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LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 08/05/2022

No Nigeria amnesty guarantees for gay dating app victims

Police in Nigeria have urged victims of a same-sex dating app scam to come forward to give evidence. But they have refused to offer them the assurance of an amnesty in a…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2022

Explainer: what makes Ghana’s anti-gay bill so extreme?

Same-sex “conduct” is already illegal in Ghana, but MPs introduced a sweeping new anti-LGBTQ+ draft bill a year ago that would fully criminalisie LGBTQ+ people, along with rights groups and anyone coming out…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2022

The Nigerians worried about a bill to outlaw cross-dressing

Trans women and men and non-binary people in Nigeria are nervously eyeing a parliamentary proposal that seeks to criminalise cross-dressing. It aims to amend the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act (SSMPA) and defines…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2022

Powerful Anglican bishops call on ‘homosexual practices’ to be rejected because gay sex is a sin

On Tuesday (2 August), bishops of the Anglican Communion from across the globe held a confidential discussion on sexuality and human dignity. The once-a-decade Lambeth Conference, which brings together international bishops of the…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2022

Will Ghana introduce some of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world?

In February 2021, a community centre for LGBTQ+ people in Ghana was closed down weeks after it had opened, following a wave of protests. As our west Africa correspondent, Emmanuel Akinwotu, explains…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2022

An Arabic anti-LGBTQ+ campaign is going viral on Twitter

In late June, an account launched on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Telegram called Fetrah — the Arabic word for “human instinct.” Soon after, the account posted a Twitter thread in Arabic calling…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2022

Ugandan police accused of anti-gay bias in murder investigation

Ugandan police have been accused of homophobic bias and “extortion” following the brutal murder last month of a gay person who had previously been arrested and victimised by the same police force.…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2022

Rising hate leaves ‘no place for gays’ in Senegal

Every time Abdou’s mother hears of a homophobic attack in the streets of Senegal’s capital Dakar, she locks him in her bedroom. Abdou – who, like other LGBTQ people AFP interviewed, asked…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2022

Rise of homophobia in Senegal forcing LGBTQ people into the shadows

Every time Abdou's mother hears of a homophobic attack in the streets of Senegal's capital Dakar, she locks him in her bedroom. Abdou -- who, like other LGBTQ people AFP interviewed, asked…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Saudi Arabia arrests Egyptian social media star Tala Safwan for ‘immorality’

An Egyptian social media star has been detained in Saudi Arabia under accusations of being immoral and sexually suggestive online. Tala Safwan – who creates content on TikTok and YouTube – allegedly appeared in a recent…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2022

Morocco’s former PM condemned for sharing debunked homophobic theory about monkeypox

Morocco's former prime minister Saad Eddin El Othmani is under fire for sharing a homophobic theory regarding monkeypox, as the virus spreads rapidly worldwide. "The vast majority of modern monkeypox cases are sexually…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

WQMD – Experiences, Stories and Evolution of SA Drag Culture.

The art of drag has taken the world by storm, with the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise making it a truly global phenomenon. In this episode, Shenay sits down with three proudly South…

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