Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 03/11/2020

In Face of Threats, Lawyer Defends Gays in Cameroon

In a country where homosexuality is criminalized, Alice Nkom was the first lawyer in Cameroon to defend suspected gay people. For this, she says she has faced attacks and death threats. Despite…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2020

Africa’s policies hold key to LGBT rights on the continent: here’s how

Questions of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression have continued to divide opinion across the globe. This is primarily driven by legal, cultural and religious beliefs and interpretations. In Africa, colonial-heritage…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2020

Repression in Egypt: 92 LGBTIQ+ arrests last year

Egyptian police continued to harass LGBTIQ+ people last year, entrapping some of them through dating apps and arresting dozens of others at random on the street. That persecution keeps happening even though,…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2020

Funds running out, Kenya LGBT refugee program seeks help

LGBT refugees in Nairobi, Kenya might soon find themselves homeless and without any source of income as funding for housing and other programs is rapidly drying up. Grants from the Hebrew Immigrant…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2020

Top Imam vows to stop ‘demonic’ LGBT conference from coming to Ghana

The Pan Africa ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) is set to hold its 2020 annual conference in Accra, Ghana, in July. It will be the organisation’s first conference…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2020

Lesbian speaks about the heartbreaking process of trying to ‘prove’ sexuality to the government

A lesbian from Zimbabwe has spoken out about how it took five gruelling years to convince the Home Office that she’s gay and should be granted asylum. Angel fled to the UK…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2020

Acting intelligence head Richard Grenell’s push to decriminalize homosexuality has yielded little

Donald Trump became the first president to name an openly gay person to a Cabinet-level position Wednesday when he announced that Richard Grenell would serve as his acting director of national intelligence.…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2020

A Police Raid, Viral Videos and the Broken Lives of Nigerian Gay Law Suspects

The 57 men stumbled out of the back of a dark police truck into the glare of a sunny courtyard and a phalanx of cameras. Some clutched another's hand, as if for…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

Jules Franckrin Kouamé Kouadio, ironworker by trade, was beaten up by members of his family after presenting his lover on his 35th birthday. On Saturday, Feb. 8, at Plateau-Dokui, Jules Franckrin Kouamé…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Gay Nigerian’s achievement: a passionate public kiss

Yomi, who is currently based in the UK, came out to his family sometime early last year on Whatsapp. Since then, he and his boyfriend moved in together and have been living…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2020

African countries must scrap outdated laws and fully legalise same-sex relations

Sixty-eight countries around the world continue to criminalise same-sex relations. Almost half of them are based in Africa, comprising more than half the continent. These laws are grossly outdated. In effect they…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2020

Campaign launched to stop LGBT asylum seeker being sent to her death in Cameroon

A campaign has been launched to help keep a Birmingham LGBT asylum seeker safe from being arrested or killed for her sexuality. Espoir Njei is fighting for the right to stay in…

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