Samba Chesterfield, Director of the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe, prepares to hoist their official flag alongside the Zimbabwean flag during a belated commemoration of the May 17 International Day against Xenophobia and Transphobia in Harare, Zimbabwe on May, 19, 2012. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has often called for gays and lesbians to be punished for their behavior which he said was worse than pigs and dogs.
Gay rights activists gather at Kampala's High Court on June 25, 2012, where the court began hearing a landmark legal case filed by gay activists against the government over the closure of a rights workshop. Four campaigners lodged a lawsuit against ethics and integrity minister Simon Lokodo after he ordered police to raid and shut down a meeting of gay rights activists in February in the town of Entebbe, Uganda. (boston.com)