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Activists in Botswana can be seen cheering, dancing and crying in the emotional moments after a top court struck out the country’s ban on homosexuality once and for all. On November 29, the African nation’s appeals court rejected a last-ditch government bid to quash an earlier 2019 ruling that criminalising homosexuality was unconstitutional. And footage …

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LGBTIQ rights campaigners in Botswana are cheering after their country’s appeals court upheld a landmark ruling decriminalising same-sex relationships. The African nation’s government appealed an earlier 2019 ruling that criminalising homosexuality was unconstitutional. That ruling was a major win for campaigners on the continent. Prior to 2019, the country’s Penal Code made “carnal knowledge of …

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Politicians in the African nation of Ghana have unveiled draft bill that activists say is one of the world’s most homophobic pieces of legislation. A group of MPs introduced the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill to parliament late last month. Gay sex is already punishable by up to three …

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A gay rugby player and his club in the UK are celebrating after he was granted asylum, winning a years-long legal battle against deportation to Kenya. Ken Macharia moved to the UK to study in 2009. Working as a mechanical engineer, he later sought asylum, fearing persecution if he returned to Kenya. This month the …

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Worldwide, the LGBTIQ+ communities strive for survival, equality, justice and happiness on a daily basis. In Uganda, one organisation continues a daily struggle to assist some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ people in the world. With few resources and no significant international support, HUREED persists to overcome daily challenges that we in the …

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Uganda has passed a bill further outlawing “unnatural” same-sex relations and doubling down on laws criminalising its LGBT community. The parliament of Uganda confirmed they passed the Sexual Offences Bill 2019 this week, putting consensual gay sex on par with bestiality under the law. Ugandan MPs first drafted the bill as far back as 2015. …

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Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell and other celebrities with ties to Ghana have spoken out in support of the African nation’s besieged LGBTIQ community. LGBT+ Rights Ghana opened an office in the African country on January 31. However the facility attracted furious homophobic backlash. Armed officers raided and shut it down on February 24. Sixty-seven UK …

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Angola has decriminalised homosexuality, lifting an archaic colonial-era ban on same-sex relationships in the southern African nation. The country reformed its Penal Code, overturning a ban on same-sex relationships inherited from when the country was a Portuguese colony. The old law described same-sex relationships as a “vice against nature”. But in January 2019, Angolan lawmakers …

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Sixty-nine countries worldwide still criminalise consensual same-sex activity and at least half are actively using those laws to persecute LGBTIQ people, a new report has found. That’s according to global advocacy group ILGA World’s latest update to their State-Sponsored Homophobia report, released this week. “As of December 2020, 69 UN member states continue to criminalise …

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Twenty LGBT people in Uganda have sued authorities for alleged torture in prison after their arrest during coronavirus lockdown. In late March authorities arrested the gay and bisexual men and four trans women at a shelter in Kampala where they were staying. Harrowing footage showed the men whipped, interrogated, searched and publicly shamed during the …

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