Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Hopes High Before Kenya Ruling on Decriminalizing Gay Sex

Members of Kenya’s LGBT community are looking forward to a High Court ruling that might decriminalize gay sex. The impending ruling is raising hopes among LGBT persons across the region. South of…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2019

1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Egypt is a rabidly homophobic country, solidly situated on the list of 73 countries in the world that have made gay sex illegal and it’s getting worse. A recent and most egregious example…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2019

As Angola decriminalizes homosexuality, where does the African continent stand?

Angola has done away with criminalizing homosexuality, removing a notorious "vices against nature" provision in its penal code. Other African nations still punish people for same-sex relationships. The reform has been hailed by…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2019

‘Space to coexist’: Inside South Africa’s LGBT-friendly Mosque

Neatly laid out and facing Mecca, it is the colourful prayer mats arranged in a rainbow pattern that offer the first clue that the Masjid Ul-Umam mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, is…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Cameroon: Crowd kills ‘man of God’ caught in the act

Diallo (a pseudonym), a human rights activist in Maroua, reports. A homosexual couple was surprised in the midst of love-making one morning last October in a shop in the central market of Maroua.…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2019

Stop hating gay people, says Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh.

Dikeh made the positive comment on Instagram in support of Jussie Smollet, an African-American Nollywood actor who was recently brutally attacked by two men, which many are now calling a hate crime.  Homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2019

Angola decriminalizes homosexuality

In a landmark reform, 155 parliamentarians voted for Angola’s first overhaul of the criminal statute books since gaining independence from Portugal. They voted to drop the colonial era provisions, broadly considered as…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

Moroccan LGBT man claims police abuse, officers sanctioned

Chafik Lafrid, 33, said his life become ‘‘hell’‘ when he went out on December 31 last year dressed like a woman. The Moroccan gay man claims that he was abused by police…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown Expands to Stifle Journalists

An Egyptian television anchor was unexpectedly sentenced to one year in prison for interviewing a gay man on TV last week. The conviction of Mohamed Al-Ghaity, a host on the satellite channel LTV, reveals the lengths…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Holocaust Memorial Day: How the pink triangle became a symbol of gay rights

As the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday (January 27), PinkNews remembers all those in the LGBT+ community that were persecuted by the Nazis—and how the pink triangle, used to identify…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Nigeria police spokesperson tells gay people: Leave or face prosecution

A prominent police officer in Nigeria has told gay people to “leave the country or face prosecution.” Dolapo Badmos, a Chief Superintendent and Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, also urged citizens to report gay…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya fall sick at U.N. shelter

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees living in a shelter run by the United Nations in Kenya were taken to hospital after falling sick on Thursday, days after they complained of overcrowding and poor…

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