By Matthews and Soguel
Saturday, March 1, 2008
In Mabuto, Mozambique, attendees at a conference organized by the Coalition of African Lesbians called on African governments to stop criminalizing homosexuality, the BBC reported Feb. 27. The coalition was formed in Namibia in 2004. Homosexuality is outlawed in 38 African countries, according to the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and is punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan and northern Nigerian states. African homosexuals face stiff penalties, ranging from 14 years in jail to life imprisonment, in Uganda, Kenya, Gambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
South Africa is the only African country with legal guarantees for lesbian and gay people.
In the United States, the estate of Ric Weiland, an early Microsoft employee who died in 2006, made the largest-ever single gift--$65 million--to support the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement. The Pride Foundation of Seattle received $19 million and will administer an additional $46 million to 10 national LGBT and HIV-AIDS organizations.
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Historically black colleges and universities are finding it difficult to maintain Title IX standards that require schools to provide equal opportunities in athletics, USA Today reported Feb. 26.
The College Sports Council, a national coalition of students and coaches based in Washington, D.C., found that 72 of 74 historically black colleges do not comply with requirements under Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funds. Although many of these schools are in compliance the sports programs do not offer athletic opportunities that are proportional to the gender ratio of the overall student body.
John Cheslock, professor of higher education at the University of Arizona, said colleges and universities are more likely to not meet requirements if they are in the South and have football teams, less selective admissions, fewer financial resources and smaller enrollments with a high share of women. "All those traits are associated with historically black colleges and universities," Cheslock told USA Today, adding that predominately white schools that share those traits are also likely to be noncompliant.