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Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

nadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn. While the Anti-Homosexuality Act is already in force, activists have expressed fears that the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill 2014 - passed by parliament on 13 May and stipulating fines and jail terms of up to 10 years for those found guilty of “willful and intentional” transmission but still awaiting presidential assent - could stigmatize those with the virus and restrict access to health.

Published
05 February 2016
From
IRIN News
Uganda: criminalisation of LGBT people increases risk of HIV transmission

Over the last couple of years HIV rose in Uganda, along with a reported rise in violence, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, with many losing their property and income.

Published
23 December 2015
From
Key Correspondents
2015 Sexual Politics Round- Up

As the year heads toward its end, SPW recollects main trends and facts in sexual politics worldwide. - See more at: http://sxpolitics.org/sexual-politics-roundup-in-2015/13916#sthash.s6Bqy383.dpuf

Published
22 December 2015
From
Sexuality Policy Watch
U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good

Four years ago, the American government embarked on an ambitious campaign to expand civil rights for gay people overseas by marshaling its diplomats, directing its foreign aid and deploying President Obama to speak before hostile audiences. America’s money and public diplomacy have opened conversations and opportunities in societies where the subject was taboo just a few years ago. But they have also made gay men and lesbians more visible — and more vulnerable to harassment and violence, people on both sides of the gay rights issue contend.

Published
21 December 2015
From
New York Times
Jamaican gay rights activist challenges law against sex between men

Gay rights campaigner and attorney Maurice Tomlinson brings rare legal challenge to the Caribbean island’s anti-sodomy laws.

Published
10 December 2015
From
The Guardian
Outright Activism as ICASA 2015 Starts with Violations and Silence on Key Populations

Many activists arriving at the airport in Harare, Zimbabwe for the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) expected this meeting to be like others in the past—a chance to share strategy, recharge and set priorities for the coming year in dialogues led by and for Africans and their allies. Instead, even before exiting the airport, things took an unexpected turn: sex workers, gay men and transgender women and even activists who just “looked different” reported having materials confiscated, being personally detained, having their passports held and being charged duties to reclaim their posters and educational materials.

Published
02 December 2015
From
AVAC
Human Dignity Trust launches Criminalisation in the Commonwealth 2015 report

Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015 in Malta (27-29 November), the Human Dignity Trust, in association with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, has prepared an expansive report on the extent and the pernicious consequences of the criminalisation of homosexuality within the Commonwealth.

Published
26 November 2015
From
Human Dignity Trust
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.

Published
23 November 2015
From
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.

Published
17 November 2015
From
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.

Published
08 October 2015
From
Science Magazine
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