Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

Will SAPS finally release LGBTIQ hate crimes stats?

South African Police Commissioner Khehla Sithole has indicated that the SAPS is committed to releasing crime statistics that specify LGBTIQ hate crimes. But are these even being recorded as such? On Friday,…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

First pan-African virtual Pride event takes place to share LGBT+ stories

The first pan-African virtual Pride event takes place on Friday aimed at bringing together LGBT+ Africans to share their stories of challenge and success from a continent where they are often criminalised…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2020

ZimbabweanLivesMatter Hashtag Inspires Gays and Lesbians

The #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign on social media has inspired gays and lesbians to pick up the momentum and also call for their own rights to be respected in Zimbabwe. @KingBillius posted, "Seeing as…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2020

Nigerian’s first lesbian love story goes online to beat film censors

Two naked women lie in bed, stroking each other's hair and talking about coming out to their parents in Nigeria, where they could be jailed for 14 years for having a lesbian…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2020

Tunisia: Homosexuality Convictions Upheld

A Tunisian appeals court on July 28, 2020 upheld the conviction of two men accused of sodomy but reduced their sentence to one year in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. This…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2020

Nigerian singer Simi apologizes for anti-LGBT comments

The singer, who made the comments in March on her YouTube show “Stoopid Sessions”, has now retracted her words, but members of the community are not letting it slide just yet. On…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2020

In America’s summer of discontent, a transgender doctor becomes a flashpoint

In Johannesburg, three decades ago, the homophobes were out in force: bible-thumpers trying to save our souls; right-wingers with their AWB swastikas. Last week, too, there were missionaries galore, with bibles and…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2020

Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

The drama unfolded on July 30 in the city of Bertoua in eastern Cameroon when two young lesbians met in private at a family home. The women, identified here by the pseudonyms…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2020

‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

For years Mohamed's family tried to make him more like other boys - tougher, more "masculine". They even sent him to have a female spirit driven out with hallucinogenic drugs. Eventually, writes…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2020

Ugandan LGBT advocate wins HIV/AIDS global award

Susan Atuhura was honored for her study of the successes of community-based adherence clubs in reducing HIV levels and increasing the levels of self-care among for men who have sex with men…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2020

Nigeria’s queer history told by those who lived through it

When Goodluck Jonathan, the former president of Nigeria, passed a bill into law that criminalised any active part of gayness in January 2014, he was lauded by many in the country for…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

Moroccan women break through in rap scene dominated by men

In a rap scene dominated my men, women’s voices are starting to make waves in Morocco. Houda Abouz, a 24-year-old who majors in film studies at a university in the northern city…

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