Opinion

In memory of a literary gangster

Binyavanga Wainaina inspired me and a whole generation of Kenyans to put pen to paper.

Christine Mungai

by Christine Mungai

Christine Mungai

Africa

Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

Wainaina, winner of the 2002 Caine Prize, passes away at a Nairobi hospital following a short illness.

LGBT

US: Police probe whether transgender women’s deaths connected

Police in Texas investigating whether the murders of two black transgender women are connected.

US: Police probe whether transgender women’s deaths connected

LGBT

Black US transgender woman who was attacked in April fatally shot

Muhlaysia Booker found dead in Texas on Saturday, about a month after she was assaulted in an attack caught on video.

Black US transgender woman who was attacked in April fatally shot

LGBT

Dutee Chand: India's first openly gay athlete

Indian sprinter and Asian Games medallist reveals she is in a same-sex relationship with a woman from her village.

Dutee Chand: India's first openly gay athlete

Asia Pacific

Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage

Lawmakers comfortably pass law allowing same-sex couples to form 'exclusive permanent unions' - first for Asia.

Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage legislation

LGBT

LGBT Poles are the latest victims of nation's 'identity crisis'

As activist arrested for posters of Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo, experts fear 'crisis of democratic values'.

LGBT Poles are the latest victims of nation's 'identity crisis'

Brunei

Brunei halts plan to punish gay sex with death by stoning

Following an international uproar, sultan says Brunei will not enforce death penalty for gay sex, adultery and rape.

Brunei halts plan to punish gay sex with death by stoning

LGBT

US Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Cases will be argued in the autumn, with decisions likely by June 2020, during the presidential election campaign.

US Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

LGBT

Trump's controversial transgender troop ban takes effect

Members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters slam the ban as 'bigoted' and 'irresponsible'.

Trump's controversial transgender troop ban takes effect

Brunei

UN slams 'inhuman' Brunei stoning laws

New penal code imposes death penalty for rape, adultery, sodomy, robbery and insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

UN slams 'inhuman' Brunei stoning laws

Lebanon

Lebanon court 'acquits military personnel' in sodomy case

Military court clears staff accused of unnatural sexual acts, rules sodomy 'not punishable by law', reports Daily Star.

Lebanon court 'acquits military personnel' in sodomy case

US & Canada

US prosecutors drop all charges against actor Jussie Smollett

Authorities drop charges, but say they still believe Smollett lied about being a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack.

US prosecutors drop all charges against actor Jussie Smollett

Latin America

A year after Marielle Franco's murder, violence still haunts Rio

Rights groups say there were record number of police killings and racial violence in the Brazilian city in 2018.

A year after Marielle Franco's murder, violence still haunts Rio

LGBT

Brazil arrests 2 ex-officers over Rio activist's murder

Franco, a black, gay activist and councilwoman was shot dead in 2018 in a case prosecutors say was politically motivated

Brazil: Two ex-policemen arrested over murder of Marielle Franco