Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

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CHICAGO (AP) | Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself filed a lawsuit April 23 against the “Empire” actor’s attorneys, alleging that they repeatedly asserted publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn’t true.

A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the brothers. It names Mark Geragos and his law firm as defendants.

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Countries use registration laws to hinder LGBTI advocacy

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Russian LGBT Sports Federation President Alexander Agapov holds a rainbow flag during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. Russia is among the countries that use registration laws to hinder LGBTI advocacy efforts. (Photo courtesy Agapov)

A new report indicates governments around the world are using registration laws to target LGBTI advocacy groups.

The report, which OutRight Action International released on Tuesday, indicates 28 percent of the 194 countries surveyed have LGBTI groups that “cannot legally register as LGBTIQ organizations.”

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First West Africa LGBT-inclusive religious gathering takes place

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ABOVE: Thirty people from across West Africa attended a first-of-its-kind LGBT-friendly interfaith gathering last month in Ghana. (Photo courtesy of Davis Mac-Iyalla)

An LGBT-inclusive African faith network held its first event late last month.

More than 30 delegates from 10 West African countries gathered in Ghana from Aug. 24-28 for the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa’s first-ever interfath diversity event, which was themed “Building Bridges, Sharing Stories, Creating Hope.”

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Exiled Nigerian appeals to UK parliament members on anti-gay law

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The first Nigerian to come out on national TV is appealing to British MPs in London to speak to Nigerian officials and politicians about a draconian law that makes even befriending a gay person a crime punishable by 10 years in jail.

Bisi Alimi told The Associated Press on Oct. 22 that he has been tortured and persecuted, has lost his home, his job and his country because of his sexual orientation. The Berlin-based university lecturer said he is using his story to explain the plight of gays in his homeland where most people believe homosexuality is evil.

Nigeria urged to repeal its anti-gay law by rights group

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – A new report says Nigeria’s draconian law against gays has led to mob attacks, police torture, evictions, public whippings and health risks, and asks the country’s new president to repeal the legislation.

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act became law 18 months ago prescribing up to 14 years’ jail and also making it a crime to not report a known homosexual.

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Gay rights groups target World Cup for spotlight

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Gay rights activists in Brazil are using the spotlight of the World Cup to draw attention to the harsh penalties gay people face in many of the countries represented at soccer’s premier event.

This week’s first-round featured a match between Iran, whose former president claimed gays don’t exist, and Nigeria, where the penalty for gay sex ranges from imprisonment to death by stoning. At a city square near the match in Curitaba, a protest led by the gay rights organization Grupo Dignidade attracted about 400 people, many brandishing signs reading “Show homophobia the red card,” and “In this World Cup, homophobia is out of bounds.”

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4 accused gays whipped in north Nigerian court

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Lagos, Nigeria (AP) – Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly March 6 in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said.

The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for being gay with the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.

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Nigerian man receives 20 lashes for being gay

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Bauchi, Nigeria – A gay Nigerian man has received twenty lashes after an Islamic court has convicted him of engaging in gay acts more than seven years ago.

According to the BBC, the fact that the acts took place so long ago and because Mubarak Ibrahim, 20, told a judge he’s since stopped, the judge opted not to have Ibrahim stoned to death.

Ibrahim was also fined about $30. The BBC reports that he received his lashes while lying on a bench in a packed courtroom and he screamed in pain while the punishment was administered.

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Anti-gay Nigerian laws also jeopardize those diagnosed with AIDS

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Local and international groups fighting AIDS warned on Jan. 14 that a new Nigerian law criminalizing same-sex marriage and gay organizations will jeopardize the fight against the deadly disease.

Human rights activists reported that dozens of gay men were being arrested in northern Nigeria in an apparent response to the law. The United States, Britain and Canada condemned the law, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that it “dangerously restricts freedom” of expression and association of all Nigerians.

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