Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 07/08/2018

By Day, He Runs for President of South Sudan. By Night, He Unloads Trucks at Lowe’s.

Just minutes into the night shift at Lowe’s, beads of sweat sparkle on Bol Gai Deng’s forehead. He’s at the back of the suburban Richmond store, unloading a 54-foot truck crammed with…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2018

Swaziland’s First Pride Parade Will Test Just How Accepting The Country Really Is

When Musa Dlamini was asked if he planned to dress up at Swaziland’s first ever LGBT Pride parade taking place Saturday, he responded without missing a beat. “I’ll be wearing white shorts,…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2018

Swazi Human Rights Group Snubs LGBT Festival

One of the best known human rights groups in Swaziland, which has changed its name to eSwatini, has snubbed the kingdom’s first LGBT Pride festival saying it is against biblical teaching, putting…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2018

Malian LGBTI Activist Finds New Home in Paris

Louis fled his native Mali to escape persecution for his sexuality and support for the LGBTI community back home. Louis had been working as a team leader for an NGO, giving talks on HIV/AIDS awareness and…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

World Cup: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah Accepts Honorary Chechnya Citizenship from ‘Purge the Gays’ Leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Footballer Mohamed Salah is facing anger after he accepted a gift of honorary Chechen citizenship from anti-gay leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Gay people in the region allegedly faced arrest, torture, and execution –…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

South African Court Says that Religion is Not a Defense for Homophobic Hate Speech

A South African court has ruled against a pastor who tried to justify anti-gay hate speech with his religious beliefs. Prominent pastor Oscar Bougardt was recently found in contempt of court for making anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Kenya Takes Steps to Recognize Intersex People

Kenya is beginning to recognize people who identify as intersex, meaning they are born with genitalia, chromosomes or reproductive organs that don’t fit the typical definitions of male or female. A major…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

Following Pride Event, Kenya’s Gay Refugees Fear for Their Lives

Approximately 600 people showed up for the first pride event held at one of the world's largest refugee camps. The Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya held its first LGBTQ pride event on Saturday, but…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

LGBT refugees attacked and threatened with death after holding Pride celebration in camp

A group of LGBT refugees have been attacked and been sent death threats after they held a Pride event in their refugee camp. A group of refugees have faced physical violence and…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

After Crackdown, Egypt’s LGBT Community Contemplates ‘Dark Future’

Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as “the best moment” of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Inside Tunisia’s Shams Rad – The Arab world’s ‘Only Gay Radio Station’

Homosexuality is both illegal and widely considered to be unacceptable in Tunisia. But since the 2011 revolution, activists have seen that standing up for their beliefs can result in change. Now LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

Tunisian Presidential Committee Recommends Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Homosexuality may soon cease being a crime in the North African country of Tunisia, where gay sex is currently punishable by up to three years in prison. The decriminalization of homosexuality was…

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