Spotted on numerous hand cards, posters and billboards throughout the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre ... and at tram strops across the city. The model for the Victoria AIDS Council gets perfect tenz across the board.
The view looking toward Melbourne's historic Flinders Street Station. Across the street is Federation Square. I'm in Australia to report from AIDS 2014 Melbourne. The trip is funded by an international media fellowship from AIDS 2014 and the International AIDS Society. Very excited to be here because it is my first time in Australia ... but my heart is very heavy because some delegates did not complete their journey to the conference. There is a very subdued and reflective mood among many delegates in the aftermath of the tragic end to Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
Introducing Ryan Tongia, the Australian-born Papua New Guinean rugby super hotness slash fitness model slash sex siren. This editorial was lensed by Brisbane-based fashion and sports photographer Nathan Duff.
Despite his party’s best attempts to explain away his remarks as his personal views and kill the debate, Tsvangirai thrust the matter back into the top of the news agenda at a rally in Pashu, Binga, on Friday. "I am not gay," Tsvangirai said. "I’m not going to prosecute anyone who is gay. I will protect their rights. I will not persecute them."
[Mugabe's party] ZANU PF has gone on overdrive, attacking the Prime Minister for his remarks during an interview with the BBC over the rights of gays. "It is shocking that [ruling party] ZANU PF want to pursue issues which are not useful which do not bring bread and butter to the table," said Tsvangirai.
The premier who has been holding rallies countrywide ahead of the general elections which are likely to be held next year, castigated ZANU PF big wigs whom he said were busy looting national resources at the expense of millions of impoverished Zimbabweans. "Almost three quarters of the country is poor because ZANU PF is looting the diamonds," said Tsvangirai.
Mugabe "wants elections as early as March" to end its "forced marriage" with rival Tsvangirai's MDC party, reports Al Jazeera English. Mugabe entered into a coalition government with Tsvangirai in 2008.
Tsvangirai's remarks come the same week as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia. British, Canadian and Australian leaders asked African, Asian and Caribbean nations to decriminalize same-sex relations in an effort to fight soaring HIV rates.
Same-sex acts are currently illegal in Zimbabwe, as they are in most African countries. Two LGBT activists were arrested and tortured last year. Both were acquitted of all charges. Neighboring South Africa is the only nation on the continent that guarantees gay rights and marriage equality.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opened this morning in Perth, Western Australia. The biennial meeting brings together leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations, mostly former members of the British Empire.
British PM David Cameron and Australian PM Julia Gillard (above), as well as Canadian PM Stephen Harper, are expected to ask member nations to repeal anti-gay laws in an effort to address soaring HIV rates in the global south, reports The Globe and Mail and AFP.
The body tasked with developing options to reform the Commonwealth has noted that the old British Empire laws against gays are still in force in 41 of the 54 member nations. These include statues, mostly enacted in colonial times, which criminalise homosexual sex.
About 2.7 million new people become infected with HIV every year, with the virus claiming a further two million lives annually from Aids. Commonwealth countries are disproportionately burdened with the disease, accounting for some 30% of the global population, but 60% of the world's HIV/Aids cases.
The move comes after reports that the British Foreign Ministry is considering decreasing aid to nations that have been prosecuting gays, reports South Africa's Daily Mail.
Prime Minister David Cameron ... will tell struggling nations they will receive funding “fines” if persecution of homosexuals continues. The government has already cut aid to Malawi by £19 million [$31 million] after two gay men were sentenced to 14 years hard labour. The southern African nation also plans to bring in tough anti-lesbian laws.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell could also reduce aid to Uganda and Ghana unless they drop laws against homosexuality. Uganda, which is due to receive £70 million [$113 million] in 2011, plans to punish homosexuality with the death penalty. The president of Ghana, which gets £36 million [$58 million] a year, has promised to bring in measures to “check the menace of homosexuality and lesbianism”.
Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa has rejected calls by Mr Tsvangirai to enshrine gay rights in a new constitution. Mr Chinamasa told the BBC that gay rights could not be "smuggled" into the constitution because most Zimbabweans opposed it.
Mr Tsvangirai and Mr Chinamasa are from rival parties in a fractious coalition. Their parties - the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Zanu-PF respectively - are drafting a new constitution, which will be put to a referendum ahead of elections next year.
Mr Chinamasa said Zimbabweans had firmly rejected gay rights when they were consulted on a new constitution during the government's outreach programme. "We all know what people said about gay rights - it's a total no; an almost 100% no," he told the BBC's Network Africa programme.
Even members of Tsvangirai's MDC Party have disavowed the comments, reports New Zimbabwe.
Tsvangirai's MDC-T party refused to back him, and his spokesman appeared to beat a retreat, suggesting that the Prime Minister's position expressed in an interview with the BBC had been "misrepresented." But in the fall-out, Tsvangirai received backing from the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) which said in a statement it wanted him to "take positive action to support his most recent statement on the indivisibility of human rights."
Tsvangirai's reversal comes only days before the annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia. British, Canadian and Australian leaders are expected to ask African and Asian nations to decriminalize same-sex relations in an effort to fight rampant HIV rates across the global south.