Kenya’s court considers reform

Gay Kenyans anxiously await a verdict in the landmark case seeking to decriminalize gay sex.

In Africa persecution of gay people is rife. Sexual minorities are routinely abused, assaulted by mobs, raped by police or vigilantes, or enslaved by criminals.

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is one of the groups that petitioned the court to repeal sections of a colonial era Penal Code, which it says violate constitutional rights to equality, dignity and privacy.

LGBT campaigners, Christian and Muslim groups and the office of the attorney general testified at the three-day High Court hearing.

The court said yesterday that it would announce the date that it will deliver its ruling on April 26.


Catholic agencies face funding cuts because of their discrimination

Catholic counselling agencies face closure unless they agree to stop “discriminating” against LGBT couples.

The UK government is threatening to withdraw their public funding unless the services agree to change their longstanding policy of excluding same-sex couples from their services on religious grounds.

George Michael died of natural causes


George Michael in 2012 | Getty | 17054

The singer George Michael died from natural causes, the coroner reports. “As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further inquiries. No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”

Michael’s former partner, Kenny Goss, had previously said he believed the pop star’s body “just gave up”. His manager, Michael Lippman, said at the time that the singer had died from heart failure in bed. His publicist said at the time, he had “passed away peacefully” at home.

George Michael had one of the definitive voices of the 1980s and will be sadly missed.

Gay marriage in Texas Supreme Court

Seeking to stop government-paid benefits to same-sex spouses, opponents of gay marriage told the Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday that there is no fundamental right to insurance coverage.

While the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hughes didn’t create a right to benefits, it recognized a far more important and sweeping standard — the right for same-sex marriages to be treated equally, lawyer Douglas Alexander told the state court.

A ruling is expected by the end of June.

Sailors stand ready…

An outdated law that allows shipping firms to sack staff for engaging in ‘homosexual activity’ looks set to be scrapped. Introduced in 1994, equality laws that have come in place over the last 20 years have made it defunct.

A group of MPs have put foward a bill to formally scrap it so that it is erased from the statute book. He told MPs: “When it comes to employment, in the merchant navy or anywhere else, what matters is a person’s ability to do the job—not their gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. Many will be surprised—astonished, even—to learn that this anomaly still remains on the statute book. There is no place in our society today for employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. These provisions are the last remaining historic legislation on our statute books which discriminate on grounds of homosexual orientation.”

Thankyou. But can we please stop talking about “sexual orientation” and talk about “sexuality”.

UK’s ‘last anti-gay law’ to be scrapped