International Gaze

Anglican minister ostracized in Uganda for accepting gays

Written by Rodney Muhumuza,
AP writer
Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:03

Rev. Christopher Senyonjo -Photo:

Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counselling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays.

Police join mob in mass 'cleansing' of gays in Nigerian capital

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 15 February 2014 17:13

A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human rights activists said Saturday.

Anti-gay persecution, corruption cloud Sochi Winter Olympics

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 09 February 2014 10:49

London activists hold mocking placards of Russian President Vladimir Putin to pro- test his country’s draconian anti-gay law and demand a change of venue for the Winter Games. - Photo: AP/ Lefteris Pitarakis

Faster – Higher – Stronger” — that’s the Olympic motto. But for the Winter Olympics that began Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, add “controversial,” “risky,” “corrupt,” “environmentally bankrupt” and “anti-gay.”

Ivory Coast: Mob attacks gay rights office

Written by The AP Tuesday, 28 January 2014 06:46

The head of Ivory Coast's most prominent gay rights organization says its headquarters were "ransacked" by a mob that destroyed property, stole equipment and injured a security guard.

Claver Toure said nearly 200 people took part in attacking his organization, Alternative Cote d'Ivoire, in Abidjan on Saturday afternoon.

Gay rights group wants Kerry to recall ambassadors to Uganda, Nigeria

Written by lisa neff Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:25

The Human Rights Campaign is calling on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to recall the nation’s ambassadors to Uganda and Nigeria.

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group says that urgent consultation is required before regular diplomacy can proceed with nations that recently enacted some of the world’s most virulently anti-LGBT laws.

Mexico City may legalize marijuana possession, sales

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 14 February 2014 09:35

Leftist lawmakers on Feb. 13 proposed allowing the sale of marijuana within Mexico City, seeking to join Uruguay and the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado in creating legal markets for the drug.

The bill is vague on many key points and faces legal hurdles that may be impossible to overcome but it creates at least the possibility of an island of legalization of one drug in a nation that has been devastated by the fallout from the U.S.-backed fight to stop the northbound flow of recreational narcotics.

How Russia enforces its anti-LGBT law

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 07 February 2014 09:20

With the Sochi Winter Olympics beginning today, many will be watching to see whether Russia will enforce its law on gay "propaganda" if athletes, fans or activists wave rainbow flags or speak out in protest.

The law prohibits vaguely defined propaganda supporting non-traditional sexual relations to minors. It does not make clear what constitutes disseminating the information to minors.

Finish sports minister to skip Sochi opening ceremonies

Written by The AP Friday, 17 January 2014 06:51

The list of dignitaries who will not be attending the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Russia continues to grow.

Finland's sports minister says he will not attend the opening ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics for political reasons.

Obama: Anti-gay bill a step back for Ugandans

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 17 February 2014 08:57

President Barack Obama warned Uganda Feb. 16 over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would "complicate our valued relationship."

Defending gay rights around the world, as he has done at home, Obama said a bill that President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to sign will mark a "step backward" for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on the country's commitment to protect the human rights of its people.

Drag queen's speech fuels gay rights debate in Ireland

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 12 February 2014 06:47

Ireland's top drag queen, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk.

How and why has Panti - a.k.a. 45-year-old Rory O'Neill - become a YouTube sensation in a dozen languages, thanks to a single, celebrated speech on anti-gay prejudice in Ireland? AP explains.

Jewish group demands return of all Nazi-looted art

AP writer
Friday, 31 January 2014 07:53

Germany must make a stronger effort to identify and return thousands of looted art pieces the Nazis took from Jews, the president of the World Jewish Congress said this week as he met with top government officials in Berlin to push his case.

Ronald Lauder told The Associated Press that Nazi-looted art still hangs in German museums, government offices and private collections. He said the country’s legislation needs to be changed in order to facilitate its return.

Putin says Russia must 'cleanse' itself of homosexuality

Written by The AP Monday, 20 January 2014 11:48

Russian President Vladimir Putin again defended the country's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and saying Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

Putin's comments in an interview broadcast Sunday with Russian and foreign television stations showed the wide gulf between the perception of homosexuality in Russia versus the West.