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Human Rights Advocates Urge Gambian President To Reject Anti-Gay Bill

Agence France-Presse: Gambia urged to drop life sentences for gays “Rights campaigners called Wednesday for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to reject proposals by lawmakers to introduce a punishment of life in prison for ‘aggravated homosexuality.’ Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a joint statement that a bill…

LGBT Advocacy Groups Work Against Stigma In Africa

Inter Press Service: LGBT Visibility in Africa Also Brings Backlash “…In the past 10 years in South Africa, 31 lesbians have been reported killed as the result of [so-called] corrective rape, [Shehnilla Mohamed, Africa director for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGHLRC),] said. … Transgender, gay or…

Gambian Lawmakers Pass Bill Imposing Life Imprisonment For Some Homosexual Acts

Associated Press: Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life “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…” (Corey-Boulet, 9/8).

Ugandan MPs Preparing To Reintroduce Anti-Gay Legislation

Agence France-Presse: Ugandan MPs working to reintroduce tough anti-gay law: report “Ugandan MPs have begun work on reintroducing tough anti-gay legislation, a month after the East African nation’s constitutional court declared a previous law ‘null and void,’ a report said Wednesday…” (9/3).

Achieving Medical Goals Of Sexual Health Requires Promoting Comprehensive Agenda

The Guardian: Sexual health isn’t just about health – it’s about sex too Pauline Oosterhoff, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies “Should tax money be spent for research on pornography in Bangladesh? How about on sex worker organizations’ efforts to legalize sex work? Do humanitarians have a right…

Activists, Human Rights Workers Address HIV Prevention In Uganda

PBS NewsHour: Uganda’s gay rights and sex worker activists answer your questions about HIV prevention “…After the NewsHour segment [that explored how certain laws in Uganda are affecting HIV/AIDS prevention efforts] aired, we put the call out for your questions [to be answered by] four activists and human rights workers…

Misunderstanding Of Sex Hinders Effective HIV Prevention Strategies, Experts Say

IRIN: Does the global HIV response understand sex? “Stigma, squeamishness, and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behavior, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards ‘sex positive’ approaches could enhance social acceptance and…

More STI Cases Occurring Among Youth In Thailand, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss the findings of a report (.pdf) released by UNICEF that says more HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) cases are occurring among young people in Thailand. U.N. News Centre: HIV infections on rise among young gay men, other at-risk groups in Thailand — U.N. study “An estimated 70…

Ugandan President Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission

BuzzFeed: Ugandan President Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission “Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a bill into law to criminalize HIV transmission and impose other measures public health activists say will make it even harder to get Uganda’s severe epidemic under control…” (Feder, 8/19).

Media Outlets Examine Issues Surrounding Uganda’s Invalidated Anti-Gay Law

News outlets examine the fallout from Uganda’s anti-gay law and examine the situation after the country’s constitutional court invalidated the law earlier this month. Associated Press: Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger “When a Ugandan court overturned the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed…