Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 06/18/2020

How one Egyptian lesbian stood up to homophobia and paid the ultimate price

In 2017, Sarah Hegazi was arrested and said she was tortured for waving a rainbow gay pride flag at a concert in Cairo. Last weekend, the 30-year-old died by suicide in Canada.…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

LGBTQI+ youth still have a long way to go to be truly free in South Africa

This Youth Day, as much as we look back on that iconic moment in South Africa's history that was the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where young men and women defied the apartheid system…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights

Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic backlash by conservative forces has followed. On a visit to Senegal in…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2020

Neymar Jr to Face Homophobia Charges in Brazil

As French teams await for the resumption of the French Football league (Ligue 1), a Brazilian LGBT activist has filed a lawsuit against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar Jr for “homophobia and…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

With blackmail list, gay men in Ghana fight conmen posing as lovers

As Benson walked across the street towards his date in Ghana’s capital, Accra, he saw something was wrong - it was not the man he had been messaging on the popular gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

This Pride Month, Shame on You: Exposing Anti-LGBT Government Strategies in MENA

As a researcher and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I am often asked: “What is it like to be…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2020

Families are major source of abuse for gay women, trans people, report says

Family members are often the main perpetrators of abuse against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people, according to a major global report published on Monday. The study of 24 countries by Britain’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2020

‘We were so ready’: LGBT refugees in Kenya live in fear as global resettlement is put on hold

After four years of waiting, he had the ticket booked: Nairobi, Frankfurt, Toronto. He had fled Uganda's violent homophobia, survived in neighboring Kenya, where it's only a little better, and allowed himself…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2020

Zambian president pardons gay couple jailed for 15 years

Zambia’s president has pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era sodomy laws in a case that caused a diplomatic row with the United States. Japhet…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2020

Tanzania Opens To (Non-Gay) Tourists Without Conditions*

There are huge restrictions on international travel at the moment. Many countries have closed their borders altogether, other countries are restricting visitors from some countries, others are requiring a mandatory quarantine, etc.…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2020

No medicine, no food: Coronavirus restrictions amplify health risks to LGBT+ people with HIV

It started with headaches then came nausea and diarrhea. Within two weeks, gay Ugandan barber Eric had became so weak without his HIV medication he could not walk and had to be…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

Health care for SA’s LGBT+ community needs boost

South Africa’s LGBTI community continues to face extreme discrimination and inadequate health care. Every day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face violence, exclusion and discrimination in South Africa. To…

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