Category Archives: homophobia

  1. Kenyan ex-pat (and IRMA Steering Committee Member) aims to help gay countrymen

    [We are so proud of IRMA Steering Committee Larry Misedah – shown on the left in the pic below. His compelling story is a must-read. Of note, Larry will be joining a group of IRMA members in Addis Ababa this December for Project ARM – Africa for Rectal Microbicides organizing and strategizing activities taking place in advance Read More >>

    activists, Africa, homophobia, human rights, IRMA, Kenya, Larry Misedah, LGBT rights
  2. Persecuted for Being Gay

    via The Guardian, stories compiled by Gay Middle East Bisi Alimi, from Nigeria (an IRMA member!) In 2002, I was at university in Nigeria and standing for election. A magazine wrote about me and exposed me as being gay. This led the university to set up a disciplinary committee. I was very nearly dismissed. When I did Read More >>

    Africa, Gay, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, homosexuality, IRMA, Middle East, Nigeria
  3. Homophobia stymies HIV fight in Islamic countries

    Via New Scientist, by Andy Coghlan. Stigma and homophobia against gay men is hampering efforts to manage a growing epidemic of HIV in Islamic countries, warn epidemiologists this week. “The stigma is a barrier to HIV prevention services,” says Laith Abu-Raddad of the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar in Doha. He heads up a team that is assembling, Read More >>

    HIV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, human rights, Islam, LGBT rights, MSM, Pakistan
  4. Former Ex-Gay Ugandan Man Now Regrets Past Homophobic Comments

    Via Behind the Mask. A man who in 2009 renounced homosexuality at a public forum in Kampala has now told Behind the Mask that he regrets his previous actions and would like to be forgiven by the LGBTI community. Saying that he felt “there is a fire in the belly saying gay is really who you are,” Read More >>

    Anti-Homosexuality Bill, ex-gay, George Oundo, homophobia, human rights, Kampala, lgbt community, LGBT rights, Uganda
  5. Homophobia in Ghana

    Understanding the Drivers of Homophobia in Ghana Via PlusNews. Recent condemnation of homosexuality by religious and political leaders in Ghana has led to a climate of fear preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from accessing vital health services, say local NGOs. The minister of Ghana’s Western Region, Paul Evans Aidoo, publicly described homosexuality as “detestable Read More >>

    Africa, discrimination, Gay, Ghana, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, human rights, LGBT rights, MSM, prevention
  6. Survey reveals gaps in HIV programming for MSM

    Via PlusNews. A new global survey of more than 5,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) reveals a marginalized group of people with little access to basic HIV prevention tools such as condoms and few means to learn about HIV. Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV between 24 June and 17 August 2010, Read More >>

    counseling, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, healthcare, HIV, homophobia, lubricant, MSM, prevention, STD, STI, stigma
  7. New Guidelines on HIV Programming for MSM

    Via IRIN. HIV and gay rights activists say new guidelines released by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on HIV programming for men who have sex with men (MSM) will not only improve health service provision for MSM, but will also act as an advocacy tool in the fight for the rights of this marginalized population. “The Read More >>

    Africa, HIV, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, homosexuality, Kenya, LGBT rights, lubricant, MSM, South Africa, Uganda, WHO
  8. Gay sex became legal in India two years ago, but attitudes change slowly

    via The day the high court in Delhi ruled that being gay was no longer a crime was the day that Krishna Gurram Kouda finally came out to his family. Despite having set up a state-wide network for gay men in Andhra Pradesh, the 39-year-old had never told his relatives about his sexuality. “I live with Read More >>

    gay men, HIV, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, homosexuality, India, MSM
  9. Ghana – Investigating “Growing Rate of Homosexuality”

    via Ghana News The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has begun investigations into the growing rate of homosexuality in the Western and Central regions, Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo has revealed. According to the minister, there is the need for a thorough investigation into what he terms a “social canker” which has contributed to the Read More >>

    Africa, gay men, Ghana, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, homosexuality, MSM
  10. What the UN Can Learn from Gay Activism

    via The Bay Area Reporter, by George Ayala Many gay men and women have a deep and complicated relationship with the concept of omission. The choice to leave out information about our sexual orientation can be a useful strategy when faced with the potential for an awkward, painful, or violent situation. It placates sensitivities, prevents discord, and Read More >>

    Global Forum on MSM and HIV, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, United Nations