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Africa Gay Rights

Report Attacks African Nations' Justifications For Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In response to the increasing criminalization of homosexuality throughout Africa in recent years, an international team of researchers released a scie...

A Movement That Matters: Trans Rights in Lesotho

Randal Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randal Mason

"There's a lot of stigma in the general population," says Tampose Mothopeng, a human rights defender from Lesotho, who's been described by NPR as "young, idealistic, and transsexual."

Queer Rights in Kenya: A Conversation With Njeri Gateru

Randal Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randal Mason

When asked about the recent progress of Kenya's LGBT movement, Njeri Gateru doesn't hesitate to answer with the word "visibility." Ms. Gateru is one of 500 fellows taking part in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the new flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative. IREX is pleased to share her story.

Belgium's Gay PM Speaks Out Against LBGT Rights Violations

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Belgian Prime Minster Elio Di Rupo urged African leaders attending an EU-Africa summit to respect the rights of minorities, including those victimised...

How Western Foreign Policy Is Hurting LGBT Africans

Scott Novak | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Novak

David Cameron's foreign-aid policy and the falsities presented by the African press only contribute to this demonization of LGBT people. If there is one thing that I have learned from activism, it is that punishing people will not get them to change their views on LGBT rights.

How to Approach the Issue of LGBT Rights in Africa

Udoka Okafor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Udoka Okafor

LGBT issues in Africa must be approached from multiple angles: political, social, legal, and cultural. Many of the things understood about the African community, even by some people within Africa itself, are understood through the lens of a culture that was redefined by the West.

LGBT Rights in Africa: A Step Forward?

Udoka Okafor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Udoka Okafor

Whenever someone from the LGBT community in Africa is beaten, raped, or killed, the government of the states they belong in, do not condemn the acts, so for a president in Africa to condemn these acts as unlawful, is something that cannot and must not be taken lightly.

A Gay Zulu Wedding And The Danger Of A Single LGBTI African Story

Spectra | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Before the media declare the gay Zulu wedding as progress for the LGBTI African movement, they must ask themselves, "What does progress for LGBTI people in other African countries (or even for different groups of Africans within South Africa) look like?"

Zambian Gay Activist Denies Promoting Homosexuality

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Prominent Zambian gay rights activist Paul Kasonkomona on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting homosexuality, after appearing live on t...

WATCH: Two Men Tie The Knot In Africa's 'First Traditional' Gay Wedding

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Two men have tied the knot in what's been proclaimed Africa's first traditional gay wedding. Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol were ...

How Beyoncé And Rihanna Saved An African Gay Rights Activist's Life

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

Ellen Chademana was in the worst place you could be in her home country of Zimbabwe: the Harare Central Remand Prison. The rotting jail was dark and overcrowded, with no toilets or running water. Her offense? Her work with Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ).

Uganda Government Websites Hacked In Defense Of LGBT Rights, Gay Pride

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A well-known international "hacktivist" group has targeted Uganda government websites in response to the nation's repressive stance towards its lesbia...

South Africa Leading The Continent On Gay Rights

The Atlantic | John Campbell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Unfortunately, much of sub-Saharan Africa is homophobic. Recent legislation, some proposed, some passed, condemns gay marriage and sometimes outlaws g...

UN Chief Sounds Off On Gay Rights In Africa

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what the AFP described as "an unusually outspoken declaration," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged leaders at an African Union summit to resp...

David Kato: A Hero of Hope

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

One year ago we lost a hero: David Kato was murdered in his home in Uganda. David did not become a hero because he died as an advocate for LGBT people; he was a hero because he lived for equality, despite death threats and despite all apparent odds.

The Gray Area Of Gay Refugees

GlobalPost | Posted 12.01.2011 | World

The two tender, soft-spoken Ugandans shared a circle of good friends back in their hometown of Kampala. They were close with their families and they s...

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...

UK To Cut Aid To Countries That Persecute Gays

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The British government says it will cut aid to African countries that persecute LGBT people. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell re...

Fighting For LGBT Rights In Africa

Chi Mgbako | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

African community groups championing the rights of Africa's sexual minorities are publicly condemning institutionalized homophobia and filing lawsuits arguing for the recognition of LGBT rights.

Gay In Uganda: One Couple's Story

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pepe Julian Onziema looks great in a suit. Tall and lanky, she doesn't slouch to hide her height and doesn't apologize for her boyish figure. Or for a...

Martin Ssempa, Anti-Gay Ugandan Pastor, Shows Church Gay Porn Videos

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor, has shown hardcore pornography to a crowd gathered in a Kampala church in an effort to stir anti-homosexual sentiment...

Malawi Denies Bail To Men Arrested For Gay Wedding

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BLANTYRE (Reuters) -- A court in Malawi on Monday denied bail to two men arrested last week on charges of public indecency after becoming the first ga...

Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni Wants Anti-Gay Bill To "Go Slow"

GlobalPost | Gregory Branch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After weeks of mounting domestic and international concern over the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" currently before the Ugandan parliament, President Yower...