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Uganda Drafts New Law Tightening Anti-Gay Legislation, Limiting Foreign NGOs

Reuters: Uganda says planning tougher law limiting gay sex, foreign NGOs “Uganda has drafted a new law that would bar non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from promoting homosexuality, tightening rules further after anti-gay legislation in February was widely condemned as draconian…” (Biryabarema, 4/29).

Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief Explores U.S. Government And Global LGBT Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released an issue brief, titled “The U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health: Opportunities and Challenges in the Current Era.” The brief summarizes main points of discussion raised at two Kaiser Family Foundation-convened roundtable discussions that included representatives from the U.S. government, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations,…

New Guide Examines Combining HIV Prevention Strategies

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a new guide (.pdf) from Pathfinder International that “looks at the web of interacting factors that influence the effectiveness of HIV interventions among sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who use injecting drugs, and other ‘key affected…

Blog Discusses Global Health Contributions

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses global health contributions, reviewing recent meetings and publications on global health funding and human rights (Barton, 4/23).

India’s Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders As Third Gender

News outlets report on a landmark ruling by India’s Supreme Court recognizing transgenders as a third gender. Times of India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’ “In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the ‘third gender’ status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to…

Africans Must Raise Voices Against Anti-Gay Law

In the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “Voices” blog, Edwin Cameron, justice of the constitutional court of South Africa, discusses the impacts of anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda. Urging Africans to speak up, Cameron writes, “Africans of goodwill must raise their voices. The right to justice…

Ugandan Police Accuse U.S.-Funded HIV/AIDS Project Of Gay ‘Recruitment’

Agence France-Presse: Uganda police accuse HIV/AIDS project of gay ‘recruitment’ “Police in Uganda have accused a U.S.-funded AIDS project that they raided last week of paying young men to become homosexuals, a report said Thursday. Quoting a police statement explaining the operation, the Daily Monitor newspaper said the Walter Reed…

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Illustrates Limits Of U.S. Influence In Africa

The Hill: The Ugandan anti-gay bill and the limits of U.S. influence in Africa Joshua Meservey, assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center “…[Uganda President Yoweri] Museveni’s decision [to sign an anti-gay bill] is the latest instance of Washington being unable to influence an allied African leader, the result…

Anti-Gay Laws, Cultural Attitudes Prevent Access To HIV/AIDS Programs In Caribbean

Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).