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Ghana passes bill making identifying as LGBTQ+ illegal

Ghana’s parliament has passed a controversial new bill that will severely restrict LGBTQIA+ rights in the West African country. The legislation will see a mandatory three-year prison sentence for a person who identifies as LGBTQIA+. People who allow same-sex “activity” on properties they “own, occupy or manage”  face six years in prison. Anyone funding an LGBTIQ …

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Uganda gay activist Steven Kabuye speaks out after stabbing

Ugandan LGBTIQA+ rights advocate Steven Kabuye has bravely spoken out after he was stabbed by unknown assailants, vowing to “come back stronger” and continue his activism. Steven Kabuye is the executive director of a local advocacy group Colored Voice Truth to LGBTQ. Last week, two unidentified attackers on a motorcycle tried to stab Kabuye in …

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Mauritius decriminalises gay sex: 1 down, 65 to go

65 countries worldwide continue to criminalise LGBTQIA+ people after the Supreme Court of Mauritius declared the country’s ban on same-sex intimacy unconstitutional. The court ruled on two cases challenging the British colonial law that made sodomy between men a jailable offence. Abdool Ridwan Firaas Ah Seek, president of LGBTQIA+ organisation Collectif Arc-en-Ciel, and four men …

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Ugandan parliament cheers as MPs pass bill to jail gay people

Uganda’s parliament erupted into applause and singing after lawmakers passed horrifying legislation to jail people for identifying as gay or transgender. Gay sex is already illegal in the east African conservative Christian country, punishable with life in prison. But the chilling new laws go further and criminalise people solely on the basis of their sexuality …

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Mardi Gras 78ers condemn horrifying crackdown on queer Ugandans

Australia’s original Mardi Gras protesters, the 78ers, have called out Ugandan lawmakers for targeting the East African nation’s queer communities with horrifying new anti-gay legislation. The East African nation currently criminalises same-sex relations. But last week some Ugandan lawmakers declared the laws don’t go far enough. And one MP has put forward a draft bill …

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Lifetime Achievement Award for community stalwart Bill Rutkin

The Queensland Mental Health Commission last week presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to LGBTIQA+ community stalwart Bill Rutkin OAM. The award recognises his ‘distinguished service, significant contribution, and leadership in the alcohol and other drugs sector’. The Mental Health Commission cited Bill as proof that ‘progressive social reform is driven by the grassroots and members …

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Brave young Nigerians protest ‘Cross Dressers bill’

A group of brave young activists mounted the first-ever queer protest in Nigeria on Sunday against a proposed ‘Cross Dressers bill’. Despite the joyful demeanour of the protestors, they risk very real danger in a country that criminalises gay sex acts and where LGBTIQ+ people regularly face extreme violence including murder. As one local activist …

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‘Justice for Sheila’: Anger and grief after Kenyan lesbian’s murder

Activists are demanding justice after the violent assault and murder of non-binary lesbian Sheila Lumumba in Kenya. The 25-year-old (pictured above) was found dead in their home days after a group of male attackers reportedly raped, bashed and murdered them, local outlet K24 TV reported. Sheila died in Karatina, about three hours north of Kenya’s capital. …

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Watch: Activists cry with joy as Botswana decriminalises homosexuality

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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Botswana court upholds landmark ruling decriminalising homosexuality

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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