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  • HIV crisis worsened by anti-gay laws in Commonwealth countries, report warns

    The persecution of millions of people in Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is a criminal offence is worsening the Aids crisis, warns a major report produced for David Cameron.

    23 November 2015 | The Independent
  • Kenya: MPs throw out proposal to punish gays with death

    A Kenyan parliamentary team has thrown out a proposal to have a law prescribing death by public stoning to anybody found participating in homosexual acts. The Justic and Legal Affairs Committee argued that the Constitution not only establishes that the family is the natural and fundamental unit of society, but is forthright that Article 45 provides that every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex. “These provisions adequately protect the family values that apply in our democracy,” it concluded.

    17 November 2015 | Daily Nation
  • Homosexuality may be caused by chemical modifications to DNA

    “Baby, I was born this way,” Lady Gaga sang in a 2011 hit that quickly became a gay anthem. Indeed, over the past 2 decades, researchers have turned up considerable evidence that homosexuality isn't a lifestyle choice, but is rooted in a person's biology and at least in part determined by genetics. Yet actual “gay genes” have been elusive. A new study of male twins, scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Baltimore, Maryland, today, could help explain that paradox. It finds that epigenetic effects, chemical modifications of the human genome that alter gene activity without changing the DNA sequence, may have a major influence on sexual orientation.

    08 October 2015 | Science Magazine
  • Reflections on the state of LGBT activism in Africa

    Cheikh Traore writes: "Contrary to what the international media would have you believe, there have been narrow windows opening for LGBT Africans in the past decade. These changes have occurred in legislation, judiciary decisions, courts, health policies and more importantly in shifting public opinions among the youth. There are lessons to be learned and numerous Africans to be praised for championing change."

    29 September 2015 | Africasacountry
  • The consequences of female genital mutilation: a Kenyan perspective

    The global vision to end AIDS by 2030 requires a strong rights-based approach, yet the new draft UNAIDS strategy makes only fleeting reference to FGM and child marriage.

    22 September 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • Mugabe forced to host gays, lesbians

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe does not hide his disdain for gays and lesbians and is on record describing homosexuals as “worse that pigs and dogs” and homosexuality as a “white problem". Now, with less than three months before the opening of the International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (ICASA) conference set for December, Mugabe will once again be in the spotlight. Senior officials within government and in particular the National Aids Council (NAC) indicated that there seems to have been a climb-down within government following a realisation that “alienating these key populations would work against government efforts to reduce the prevalence of HIV and Aids”.

    08 September 2015 | The Standard, Zimbabwe
  • Human rights groups face global crackdown 'not seen in a generation'

    Laws affecting funding, requiring registration and prohibiting protest are among controls that are making it difficult for NGOs and other campaign groups.

    27 August 2015 | The Guardian
  • Global movement votes to adopt policy to protect human rights of sex workers

    The resolution recommends that Amnesty International develop a policy that supports the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.

    12 August 2015 | Amnesty International
  • What counts in the new UNAIDS strategy

    To hit the fast track running and live up to the visibility it has laudably given to human rights and gender, UNAIDS should commit strategy, budget and staff to integrating its human rights analysis into its models and targets. We can make law and policy a routine part of countries’ health planning, programming and reporting work. Just as it would be if we were talking about lung cancer.

    11 August 2015 | Meg Davis
  • LGBTI rights language stripped from UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

    Several developed nations, including the United Kingdom and Brazil, had wanted to have language in the agreement which could have been interpreted to include protecting the rights of transgender persons and sexual minorities but these were stripped from the final text that member states will approve.

    07 August 2015 | Gay Star News
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