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Ancient Religious Sites Discovered in Ethiopia

The Tigray region in northern Ethiopia is the cradle of the country's religious history-including the beginnings of Christianity and Islam. This land is an archaeologist's dream, rich with the history than spans three millennia and full of potential to discover sacred ancient sites. Legends has it that Ark of the Covenant is kept there.

'Homophobia Is Not Rooted in Uganda But Influenced by Extreme Western Churches' – Frank Mugisha Q&A

What’s it like to be part of a Ugandan minority – of less than 20 – living as openly gay? Frank Mugisha agreed to answer questions about his experiences.

Q: How can we support progressive Ugandan faith leaders to work with their peers to be more accepting?

Coming Out as a Black Gay Man

"I've started to come out but am finding it hard work and difficult. I'm 21 and black and know that some of my family are going to have a major problem when, or if, I tell them. In fact I'm finding out first hand that some of the black community are never going to accept me. Any advice?"

Nigerian Archbishop Tells Government: Stop Punishing Gays

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria says the country’s government is "wrong" to be "punishing" gay Nigerians. The Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, has condemned Nigeria’s draconian anti-gay legislation, saying the Catholic Church is against "the criminalisation of people with different sexual orientations". He stressed: "We are not supporting the criminalisation of people with different sexual orientations. We would defend any person with homosexual orientation who is being harassed, who is being imprisoned, who is being punished."

Paul

"Homophobia is like any kind of fascism, it's sick behaviour, and it damages people. The homophobia that I experienced as a kid, really destroyed my confidence, my self-esteem, spirit and soul. The Christian brainwashing stopped me from flourishing and enjoying life to the full. But I'm determined to show that as a gay man I can be strong. Now I'm finding happiness, confidence and love."

Will Binyavanga Wainaina Change Attitudes to Gay Africans?

With internationally acclaimed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina coming out, Africa's embattled gay rights movement finally has a public face around which to rally support for equality. "What he has done is brilliant. He is admired and respected, and the only high-profile African to come out," said Nairobi-based gay rights activist Anthony Oluoch.

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