Nepal gay community parades for same-sex marriage

2014-08-11 16:40

Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites, tooting horns and ringing chimes, have taken to the streets of Nepal's capital for a colourful parade celebrating Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead.

Ugandan anti-gay law overturn win for president

2014-08-07 11:26

Uganda's overturning of anti-gay laws is a win not a defeat for President Yoweri Museveni, analysts say, with the veteran leader thawing donor relations while burnishing a strongman image at home.

US court hears gay marriage arguments for 4 states

2014-08-06 15:14

A US appeals court is set to hear arguments in six gay marriage fights from four states in the biggest such session on the high-profile national issue so far.

Uganda Anti-gay law: 'Justice prevails'

2014-08-01 17:00

"Justice prevailed, we won," says the lawyer who led the challenge in Uganda's constitutional court after it overturned controversial anti-gay laws.

Uganda to rule on legality of anti-gay law

2014-08-01 10:40

A Ugandan court is expected to rule on a petition by activists who say the country's new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.

Uganda judges debate bid to overturn anti-gay law

2014-07-31 14:00

Ugandan state lawyers have sought to dismiss a petition by activists at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.

Obama strengthens LGBT workplace rights

2014-07-22 07:29

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order outlawing federal employment discrimination based on gender identity and strengthening other LGBT protections.

Australia gay marriage support hits record-high - poll

2014-07-15 09:47

Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in Australia, a poll has showed, as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Uganda anti-gay ruling criticised as 'flawed'

2014-07-11 15:42

Human Rights Watch is criticising a Ugandan court's decision against gay activists who sued a Ugandan official for violating their rights.

Notre Dame topless to pay

2014-07-09 15:59

French prosecutors want activists who bared their breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral are to pay thousands of euros in fines.

UN to recognise all same-sex marriages of staff

2014-07-08 05:30

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the United Nations will recognise all same-sex marriages of staff members at the world body.

Morocco urged to stop jailing gays

2014-07-07 23:14

Human Rights Watch has urged Morocco to stop prosecuting and jailing people for their sexual orientation.

Zambian men acquitted of gay charges

2014-07-03 20:00

Two Zambian man charged with having consensual gay sex have been acquitted after magistrates said the state failed to provide sufficient evidence in the high-profile case.

Africa doesn't need 'sinful' Western aid - Museveni

2014-07-03 11:40

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly urged Africans to avoid “sinful” Western aid after donors cut funding over anti-gay laws enacted in his country.

Biden: Gay rights take precedence over culture

2014-06-25 08:49

Vice President Joe Biden has declared that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilised nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions.

Zambia gay couple verdict delayed again

2014-06-23 21:00

A Zambian gay couple charged over homosexuality has seen the verdict in their case postponed for a second time after a magistrate failed to turn up.

We can’t force US to give us money – Uganda

2014-06-20 12:30

Uganda's government says US sanctions slapped on the country for tough anti-gay laws would have little impact and rejected rights groups’ reports that the legislation had led to a rise in assault.

US bars Ugandan officials for gay rights abuses

2014-06-20 10:58

The US is imposing visa bans on Ugandan officials who are involved in corruption and are violating the rights of gay people and others.

 

Gambian leader set to sign anti-gay law

2014-09-10 11:40

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is yet to sign into law an anti-gay bill which was recently passed in the national assembly, worsening the climate for sexual minorities in that country.

Egypt prosecutor orders 7 held for 'debauchery'

2014-09-06 22:31

Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of "debauchery", a charge often levelled at gays, after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party.

Gay minister free to marry partner, SCA hears

2014-08-26 18:41

A Methodist Church minister is free to exercise her constitutional right to marry her same-sex partner, given the absence of a clear doctrine on the matter, the SCA has heard.

Woman killed for being a lesbian - report

2014-08-18 09:44

The brutal rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in Ventersdorp, North West, appears to have been yet another incident of “corrective rape”.

Gauteng tolerant of gays - survey

2014-08-14 20:37

Gauteng residents are becoming increasingly tolerant of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer and other sexual orientations, a survey has revealed.

Museveni wants to water down anti-gay law

2014-08-12 16:04

Uganda's President Museveni wants to issue a watered-down version of a divisive anti-gay law, stripping out tough penalties for consenting adults, a ruling party lawmaker says.

Uganda gays holding pride parade

2014-08-09 15:01

Ugandan homosexuals are holding a pride parade on a beach after a court nullified the harsh anti-gay law.

Ugandan lawmakers in campaign to revive gay law

2014-08-06 20:07

A Ugandan lawmaker says he has started a campaign to re-introduce a recently invalided anti-gay measure and will have it passed within weeks.

Uganda parliament set to re-introduce anti-gay law

2014-08-06 13:11

Uganda's parliament will try to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality law that was thrown out by a court, a lawmaker leading the effort says, a move that could once again damage relations with the West.

Uganda court invalidates anti-gay law

2014-08-01 13:13

A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.

Chinese man files gay conversion therapy lawsuit

2014-07-31 21:01

A gay Chinese man says he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight.

Uganda activists launch bid to overturn anti-gay law

2014-07-30 14:52

Ugandan activists have opened a petition at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.

Homophobia common in Australian sport - study

2014-07-16 11:46

The first national study of homophobia in Australian sport has suggested insults, jokes and discrimination based on sexuality is commonplace both on and off the field.

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

2014-07-12 14:10

A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries.

Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban

2014-07-10 12:33

A state judge has struck down Colorado's gay marriage ban, saying the prohibition violated constitutional rights, but put his ruling on hold pending appeal.

Born free, but still a slave to society

2014-07-08 19:08

Having grown up as a gay man in apartheid SA and having been arrested twice back then for my sexual orientation, Trevor Kleinhans says not much has changed over the last 30 years.

Uganda says anti-gay bill misunderstood

2014-07-08 05:00

International donors who withheld aid over Uganda's anti-gay bill 'misinterpreted' the law whose main focus was to stop promotion of homosexuality to children and others.

Homosexuality and the law in Africa

2014-07-04 05:00

Two Zambian men charged with having consensual gay sex have been acquitted in a high-profile case.

Obama to expand safeguards for transgender workers

2014-07-01 14:31

Obama is expected to sign executive order barring discrimination against transgender federal workers.

Ugandan anti-gay minister wins case

2014-06-24 15:30

A Ugandan minister has won a case brought by gay rights campaigners after he stormed a workshop they had been holding, in the wake of tough new anti-gay laws, activists say.

Uganda: US sanctions hit vulnerable hardest

2014-06-23 12:36

Uganda has warned that US sanctions slapped on the country over its tough anti-gay laws would harm the “most vulnerable” in the country.

US Presbyterian Church allows gay weddings

2014-06-20 11:31

A gathering of US Presbyterian Church elders and ministers voted to allow their clergy to perform same-sex weddings, in a major reversal for one of the largest mainline Protestant denominations.

Uganda: We won't be blackmailed over anti-gay law

2014-06-20 07:50

Uganda says any threats to cut aid would not alter its decision to toughen laws against homosexuals, after US officials said they would announce new measures against Kampala over the issue.

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