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2 LGBT views of Israel-Palestine hostilities

In Israel, gay Palestinians are unwelcome. In the Gaza Strip, they face the possibility of up to 10 years in prison for sexual acts between men. On the West Bank, they face social stigma, but not criminal prosecution. Here are two perspectives on those problems.

First, excerpts from the recent Daily Beast article by Itay Hod on these “Invisible Men.”

Second, excerpts from the Electronic Intifada…

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Rainbow Sudan seeks LGBTI rights in Sudan

Rainbow Sudan seeks LGBTI rights in Sudan

Image from Freedom Sudan website

Image from Freedom Sudan website

The LGBTQI community of Sudan rarely appears in the media, but Sharon Wagiella of SOGI News recently interviewed a leader of that community’s anti-AIDS, pro-human rights group Rainbow Sudan, which was founded on Feb. 5, 2012. These are excerpts from that interview:

Can you tell me about the LGBTQI community in Sudan?

Throughout the generations, since the early…

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5 reasons to fix Jamaica’s flawed Sexual Offences Act

5 reasons to fix Jamaica’s flawed Sexual Offences Act

An open letter to all Jamaican parliamentarians

Jamaican Parliament

Jamaican Parliament

On Sept. 17, 2014, a joint select committee of the Jamaican Parliament will begin reviewing the country’s 2009 Sexual Offences Act.

Among other things, this law retains sections 76, 77 and 79 of the 1864 British colonially imposed Offences Against the Person Act, which criminalizes private consensual adult male same-gender…

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Political tactics underlie Egypt’s ‘gay wedding’ arrests

Political tactics underlie Egypt’s ‘gay wedding’ arrests

Activist and commentator Scott Long describes the latest homosexuality-related arrests in Egypt and the country’s “moral panic” about a video of an alleged “gay wedding.” The following excerpts, but not the subheads, are from Long’s blog, “A Paper Bird.”

The video that triggered outrage and arrests

Image of cake, along with celebrating men, appears in the video  from APril 2014 that has been dubbed "Egypt’s First ‘Gay Wedding."

This fuzzy image of a cake, along with images of men celebrating, appears in the video that has…

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Cameroon: Forced to flee because of his sexual orientation

Cameroon: Forced to flee because of his sexual orientation

By Denis LeBlanc
Edited and translated by Colin Stewart

Death threats have forced a leader of the human rights group Affirmative Action in Cameroon to flee his home and seek refuge in a safe house.

Logo of Affirmative Action

Logo of Affirmative Action

Desmond Sone Mbecho, who leads the cultural and peer education section of Affirmative Action, had been working on anti-AIDS projects supported by the Global Fund (the Global…

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Sep 9

Cameroun: Obligé de fuir en raison de son orientation sexuelle

Cameroun: Obligé de fuir en raison de son orientation sexuelle

Publié le 9 septembre 2014

Par Denis LeBlanc

Des menaces de mort ont conduit un des responsables de l’Association Affirmative Action au Cameroun de fuir son quartier depuis le début du mois d’août.  La violence homophobe et la complicité officielle dans le harcèlement d’un membre du personnel d’Affirmative Action qui travaille sur un projet de Fonds mondial sont dénoncées par le groupe.  Le…

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Sep 9

Forbidden love: Exploring true, complex lives of LGBTI Africans

Forbidden love: Exploring true, complex lives of LGBTI Africans

By Mike Nicholson

Cover of "Esto No Es Africano"

Cover of “Esto No Es Africano,” which tells true stories of forbidden loves from Cairo to Cape Town

In recent years, news of homophobic laws in Africa has resonated across the Global North. While many individuals are at least superficially aware of the plight of LGBTI men and women in countries such as Uganda and Nigeria, the media’s focus on politicians and laws means that the…

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Sep 8

Gambia plans life sentences for gay ‘repeat offenders’

Gambia plans life sentences for gay ‘repeat offenders’

Despite continuing violently anti-gay speeches by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, he was warmly greeted by President Obama during the U.S.-Africa summit in early August 2014.

Despite continuing violently anti-gay speeches by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, he was warmly greeted by President Obama during the U.S.-Africa summit in early August 2014.

The Associated Press reports:

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said [today, Sept. 8], potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a…

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Sep 7

Track star, ousted by team, now evicted by anti-gay family

Track star, ousted by team, now evicted by anti-gay family

By Erin Royal Brokovitch

Thierry Essamba (Photo de sa page Facebook)

Thierry Essamba (Photo from his Facebook page)

As if he were a character in a tragic soap opera, star athlete Thierry Essamba keeps suffering new varieties of homophobic abuse.

After he was expelled from Cameroon’s national track team on suspicion of homosexuality, his family warned him that he would have to find a new place to live. On Aug. 28, he was thrown out of the…

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Sep 5

Uganda: An anti-gay law is gone; anti-gay trial continues

Uganda: An anti-gay law is gone; anti-gay trial continues

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman, and Jackson Mukasa,

Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa were held in Uganda’s Luzira Prison until they were released on bail to await the start of their trial.

The trial of a gay man and a transgender woman is scheduled for Sept. 22 in a Ugandan courtroom  in a case that threatens them with the potential of life imprisonment for sexual activity “against the order of nature.”

The defendants are not accused of violating the…

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