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Cameroon Upholds 3-Year Term for Gay Text Message

An appeals court on Monday upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another man saying: "I'm very much in love with you." Activists said the court's ruling in Yaounde, the capital, marked yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive country in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples. Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, 32, had been provisionally released on bail in July after serving a year and a half in prison.

New York Times
December 18, 2012

Long Beach LGBT-affirming church makes sure HIV-AIDS patients can eat

Margo Martinez says the volunteers at the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach were "given a gift" to help individuals with HIV or AIDS. For 27 years, the AIDS Food Store, which is located at Christ Chapel of Long Beach, has operated a free weekly or bi-monthly food distribution.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram
December 17, 2012


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