Homosexuality

​Homosexuality Ruled Out of Zambia’s Constitution

Law experts in Zambia’s Ministry of Justice have cautioned people who are spreading false information on the proposed Bill of Rights that it has enshrined homosexuality.

Senior Parliamentary Counsel, Kevin Mweemba, dispelled the rumours in Isoka district of Muchinga province during the ongoing country wide sensitisation campaign on the referendum.

Mweemba challenged Heads of government Departments, non-governmental organisations and church leaders to explain in depth the need for voting for the referendum on 11 August 2016.

Group Commends Church on Same-Sex Marriages

Bishops welcome same-sex couples

Same-sex advocacy groups have applauded a decision by Anglican bishops from across Southern Africa to welcome gay and lesbian couples into congregations as full church members.

The Triangle Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people rights (LGBTI) organisation, welcomed the decision, saying that, “While this is a first step, any step which moves towards inclusion and tackling the stigma against LGBTI people should be welcomed...”

Malawi’s Anti-Gay Law Back in Force Again

Malawi’s country’s government, which is heavily reliant on support from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Western aid money, had previously confirmed that it would no longer arrest people for same-sex sexual acts - an agreement first laid out in 2012 after a prolonged campaign.

When two men were arrested on gay sex grounds in December, Malawi’s Justice Minister has stepped in to quash the case and impose a ‘moratorium’ on gay sex convictions.

Court Ruling Brings Hope to Homosexuals

According to Log Raditlhokwa, a social commentator, many homosexuals and those who support their sexual rights lobby in Botswana and outside the country are elated.

Recently, the Gaborone High Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for government to deny gay and lesbian people the right to register their organisation called Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO).

Organisation Demands Legal Recognition

Lambda, the sole Mozambican association defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people, has protested publicly against the illegal refusal by the Justice Ministry to register it as a bona fide association.

Lambda first submitted its application for legal recognition as an association in 2008 and since it received no reply, it submitted an appeal in August 2013 but there is still no reply.

Gauteng Tolerant to Gays - Survey

A survey has revealed that, Gauteng residents are becoming increasingly tolerant of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer and other sexual orientations (LGBTIAQ).

Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) executive director, Professor David Everatt, points out that at least 71 percent of the 27 493 respondents believed that the LGBTIAQ+ community deserved equal rights.

In a press statement, Everatt states that, “37 percent strongly believe that homosexuality is against the values of their community while 56 percent disagree that it is…”

Ban on Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Welcomed

The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the decision of Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down a law banning the promotion of homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment.
 
The anti-gay legislation was deemed null and void by the court on the technicality that it was not passed by a required parliamentary quorum.
 

Museveni Slams ‘Sinful’ Western Aid

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has reportedly urged Africans to avoid what he calls ‘sinful Western aid’ after donors cut funding over anti-gay laws enacted in his country.

Museveni signed the controversial anti-gay law, which calls for ‘repeat homosexuals’ to be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and obliges Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities in February.

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