Tag Archives: Africa

MALAWI: Maximum 14 Year Hard Labor Sentence Imposed On Gay Couple

The Malawi gay couple arrest for “gross and indecent acts” has been sentenced to the maximum of 14 years in prison at hard labor. The judge said he wanted to protect the public from “people like you”. Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, have been in jail since they were arrested in December after holding an engagement ceremony. The …

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U.S. State Department Condemns Conviction Of Malawi Gay Couple

The U.S. State Department has denounced the Malawi government’s conviction of two gay men for “unnatural acts and gross indecency.” “The United States is deeply disappointed in today’s conviction of same-sex couple Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in Malawi,” said assistant secretary Phillip J. Crowley at a press briefing Wednesday. “We view the criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity …

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MALAWI: Gay Couple Found Guilty Of “Unnatural Acts”

The two gay men on trial in Malawi for holding an engagement ceremony have been found guilty of committing “unnatural acts.” A judge has found a gay couple guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency after a trial that has sparked worldwide condemnation of Malawi’s laws on homosexuality. Blantyre chief resident magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa issued the ruling yesterday. The couple …

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MALAWI: Gay Couple Faces 14 Years In Prison For Engagement Ceremony

The Malawi gay couple whose engagement ceremony became international news now faces 14 years of hard labor in prison. Steven Monjenza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, conducted a traditional engagement ceremony in late December in Chirimba, near Blantyre. After news reports surfaced of the same-sex engagement, they were rounded up by Malawi’s police and charged under colonial-era sodomy laws. Their …

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SENEGAL: Gay Man’s Body Ripped From Grave, Abused And Videotaped

In a story about the widening oppression of LGBT people across Africa, ABC News reports that in 2009, a gay man’s body was exhumed from its grave and desecrated by a mob who videotaped the scene and sold the clip at public markets. Madieye Diallo’s body had only been in the ground for a few hours when the mob descended …

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Mugabe Blocks LGBT Rights In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is blocking the addition of LGBT rights to his nation’s new constitution. Mr Mugabe was quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper today as saying: “That issue is not debatable, it’s not up for discussion. “Those who engage in homosexual behaviour are just crazy. It’s just madness. Insanity. We can’t do it or the dead will turn …

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AMFAR To Domain Host Go Daddy: Take Down Neil Horsely’s Anti-Gay Site

Two days ago infamous Georgia nutcase Neil Horsely was arrested for making death threats to Elton John over his comment that Jesus Christ was gay. Today Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin reports that Horsely is also responsible for a campaign in Kenya that calls for the death of homosexuals. Horsley is not only calling for Elton John’s death, but …

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Friendly Voices – Desmond Tutu

“Uganda’s parliament is debating legislation that would make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment, and more discriminatory legislation has been debated in Rwanda and Burundi. These are terrible backward steps for human rights in Africa. Our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters across Africa are living in fear. “And they are living in hiding — away from care, away from the …

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State Department To Review Uganda’s Preferred Trade Status

The U.S. State Department says that Uganda’s pending “kill gays” bill is a “serious affront to internationally accept human rights standards” and that it is reviewing Uganda’s preferred trade status. HRC Back Story reports: As a condition of receiving preferred status under AGOA, a country must not be engaged in “gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” In its letter, …

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Rob Tisinai On Uganda’s “Kill Gays’ Bill

Here’s another instructive video from Rob Tisinai. In this one he deconstructs the Christianist lies about Uganda’s “kill gays” bill.

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Operation Gay Out: Kenyan Police Rescue Gay Men From Bloodthirsty Mob

Anti-gay violence continues to sweep Africa as today Kenyan police had to rescue three gay men from an angry mob. Police on Friday rescued three men accused of being gays in Mtwapa town in Kilifi district from hundreds of angry youth baying for their blood. Subsequently, a same-sex marriage that was planned to take place in the coastal town failed …

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A Gay Ugandan Speaks

Shielding his identity with a paper bag, a gay Ugandan spoke on Tuesday at an LGBT alternative to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.

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American Anti-Gay Groups Continue Expansion In Africa

The anti-gay American Center For Law & Justice has opened a branch in Kenya, another ominous indication of the Christian right’s continuing push to demonize gays in Africa. From their site: The Christian response to all that is happening [in Kenya] has been ad hoc and reactionary. This has seen several laws passed that eroded the value system that we …

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The Plight Of Gays Across Africa Worsens

As the campaigns against gays in Uganda and Malawi continue to garner international headlines, many LGBT people across Africa are retreating further into the closet, fearful for their lives. This retreat effectively cuts many off from HIV/AIDS prevention outreach and life saving medications. Via PlusNews: More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for …

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MALAWI: Gay Couple Arrested For Marriage Ceremony

A gay couple has been arrested and charged with indecency for conducting a marriage ceremony in Malawi. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza had a tradiitonal ceremony in the south African country on Saturday. Malawi has severe penalties against homosexual acts, commonly punishing gay sex with up to 14 years in prison. Attempts lin 2007 by human rights lawyers to repeal …

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UGANDA: Hundreds Picket Capital In Support Of “Kill Gays” Bill

Hundreds of anti-gay protesters demonstrated in Kampala today in support of Uganda’s pending “kill gays” bill. The protesters, led by born-again clerics, cultural leaders, and university undergraduates, marched to the parliament where they presented a petition. The bill – introduced by parliamentarian David Bahati – would see gay men and lesbians sentenced to life imprisonment for having sex, and a …

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And Now, Rwanda

Perhaps inspired by Uganda, Rwanda is now moving to criminalize homosexuality. Rwanda’s lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. According to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the proposed Article 217 of the draft Penal Code Act will criminalise “[a]ny person who practices, encourages or sensitises people of …

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White House Condemns Uganda Bill

In response to a request from the Advocate, the White House has issued a statement (finally) condemning Uganda’s proposed “kill gays” bill. Via Kerry Eleveld: “The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda, that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history,” read the statement that came late Friday in response to an …

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Scott Lively “Commends” The Brave Ugandans Who Want To Kill Gays

American evangelical Scott Lively, widely considered to be the chief U.S. architect of Uganda’s “kill gays” bill, today issued a press release saying that while he bears no responsibility for the legislation, which he calls a “serious overcorrection,” he also “commends the courage of the Ugandan people.” By official count 22 young men were executed under Uganda’s law on homosexuality. …

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Rick Warren Sends Open Letter To Uganda Denouncing “Kill Gays” Bill

After weeks of media criticism, Rick Warren has at last specifically denounced Uganda’s now-dismantled “kill gays” bill. Previously Warren had said it was not his business to “interfere with sovereign nations,” despite his years-long championing of the bill’s chief proponent, Martin Ssempa. The text of the below video is here. An excerpt: We are all familiar with Edmund Burke’s insight, …

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