Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 08/23/2022

Rwanda’s LGBTQ+ people want to be counted

Gasper Gashumba, a young gay Rwandan, had confided in his mother about his sexual orientation — hoping he would get the love and support he needed from his entire family. But, with…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2022

Kenya’s lesbian footballers fight for the right to play

All Imani wanted to do was to play football. But Kenyan fans, gossiping about her sexuality, had other ideas. "That one is always with girls," Imani overheard one man saying as she…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

Rights groups ask Defense Ministry to stop sales of phone hacking tool to Uganda

Human rights groups have reportedly asked the Defense Ministry to stop permitting an Israeli company to sell its phone hacking tool to Uganda, claiming it is used for rights abuses. Cellebrite has…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

The situation as a Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugee in Kenya is as terrible as you can imagine

Geoffrey Rainbo* is an LGBTQ+ refugee from Uganda (@GeoffreyRainbo). I am a Ugandan gay man living in Nairobi after being relocated from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in north-western Kenya, where I am seeking…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2022

Kenya’s lesbian footballers fight for the right to play

All Imani wanted to do was to play football. But Kenyan fans, gossiping about her sexuality, had other ideas. “That one is always with girls,” Imani overheard one man saying as she…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

Churches in East Africa can help to change attitudes to LGBT rights, says charity

Churches in East Africa have a necessary part to play in changing attitudes and policies concerning LGBTIQ+ rights, the international charity the Arcus Foundation has said. Last week, at the Lambeth Conference,…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Nigerian police investigating gay dating app scam could prosecute victims

Police in Nigeria have urged users of a gay dating app who may have been scammed to come forward – but has so far refused to give victims amnesty from anti-gay laws.…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Activists urge UN to move climate conference from Egypt over LGBT rights concerns

A White House adviser and his partner have called on the United Nations to move a key climate change summit from Egypt due to the country’s treatment of LGBTQ people, citing fears…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2022

Seychelles president welcomes LGBTI activists

The LGBTI community in the island nation of Seychelles has achieved a new level of social and political recognition. Evidence of that achievement came on July 21, when President Wavel Ramkalawan met…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2022

Nigeria Won’t Guarantee Amnesty for Victims of Gay Dating App Scam

On Sunday, July 31, six men were arrested in Nigeria’s central state of Nasarawa after being caught extorting thousands of dollars from closeted gay men as part of an elaborate blackmail scheme.…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2022

Landmark Kenya intersex rights law takes effect

A new law that took effect late last month in Kenya has granted equal rights and recognition to intersex people. Intersex people are now recognized as Kenya’s third gender with an ‘I’…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2022

Uganda suspends operations of charity championing LGBT rights

The Ugandan government has suspended the operations of a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) that advocates for the rights of sexual minorities, accusing it of working in the East African country illegally, according…

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