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Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill spreads fear

Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill spreads fear | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Efforts to establish anti-homosexual laws stir nervousness among the LGBT community and beyond.
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"The fear for our lives is everywhere, but it has increased of late. I am now verbally attacked, and last month my friend was assaulted simply because she said she was a lesbian. The attacks can happen in any scenario," said the 35-year-old. His concerns come at a time when the parliament of this East African nation has revived the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as the "Kill the Gays" bill.

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To call Arab lesbians mus¯ah.iq¯at is culturally...

To call Arab lesbians mus¯ah.iq¯at is culturally... | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
“To call Arab lesbians mus¯ah.iq¯at is culturally meaningful: it places Arab lesbians within their own cultural context, reconnects them to their heritage and solidly anchors the present to the...”
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Nigeria Advances Anti-Gay Bill, Latest African Nation to Try to ’Ban’ Homosexuality

Nigeria Advances Anti-Gay Bill, Latest African Nation to Try to ’Ban’ Homosexuality | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Lawmakers in the West African nation of Nigeria have furthered a proposed law that would limit the rights of the country’s LGBT community, which already faces multiple hardships.
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TimesLIVE Mobile

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ARCHBISHOP Emeritus Desmond Tutu has chastised the Ugandan government for contemplating "apartheid laws" against gay and lesbian people.
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Take Me to Your Queers!

On Saturday, December 1, I was part of a roundtable discussing African Same-sex stuff at the African Studies Association conference (#ASA2012—yes, American Studies, we will fight over this hashtag)...
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"People's Commission" testimony exposes police failures | Groundup

"People's Commission" testimony exposes police failures | Groundup | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

Njamela told her story to a "People's Commission of Inquiry" set up by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) outside the Cape High Court on Monday. This followed the delay of the official Commission of Inquiry established by Premier Helen Zille. The premier's Commission of Inquiry was established following demands in 2011 by several civil society organisations including the SJC. It has been delayed because the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa has filed papers with the Cape High Court trying to interdict it from proceeding. The interdict hearing will be held in December and so the official Commission is on hold until at least then. Monday was supposed to be the first day the official Commission, which is being chaired by former Constitutional Court judge Kate O'Regan and former head of the National Prosecuting Authority Vusi Pikoli, would hear testimonies. The "People's Commission" was set up by the SJC to show their dissatisfaction at official commission being delayed.

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allAfrica.com: Cameroon: UN Concerned Over Reports of Arrests of Suspected Gay and Lesbian People

allAfrica.com: Cameroon: UN Concerned Over Reports of Arrests of Suspected Gay and Lesbian People | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience..."While the penal code relates specifically to sexual conduct, we are seriously concerned that it is being applied in a broad-brush way to prosecute many individuals on the basis of their appearance, their mannerisms, style of speech or general conduct," Mr. Colville said.

He noted that OHCHR calls for an end to the arbitrary arrest and detention of all persons suspected of homosexual behaviour, as well as access to justice for those already detained.

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Will Malawi Suspend Its Anti-Gay Laws?

Will Malawi Suspend Its Anti-Gay Laws? | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
BLANTYRE, Malawi -- Going against a trend in Africa, Malawi's government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality and has ordered police not to arrest people for same-sex acts until the anti-gay laws are reviewed by parliament.
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Kasha Jacqueline - San Francisco Freedom Forum 2012

Watch as Kasha Jacqueline, founder and director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, describes the plight of the homosexual community in Uganda. By quoting Ugandan le...
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Deep Read: 'Corrective' rape and our naked reality

Deep Read: 'Corrective' rape and our naked reality | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Woe unto you if you step in the path of a powerless, patriarchal male - he will make you pay for the pain of his emasculation, writes Simphiwe Dana.
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On Positionality and Not Naming Names: A Rejoinder to the Response by Maikey and Schotten

On Positionality and Not Naming Names: A Rejoinder to the Response by Maikey and Schotten | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
[This article was written as a rejoinder to Haneen Maikey and Heike Schotten's response to the authors' article on the intersections and impasses between US centered pinkwashing and pinkwatching activism.  Click here to ...
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Rape in the context of democratic transition

Rape in the context of democratic transition | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Instead of uniting the country, the rape case has been used to "promote the most tired and cliched of narratives".
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YES to the full video of Alice Walker and Pearl...

YES to the full video of Alice Walker and Pearl Cleage in a moderated conversation with author (Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston) and journalist Valerie Boyd. “Filmed October 2,...
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Calls to pass the anti-gays Bill dominate New Year messages

Calls to pass the anti-gays Bill dominate New Year messages | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
As thousands made their resolutions for 2013, main stream Churches and evangelical preachers have asked Parliament to urgently pass the Anti-Gay Bill, to avert the recruitment of youngsters to adopt the same-sex behaviour.
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Are we aware of the current recolonisation of the South?

Are we aware of the current recolonisation of the South? | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
It would not be sur­pris­ing if, in the con­text of an inter­na­tional con­fer­ence, a group of jur­ists from dif­fer­ent nations iden­ti­fied a set of com­mon jur­idical ref­er­ences based on dif­...
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Liberian editor speaks truth to power - The Liberian Listener

Liberian editor speaks truth to power - The Liberian Listener | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
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Lesbian speared to death by gang - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za

Lesbian speared to death by gang - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
South Africa's Premier Online News Source. Discover the world of IOL, News South Africa, Sport, Business, Financial, World News, Entertainment, Technology, Motoring, Travel, Property, Classifieds & more.
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Writing the Kenyan Diaspora

The latest, forthcoming issue of Kwani? focuses on diaspora. Billy Kahora’s editorial outlines the imaginaries and materialities of the term diaspora in Kenya, tracking its changing meanings and si...
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GAY MAN STABBED, POSSIBLY RAPED, IN WESTONARIA on MambaOnline.com

GAY MAN STABBED, POSSIBLY RAPED, IN WESTONARIA on MambaOnline.com | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

A gay West Rand man has been brutally murdered, and possibly raped, in Westonaria in an apparent hate crime.

The body of 34-year-old Modise Hamilton Mosweu was found in a pool of blood in a neighbour’s yard, three houses away from his home, on Sunday 11 November.

According to a witness, who wishes to remain anonymous, he had been stabbed. It is possible Mosweu was also stoned as there were rocks around his body.

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A freshly rejuvenated Ugandan homophobic lobby goes to work

A freshly rejuvenated Ugandan homophobic lobby goes to work | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
In a communiqué they have entitled “Statement from Concerned citizens,” a freshly energized anti-gay cabal hasn’t wasted much time going to work on Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca ...
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Another South African lesbian murder

Another South African lesbian murder | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
A past couple of months I blogged about almost seven murders of LGBTI people, and today I find myself writing about yet another murder of a young lesbian woman in Cape Town. This morning (10/11/201...
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Baird battles Ugandan politician over gay rights

Baird battles Ugandan politician over gay rights | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
A war of words has erupted between Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and a representative of the Ugandan government over the issue of gay rights.
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PublicEye.org - The Website of Political Research Associates

PublicEye.org - The Website of Political Research Associates | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

While U.S. Christian Right leaders made headlines when international pressure forced them to retract support for Uganda’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, a new report by Political Research Associates shows that U.S. Christian Right groups continue to build organizational strength and campaign to inscribe homophobia and anti-abortion politics in the constitutions and laws of African countries in the years since.

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Queers Resisting Zionism: On Authority and Accountability Beyond Homonationalism

Queers Resisting Zionism: On Authority and Accountability Beyond Homonationalism | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
[This article was written as a response to a recently published article by Maya Mikdashi and Jasbir Puar on the intersections and impasses between US centered pinkwashing and pinkwatching activism.  Click here to read Mikdashi and ...
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YES to the full video of Alice Walker and Pearl...

YES to the full video of Alice Walker and Pearl Cleage in a moderated conversation with author (Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston) and journalist Valerie Boyd. “Filmed October 2,...
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