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World health agency: Fight AIDS by repealing anti-gay laws

World health agency: Fight AIDS by repealing anti-gay laws

Logo of the World Health Organization

Logo of the World Health Organization

In a low-key report, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this month that nations should work to stop the spread of AIDS by removing obstacles to HIV prevention efforts that are caused by laws against homosexual activity, transgender status, sex work and drug use.

Those laws limit health care access for groups that are most at risk for HIV infection,…

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Cameroun: Souvenirs d’un ami tué; la lutte continue

Cameroun: Souvenirs d’un ami tué; la lutte continue

Publié le 28 juillet 2014

Ceremony at Eric Lembembe's grave (Photo courtesy of Camfaids)

La cérémonie devant la tombe d’Eric Lembembe (Photo gracieuseté de Camfaids)

La famille et des amis de l’activiste journaliste Eric Ohena Lembembe se sont réunis à Yaoundé le 15 juillet dernier à l’occasion du premier anniversaire de son assassinat pour lui rendre hommage et promettre de poursuivre son travail contre le sida ainsi que promouvoir les droits des personnes…

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Cameroon: Slain activist mourned; the fight continues

Cameroon: Slain activist mourned; the fight continues

Ceremony at Eric Lembembe's grave (Photo courtesy of Camfaids)

Ceremony at Eric Lembembe’s grave (Photo courtesy of Camfaids)

Friends and family of activist journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe gathered in Yaoundé earlier this month to mark the one-year anniversary of his murder by celebrating his life and vowing to continue his fight against AIDS and for justice for LGBTI people in Cameroon.

The mass and memorial celebration was held on July 15 at the…

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Uganda: U.S. picks AIDS contractor, ousts anti-gay group

Uganda: U.S. picks AIDS contractor, ousts anti-gay group

Cardno provides health services through its Uganda Health Initiatives for the Private Sector project (Photo courtesy of Cardno)

Cardno provides health services through its Uganda Health Initiatives for the Private Sector project (Photo courtesy of Cardno)

The United States has replaced the anti-gay Inter-Religious Council of Uganda as a contractor for HIV / AIDS services in Uganda.

Effective Aug. 1, the work will be done by the international health, infrastructure and environmental services firm Cardno Emerging Markets,…

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3 years, 450 lashes for Saudi man seeking men on Twitter

3 years, 450 lashes for Saudi man seeking men on Twitter

Scene at a training session of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

Scene at a training session of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

Gay Asia News reports:

“A man has been sentenced to three years in prison and 450 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia for using his Twitter account to meet with gay men.

“The 24-year-old unnamed was arrested after he posted several tweets calling for same-sex relations and expressing his…

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Cameroon villagers attack gay ‘demon’ — and seek his land

Cameroon villagers attack gay ‘demon’ — and seek his land

By Erin Royal Brokovitch

Un puits à Leboudi (Photo par Naëlle Le Moal)

A well in Leboudi (Photo by Naëlle Le Moal)

The author of this article is an LGBT rights activist in Cameroon who writes under a pseudonym.

Location of the Lékié region in central Cameroon.  (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Location of the Lékié region in Cameroon. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Two years ago, René M. opened a café on a small parcel of land that he bought in the village of Leboudi, located in the Lékié region of central Cameroon,  about…

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Uganda, don’t pray to ‘heal’ gays (or blacks or women)

Uganda, don’t pray to ‘heal’ gays (or blacks or women)

Stella Nyanzi

Stella Nyanzi

In this brief commentary, Stella Nyanzi — an anthropologist, social science researcher and resident of Uganda, where Pentecostal churches are popular — speaks out against some anti-LGBT religious leaders’ practice of attempting to “pray away the gay.” After her commentary appeared on Facebook, it attracted a flood of readers’ comments, some of which are published below.  

Healing…

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Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is ‘foreign agent’

Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is ‘foreign agent’

Cover of report on anti-LGBT discrimination in Russia, published by Coming Out.

Cover of report on anti-LGBT discrimination in Russia, published by Coming Out.

A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday ruled that the Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out is a “foreign agent,” a category that limits its ability to communicate with Russian citizens and subjects it to extra government scrutiny. Coming Out issued the following statement immediately after the ruling:

Today,…

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U.S. money keeps supporting anti-gay programs

U.S. money keeps supporting anti-gay programs

Despite President Obama’s promise to stop funding ineffective, discredited faith-based programs claiming to reduce HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies, U.S. taxpayers’ dollars are still bankrolling them.

Freelance investigative journalist Andy Kopsa has uncovered the institutional bias toward those programs, run by anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups at home and abroad at a…

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Uganda drops charges against trans woman

Uganda drops charges against trans woman

Luzira Prison (Photo courtesy of Monitor.ug)

Luzira Prison, where Emma Bbosa was held. (Photo courtesy of Monitor.ug)

Charges have been dropped against Emma Bbosa, a Ugandan trans woman.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum — Uganda (HRAPF), reports:

“Emma Bossa’s case was today dismissed for want of prosecution by the Grade ! Magistrate of Mwanga II Court. The state had for five consecutive times…

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