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Tanzania loses millions in aid over gay crackdown

Tanzania loses millions in aid over gay crackdown

Denmark has announced it will hold back on almost US$10 million of aid funding after a senior government official made negative comments about gay people in the country. Denmark’s Development Minister Ulla Tornaes did not name the official but said she was “very concerned” by the comments. Earlier this month the governor of Tanzania’s most populous […]

Indonesian police arrest 10 women in LGBT+ crackdown

Indonesian police arrest 10 women in LGBT+ crackdown

Reports have emerged that ten women were arrested last weekend in Indonesia, accused of ‘being lesbians’. Reuters have revealed that police arrested the women in West Sumatra, after two of them were found to be kissing in a photo posted to Facebook. The incident follows a series of arrests and public punishments of LGBT+ people […]

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Anti-Marriage equality county clerk Kim Davis loses election

Anti-Marriage equality county clerk Kim Davis loses election

Kim Davis, the country clerk who chose to be jailed rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has lost her job after she failed to be re-elected. Davis was jailed for six days in 2015 after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis said her personal beliefs did not recognise same-sex […]

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Tanzanian government say ‘gay crackdown’ comments are ‘personal opinion’

Tanzanian government say ‘gay crackdown’ comments are ‘personal opinion’

The Tanzanian government says comments made by the governor of its largest city Dar es Salaam promising a crackdown and round-up of LGBTI people are the “personal opinion” of governor Paul Makonda not official government policy. Last week Makonda said he was establishing a team to hunt down LGBTI people in the city, promising to check […]

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Tanzanian governor vows to hunt down gay people

The governor of Tanzania’s most populous city Dar es Salaam has ordered police to ‘catch every homosexual, and urged citizens to report LGBTI people to authorities. Governor Paul Makonda has told media that he “has information about the presence of many homosexuals.” “If you know of a homosexual, you must report them to a police […]

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir says gay rights are “western values”

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir says gay rights are “western values”

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir says gay rights are a “western values” are argues that there is no need for them to be adopted in Malaysia. The Malaysian PM was speaking to students at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok last week when he made the comments. “At this moment, we don’t accept LGBT,” the 93-year-old leader told the […]

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Thousands gather as Matthew Shepard’s remains are interred

Thousands gather as Matthew Shepard’s remains are interred

A flute playing Cat Stevens’ Morning has Broken opened a ceremony in Washington’s National Cathedral as Matthew Shepard’s remains were finally laid to rest. Thousand of people packed the gigantic church to remember the life of the young gay man that ended in horrific tragedy twenty years ago. Bishop Mariann Budde said the cathedral would forever protect and […]

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Malaysian politician says gay people caused Indonesia’s earthquakes

Malaysian politician says gay people caused Indonesia’s earthquakes

Malaysian opposition leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has claimed that the activities of LGBTI people could bring God’s wrath upon the country and suggested that Indonesia’s deadly earthquakes were caused by gay people. During question time in Malaysia’s parliament the politician said that there were more than a thousand people involved in homosexual activities in the […]

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Matthew Shepard will finally be laid to rest two decades after his death

Matthew Shepard will finally be laid to rest two decades after his death

Two decades after his violent death Matthew Shepherd is finally being laid to rest. The 21 year old gay college student was violently murdered in 1998, a crime that sent shockwaves across America and lead to the introduction of gay hate laws. Shepard was created cremated after his death but his parents were not able […]

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Indonesian police arrest men for running gay Facebook page

Indonesian police arrest men for running gay Facebook page

Indonesian police have arrested two men for running a gay Facebook page. The Gay Bandung page had been active since October 2015 and had over 4,000 followers. The move is the latest in a series of crackdowns on the LGBTI population in Indonesia despite homosexuality being legal in most of the country. The region of […]

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