WASHINGTON – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s authorisation of the Parliament’s so-called “kill the gays” bill has led Washington officials to announce a review of U.S. aid to the African country. By Bryant Harris While the new law no longer provides the death penalty for LGBT people, as it did when parliament first introduced it, it […]
Four gay men were publicly whipped in a northern Nigeria Islamic court today, after being convicted of having gay sex, human rights observers said.
As diplomatic tensions over Uganda’s harsh new “Anti-Homosexuality Act” escalate, the Scottish foreign-affairs office has indicated it will grant political asylum to LGBT people seeking to flee persecution in the central African country.
A senior United Nations official has broken ranks with his organisation and called for “full compensation” for the victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti. Gustavo Gallon, the UN’s top human rights officer in Haiti, also said in his report that “those responsible” for the outbreak should be punished. It is the first such call […]
BANGALORE – It is Wednesday afternoon in Bangalore, known as India’s tech city for being the hub of information technology companies. In her small four by four-foot studio, Vaishalli Chandra, channel manager of QRadio which is dedicated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, is in conversation with Ankit Bhuptani, a 21-year-old gay […]
Members of President Obama’s National Security Council met with Uganda’s leading LGBT activist in Washington this morning, to discuss the impact of the recently signed Anti-Homosexuality Act in that Central African country.
WHITE HOUSE — President Barack Obama hosted French President Francois Hollande at a state dinner filled with business leaders, political donors, and Hollywood celebrities. By Dan Robinson Hollande, who recently announced his split with longtime partner Valerie Trierweiler, was seated between Barack and Michelle Obama, in a heated outdoor tent that accommodated a crowd of 350. […]
The U.S. Justice Department has announced the widespread expansion of federal recognition of same sex marriages, even in states where such marriages are illegal. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the changes at a dinner Saturday in New York sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign – a gay rights group. Holder said the Justice Department will […]
Presidential Poll-Watchers, Take Note: Commander-in-Chief Finishes Ahead of Donald Trump, Elon Musk, LeBron James and Beyonce Knowles LOS ANGELES – As President Obama calls for restoration of the American dream for the middle class in tonight’s State of the Union address, a new survey by Woodbury University (www.woodbury.edu) looks at the American dream from a […]
By Nathan James A 39-year old man was attacked in front of his partner on the platform of a Greenwich Village subway station Sunday night, after his assailant asked the couple if they were gay. Police say the suspect “sucker-punched” the victim in the face after the pair ignored him at the West 4th Street […]
By Nathan James Despite Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of a similar bill last week, Republican Mississippi legislators have advanced their version of a “religious freedom” act, commonly known as “Turn Away The Gays”. SB 2681, which would make it legal for individuals and businesses to refuse goods and services to gays, lesbians, based on […]
By Nathan James Saying she has “not seen one example of religious freedom being impeded in our state”, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced that she has vetoed SB 1062, a bill that would have made it legal to refuse goods or services to gays, lesbians, and others based on the “sincerely held religious belief” of […]
PHILADELPHIA – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to celebrate the opening of the John C. Anderson Apartments, a pioneering LGBT-friendly, low-income senior housing apartment complex. The apartments – named for John C. Anderson, a Philadelphia City Council member from 1979 until his death in 1983, instrumental in the passage of Philadelphia’s civil rights bill […]
DAKAR — For decades, distribution of vaccines in Africa and other warm regions has been hampered by the need to keep the vaccines refrigerated – a major challenge in remote areas without electric power. But the World Health Organization says a new vaccine aimed at preventing meningitis A can withstand temperatures up to 40 degrees […]
Uganda’s health minister says homosexuals will not be discriminated against when accessing healthcare despite the introduction of a tough new anti-gay law. Aid charities warn the new bill will have “disastrous” effects on the country’s response to HIV. Uganda is a very conservative society where many people oppose homosexuality. Homosexual acts were already illegal in […]
Missing Fashion Designer Found Dead In Hudson River By Nathan James In a horrifying postscript to New York Fashion week, a renowned designer who had gone missing early Thursday, was found dead in the icy Hudson River at 1 PM this afternoon, NYPD detectives said. The body of Michele Savoia, 55, a Fashion Institute of […]
A drug used to treat breast cancer may soon have another use – as a weapon against a lethal fungal infection that kills more HIV/AIDS patients than tuberculosis. The potential new use for tamoxifen was discovered as part of a screening process of older, already approved drugs. By Jessica Berman Each year, an estimated one […]
By Nathan James The Brooklyn Nets, who made sports history when they signed center Jason Collins, pro sports’ first active, publicly out athlete, to a 10-day contract last week, like what they see in the veteran NBA player. According to the team and numerous other sources, the club is preparing to renew Collins 10-day contract […]
Jason Collins, who made history last spring as the first NBA player to come out of the closet, has been signed by the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, making the 35-year-old center the only out athlete playing in any major-league sport.
Jason Collins, who made history last spring as the first NBA player to come out of the closet, is being evaluated by the Brooklyn Nets for possible signing, which would make the 35-year-old center the only out athlete playing in any major-league sport.
MIAMI — Former England soccer captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he has exercised his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami. “I have worked for some of the biggest clubs in the world, and some of the greatest players in the world, and this is a dream,” […]
Expanding repertoire takes iconic ensemble to new heights For some reaching the 50-year milestone means putting the agenda on cruise control, resting on one’s laurels and preparing for entrance into the fall and winter seasons of life. But for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, under the leadership of third-year Artistic Director Robert Battle, […]
Nathan Hale Williams Starts Down ‘Ventura Boulevard’ By Nathan James Nathan Hale Williams, the out producer, actor, screenwriter, and entertainment attorney who brought us such hit films as the award-winning Dirty Laundry and The Ski Trip, has embarked on a new project that brings together two of Hollywood’s most notable personalities. Starring veteran actress Jenifer […]
Lee Hayes ‘Baits’ Us With New Web Series By Nathan James Just when you thought it was safe to go back on your Grindr, here comes accomplished gay author Lee Hayes, with a new Web series that will have you thinking twice about those hook-up apps, with a tongue-in-cheek subtext about the way men meet […]
By Nathan James Every now and then, an artist comes along that resonates so deeply with his audience, that his gifts become unforgettable. That’s definitely true of Nhojj, an out R&B/soul artist whose latest album, Made To Love Him, will speak to your heart and engage your spirit. It’s a delightful, relaxing blend of […]
A BLACK GAY UGANDAN’S RESPONSE TO THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY ACT By Kheven LaGrone The bill is one of the most Draconian in Africa. It imposes a 14-year jail term for “first time offenders.” Life imprisonment is the penalty for “repeat offenders.” Failure to report gay people to the authorities is punishable by a 14-year jail sentence. […]
ABUJA — Nigerian activists say anti-gay legislation passed this year has sparked mob violence, blackmail, homelessness and joblessness among gays across the country. The legislation is somewhat different than the anti-homosexuality law adopted this week in Uganda, but activists say the suffering in their country is the same. By Heather Murdock Off the main road in […]
WASHINGTON — The World Bank on Thursday said it postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda’s health system over a law that toughened punishment for gays, an unusual move for an institution that usually avoids wading into politics. “We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not […]
Family, friends, community organizations and well wishers gathered across the nation on Wednesday February 26th to mark the second anniversary of the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a teen who would have turned 19 a couple of weeks ago on February 5th.