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Uganda Court to Rule on Legality of Anti-Gay Law

By Rodney Muhumuza | Friday Aug 1, 2014
A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country's new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Speak Out About HIV’s 30/30 Project

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Singers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are putting their fame to good use, speaking out about the 30/30 Project, which aims to create worldwide healthcare facilities in communities impacted by HIV/AIDS.

No Refugee Status for Gay Ugandans, Says Namibia

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Apr 17, 2014
Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

Africa’s Anti-Gay Movement Spreads to Ethiopia

By Elias Meseret | Thursday Apr 10, 2014
Two groups in Ethiopia say they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital.

Will Another Anti-Gay Law Come to Tanzania?

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Apr 1, 2014
Although Tanzania already has an anti-gay law that sentences those found guilty of homosexuality activity to 20 years to life in prison, a member of the East Africa country’s parliament is drafting a new bill that would go further.

Uganda Holds ’Thanksgiving’ Event for Anti-Gay Law

Monday Mar 31, 2014
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality "is criminal and it is so cruel."

Ethiopian Lawmakers To Pass Anti-Gay Bill

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
Lawmakers in Ethiopia are set to pass a bill that puts homosexuality on a list of offenses considered "non-pardonable" under the country’s amnesty law.

Zambia Activist Acquitted After Pro-Gay Remarks

Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
Legal activists say a Zambian human rights worker has been acquitted in a Lusaka court of charges related to comments he made in support of the rights of gay people.

Uganda’s President Rebuffs US Gay Criticism

By Rodney Muhumuza | Friday Feb 21, 2014
Uganda’s president said he wants no lectures from Western governments opposed to the country’s controversial anti-gay bill, signaling he is set to sign it into law.

Secretary of State John Kerry Responds to Gambian President’s Anti-Gay Remarks

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Feb 20, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement Wednesday condemning Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for calling gay people "vermin" and saying that gays should be exterminated like mosquitos that cause malaria during a speech on Tuesday.