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Cameroon Frees 7 Accused of Breaking Anti-Gay Law

An official says seven people who were arrested this month on suspicion of violating Cameroon's anti-gay law have been released but will remain under close observation.

Human Rights Groups Criticize Gambia's Anti-Gay Bill

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 10
A number of officials from human rights organizations have taken aim at an anti-gay bill passed by Gambia's lawmakers last month and now awaits to be approved by the African country's anti-gay president, Yahya Jammeh.

Gambia Lawmakers Pass Bill to Jail Gays for Life

INTERNATIONAL | By Robbie Corey-Boulet | Sep 9
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.

Days After Repeal of Anti-Gay Law, Uganda's President Meets Obamas

INTERNATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 6
President Barack Obama and his first Lady Michelle Obama have set LGBT activists in an uproar after meeting with Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni just days after the repeal of the draconian anti-gay law.

Uganda President: We Were Not Forced to Drop Anti-Gay Law

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 4
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Saturday that the East African country was not forced to nix its highly controversial anti-gay law last week because of an upcoming Africa-U.S. summit.

Uganda Court to Rule on Legality of Anti-Gay Law

INTERNATIONAL | By Rodney Muhumuza | Aug 1
A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country's new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Speak Out About HIV’s 30/30 Project

CELEBRITIES | By Winnie McCroy | Apr 24
Singers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are putting their fame to good use, speaking out about the 30/30 Project, which aims to create worldwide healthcare facilities in communities impacted by HIV/AIDS.

No Refugee Status for Gay Ugandans, Says Namibia

POLITICS | By Winnie McCroy | Apr 17
Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

Africa’s Anti-Gay Movement Spreads to Ethiopia

INTERNATIONAL | By Elias Meseret | Apr 10
Two groups in Ethiopia say they will hold an anti-gay demonstration in the capital.

Will Another Anti-Gay Law Come to Tanzania?

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Apr 1
Although Tanzania already has an anti-gay law that sentences those found guilty of homosexuality activity to 20 years to life in prison, a member of the East Africa country’s parliament is drafting a new bill that would go further.

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