Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 11/01/2018

Tanzania Forms Anti-gay and Nudity Squad

Tanzanian police have announced the creation of a surveillance squad whose job it will be to identify gay people on social media and arrest them. Paul Makonda, the police regional commissioner for…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2018

Ugandan Ethics & Integrity Minister Condemns Plans for LGBT Community Center

Rainbow Riots’ plans to establish an LGBT community center in Uganda, the first of its kind in East Africa, have recently been publicly condemned by the country’s famously homophobic Minister of State…

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ADDED ON: 10/29/2018

Malawi’s Anti-LGBT Laws Fuel ‘violence and Discrimination’ According to New Report

A new report has found that Malawi’s anti-gay laws mean that members of the LGBT+ community are vulnerable to arbitrary arrest, physical violence, and discrimination. Sections 153 and 156 of Malawi’s Criminal…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

Parliament Group Nixes Discussion of LGBTI Issues

Uganda and Lebanon's parliamentary speakers Rebecca Kadaga and Nabih Berri declared victory after leading the charge October 18 to ban discussions about LGBT issues at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland. Anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Canary – A Brilliant Gay Afrikaans Film that Sings its Little Heart Out

It’s the year 2018 and finding an authentic gay character in an Afrikaans film is nearly impossible. Whilst the Afrikaans film industry is booming, it’s yet to give a voice to minorities. …

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Lesbian Film ‘Rafiki’ May Change Kenya Forever

Ezekiel Mutua, the head of Kenya’s Film Classification Board, didn’t want Kenyans to see Wanuri Kahiu’s internationally acclaimed film Rafiki. After watching the film, I can see why. Mutua’s venomous attitude toward lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2018

Ugandan Lesbian Activist Speaks About Troubled Times and her Faith

Ugandan LGBTI activists have been on edge this year. Lawmakers have discussed bringing back the stringent version of an anti-homosexuality bill, LGBTI organizations have been denied legal registration, and events and spaces…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2018

Ugandan MPs Defeat LGBTI Agenda at Inter Parliamentary Union

Members of Parliament attending the 139th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva Switzerland have strongly rejected the LGBTI agenda which had been presented to the Assembly to be debated…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2018

Minister Condemns Plans for Uganda’s First LGBTI Centre as ‘Criminal Act’

“Queer people live in fear of being arrested or getting beaten up or killed. There is no safe space. This is why my team want to open Uganda’s first LGBT community centre,”…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2018

Ugandan Activists, Gov’t Clash Over Opening of LGBTI Community Center

Despite threats from authorities, fundraising continues with the goal of building and opening the center in Kampala by year’s end. Ugandan human rights activists and groups are facing pushback from the country’s…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2018

A Policy U-turn by the Ghanaian Government Is Helping Entrench Homophobia

It is Sunday late August and the weekend carnival that is the beginning of the end of Accra’s week-long Chale Wote Street Arts Festival is on full display. In one of the alleyways of…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Egypt’s LGBT+ Face Horrific Discrimination in Housing, Says UN Rapporteur

Gay Egyptians face "horrific" discrimination and harassment when looking for somewhere to live, a U.N. special rapporteur said, urging the government to give LGBT+ people better protection. At the end of a…

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