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LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Tunisia targets pro-gay advocacy at Shams

The Tunisian government has appealed a 2016 court decision that granted official recognition to the group Shams, which advocates the repeal of the nation’s anti-gay law. “The activities of this association are…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2019

Tunisian government moves to shutter LGBTQ group, advocate says

The Tunisian government is attempting to disband one of the country’s few, and arguably its most prominent, LGBTQ rights groups, according to the group’s leader. Mounir Baatour, president of Association Shams, said…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2019

Politicians’ anti-gay posturing mars Senegal election

Senegal’s gay community is on edge as the country heads into presidential elections this weekend, with a tradition of candidates flaunting anti-gay views to gain support. Local media reported this week that…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2019

Kenya High Court delays ruling on law banning gay sex to May 24

Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s High Court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2019

Kenyan court to rule on decriminalising gay sex

Kenya’s High Court is to rule on Friday whether to decriminalise gay sex. The court’s verdict could make history if it decides to scrap the law that makes homosexuality illegal and dates…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

LGBT+ Africans optimistic as Kenya set to rule on decriminalising gay sex

There is a quiet air of excitement at the offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), as the countdown draws closer to Friday when a much-awaited ruling by…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

Kenyan United Methodists oppose allowing LGBT clergy, pray for church unity worldwide

During a recent prayer service here at the Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church, more than a hundred worshippers followed Rev. Wilton Odongo, one of the church’s head pastors, as he led…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

Algerian student murdered, ‘he is gay’ written on wall with his blood

Two assailants executed an Algerian medical student in a shocking homophobic killing on Sunday, in which victim’s blood was smeared on a wall reading “He is Gay.” Assil Belalta was murdered in…

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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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