ARTICLES RELATING TO GAY RIGHTS

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.

Uganda wins key UN post despite anti-gay laws

2014-06-12 08:05

Uganda's foreign minister has been elected president of the UN General Assembly despite concerns about his country’s recently adopted anti-gay legislation.

Mogoeng vows to protect gay rights

2014-06-04 20:17
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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has vowed to protect all citizens' rights, including the rights of homosexuals.

Cyprus Pride march to highlight lack of gay rights

2014-05-29 18:22

Cyprus's first Gay Pride march will highlight the lack of legal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens 16 years after homosexuality was decriminalised.

Gays find courage to come out in Kinshasa

2014-05-17 15:48

Free of the harsh anti-gay laws found in much of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo may seem a haven for same-sex couples, but it still takes courage to come out in Kinshasa.

LGBTI Equality, back to the closet?

2014-05-15 07:58

The SA legislation should potect the promotion of equality for LGBTI citizens, but due to African traditionalism this is quite a struggle, says Krevania Pillay.

1st Uganda 'gay sex' trial since tough new law

2014-05-08 13:22

Uganda court has begun hearing the case against two men accused of engaging in gay sex – the first trial of homosexuals in the country since a severe law was passed in February.

Why I'm not here for the mainstream gay rights movement

2014-04-29 11:30

I’m a feminist, I’m queer as hell and I’m all about the advancement of human rights. Therefore, I can’t support the mainstream gay rights movement as it is.

Why I'm not here for the mainstream gay rights movement

2014-04-22 10:26

I’m a feminist, I’m queer as hell and I’m all about the advancement of human rights. Therefore, I can’t support the mainstream gay rights movement as it is.

Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

2014-04-15 13:31

A Judge who ordered Ohio officials to recognize out-of-state gay marriages is considering a stay of his decision pending appeal.

Africa's anti-gay movement spreads to Ethiopia

2014-04-10 16:15

Two groups in Ethiopia say they are set to hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa, as the country’s parliament is considering anti-gay legislation.

 

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.

Dutch media angered by 'gay ghetto' hoax

2014-06-20 06:33

Dutch media has hit out after authorities in a southern city took part in an elaborate hoax announcing the construction of a 'gay only' village.

SA's first gay minister: why it matters

2014-06-06 14:21
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President Jacob Zuma's appointment of the openly gay minister Lynne Brown to his Cabinet has sparked debate across the globe. News24 looks at why her sexuality matters.

Thousands march in Cyprus' first gay pride

2014-05-31 22:46

Thousands of people have marched in Cyprus' first gay pride parade, calling for equal rights in a country where homosexuality is still vehemently opposed by an influential Orthodox Church.

SANBS decision on gay men welcomed

2014-05-29 08:40

The South African National Blood Service's new policy based on the sexual activity of an individual, in comparison to policy based on sexual orientation, is far more logical than its predecessor, writes Krevania Pillay.

Anti-gay law: Violations surge in Uganda

2014-05-15 12:35

Uganda's tough new anti-gay law has sparked a "surge in human rights violations", including arrest, job loss, eviction and the killing of at least one transgender person, campaign groups say.

6 Moroccans jailed for 'homosexuality'

2014-05-15 07:52

A Moroccan court has jailed six men for up to three years on various charges including "homosexuality", a rights group says.

'Dr Shock' begins jail term in Canada

2014-04-29 15:31

Aubrey “Dr Shock” Levin, the South African army psychiatrist found guilty of torturing gays and dissidents in the apartheid military, has started a five-year jail term in Canada.

Why I'm not here for the mainstream gay rights movement

2014-04-23 12:15

I’m a feminist, I’m queer as hell and I’m all about the advancement of human rights. Therefore, I can’t support the mainstream gay rights movement as it is.

Mugabe slams Europe's 'homosexual nonsense'

2014-04-19 10:00
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has lashed out at Europe's "homosexual nonsense" and has condemned the refusal of its leaders to accept his grip on power in his latest marathon tirade.

Sex rights still contentious - UN

2014-04-11 09:36

The UN population chief says many issues remain as contentious as they were 20 years ago, including sexual rights, abortion, sex education, lesbian and gay rights, and child marriage.

Fear drives gays out of Africa - report

2014-04-10 14:17

Fear is reportedly driving African gays to seek asylum in the United States after countries like Nigeria and Uganda recently enacted draconian anti-gay laws.

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