Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 06/04/2019

Defeat in Kenya didn’t reverse gay Africans’ gains

On May 24, three months late, Kenya’s High Court decided whether to legalise gay sex. Human rights advocates had hoped to watch the start of a rainbow-colored domino effect across East Africa.…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

10 very different countries. 10 very different rules for LGBTQ+ individuals

On May 24, 2019, same-sex couples in Taiwan registered their unions as the country’s historic new law legally recognizing same-sex marriages went into effect. On the same day, Kenya’s high court ruled…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2019

Citing inclusion of LGBT clerics, Anglican bishops in Africa to shun Lambeth Conference

As disputes over homosexuality continue to stir within the worldwide Anglican Communion, conservative African bishops say they will boycott a decennial gathering of top clerics next summer unless what the Africans consider…

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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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