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African Country Legalizes Homosexuality

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Mozambique - Google MapsGay sex will officially be legal in Mozambique from 29 June. The southern African nation will officially be added to the list of countries with no law against same-sex relations, 180 days after the government agreed to the revised Penal Code.

Legislators specifically revised the penal code that allowed ‘security measures’ to be taken against people ‘who habitually engage in vices against nature’. This was used to discriminate against and prosecute LGBTI people that could have sent them to a workhouse for up to three years.

But as this was done rarely it was considered by many to be a meaningless clause in the statute books. Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique has said: ‘The new Penal Code sweeps away a great deal of the musty colonial legacy, including the mention of “vices against nature”. ‘Now not even the most contorted of arguments could claim that acts of gay sex between consenting adults are somehow illegal.’

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Gambia Anti Gay Bill Passes – Life Sentences for Gays

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Gambia - Apple MapsFollowing in the footsteps of other African nations, Gambia is just past an extreme anti-gay bill.

Joe.My.God reports:

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality,” minority leader Samba Jallow told The Associated Press. That is a charge leveled at repeat offenders and people living with HIV/AIDS. Jallow said that while his National Reconciliation Party did not condone homosexuality, he voted against the bill along with one other lawmaker. “In our view, (homosexuals) did not commit a crime worthy of life imprisonment or any treasonable offense,” he said. Homosexual acts were already punishable by up to 14 years in prison under a Gambian law that was amended in 2005 to apply to women in addition to men. The bill now awaits approval by President Yahya Jammeh, an autocratic ruler who in 2008 instructed gays and lesbians to leave the country or risk having their heads cut off.

Another country cross of my travel list. My vacation possibilities in Africa are getting smaller and smaller.

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Malawi Suspends Enforcement Of Anti-Gay Laws

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

In response to a formal inquiry from the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Malawian Justice Minister Janet Chikaya-Banda has announced that the government of Malawi will cease enforcement of the nation’s laws against same-sex sexual relations while a court-ordered review of the country’s existing anti-gay laws is completed.

Pink News reports:

[Chikaya-Banda] said the review had stalled due to financial constraints, despite a ruling last autumn by the High Court to review the constitutionality of the laws.

This announcement does not, however, represent the first instance of such laws in Malawi being suspended. The enforcement of Malawi’s anti-gay laws had previously been halted for a brief period of time in November 2012 by the Justice Minister at the time, Ralph Kasambara. “If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional, it would be an embarrassment to government,” Kasambara told Reuters at the time.

This move was viewed at the time to be in line with Malawian President Joyce Banda’s May 2012 commitment to decriminalize consensual sexual relations between two people of the same sex, as well as the previous Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume’s December 2011 inclusion of the country’s anti-gay laws within a list of pieces of legislation he preferred to see reviewed, in a report issued the same week as then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s landmark address before the United Nations summit in Geneva on the subject of LGBT rights.

However, this decision was quickly reversed a few days later under intense pressure and lobbying from the Malawi Council of Churches, a group of 24 Protestant churches in Malawi. Upon issuing this reversal, Kasambara stated that he would rather see the national parliament settle the issue.

Homosexuality is currently illegal in Malawi under Section 153 and 156 of the nation’s Penal Code, which prohibit “unnatural offenses” and offenses against “public decency,” respectively. The order issued today by the current Justice Minister will act to halt enforcement of these provisions.

Tanzania: Another Anti Gay Bill in Africa

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Tanzania is apparently feeling left out, and is considering its own anti-gay bill.

Gay Star News reports:

Life in jail for homosexuality is not enough to protect Tanzania from gays, an MP has argued, as he drafts a new anti-LGBTI bill. The law in Tanzania already gives 20 years to life for homosexual activity, with slightly lighter sentences in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar.

But Ezekiel Wenje from the main opposition party, Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo, claims homosexuality is on the rise because that law is not enough of a deterrent. He wants Tanzania to follow in the footsteps of another East African country, Uganda, with its new Anti-Homosexuality Act. In particular, he wants the law to punish people who ‘induce others’ to become gay or ‘promote’ it, reports the East African.

Maybe twenty years in prison isn’t enough to deter homosexuality because it’s an innate, inborn trait?

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Uganda: Pastors Lead Anti-Gay Pride March

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Things continue to get uglier for Uganda’s LGBT community. On Sunday, a group of anti-gay pastors led a march through West Budama to “abolish” the gays.

Gay Star News reports:

Religious leaders marched in Uganda to drum up yet more hate for LGBTI people and back the new anti-gay law. Pastors led people through West Budama, east Uganda, yesterday (23 March) to show the public is in favor of ‘abolishing’ homosexuality. In a video posted on YouTube, a religious leader can be repeatedly seen shouting ‘No gays! No gays everywhere!’ to the sound of cheers and chanting.

In related news, the US is considering more cuts in aid to Uganda.

Joe.My.God reports:

Unnamed sources tell Buzzfeed that the Obama administration will take four new and immediate steps in reaction to Uganda’s criminalization of homosexuality. Money will be shifted away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, a group that has publicly come out in support of the anti-gay law and has received millions of dollars in grants from the United States to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some $2.3 million will continue to go to the IRCU to continue treatment for some 50,000 current patients, but an additional $6.4 million intended for the IRCU will go to other organizations.

And a retired Ghana MP thinks Africa should continue on its anti-gay path, despite boycotts and aid cuts.

Gay Star News reports:

Mike Ocquaye, deputy speaker of Ghana’s Parliament until January last year, believes that a closer relationship with Asia and refusing to buy products produced by Western nations will allow African countries to resist efforts to curb the persecution of LGBTI people across the African continent. ‘They should think again,’ Ocquaye was reported as saying by GhanaWeb over the weekend, ‘The balance of trade between African nations and Western nations shows that they have huge surpluses in their favor.’ ‘Western Banks, telephone companies, oil companies, cocoa-buying companies benefit tremendously from us.’

Where is the support in most of Africa for the LGBT community there?

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Ethiopia: Next African Country to Pass Anti Gay Law?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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Ethiopia may join Uganda and Nigeria in passing an anti-gay law this year.

LGBT Weekly reports:

LGBTQNation.com is reporting that Ethiopia, the most populous landlocked nation in the world with 93 million people, has created legislation that would make same-sex acts an unpardonable offense. “Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers last week endorsed the measure that would amend the country’s Pardon and Amnesty Law that lists homosexuality along with other offenses as a non-pardonable. The act, which is widely expected to pass and be signed into law, would add same-sex acts to a list of other punishable offenses including rape, human trafficking, terrorism, corruption and smuggling. Currently, Ethiopia, located on the horn of Africa, sentences same-sex acts, which are illegal, with up to 15 years in prison. But this new measure would reinforce what is already an extremely dangerous environment for the LGBT community.

It’s apparently much easier to bash the gays then to deal with the real issues facing your country.

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Congo: Next to Pass Anti Gay Law?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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A Congolese politician wants to criminalize homosexuality in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gay Star News reports:

[Parti Travailliste Congolais (PTC) MP Steve] Mbikayi introduced a draft of his bill in the Congolese National Assembly in December and has now threatened to build a religious coalition around the bill and stage protests until the bill is passed. The bill has 37 different articles that would outlaw homosexuals and transgender people so it is likely that the bill goes beyond merely criminalizing gay sex to criminalize other forms of expression of LGBTI identity. Under Mbikayi’s proposal people convicted of being homosexuals would be jailed for between three and five years, while transgender people who were convicted would be jailed for between three and twelve years.

It’s disgusting how these politicians are using gays and lesbians as scapegoats for everything that’s wrong with their countries.

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Nigeria: Senate Passes Ban on Marriage Equality, Pro-Gay Groups

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

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Following hard on the heels of Uganda’s new anti-gay law, Nigeria has just banned gay marriage and LGBT groups in the country.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Nigeria’s Senate on Thursday passed a harsh anti-gay bill banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. The Senate in Abuja unanimously adopted a harmonized final version of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill of the House of Representatives and Senate. The bill makes it illegal to register gay clubs or organizations, “promote gay marriage or behavior,” “witness or aid gay marriage” and criminalizes the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly.” Those who violate those laws would face 10-year imprisonment as well.

It’s important to remember that US “Christians” like Scott Lively went to Africa over the last two years to stir up homophobia and push for laws like this. Lively is now running for Governor of Massachusetts. It’s sad to see these countries, in thinking that they are rebelling against the “colonial sin” of homosexuality, actually allowing colonial powers to lead them around by the nose.

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Senegal: Homosexuality to Remain Illegal

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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The Senagal Justice Minister backed away from his previous support for gay rights, saying there will be no push to legalize homosexuality.

Pink News reports:

Senegal’s New Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba has ruled out legalising homosexuality in the country despite previously being a gay rights supporter and activist. Kaba, who was previously the head of the International Federation for Human Rights, told reporters on Friday that he had dropped his opposition to the persecution of gay and lesbian people. He said: “I am a minister of justice who works in the context of a government and who expresses his views through those of the head of state which apply to all those who serve under him.”

Africa is such a terrible place to be gay in general, and it seems to get worse every year.

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Egypt: Arab Spring Has Not Improved Lives of LGBT People

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Egypt PyramidsHomophobia is on the rise in Egypt since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak, according to the Egypt Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

The visibility of the gay men and women who took to the streets during the revolution in 2011 has caused a backlash against them, instead of clinching them the greater freedom they had hoped for.

“After the fall of Mubarak, the criticism of those [revolutionary] groups has always contained a sexual element. Whether it’s the women who are participating called prostitutes or ‘loose’ women, or men are called homosexuals,” says Adel Ramadan of the EIPR.

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