The French-speaking country on Africa's west coast has managed to avoid the bad publicity that has greeted Nigeria and Uganda's harsh treatment of their gay and lesbian citizens, perhaps because it possesses nothing coveted by the West.
If we had showed up with a plan to document "the struggle for LGBT equality in Cameroon," we're not sure we would have seen what was really there. It's hard to say. Right now, the movement in Cameroon exists almost entirely inside the hearts of those involved.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights came out strongly in support of LGBT people facing abuse and imprisonment in Cameroon under the law. The statement came just days before three individuals convicted under the anti-gay law will have appeal hearings.
Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé was arrested last year for sending another man a text message that said, "I'm very much in love w/u." He was charged and convicted under Cameroon's law that criminalizes "homosexual behavior" and sentenced to three years in prison.