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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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The East African nation of Sudan has abolished the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality. Local LGBTIQ rights group Bedayaa said the reform was one of several passed recently by the country’s Sovereign Council. Article 148 of its Penal Code, which banned same-sex relations and prescribed whippings or the death penalty, was amended to …

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Gabon has voted to decriminalise homosexuality, reversing a ban on gay sex put in place last year in the Central African nation. Last year the country legislated a ban on “sexual relations between people of the same sex.” Punishments included six months’ imprisonment and fines of up to five million FCFA ($AU12,440). However, Gabon’s lower …

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President Pierre Nkurunziza promised the citizens of Burundi recently that he negotiated divine protection from the pandemic for the country. Nkurunziza was both murderous despot and born-again Christian. His wife is an ordained minister. She visited Australia last year for the opening of a consulate at Margaret Court’s church. Now, his wife is recovering, and …

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Following an ongoing dispute with the government over gay rights, the State Department recalled the US ambassador to Zambia. Last month, Ambassador Daniel Foote expressed dismay at the jailing of two local gay men. A judge sentenced them to 15 years each for a consensual private sex act in 2017. A worker at a holiday …

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Police in Uganda have arrested around 120 LGBTIQ people in a raid on a bar known as a safe haven for the queer community in the African country. The raid happened at the RAM Bar late on Sunday night in Uganda’s capital Kampala, during a weekly LGBTIQ gathering at the venue. Armed police herded bar …

Johannesburg Pride

Over 20,000 people turned out for the parade to celebrate the 30th annual Johannesburg Pride at the end of October. Johannesburg Pride is the longest-running pride event in Africa and also one of the largest such parades in South Africa. The Pride of Africa This year organisers debuted a new flag inspired by the flags …

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A woman who discovered her husband was gay after almost six years of marriage has unsuccessfully attempted to sue him for $AU860,000. The unnamed South African woman took her case to Cape Town’s top court. She demanded R5m ($AU479,000) for emotional pain and psychological trauma and R4m ($AU383,000) for loss of income and “financial prejudice”. …

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Sixteen men in Uganda have been arrested and charged on suspicion of gay sex, punishable with life in prison. The men were taken into custody on Monday at a meeting of a local NGO and later subjected them to “degrading and inhumane” forced anal exams, local activists said. Local group Let’s Walk Uganda claimed a …

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A lesbian seeking asylum in the US after being bashed over her sexuality in Uganda may be deported back there by the Trump Administration. The lesbian woman has told Rolling Stone about the violence she faced in her home country and her efforts to seek asylum in the US. The woman said she knew she …

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