NEW YORK— In 1981, several young women at a religious boarding school in southern Rwanda reported seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ in Christian belief. Others soon claimed to see her as well, and news of the visions swept the region, attracting throngs of religious seekers and inspiring a wave […]
The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for gay people.
Protesters in Mexico have set fire to the governing PRI party’s offices in south-western Guerrero state to vent their anger at the official handling of the case of 43 missing students. Their disappearance more than six weeks ago from the town of Iguala has sparked a series of sometimes violent protests. Officials say local gang […]
At least 47 students have been killed by a suicide bomber at a school assembly in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, police have said. The explosion at a boys’ science and technical school in the town is believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber dressed as a student. Militant group Boko Haram […]
NEW YORK — The executive order on immigration that President Barack Obama announced Thursday was a significant milestone for attorney Camille Mackler of the New York Immigration Coalition. She watched his televised speech with about 200 activists, immigrants and family members.
The governor of the U.S. state of Missouri has declared a state of emergency before a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.
Nurses across the United States are planning a national day of action Wednesday to demand better protection and training against Ebola. Up to 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday in the western state of California, protesting what they said was a lack of optimal safeguards against the disease. The two-day walkout targets hospitals and clinics […]
Ethan Regal tells his personal story of living in Nigeria as a gay man: When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation
Sioux Falls, SD —South Dakota’s marriage equality lawsuit is moving forward after United States Judge Karen Schreier rejected the State’s motion for the case to be dismissed on Friday. The Court heard arguments in Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard on October 17 in Sioux Falls. The Attorney General’s Office argued that a 2006 8th Circuit Court of […]
ST. LOUIS-The Urban League announced today a $250,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Co., parent company of St. Louis-based Wells Fargo Advisors, to support the Save Our Sons workforce training program for African Americans and other men aged 21 and over residing in Ferguson and surrounding North St. Louis County communities. “We are very grateful […]
KIRKUK, Iraq – “Going back home? That would be suicide. The Islamists would cut our throats straight away,” says Khalil Hafif Ismam. The fear of this Mandaean refugee sums up that of one of the oldest yet most decimated communities in Mesopotamia.
DAKAR — More than half of all Ebola cases in West Africa have been adult women. But aid agencies say women are also the most affected by border closures and travel restrictions, as they carry out most of the commercial cross-border trade.
WASHINGTON – Prayer carpets have been laid out under the soaring arches of the Washington National Cathedral for an unprecedented Muslim worship service in one of America’s best-known churches.
Jason Collins, who made history as the first openly gay active player in the four major US sports leagues, officially retired on Wednesday. He played 13 seasons in the NBA, none more important than his last with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins announced his retirement the same way he made his last major announcement: through the […]
With his closest family members watching and a supportive crowd cheering his name, Derrick Gordon on Friday night became the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player to compete in a college game.
National Think Tank Convenes to Create Inclusive and Respectful Environments for College Athletes and Coaches
Indianapolis, IN — A newly formed think tank of college, LGBT, sports, and religious leaders will convene today and tomorrow in Indianapolis to establish best practices and policies so college athletes and coaches can fully participate in their chosen sport regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
Producers teamed up with the Australian Human Rights Centre to produce a comic book and accompanying video promoting LGBTI rights across Africa. “Sogi’s Story” was created to provide inspiration and hope for Africans struggling with sexual and gender identity issues in countries where they are not only stigmatised but actively discriminated against and often are […]
The Obama Administration has announced this year’s recipients of the Medal Of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in an official statement today.
Time flies, or so the saying goes. A true-ism, never the less and particularly so for the ground breaking black gay literary classic “B-Boy Blues“. The book penned by legendary author, Mr. James Earl Hardy was in fact his debut to publishing world. The interest in this work has not diminished since it’s release in 1994.
JUBA – Dressed in a flowered African print kitenge and a blue head scarf, Sabur Samson, 27, sits pensively at the HIV centre at Maridi Civil Hospital in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state.
Recently, I viewed this 6:42 minute YouTube video of a 21-year-old Black man proclaiming in a Christian church event that, he, no longer like ” mens….” as he put it. I shook my head with immediate skepticism. Then, I rolled my eyes when he continued to proclaim he no longer desired to carry a purse […]