Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

The irony: Egypt proud of Rami Malek’s win amidst LGBT crackdown

Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek's Oscar win was not only remarkable, but also controversial. His victory sparked a string of various debates - one of which the status of the LGBTIQ+ community in…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

Tunisia: Effort to Shut Down LGBT Group

The Tunisian government should halt its attempt to fight a court ruling that gave an LGBT association the right to operate, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunis-based Shams association has vocally…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2019

LGBT Kenyans’ Patience Has Gone Unrewarded

Kenya’s High Court on Friday postponed a much-awaited decision on a colonial-era law that has long deprived one group of Kenyans of uhuru, or freedom, promising to revisit the issue in May.…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2019

Anti-LGBT discrimination costs Kenya ‘up to $1.3 billion’ a year

A culture of anti-LGBT discrimination could be costing Kenya up to $1.3 billion a year, a new report claims. The report from the pro-LGBT Open for Business coalition sets out the economic…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Tunisia targets pro-gay advocacy at Shams

The Tunisian government has appealed a 2016 court decision that granted official recognition to the group Shams, which advocates the repeal of the nation’s anti-gay law. “The activities of this association are…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2019

Tunisian government moves to shutter LGBTQ group, advocate says

The Tunisian government is attempting to disband one of the country’s few, and arguably its most prominent, LGBTQ rights groups, according to the group’s leader. Mounir Baatour, president of Association Shams, said…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2019

Politicians’ anti-gay posturing mars Senegal election

Senegal’s gay community is on edge as the country heads into presidential elections this weekend, with a tradition of candidates flaunting anti-gay views to gain support. Local media reported this week that…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2019

Kenya High Court delays ruling on law banning gay sex to May 24

Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s High Court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2019

Kenyan court to rule on decriminalising gay sex

Kenya’s High Court is to rule on Friday whether to decriminalise gay sex. The court’s verdict could make history if it decides to scrap the law that makes homosexuality illegal and dates…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

LGBT+ Africans optimistic as Kenya set to rule on decriminalising gay sex

There is a quiet air of excitement at the offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), as the countdown draws closer to Friday when a much-awaited ruling by…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

Kenyan United Methodists oppose allowing LGBT clergy, pray for church unity worldwide

During a recent prayer service here at the Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church, more than a hundred worshippers followed Rev. Wilton Odongo, one of the church’s head pastors, as he led…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

Algerian student murdered, ‘he is gay’ written on wall with his blood

Two assailants executed an Algerian medical student in a shocking homophobic killing on Sunday, in which victim’s blood was smeared on a wall reading “He is Gay.” Assil Belalta was murdered in…

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