Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Being Queer in Madagascar, One of the World’s Most Underreported Countries

Being gay in Madagascar doesn’t echo the loud and proud essence of queer communities in the west. Oppressed by the weight of far-right wing politics, societal discrimination, and a lack of international…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

LGBTI Communities in E. Africa Fight for Rights, Recognition

In most African countries, LGBTI rights are either limited or nonexistent. In East Africa, however, the LGBT community is rising up to challenge homophobic attitudes and laws. This February saw the Kenyan…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown

Ahmed Alaa describes hoisting a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo as the "best five minutes of his life." Now he faces years in prison and says his family and his…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Ghana’s State-Owned Newspaper Urges Citizens To Reject LGBT Rights

Ghana state run newspaper the Ghanaian Times has published an editorial urging its citizens to fight against LGBT rights in the African country, where gay sex is punishable by up to three…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Zimbabwe Wants to Rejoin the Commonwealth, But Where Does it Stand on LGBT Rights?

Following Robert Mugabe’s ousting from government, Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth. Despite becoming involved in the intergovernmental organisation when it gained independence in 1980, the African country hasn’t been a…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

South African Pastor Jailed For Blaming Cape Town Drought On Homosexuality

A South African pastor who blamed the Cape Town drought on “wickedness and homosexuality” has been given a 30-day prison sentence. According to South Africa’s News24.com, Oscar Bougardt was found guilty of…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Liberia’s LGBT Community Seek Rights Ahead of Int’l Day against Homophobia

In Liberia, mentioning the rights of homosexual and bi-sexual is considered a taboo, while engaging in such practice is a criminal act under the law. But Rights groupings in Liberia are advocating…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Policing Gender, Sexuality Creates a Pattern of Stigma, Harassment and Violence

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO-T) (May 17), the International Commission of Jurists has called for an end to criminalisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities and to respect,…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

When You are Gay and African, Sometimes Your only Choice is to Flee

Camara, Diawara, Yassin and Farid were all born in countries where homosexuality is considered shameful, taboo and sometimes even a crime. Camara is from Mali, Diawara from Guinea and Yassin and Farid…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

Ghana: Stop ‘Forcing’ African Leaders to Legalize Homosexuality’

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has chastised the Western world over attempts to lure African leaders into embracing homosexuality. Expressing his abhorrence for the act on Metro TV’s Good Evening…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2018

Banned Director Wants to Turn Africa’s Image on its Head

Wanuri Kahiu is remarkably chipper for someone who went from national hero to being accused of corrupting Kenyan youth in little over a week. Her film “Rafiki”, a touching love story between…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2018

Wanuri Kahiu on Banned LGBTI Love Story ‘Rafiki’: ‘It’s Time We Had Fun’

Wanuri Kahiu made a splash with her Sundance sci-fi short “Pumzi,” a haunting parable about a world without water. Her LGBT love story, “Rafiki,” which premieres in Un Certain Regard, was banned…

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