7515 documents found
Exporting Homophobia: American far-right conservative churches establish influence on anti-gay policy in Africa Gay Ugandans face daily fear for their lives- by: Jody May-Chang, Boise Weekly, 09/08/10: http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/exporting-homophobia-american-far-right-conservative-churches-establish-influence-on-anti-gay-policy-in-africa/Content?oid=1767227 (Afghanistan)
"I saw a member of parliament who attended, talking very bitter and vowing to kill everyone--including their sons and daughters--if they were proved homosexuals," he told BW by Internet video conference from Uganda.
(PDF - 103 Kb) Document Date: 8 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 109)
Exporting Homophobia: American far-right conservative churches establish influence on anti-gay policy in Africa Gay Ugandans face daily fear for their lives- by: Jody May-Chang, Boise Weekly, 09/08/10: http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/exporting-homophobia-american-far-right-conservative-churches-establish-influence-on-anti-gay-policy-in-africa/Content?oid=1767227 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"I saw a member of parliament who attended, talking very bitter and vowing to kill everyone--including their sons and daughters--if they were proved homosexuals," he told BW by Internet video conference from Uganda. <br><br> The danger is not just that the bill might pass, it's that the majority of Ugandans already believe it
is law, or it should be. Kaoma, Yiga and other sources in Uganda fear vigilante mob justice will
break out at any moment.
(PDF - 103 Kb) Document Date: 8 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 137)
Finding The Root Of Anti-Gay Sentiment In Uganda- by: Terry Gross, NPR, 08/25/10: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129422524&ps=cprs (Afghanistan)
Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill was introduced by parliament member David Bahati in October 2009. The bill seeks to eradicate homosexuality from Uganda and become a model for the rest of Africa...Sharlet accompanied Bahati to a restaurant and later to his home, where Bahati told Sharlet that he wanted "to kill every last gay person."
(PDF - 120 Kb) Document Date: 25 Aug 2010 (Downloads: 119)
Finding The Root Of Anti-Gay Sentiment In Uganda- by: Terry Gross, NPR, 08/25/10: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129422524&ps=cprs (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill was introduced by parliament member David Bahati in October 2009. The bill seeks to eradicate homosexuality from Uganda and become a model for the rest of Africa...Sharlet accompanied Bahati to a restaurant and later to his home, where Bahati told Sharlet that he wanted "to kill every last gay person." <br><br>
'This is ground zero of the great war with homosexuality.' So they're fired up by this
rhetoric. But the real threat of genocide is not so much killing all of the gay people in Uganda.
Because their homophobia is so deep, in a lot of ways they can't see homosexuality. So I would
travel around sometimes with gay activists, and we'd speak to anti-gay crusaders ? who were
very certain they could spot a gay person anywhere ? and they missed the guy standing right in
front of them."
(PDF - 120 Kb) Document Date: 25 Aug 2010 (Downloads: 84)
Gay Tanzania--Silence in Africa- by: Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz.com, 02/28/08: http://www.globalgayz.com/country/Tanzania/view/TZA/gay-tanzania-silence-in-africa-2 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Following in the tradition of homophobic Africa, LGBT citizens keep their lives and activities in the shade, slowly working at grass roots levels to make their presence known." <br><br> But instead of caving in, Ashura sought a lawyer to protest against
the landlord?s discrimination; it took several biased rejections until
they found a supportive attorney whose advice was not to take the
case to court but rather let time pass and give no interviews to the
press. Going to court would only expose The Association to further
negative attention and, since homosexuality is a criminal offense,
many would perceive The Association as attempting to be above
the law. In the end, they did ?escape? with their office equipment
and changed their phone number. <br><br>
Currently there is no recourse for gays in Tanzania against
such prejudice and intolerance.
(PDF - 549 Kb) Document Date: 28 Feb 2008 (Downloads: 99)
Ghana: Otiko pleads with Derrick Adjei not to name alleged homosexuals- by: Dorcas Efe Mensah, myjoyonline.com, 09/15/10: http://news.myjoyonline.com/politics/201009/52265.asp (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The National Women?s organiser of the New Patriotic Party, Otiko Djaba, has called on Prince Derrick Adjei not to publish the names of parliamentarians he alleges are homosexuals. Mr Adjei, who is the Deputy Coordinator of the National Youth Council, said on Monday he was going to publish on Wednesday, the names of parliamentarians he knows to be gay following accusations he is himself a homosexual.
(PDF - 135 Kb) Document Date: 15 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 122)
Namibian women with HIV tell court of forced sterilisations- by: Christine Peters, AFP, 09/08/10: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hNroC466YJhNPNhPCjv5wPaYcEBw (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The dark courtroom fell silent as the 44-year-old woman recounted her horror at the discovery, following the birth of her seventh child five years ago.
She is among 16 women who are each suing the Namibian government for 1.2 million Namibian dollars (165,000 US dollars, 130,000 euros) for allegedly sterilising them without their consent because they are HIV-positive.
(PDF - 60 Kb) Document Date: 8 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 98)
Russian gay leader Alekseev abducted, released- Rex Wockner International News #856 09/20/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Alekseev said he was mocked and insulted, called "faggot" and "pederast,"
probably drugged via a glass of water, and eventually presented with a
paper to sign, which said that an agreement had been reached to drop his
lawsuits at the European Court of Human Rights over Moscow Mayor Yuri
Luzhkov's bans of gay pride parades. He didn't sign it, "despite
persistent 'advice' not to enter into conflict with the authorities." <br><br>
The second night, Alekseev was moved to another police facility in the
city of Tula, farther south of Moscow, he said. Around the same time,
someone used his cell phone to text false information to the media --
saying that Alekseev was in Belarus, had sought political asylum there,
and was dropping his European court cases.
(PDF - 31 Kb) Document Date: 20 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 125)
Uganda: At Front Lines, Global War on AIDS Is Falling Apart- by: Donald G McNeil, Jr., New York Times, 05/10/10: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E07E7D71638F933A25756C0A9669D8B63&ref=uganda (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
As is happening in other clinics in Kampala, all new patients go on a waiting list. A slot opens when a patient dies.
'So many people are being supported by America,' Ms. Kamukama, 28, says mournfully. 'Can they not help me as well?'
The answer increasingly is no. Uganda is the first and most obvious example of how the war on global AIDS is falling apart.
(PDF - 36 Kb) Document Date: 10 May 2010 (Downloads: 86)
Uganda: Cultural Attitudes and Rumors Are Lasting Obstacles to Safe Sex- by: Donald G McNeil, Jr., New York Times, 05/09/10: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/10/world/africa/10aidscondom.html?_r=1&ref=uganda (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The 2006 Demographic and Health Survey of 11,000 Ugandans found that 99 percent had heard of AIDS, but only about a third had ?comprehensive knowledge? ? that is, they could correctly
say whether it was spread by mosquitoes, by food or by witchcraft; whether it could be prevented by condoms; and whether a healthy-looking person could have it.
(PDF - 99 Kb) Document Date: 9 May 2010 (Downloads: 129)
Ugandan MP: "Kill every last gay person"- by: Matt Akersten, samesame.com, 09/01/10: http://www.samesame.com.au/news/international/5817/Ugandan-MP-Kill-every-last-gay-person.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
International outrage has meant Uganda?s violent anti-gay legislation is now on the back-burner, but hate-mongering is still rampant in the African nation?s parliament.
?We don?t accept homosexuality as a human right. We see it as a sin,? says David Bahati (pictured), the MP who drafted the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which aimed to punish men caught having gay partnerships with a lifetime in prison or even death.
Recent interviews have probed Bahati on his anti-gay crusade. Investigative journalist and author Jeff Sharlet has revealed that the MP has a genocidal anti-gay passion:
?[Bahati] spoke more bluntly than he had before, about what he wanted to do. And what he wanted to do was kill every last gay person,? Sharlet reported back. ?And this came up because he said, well, the death penalty may come out of it but, you know, democracy will bring it back.?
(PDF - 151 Kb) Document Date: 1 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 129)
Zimbabwe: Family throws out gay son - by Staff Reporter, www.newzimbabwe.com, 09/12/10: http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-3292-Family+throws+out+gay+son/news.aspx (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
?As far as I am concerned I do not have a son anymore. The only child I have left is my lovely daughter. What Irvine has done is taboo and shameful. It?s unheard of in our African culture,? Mahachi is reported as saying." <br><br> ?All my life I have been a victim of homophobia attacks but I never expected that from my own flesh and blood. I feel betrayed but such is life."
(PDF - 58 Kb) Document Date: 12 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 151)
Egyptian transsexual battles to become a doctor - by Nehal El-Sherif and Shabtai, www.monstersandcritics.com, on 09/08/10: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/features/article_1583039.php/Egyptian-transsexual-battles-to-become-a-doctor-Feature (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Doctors, she says, diagnosed a hormonal imbalance stemming from an
abnormal chromosome, which was likely caused by her mother's ingestion
of abortion pills during pregnancy. There was mention of the option of
a sex change. 'After my father rejected conducting an (sex change)
operation for the first time, he told my doctor "I want a boy, even if
he is artificial,"' Mursi recalls. Sayyed, the boy whose railway
worker father wanted him to 'toughen up', was subsequently stuffed
with male hormone pills and sent for counselling. The father moved
young Sayyed from the French School in Cairo to the all-boys al-Azhar
high school, connected to a leading Sunni university which goes by the
same name. <br><br>
This would eventually lead to her being disciplined for 'imitating
women' and suspended for two months. 'I was going to postpone the
operation until after graduation, but that proved to be too hard for
me,' says Mursi, adding: 'I even tried to commit suicide.' In 1988,
she booked into a private hospital in Cairo and underwent a sex change
operation. Mursi flashes her official identification card and shows
that it was altered - the state now legally sees her as a female.
Egypt's Interior Ministry this week declined a request by dpa for
information on the number of people who have officially changed their
gender. After the operation, al-Azhar university refused to allow
Mursi to transfer to the all-girls medical school. She was shortly
thereafter expelled for undergoing an 'immoral operation' and making
herself 'sexless.' 'That is nonsense,' Mursi says, adjusting her
Islamic headscarf, or hijab."
(PDF - 406 Kb) Document Date: 8 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 135)
HIV Prevalence, Risks for HIV Infection, and Human Rights among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Malawi, Namibia, and Botswana - by Stefan Baral, Gift Trapence, Felistus Motimedi, Eric Umar, Scholastika Iipinge, Friedel Dausab, Chris Beyrer on 03/26/09: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0004997 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Human rights abuses among MSM in the study sample were
prevalent across all three countries. Between 5-10%, depending
on the site, of the study participants had been denied housing in
the past for reasons other than the ability to pay (Table 3). Being
afraid to seek health services because of sexual orientation was
reported by 17.6% (35/199) in Malawi, 18.3% (40/218) in
Namibia, and 20.5% (24/117) in Botswana. While having been
denied health care was less common with a pooled prevalence of
5.1% (27/533), disclosing sexual orientation to a health care
worker was significantly associated with having been denied health
care (OR 4.2,95% CI 1.9-9.3). <br><br>
MSM reported being afraid to walk down streets in their own
community most commonly in Botswana , but also to a lesser
extent in Malawi and in Namibia (p,0.05). Overall 42.1% (222/
527) of MSM answered yes to any of these markers of human
rights violation. 12.2% (65/533) of the total sample indicated that
they had been physically abused by a government or police official,
with the highest rates in Namibia (p,0.05). Finally, 11.4% (61/
534) of the sample reported ever having been raped by another
man, with similar rates across the three sites."
(PDF - 102 Kb) Document Date: 26 Mar 2009 (Downloads: 97)
Malawi MSM survey reveals very high HIV acquisition and transmission risks - by Gus Cairns, www.aidsmap.com, on 08/03/08: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/1431038/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"The first figures released from a series of systematic surveys of men
who have sex with men in southern Africa has revealed, at least in the
first site analysed in Malawi, very high levels of behaviours likely
to enhance the spread of HIV. The figures were presented at the
meeting of the Global Forum on Men who have Sex with Men and HIV, a
satellite conference on gay men and MSM attended by nearly 500 people
in the two days preceding the World AIDS Conference. <br><br>
Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi and punishable by up to14 years in
prison, which has prevented the development of an open gay community.
Because of the survey methodology, this was a well-educated urban
population. Their mean age was 26, 91% had been in secondary education
and 70% were of urban origin, in this overwhelmingly rural country. In
one indication of rapidly-changing sexual opportunity and mores, 44%
had met sexual partners on the internet; in another, 12% had at any
time injected drugs, though the survey does not say which ones. Being
'out' as gay or bisexual was rare; only 6% had told immediate family
members about their sexuality and only 14% a member of their extended
(PDF - 151 Kb) Document Date: 3 Aug 2008 (Downloads: 124)
Malawi: CEDEP challenges government on hiv and AIDS - by Dunker Kamba, www.mask.org.za, on 01/15/09: http://globalgayz.com/country/Malawi/view/MWI/gay-malawi-news-and-reports#article8 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Malawi -Center for the Development of People (CEDEP), a
non-governmental organisation in Malawi, highlighted the plight of HIV
prevalence among men who have sex with other men (MSM) in that country
recently during a workshop in Blantyre. With intentions to promote
advancement of the minority and vulnerable groups in the context of
human rights, economy, health, HIV and Aids and other social issues,
CEDEP?s workshop discussed the issues the organisation deemed taboo to
point out at national level in Malawi due to denial of MSM existence.
It also noted that most HIV prevention messages in Malawi target
heterosexuals therefore leaving the gay community in the dark on
matters that affect them. CEDEP concluded that many gay people in
Malawi and some parts of Africa do not identify themselves as such
because of the stigma and discrimination. 'As a result they may also
be unaware of the health risks and fail to negotiate for safer sex.
Therefore they seldom practice safer sex and risk becoming infected or
transmitting the HIV and STIs to their partners', CEDEP outlined."
(PDF - 170 Kb) Document Date: 15 Jan 2009 (Downloads: 130)
Malawian homosexuals form association - by www.africanveil.org on 08/20/08: http://www.africanveil.org/malawi006.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"20 Aug 2008- Lilongwe, Malawi- Malawian homosexuals, who claim to have
been oppressed for a long time, have formed an association, the Malawi
Gay Rights Movement (Magrim). According to the organisation's interim
Chairperson, Mc Leod (requested that his surname not be mentioned),
Malawian gays and lesbians have never publicly come foward because of
the country's repressive laws. Under Malawi law, just like in most
Southern African Development Community (Sadc) member states, it is a
criminal offence punishable by imprisonment with hard labour.
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has gone on to describe homosexuals
as 'worse than pigs', a stance Mc Leod fears has been adopted by other
Sadc Heads of State, including Malawi. <br><br>
Apparently, when a Malawian civil rights organisation, the Malawi
Human Rights Resource Centre reported some three years ago that it
wanted to advocate for the decriminalisation of homosexual laws, the
country went up in flames against the proposal. But Mc Leod describes
the situation as 'pathetic', saying, contrary to prevalent perceptions
that homosexuals are 'artificial' human beings, the reality is that,
just like heterosexuality, being gay or lesbian is natural."
(PDF - 66 Kb) Document Date: 20 Aug 2008 (Downloads: 122)
McConnell in middle of gay rights row in Malawi - by Mark Howarth, www.heraldscotland.com, on 09/27/08: http://www.heraldscotland.com/mcconnell-in-middle-of-gay-rights-row-in-malawi-1.826933 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"JACK McConnell has found himself stuck in the middle of an ugly
homophobic spat over gay rights in Malawi just months before he takes
up his new post as the British High Commissioner of the impoverished
African nation. On one-side are the liberal gay rights group who
believe McConnell will help them bring about an end to the criminal
ban on gay relationships in Malawi, and on the other are the
homophobic politicians who say the former Labour First Minister, who
is due to take up his post in the new year, isn't welcome in the
country, and even he should be stripped of his role as High
Commissioner. Gay rights campaigners have adopted the Motherwell and
Wishaw MSP as their champion as a battle to overturn the legal ban on
MP Aden Mbowani of the opposition Malawi Congress Party wouldn't rule
out the possibility of a campaign to replace McConnell as High
Commissioner. He warned: 'Homosexuality is an evil thing that can
bring incurable disease to the whole world. This man you call
McConnell, he will not influence any policy in this country.
Personally, I wouldn't think he's welcome in Malawi. As a human being
he can come and visit us, no problem. But to talk about homosexuality
in our country, I don't think Malawians will want to listen to that
kind of nonsense. It's a non-starter.'"
(PDF - 93 Kb) Document Date: 27 Sep 2008 (Downloads: 152)
Religion and Stigma Fan HIV Epidemic in Malawi - by Ramona Vijeyarasa, www.rhrealitycheck.org, on 10/14/09: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2009/10/14/malawis-religious-groups-stigmatize-gays-contributing-hiv-epidemic (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Malawi has some of the harshest laws in all of Africa criminalizing
homosexuality. Sex between men is punishable by up to 14 years
imprisonment, although it appears that female-to-female sexual
relations are legal. Only several months ago, in August of this year,
the National Assembly passed a constitutional amendment banning same
sex marriage. The ban follows an anti-gay campaign, jointly initiated
by Christian and Muslim leaders, in response to advocacy by Malawi
NGOs demanding repeal of the Penal Code criminalizing homosexuality
and pushing for gay marriage. A member of parliament, Edwin Banda,
even proposed that the constitution should include a clause
stipulating that Malawi is a 'God fearing nation', with homosexuality
deemed ungodly, a proposal that was later rejected. Other stories from
Malawi evidence how religion acts as a barrier to better protections
for the rights of homosexuals. According to one report, when Anglican
Bishop Nick Henderson was sent to head a diocese in rural Malawi, he
was rejected by the congregation for his pro-gay stance and subsequent
protests led to the death of a church member. <br><br>
In November of last year, Malawi held its third annual testing week.
Malawi has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.
Estimates range from an 11.8 per cent adult prevalence rate found in
the 2004 Demographic and Health Survey to a 14.1 per cent prevalence
rate estimated by UNAIDS in 2005. Yet, a study released in Copenhagen
in July at the World Outgames, involving 200 Malawi men, 75 per cent
of whom had multiple male sexual partners, revealed a prevalence rate
among respondents of around 21 per cent, an obvious difference with
the national rate. The study's findings provide significant evidence
to back Shawa's comments about the need to better target homosexual
men. Among respondents, only 1.5 per cent had ever been told by a health
professional that they were HIV positive, with 77 per cent never
having been asked by a health professional to undergo an HIV test. The
impact of criminality and stigmatisation is also revealed by the fact
that only 10 per cent has informed a health professional that they
have sex with men. The 2007 study also revealed that politicians and
leaders in Malawi prefer to promote the idea that homosexuality does
not exist in Malawi, making Shawa's comments all the more remarkable."
(PDF - 166 Kb) Document Date: 14 Oct 2009 (Downloads: 130)
Study calls for key policy changes to help curb spread of AIDS in Lebanon - by Karah Byrns, www.dailystar.com.lb, on 05/04/09: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=28&article_id=101571#axzz0zf81kV1J (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Recalling that unprotected, paid-for sex is a high contributor to spreading the virus, the findings suggest a need to invest resources in outreach to female sex workers. In the study to measure the impacts of outreach on the female sex workers (FSW) population between 2001 and 2007, data was compared to evaluate changes in condom use and risky behavior. In 2001, only 28 percent of FSW reported that they would use condoms consistently with non-regular clients, and only 15 percent stated they would halt a transaction if the client refused protection. These percentages increased in 2008 to 34.9 percent and 24.5 percent respectively, suggesting intervention had a positive impact. <br><br>
The case study on HELEM illustrated that an LGBT NGO can operate successfully in the MENA region and be instrumental in HIV/AIDS prevention for high-risk populations. In four short years HELEM, which opened in Beirut in 2004, already modified attitudes of Lebanese institutions and individuals regarding 'alternative sexuality,' as stated by its director. It also facilitated outreach efforts to 'men who have sex with men' (MSM), while producing data that revealed a large gap between their level of awareness and behavior. Although the majority of MSM identified faithfulness to one uninfected partner and condom use as a means of prevention, only 4.1 percent perceived their behavior as highly risky, despite the fact that 33.3 percent had paid for sex with a male in the previous month, with only half practicing consistent condom use."
(PDF - 154 Kb) Document Date: 4 May 2009 (Downloads: 128)