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A Transgendered Childhood in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

Cleo's story takes us into a rarely seen love story within the Ugandan LGBTIQ-community.

Who Are We to Judge (Uganda)?

Sara Kavemi | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sara Kavemi

What tests my patience, what troubles me beyond all else, is our propensity for pointing the finger at others while ignoring our own flaws. The truth is that the U.S. is not yet at a point where it can self-righteously condemn others for their intolerance toward LGBT people, at least not with a straight face. Someday we will get there, and we will lead by example. But not today.

When Love Overcomes Fear (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-17-ScreenShot20141216at9.15.13PMsmall.jpgIn the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.

The First Ugandan Transgender Love Story (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-09-pearlofafricaep1vidsmall.jpgI first met Cleopatra Kambugu in June 2012 and was fascinated by her determination to be the first Ugandan transgender woman accepted for her true gender identity. Despite the hate and violent history in her country, she wanted to humanize trans people.

Focus on Uganda's LGBT Bill Is a Lesson in Our Hypocrisy

Sara Kavemi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Sara Kavemi

Surely everyone reading this is well aware of the issues surrounding the LGBT bill in Uganda. And as the world leapt to its feet, passionately denouncing this one bill in this one country, I waited for that same outrage to be directed at all the other places where this is happening in equal measure. I'm still waiting.

An Anti-Gay 'Christmas Gift' On The Way For Uganda?

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Gay Voices

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Drafters of a revised anti-gay law want parliament to pass it in time to be a "Christ...

A Unique Love Story About a Ugandan Transgender Woman

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I've been following Cleo's life up close for 18 months, and we're still shooting. I even moved in with Cleo and her straight boyfriend, Nelson, during one of my trips to Kampala, getting to know them both as human beings and as friends. Having been forced to live apart only to find each other once again in a foreign country, their love story is a true inspiration.

Anti-Gay Law Could Have International Consequences For Uganda, President Warns

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices

* Ruling party considering re-introducing law * Court quashed anti-gay law on a technicality By Elias Biryabarema ...

LGBTI Rights Around the World: A Work in Progress

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

In recent years, the world has seen enormous human rights gains with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. However, there have also been substantial setbacks.

'You Can Overrule [An Anti-Gay] Law, But You Can't Overrule The Mind'

AP | CORINNE CHIN | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory....

Sectarian Scavengers

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

In Entebbe on August 9, more than one hundred LGBT Ugandans celebrated the first Pride Uganda since the Constitutional Court overturned the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) for being passed without a quorum.

Will Uganda's Anti-Gay Law Be Re-Issued After Being Struck Down?

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices

(Adds gay rights campaigner) By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wants ...

GOP Rep Thinks U.S. Foreign Policy Focuses Too Much On Abortion, LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said in a radio interview last week that U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama focuses too much on abortion and L...

After Legal Victory, Uganda's LGBT Community Just Wants To 'Have Fun'

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices

ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — Scores of Ugandan homosexuals marched through sprawling botanical gardens in the lakeside town of Entebbe on Saturday, their ...

Human Rights Must Be on the Agenda

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
Steven W. Hawkins

In 2012, the Obama administration issued a US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa with a stated objective to promote and protect "human rights, civil society and independent media" as an integral part in strengthening democratic institutions on the African continent.

Uganda's Top Anglican Leader Doubles Down On Anti-Gay Law

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Uganda’s top Anglican leader criticized the constitutional court for striking down the country’s controversial anti-gay law on a technicalit...

Great News For Uganda's Gay Community (Finally)

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog gro...

It's Not Just About the Meds

Benjamin Bashein | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Bashein

The HIV epidemic, no matter how close it comes to becoming a medicalized, chronic and manageable illness through the intervention of science will never come to an end unless these parallel social diseases are also defeated.

Officials Say Anti-Gay Law Has Been 'Misinterpreted' By International Donors

Reuters | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices

KAMPALA, July 7 (Reuters) - International donors who withheld aid over Uganda's anti-gay bill "misinterpreted" the law whose main focus was to stop ...

'If Your Hard-On For Homophobia Lasts Five Hours, You Need To Seek Medical Attention'

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 06.30.2014 | Comedy

Sunday saw nation-wide gay pride parades bring to a close a month of celebrations recognizing the impact LGBT individuals have had on society. In hono...

Uganda Will Never 'Be Blackmailed' Over Anti-Gay Law

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices

KAMPALA, June 19 (Reuters) - Uganda said on Thursday that any threats to cut aid would not alter its decision to toughen laws against homosexuals, a...

What Hillary Clinton Said About LGBT Rights That You Need to Hear

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

Clinton made the hard choice to defend the human rights of the international LGBT community and, in her interview with Terry Gross, she reminds us that none of us lives on an island. We are a global community. It is not enough to fight for equality at home.

Torment to Tyranny: Persecution in Uganda Now That the Anti-Homosexuality Act Is Law

Frank Mugisha | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Frank Mugisha

When Uganda's parliament voted for this Act in December 2013, it declared open season on Uganda's LGBTI communities. In my country there's now a culture of extreme and violent homophobia whereby anyone is free to persecute LGBTI people with impunity.

Draw Your Weapon

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

A friend on Facebook last weekend posted a provocative meme by Ricky Gervais that said, "Blasphemy: a law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural de...

Gay Men Caught Engaging In Acts 'Against The Order Of Nature' To Stand Trial

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 05.08.2014 | Gay Voices

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Wednesday started hearing the case against two Ugandans accused of engaging in gay sex, the first trial of...