Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

Kenya High Court sharply criticized for upholding sodomy law

Activists in Kenya have sharply criticized their country’s High Court over its ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a colonial-era sodomy law. The New York Times reported activists were inside the courtroom…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Gay Ugandans regret fleeing to Kenya

Hundreds of people in Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have fled the country to escape homophobia and persecution. But many are now stuck in Kenya where the situation is…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Kenya: Court Upholds Archaic Anti-Homosexuality Laws

Kenya’s High Court on May 24, 2019 upheld laws criminalizing homosexual acts between consenting adults, a step backward in the progress Kenya has made toward equality in recent years, Human Rights Watch…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Tunisian court victory boosts push to end gay sex ban

After winning a four-year battle against government efforts to shut it down, Tunisia's leading LGBT+ rights group said it will push for gay sex to be decriminalised amid rising convictions for same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2019

Kenya’s High Court to Rule Friday on Legality of Gay Sex

This Friday, Kenya's High Court is set to rule on a case challenging colonial-era laws that criminalize homosexuality. The petitioners want the court to declare those laws unconstitutional in hopes that will…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

How LGBT friendly is Ghana?

Ghana, like many other countries in Africa, has not yet entirely accepted the LGBT community into our society. While many groups are defending them, they still face discrimination and even violence from…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

U.N. urges calm after protests by LGBT+ refugees in Kenya turn violent

The United Nations has urged LGBT+ refugees in Kenya to show "calm and restraint" after protests demanding better treatment turned violent, with police firing tear gas and arresting more than 20 demonstrators.…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

The 64th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, was a sad time for the African continent’s human rights body. Human rights…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

A Queer Film Festival in Tunisia — Where Being Gay Is Illegal

For four days in March, a sanctuary for queer and trans people sprung up in Tunisia — a country where being gay is illegal. Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival, in its second year,…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

Nigeria: Anglican Church ejects 2 priests for homosexuality

In Nigeria, LGBT people suffer various forms of discrimination at all levels within the society, even from within the Christian faith. Many Nigerians believe the Bible condemns LGBTIQ folks, and thus views…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

LGBT in West Africa: Arrests, lynchings, discrimination, denial

West African nations display a mix of mostly abusive responses to LGBT people, including denial that they exist, lynchings and arrests even without anti-homosexuality laws. The context of West Africa is peculiar…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Edmonton students walk out of school to protest UCP education policies

Chanting, “We have voices” and clutching signs reading “GSAs save kids,” more than 100 students walked out of Victoria School of the Arts Friday morning to protest the new Alberta government’s planned…

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