Sex, Youth and Politics in Algeria

by Pierre Daum, journalist.

Originally published in Le Monde Diplomatique, republished here with permission of the author.

Homosexuality, or “social death”

(Illustration by Aurel)

(Illustration by Aurel)

At first glance, as Latifa said, a lesbian I met in Oran, “the lives of homosexuals are much more simple and joyful in Algeria.”

Indeed, in this society where everyone lives partitioned between same sexes from an early age, dating opportunities and homosexuals pleasures are far more numerous.

At 15 or 25, a boy can bring his boyfriend home, shut himself up in his room with him, and even propose to spend the night, without the parents seeing any wickedness. Same thing for girls. At 30, 40 years of age, two men or two women can go away for a weekend, rent a double room at any hotel, and no one will say anything.

Zoheir Djazeiri is a leading activist among Algerian homosexuals. An activist with the group Abu Nawas(1) , his actions are strictly illegal; Zoheir Djazeiri (Zoheir the Algerian) is a pseudonym.

“All this is true, he admits, but beware, the negative consequences are very heavy! We live in a sexist society. Being gay, for a man, it’s considered degrading yourself to the inferior rank of women.” The law punishes very harshly the practices both as being “against nature” and prohibited by the state religion, Islam (Article 2 of the Constitution)(2) . “To be arrested for homosexuality means social death,” continues Zoheir. “You are obliged to leave all: your city, your family, your work, everything! “

An important detail: In Algeria, there is no lawyer willing to publicly defend homosexuals. “His career would be ruined,” says Zoheir.

Nonetheless, not only is it possible to live a homosexual life, with its meeting places, bars and cabarets in Algiers, Oran and Bejaia, but many Algerian heterosexuals practice homosexuality; at school, during military service and in the dorm, etc. “Women are rarely seen, we fall back on men” laughs Mourad, 25, met in Algiers, who does not know “if [he] prefers men or women.”

A French scholar working on male homosexuality in Algiers told me “Gay friends I met there eight years ago are all getting married! With marriage, they stop, more or less, their homosexual life. “

Any social or political activism presents a huge danger. The Abu Nawas Association, which claims 1500 members via the Internet, is considered by the state as an organization advocating crime. “We have a core of about twenty activists, all potentially subject to 10 years imprisonment,” said Zoheir the Algerian.

The president of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Photo BBC News)

The president of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Photo BBC News)

During the campaign against a fourth term of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (finally re-elected, wheelchair-bound, on April 17, 2014 – after suffering a stroke), Zoheir had to flee for two months, abroad.

A television channel had aired a report entitled “The Plot”, showing his picture in a circle. Was he afraid of being mugged or even killed? “No, that’s not it. But my mother and people in the neighborhood watch that channel; I was terrified that she would learn the truth about me.”

Notes:

1) See the Abu Nawas site. There is a second gay group in Algeria, Alouen.

(2) Section 333 of the penal code punishes Algeria the “outrage public decency.” And, Article 338 specifically mentions homosexuality. “Anyone guilty of a homosexual act is punishable by imprisonment of two months to two years and a fine of 500 to 2000 AD”. These are regularly applied, no figures are available.

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Uganda strategy joins gay rights to women’s rights, health

Amnesty International's "Rule of Law" report on Uganda. (Click image for link to PDF file.)

Amnesty International’s “Rule of Law” report on Uganda. (Click image for link to PDF file.)

Amnesty International is pushing for an end to repression in Uganda through a welcome strategy of including LGBTI rights issues in the context of that overall  human rights violations, abuse of women, and limitations on freedom of assembly and access to health services.

It’s a strategy that aims to avoid the misinterpretation that seeking LGBTI rights is an attempt to claim special treatment for homosexuals.

Sarah Jackson of Amnesty International presents "Rule of Law" report to Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda (James Budeyo photo courtesy of Chimp Reports)

Sarah Jackson of Amnesty International presents  the “Rule of Law” report to Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda (James Budeyo photo courtesy of Chimp Reports)

Amnesty’s new report, titled “Rule by Law,” shows that “Repression in Uganda is increasingly state-sanctioned through the use of blatantly discriminatory legislation that erodes rights guaranteed in the country’s Constitution,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty’s deputy regional director for East Africa.

In Amnesty’s presentations, those rights include:

The rights of women — “In the days after the Anti-Pornography Act was signed, women were harassed by the police, and one lawyer was threatened with arrest because of her clothing.”

The rights of LGBTI people — “The Anti-Homosexuality Act also led to LGBTI people being evicted from their homes and losing their jobs. LGBTI people and women were subject to mob attacks in the streets while the Anti-Homosexuality Act was in force and immediately after the Anti-Pornography Act was signed.”

The rights of every citizen to freedom of assembly — That right “has come under attack through the Public Order Management Act, which imposes wide-ranging restrictions on public meetings. … This legislation has led to police suppressing gatherings involving political opposition groups and crackdowns on activists. … [It] has had a devastating effect on the ability of civil society to organize, even stymieing attempts to challenge the laws themselves.”

The right to adequate health care — “The Anti-Homosexuality Act was … invoked to restrict certain assistance to refugees. Most services of the Refugee Law Project (RLP), an organization that supports asylum seekers and refugees, have been suspended by the authorities since March 2014 following trumped-up allegations that it was ‘promoting homosexuality’.

Patience Akumu (Photo courtesy of The Independent)

Patience Akumu (Photo courtesy of The Independent)

“The Anti-Homosexuality Act also compromised access to healthcare. A police raid on the Walter Reed Project, a HIV-research project, in April 2014 made some LGBTI individuals too scared to access healthcare.

“In June 2014, the Ministry of Health issued a directive affirming non-discrimination in access to healthcare. Despite these positive commitments, overall the ability of organizations to provide healthcare has been negatively affected by the Anti-Homosexuality Act.”

In presenting the new report, Amnesty officials were joined by supporters of human rights, women’s rights, and LGBTI rights, including Stephen Oola, a program manager at the Refugee Law Project; Pepe Julian Onziema, program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda; and journalist Patience Akumu, a supporter of women’s and LGBTI rights in Uganda.

For more information, see:

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Video seeks relief for harassed LGBT Moroccans

Hamza walks through a Moroccan market in a scene from the series "Kaynin," or "We Exist." (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

Hamza walks through a Moroccan market in a scene from the series “Kaynin,” or “We Exist.” (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

“After a while, I began to accept the person I am, and that I am not abnormal or unnatural as they believe. But then I faced the cruelty of society and the criminalization of homosexuality in the law.”  — Hamza, a youth Moroccan gay man in a the new YouTube series “Kaynin”

Those are some of the introductory words in the first show in a series from the LGBTI magazine Aswat. The shows are intended to spark debate about the treatment of LGBT people in Morocco, where same-sex intimacy is punishable by six months to three years in prison.

The show, in Arabic with English subtitles, runs for 6:40 minutes on YouTube. In it, Hamza, whose face is never shown, says he was kicked out of his family’s home and then dropped out of school:

“Homophobia was following me in childhood and is still following me now. In my case, ever since I was a child, my family and school had issues with me. For instance, my mom would punish me and put chili pepper in my mouth because I was not as masculine as the neighbors’ kids.

“I was just a child back then who didn’t even know what a man or woman should behave like.

“When I started school, I started struggling because I was different from the other kids, which caused me problems. …

“The students used to bully me and harass me with offensive slogans, which made me skip classes so I can avoid them. …

“The biggest problem is when your family fights you. It makes you collapse psychologically. When I was 14, for example, my brother put pressure on my head with his foot and broke my two front teeth. …

“There are no laws to protect me. If I go to the police I would become the criminal. …

“I am not saying this to have pity from anyone or to appear as a victim, because we are all victims when it comes to our rights — the right to education, the right to free expression, the right to freedom of belief, the right to work, the right to a good health system. We are all victims.

“I am saying this because I have the right to live in a society where everyone accepts me  and accepts all those who are different.”

Agence France-Presse reported about the show:

Activists seeking to draw attention to violence that Moroccan gays and lesbians suffer at the hands of homophobes have launched a web television series about their plight, they said [Oct. 22].

The first episode of the online series — which is titled “Kaynine,” [actually, "Kaynin"], Arabic for “We Exist” — covers the experience of a Moroccan homosexual who is only identified as Hamza. …

In the clip posted on YouTube, Hamza explains that in class his fellow students used to jeer him, and on the street he would even be stoned.

“The idea is to speak of the violence against sexual minorities by disseminating new testimony in each episode,” Marwan Bensaid, one of those behind the project, told AFP.

“We ask for nothing more than to treat these sexual minorities like the rest of society… as humans and citizens,” he added, calling for a debate on the subject.

The first episode of Kaynine was uploaded to YouTube on October 12, and it has since been viewed more than 187,000 times [now 209,580 times].

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2 LGBTI defendants win their freedom in Uganda

A Ugandan judge has dismissed homosexuality-related charges against two LGBTI defendants who had been forced to appear in court four times since their arrest in January. Each time the case was adjourned after the  prosecution failed to produce any witnesses against them.

Defense attorney Fridah Mutesi (Photo courtesy of  HRAPF)

Defense attorney Fridah Mutesi (Photo courtesy of HRAPF)

Again today, no prosecution witnesses appeared in court. But this time Magistrate Lilian Bucyana granted defense counsel Fridah Mutesi’s request that the case be dismissed for lack of prosecution.

The court case began in May against gay businessman Kim Mukisa, then 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, a transgender woman.

Before they were granted release on bail in May, the defendants had spent four months in detention, said Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), which provided their defense.

Mukisa and Mukasa were arrested in January after Mukisa was thrown out of his house and beaten by local officials and neighbors on the basis of allegations that he was a homosexual. The pair was subjected to HIV examinations without their consent, an anal examination was performed, they were paraded before the media as homosexuals and were sent to Luzira Prison.

Jjuuko stated:

“Though dismissal of charges does not bar future prosecution as the charges could be reinstated by prosecution, the two accused persons are now free. Of course their lives have been shattered by the charges and this indeed is the greatest effect of laws criminalising consensual same-sex relations in a country that is largely homophobic.

“The dismissal of the charges is very exciting news but it also underlines the danger of having such laws on the law books.”

Today’s action concluded what was the first trial in the recent history of Uganda’s old anti-gay law, Section 145, according to LGBTI advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Section 145 provides for up to life imprisonment for sex “against the order of nature.” ‘

Although their arrest came in the anti-gay panic that accompanied the passage of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill in December 2013, the defendants were not accused of violating that law, which was in effect from its signing in February until the Constitutional Court overturned it on procedural grounds on Aug. 1.

This is Jjuuko’s full report on today’s court action:

The Chief Magistrates Court at Buganda Road has agreed with the prayers of the accused’s lawyer and dismissed the charges against Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa.

Jackson Mukasa, left, and Kim Mukisa

Until the case against them was dismissed today in Uganda, the possibility of life in prison confronted Jackson Mukasa, left, and Kim Mukisa.

This is in the case of Uganda v. Mukisa Kim and Mukasa Jackson, Criminal Case No. 0085 of 2014. The two accused persons, a gay man and transwoman were arrested on the 27th and 28th of January 2014 respectively by the Police following a mob’s attempt on the former’s life.

The two were arrested on 27th January 2014 after Kim Mukisa was thrown out of his house and beaten by local council authorities assisted by residents on the basis of allegations that he was a homosexual. The police arrested Jackson first and used her to call Kim to the police station where he was also arrested. The two were subjected to HIV examinations without their consent, and one of them had an anal examination performed on him. Both were paraded before the media as homosexuals.

Kim was charged with ‘having carnal knowledge of a person against the order of nature’ contrary to Section 145(a) of the Penal Code Act Cap 120 and Jackson was charged with ‘permitting a male person to have carnal knowledge against the order of nature’ contrary to Section 145(c) of the Penal Code Act Cap 120.

They spent seven days in police custody without being produced in court. They were only produced before court when their lawyers from Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) wrote to the Inspector General of Police and the Uganda Human Rights Commission complaining about the continued illegal detention.

Kim Mukisa et Jackson Mukasa étaient détenus dans la prison de Luzira en Ouganda jusqu'à ce qu'ils soient libérés sous caution en attendant leur procès.

Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa were held at Luzira Prison for months before their release on bail.

They were then remanded to Luzira Prison, and produced in court again on 21st January 2014 and though they were granted bail, the Magistrate insisted on a letter from the same local council officials who had thrown Kim out of his home, and also on two sureties. The Local Council authorities refused to write the letter until HRAPF lawyers told them that they would be in contempt of court if they continued to do so. A letter with a disclaimer was later written. For the sureties, the magistrate eventually accepted one surety and both accused persons were released on bail on May 7th for Jackson and May 12th for Kim, after spending a period of 4 months in detention.

From the time of their release to date, the case has been adjourned four times and each time the prosecution failed to produce any witnesses. Prayers to dismiss the case by the accused’s lawyers were not granted in order to give the prosecution more time.

Today, when the prosecution again failed to produce its witnesses, the State Attorney requested for another adjournment. The accused’s lawyer, Ms. Fridah Mutesi from HRAPF responded by asking the Magistrate, Ms. Lilian Bucyana to dismiss the case for want of prosecution. She recounted the number of times that the accused had been appearing in court without the state producing its witnesses and she concluded that the failure of the state to produce witnesses was prejudicial to her clients who have had charges that attract a penalty of life imprisonment hanging over their heads since January 2014.

The Magistrate agreed with Ms. Mutesi  and ruled that “The prosecution was granted the last adjournment and has no sufficient reason to ask for further adjournment the case is hereby dismissed under S.119 of the Magistrates Courts Act.”

Though dismissal of charges does not bar future prosecution as the charges could be reinstated by prosecution, the two accused persons are now free. Of course their lives have been shattered by the charges and this indeed is the greatest effect of laws criminalising consensual same-sex relations in a country that is largely homophobic.

The dismissal of the charges is very exciting news but it also underlines the danger of having such laws on the law books.

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Setback in court challenge to Nigerian anti-gay law

BuzzFeed reports:

“A judge with Nigeria’s Federal High Court threw out a challenge to a sweeping anti-LGBT law enacted in January on Wednesday, ruling that the person bringing the case did not have standing to challenge the law.

“The case was brought by Teriah Joseph Ebah, a 42-year-old Nigerian who has lived in the United Kingdom for the past 14 years. Ebah, who is married to a woman and has children, told BuzzFeed News by phone that he decided to sue even though he is not LGBT because, ‘I decided I wasn’t going to accept a Nigeria that was discriminatory.’ His lawyer, Mike Enahoro Ebah, said the judge had tossed out the case because he could not prove he had been directly harmed by the law.”

That confirmed an earlier report from the O-blog-dee blog:

Preliminary reports, yet to be verified by the Court, indicate that the Nigerian Abuja High Court has delivered a ruling dismissing the case where the Court was asked to nullify the new “Jail the Gays” Act, signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan in January of this year.

Nigeria Justice Abdul Kafarati (Photo courtesy of 247ureports.com)

Nigeria Justice Abdul Kafarati (Photo courtesy of 247ureports.com)

An update on the LGBT Christians in Exile page on Facebook stated that the court made no ruling on the substance of the lawsuit.

The O-blog-dee blog added, “We are informed that Attorneys will appeal the ruling.”

BuzzFeed quoted London-based Nigerian LGBTI activist Bisi Alimi as saying that the ruling opened the way for other challenges to the law.

In his suit, Ebah alleged that the “Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act” violates Nigerians’ human rights as protected by the country’s constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

In the court filing, Ebah stated that:

“Nigerians, particularly those whose sex is Gay, Lesbian, bisexual or transgender are, by natural design, biologically and physiologically, without any fault of theirs, share unique sexual orientation. …

“I know as a fact that there is a constitutional provision in Nigeria which forbids discrimination against any Nigerian on the basis of their sex, community and/or circumstances of their birth.

“That I know as a fact that the recently assented Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013, by the President Jonathan violates the Nigerian Constitution which forbids discrimination against any Nigerian by virtue of their sex, community and/or circumstances of their birth. …

“That I know as a fact that Individuals do not choose their sexual orientation, be you straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual. It is not a matter of choice. You are who you are. By circumstance of our Birth, we are born straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

“That I know as a fact that the sexual orientation of a citizen of Nigeria does not impair upon his or her ability to participate fully in all economic and social activities and/or institutions in Nigeria or elsewhere in the world. …

“That I am aware that since the inception of Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013, an estimated number of about Thirty Eight (38) Nigerians have been arrested in about four (4) states of the federation on the basis of their sexual orientation.

“That I am aware that in Bauchi alone, an estimated number of about 12 Nigerians were arrested and subjected to prosecution on the basis of their sexual orientation.

“That I verily believe that this arrest, persecution and prosecution of these Nigerians is an attempt at genetic genocide meant to exterminate these Nigerians. …

The law calls for prison sentences of up to 14 years for any Nigerian who enters into a same-sex marriage and up to 10 years to anyone who attends or assists in a same-sex wedding in Nigeria.

The new law expands on a harsh existing Nigerian law that already provides for a 14-year prison sentence for homosexual acts involving either men or women. The old law apparently applied to same-sex intercourse; the new law also prohibits a “public show of same-sex amorous relationship” and would impose a 10-year prison sentence for those convicted.

It also threatens 10-year prison terms for anyone who organizes or takes part in a meeting of gay men in order to inform them about how to avoid HIV infection, as well as anyone who belongs to any organization that could be classified as a “gay organization,” whether it is seeking recognition of human rights for LGBT people, meeting the spiritual needs of LGBT people, or providing health care for LGBT people.

More information about the case will be reported here as it becomes available.

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Shame: Anti-gay African bishops ignore ‘love thy neighbor’

Davis Mac-Iyalla (Photo courtesy of LGBT Asylum News)

Davis Mac-Iyalla (Photo courtesy of LGBT Asylum News)

Commentary by Nigerian activist Davis Mac-Iyalla, currently based in London:

As a Nigerian gay man, forced to flee my homeland after standing up for the human rights of LGBTI people there, I followed the “Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family” in Rome with great interest. I am appalled but not surprised that it was African Roman Catholic bishops who fought hardest against paragraphs in the [report to the synod] which extended a loving hand to gay people.

In Nigeria, gay people now face beatings, torture and exile as a consequence of absurd and farcical laws forbidding two men from even holding hands.

Pope Francis opens the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family with a mass.

Pope Francis opens the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family with a mass.

When African church leaders should be standing up for human rights, and protecting gay people, they have become modern Pharisees, using idiotic and outdated interpretations of scripture to support crass prejudice. I am thoroughly ashamed of them.

Instead of basing their ministry on love, they are stoking the fires of destruction, for others and ultimately for themselves. Jesus said “Love thy neighbour as thyself.” What part of this don’t you understand, your Graces?

Listen to your master. Listen to your Holy Father. Listen and learn.

This commentary was also published today on the Nigerian news website PM News.

Although Mac-Iyalla’s commentary does not mention same-sex marriage, its PM News headline is “Gay Marriage: African Catholic Bishops ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself.’ “

Nigerian officials and news media tend to focus on the issue of gay marriage at the expense of discussing other harsh aspects of the country’s new anti-gay law such as the section that provides a 10-year prison sentence for people who engage in a “public show of same-sex amorous relationship.”

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Allies, stop sensationalising the plight of African LGBTs

Yemisi Ilesanmi (Photo courtesy of This Day Live)

Yemisi Ilesanmi (Photo courtesy of This Day Live)

“African LGBTs are not looking for Western saviours,” says Nigerian author and activist Yemisi Ilesanmi.  “We must all stand as equal partners in our quest to rid the world of inequalities. We don’t need sensationalism, we need our allies to walk their talk.”

To Ilesanmi, allies who “walk their talk” would present a realistic view of the complexities of LGBT life in Africa, without sensationalistic portrayals of “African lesbians and gays as helpless, unemployed, abused, victimised people who want to, nay NEED, to be saved.”

Cover of the book "Freedom to Love for All" by Yemisi Ilesanmi

Cover of the book “Freedom to Love for All” by Yemisi Ilesanmi. (Click image for link to the book on Amazon.com.)

They would also assure African LGBT job applicants with equal treatment in employment. “One way our concerned Western LGBT comrades can help is not just parade us as unpaid storytellers but give us fair consideration when we apply for advertised jobs in their organisations,” she writes.

 

Ilesanmi, currently living in the United Kingdom, is founder and coordinator of the activist group Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws.  She is also the author of the book Freedom To Love For ALL: Homosexuality is not Un-African,” available from Amazon in paperback and in Kindle editions.

In a recent blog post, she criticized Western journalists, film makers and advocacy organizations that focus almost exclusively on horror stories of LGBT life in Africa:

Whenever I am invited to LGBT workshops as a speaker, panel member or participant, I wonder if I am on display as the face of victims who need saving. Are African LGBTs activists living in diaspora now paraded as example of how we need to save African LGBTs?

As invited speakers, we are expected to regale the audience with horror stories of living in Africa. The audience expects to hear stories of how we were beaten, tortured and kicked out by our families.  They want to hear about how we were persecuted and almost lynched before we escaped to Europe or America. When we don’t deliver the expected story, the disappointment in the room is almost always palpable.

There is no doubt some African LGBTs find themselves in these deplorable conditions, but this is not the only story of African LGBTS. This is not the only face of African LGBTS. African LGBTS are not mostly young people who are barely out of school, eager to be refugees.

  • There are African LGBTS of all ages and sex living in Africa.
  • There are African LGBTs living in Africa who have successful careers, own their own businesses, and are employers of labour.
  • There are African LGBTS living in Africa who are not homeless, are self-sufficient and do not need their family to financially support them.
  • There are African LGBTs living in Africa who do not wish to abandon their careers, leave their family and friends to seek asylum in western countries.

She adds:

Protest by Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws.

London protest by Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws.

Not all violence is physical in nature. The fact that some of us do not have physical bruises from being out and proud LGBTs while we lived in

LGBTphobic countries does not mean we did not suffer and still do not suffer abuse and various forms of discrimination.

Psychological abuse, blackmails, threats of losing our comfortable jobs, threats of being outed to families, colleagues, employers or rival companies are issues African LGBTs face daily.

African LGBTs who are politically active face the threat of having their political career cut short and ostracised in political and social circles.

African LGBTs who are business owners face the threat of having their businesses boycotted which might lead to the loss of their livelihood.

Violence and abuse come in different shades. We need to highlight these varieties of shades and not just stick to a single shade because it sells papers, win awards, bring in the money, donations or appeal to ‘click activism’.

Another point to note is that not all African homophobes are illiterate rural dwellers. LGBTphobic Africans also live in cities, not just in the rural villages as often portrayed in these documentaries.

However, it is also important to note that there are Africans who are not homophobes, biphobes or transphobes. Indeed many African straight allies are willing to support LGBT rights in public. Western journalists and filmmakers should understand that:

  • There are Africans who are sitting on the fence about LGBT rights
  • There are Africans who do not want to behead gays.
  • There are Africans who do not condone the lynching of gays or support jail term for LGBTs.

The problem is that the media, filmmakers, writers, LGBT organisations, and grant seekers attention is so focused on the ‘Helpless Victim vs Barbaric Homophobe‘ stereotype that they lose sight of the other demography. There are many facets on the plight of African LGBTs, why focus on a single story?

For more information, see Ilesanmi’s full article “Sensationalising the Plight of African LGBTs” on Freethought Blogs.

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