Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

Dutch Reformed Church forced to allow same-sex marriage

A South African court has overturned a decision by the Dutch Reformed Church not to recognise same-sex unions. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria scrapped the church’s policy against gay marriage, stating…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2019

On International Women’s Day: End daily ‘corrective rapes’

Today is International Women’s Day #IWD2019: We celebrate and stand in solidarity with all women, noting their tenacity and fortitude, especially those who courageously survive violence and defy patriarchy. At African HRC,…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2019

Meet the young Nigerian running an LGBT clothing brand

Rex Young, a young Lagos-based Nigerian entrepreneur, is tapping into the country’s LGBT market. Young, a professional graphic designer, has delved into an untapped market of making custom-made T-shirts for Nigeria’s lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2019

Fears for transgender Egyptian woman held in men’s prison

An Egyptian transgender woman arrested for inciting anti-government protests is at risk of torture and sexual violence, activists and rights groups have warned. Malak al-Kashef, 19, has undergone gender reassignment surgery, but…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2019

Cameroon death threats: 2 gay lovers outed by each other

After a financial dispute last month, Steeve, a pastor of the Evangelical Church of Cameroon, attacked his lover, Boris, and publicly revealed that Boris is a homosexual. In return, Boris announced Steeve’s…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2019

The Gay-Rights Activists Hoping for a Legal Victory in Kenya

On a recent Friday, gay and lesbian couples, dressed in matching outfits, posed for photos outside of a Nairobi courthouse, in anticipation of a decision that they hoped would decriminalize gay sex…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2019

WHO OWNS THE FIGHT FOR LGBT+ RIGHTS IN THE ARAB AND MUSLIM WORLD?

Tarek Zeidan, executive director of Lebanese LGBT+ rights group Helem, said it is positive that LGBT+ issues in the Arab world were being talked about at big event but he does not…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2019

Activist woman’s worry: More gay Nigerians marry women

A local activis who is currently working with a women’s rights organization in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, says she is seeing an increasing problem of gay men marrying women. She discussed the issue…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2019

Nigeria re-elects president who called gay sex ‘abhorrent’

Nigeria has re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, who once called gay sex “abhorrent.” While on a trip to meet US President Barack Obama in July 2015, Buhari was asked by American officials about…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

The irony: Egypt proud of Rami Malek’s win amidst LGBT crackdown

Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek's Oscar win was not only remarkable, but also controversial. His victory sparked a string of various debates - one of which the status of the LGBTIQ+ community in…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

Tunisia: Effort to Shut Down LGBT Group

The Tunisian government should halt its attempt to fight a court ruling that gave an LGBT association the right to operate, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunis-based Shams association has vocally…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2019

LGBT Kenyans’ Patience Has Gone Unrewarded

Kenya’s High Court on Friday postponed a much-awaited decision on a colonial-era law that has long deprived one group of Kenyans of uhuru, or freedom, promising to revisit the issue in May.…

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