Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 03/21/2019

These LGBT Refugees Came to Kenya Seeking Freedom. Now They Say They’ve Been Imprisoned and Abused

On Feb. 22, activists, reporters and well-wishers from Kenya and all over the world gathered in a courtroom in Nairobi, hoping to witness a historic moment: the decriminalization of homosexual conduct for the…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Dramatic increase in violence against LGBT people in Cameroon

Humanity First Cameroon and Alternatives-Cameroon are two leading organizations advocating for human rights in Cameroon, with a particular focus on the rights of LGBT people. Working together and in cooperation with other…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Will the African nation of Botswana decriminalise homosexuality in June?

Botswana’s High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2019

No truth for Gambia’s queer people

Gambia is accounting for its past. Two years after the end of Yahya Jammeh’s brutal 23-year rule, the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission is under way. Its objective is to “promote…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2019

Nigerian lesbian: I need to marry a gay man

In Nigeria, many LGBTI persons grow anxious as they get older and confront pressures from their families and society to get married. They can’t simply marry the people they love because Nigeria’s…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2019

BOTSWANA COURT CASE TO CHALLENGE LEGALITY OF GAY SEX

Botswana's High Court will hear on Thursday a case challenging the decriminalization of homosexual intercourse, offering campaigners a rare chance to argue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (LGBT) on a…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2019

Guinea-Bissau’s ‘Big Mamas’ advance gay pride in conservative West Africa

Edimilson Silva wears tight jeans, sparkly jewellery and sometimes lipstick - outfits that in neighbouring countries could get him harassed, jailed or even killed. But in his home in Guinea-Bissau's capital, Bissau,…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2019

Cameroon university blocks career of LGBTI activist

Kundy (a pseudonym) is one of the most experienced LGBTI activists in Cameroon. At age 30+, he has had an impressive amount of experience protecting and advocating for LGBTI people in the…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

Egyptian Transgender Woman Forcibly Arrested, at Risk of Torture and Sexual Violence

19-year-old Malak al-Kashef, who recently had sex reassignment surgery, has not been heard from ever since she was taken by the Egyptian national security at the early morning hours of March 6.…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

Dutch Reformed Church forced to allow same-sex marriage

A South African court has overturned a decision by the Dutch Reformed Church not to recognise same-sex unions. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria scrapped the church’s policy against gay marriage, stating…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2019

On International Women’s Day: End daily ‘corrective rapes’

Today is International Women’s Day #IWD2019: We celebrate and stand in solidarity with all women, noting their tenacity and fortitude, especially those who courageously survive violence and defy patriarchy. At African HRC,…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2019

Meet the young Nigerian running an LGBT clothing brand

Rex Young, a young Lagos-based Nigerian entrepreneur, is tapping into the country’s LGBT market. Young, a professional graphic designer, has delved into an untapped market of making custom-made T-shirts for Nigeria’s lesbian,…

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